A new edition to the South Side Parade Is this doctor is such need of business that he has stooped to this?
One can only hope Judge Evans can at least make things better for the children in the Juvenile detention center. Maybe he can get the shot fairy to come in?
That's what happens when you're building an eight-foot-tall character for a float in the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade.
While his wife Colleen watches, Dr. Scott Hanlon puts the finishing touches on the Shot Fairy, which will adorn his float in Sunday's South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade.
"It's going pretty well. There's a lot of chicken wire and paper mache," he said after taking a break from painting with son Brody.
Hanlon and his family built and painted a fairy that will be on a float Sunday promoting his new business.
Hanlon, a family physician with Evergreen Medical Ltd., will soon start ShotFairy.com, a company that uses the tooth fairy as inspiration.
Much like its dental counterpart, the shot fairy will come into children's homes when they are sleeping.
But instead of leaving money beneath the child's pillow in exchange for a baby tooth, the shot fairy will leave a lollipop after she gives the child an inoculation.
The shot fairy on the float will be dressed as a nurse. She'll have wings. In one hand she'll hold a lollipop. In the other, she'll hold a syringe.
"It's a gentle approach," said Hanlon, who turns 40 on St. Patrick's Day.
Sometimes, he said, giving a shot to a fearful child is anything but gentle.
"There are times - ask any nurse - there are times when you need three or four people to hold down a child for a shot," Hanlon said.
Hanlon said the company should be up and running by April, along with his Web site, www.shotfairy.com, that's under construction.