Five Question Friday: Tanya Juarez-Sweeney

You may already know Tanya Juarez-Sweeney, a member of the Star Studio’s production team, from  our very own Channel 13. But we think you’ll learn a little bit more about this star staff member at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in this week’s Five Question Friday. Enjoy!

What does a typical day look like for you on the Star Studio production team? Live TV makes every work day different and exciting! Some days I find myself helping plan a show or event, or co-hosting a show with the Dude, or helping in the tech booth, or maybe I’m coordinating our community partnerships with local actors and college students, or I might be promoting shows to our patients out on the units. Just about every day I am designing a flyer, sending out an email about a show, and posting to our Star Studio Facebook page.

Tanya Juarez-Sweeney in Star Studio

You’ve worked at Children’s for eight years and in Star Studio for the last five years. What is your favorite show and why? I call “Unfair question!” :) I can’t play favorites. Each of our shows offers something really cool for patients, their families, and staff. Guests, co-hosts, and our interactive audience truly make every show unique and fun.

What drew you to Children’s? Children’s is a perfect fit for me. I have a business degree, and I was a nurse in the Army Reserves, but most importantly I love kids! I also strive to live my life in a way that I hope leaves a positive footprint. I want my work to be a part of something bigger that makes a difference in the world. At Children’s, we do amazing work, and I am so proud to be a part of this organization.

What do you enjoy most about working here? By far, our patients. How lucky we all are to be able to be a small chapter in the lives of the extraordinary souls that we treat here at Children’s. Every small moment I have with a patient brightens my day and touches my heart.

Do you have a favorite memory from working here? Having my head shaved by our patients during the St Baldrick’s event last year will always be one of my fondest memories of Children’s and in my life overall. It was an honor to stand in solidarity with our hematology oncology patients. I have so much admiration for the brave kids who fight cancer and all of the other “yuck” we see at Children’s. The 2012 Children’s St Baldrick’s event is a beautiful and fun memory that I will always cherish. I am looking forward to watching the 2013 shavees on April 11!

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