Jason Haney Waldo released Beacon Health System

This construction worker has turned a hospital expansion project into a larger than life game of “Where’s Waldo” to entertain patients at a children’s hospital.

Labor foreman Jason Haney got the idea after hearing about kids at the South Bend, Indiana hospital becoming excited by a snowman erected by workers in the construction yard last winter. This new project would keep them smiling for a long time.

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Haney created an eight-foot-tall plywood cutout of Waldo (also known as Wally, in Canada and the UK) featured in the popular picture and puzzle books. Workers hide him in different places around the construction site—and move him whenever they’re notified that a child spotted the location.

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Haney has a special connection to the kids at Memorial Children’s Hospital. His own daughter suffered a stroke when she was only three-years-old and needed special care.

Doctors told Haney she might not be able to learn past third grade, but 14 years later she’s graduated high school and plans to study biology and zoology at college.

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She also helped him create the wooden Waldo, and dad and daughter are already at work on another project to hide around the construction site for kids to find — cut-outs of the cartoon “Minions.”

(READ more at the South Bend Tribune) — Photos: Beacon Health System; Memorial Children’s Hospital, Facebook

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