Eight year-old inspired to help other kids at Hunterdon Medical Center

Lily Cardoso is an active eight-year-old who just started her 3rd grade year at Immaculate Conception School in Annandale. Earlier this year, Lily had her tonsils removed in Hunterdon Medical Center’s same day surgery center. Her experience led her to thinking about how other kids, especially much younger ones, reacted to the uncertain and sometimes scary moments coming out of surgery.

Her experience inspired her to come up with the idea to decorate pencils with emoji eraser caps and sell them at her school last June. She enlisted her friends, Juliana Figalora and Emma Cline, all Immaculate Conception School students, to help assemble the pencils and sell them. The proceeds of the $2.00 per pencil sale went toward the purchase of stuffed animals to be donated to the same day surgery center.

Thanks to Lily, Juliana, and Emma, dozens of children coming out of a surgical procedure will be comforted by that wonderful feel of a plush stuffed animal before they are reunited with their families.

Lily Cardoso is the daughter of Gastroenterologist, Dr. Gilbert Cardoso, Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates, and his wife Christina.

(L-R in group pic): Juliana Figalora, Emma Cline and Lily Cardoso.