Published: Jul 18, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 18, 2013 12:52 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Patients at the Golisano Children's Hospital got a special surprise Thursday morning. Cheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins, along with TD the mascot, dropped by to visit several of the hospital units.

TD and the cheerleaders doled out signed photographs, footballs and hugs to patients ranging from toddlers to teens. Some of the young fans were in the hospital for routine surgery, others for long-term or lifelong care.

Health care workers at the hospital say fun visits can help lift spirits for the patients as well as parents.

The Dolphins representatives went on to a ribbon cutting at Broadway Palm Theatre, where the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce welcomed the team as its latest member.