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The Children's Inn at NIH opens new park and playground

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Four-year-old Bella has severe combined immunodeficiency. That means her immune system doesn't work and her body can't fight illnesses. But you wouldn't know it from her bubbly personality.

She marched from one fun spot to another touring us around the new playground at The Children's Inn at National Institutes of Health.

Kids like Bella come to NIH for treatment and stay at the Inn for all kinds of reasons.

"That could be anything from a cancer to a rare blood disease to a genetic disorder,” says CEO Kathy Russell. “All kinds of childhood illnesses that they have not been able to resolve in their own communities. This is - in many cases - their last best hope for recovery."

On Wednesday, The Children's Inn officially opens its new playground. There are swings and forts and fire trucks. Even a putting green.

SAIC, KaBoom and Medimmune are big donors.

Depending on the medicine they take and the illnesses they have, some children can't tolerate direct sunlight. That is why the playground has lots of shade.

There is also a giant nest crafted by an artist and volunteers. It’s made of eucalyptus. It's a place where kids and families can tuck in and feel comfortable.

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