Making Hospitals A Less Scary Place Through Partnerships and Passion 

January 21, 2017 – Detroit, Mich.— Since 2007, Spirit Halloween, the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country, has raised more than $349,466 for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, to support the Child Life program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. A hospital can be a scary place for an adult, let alone a child. Child Life programs, funded through the Spirit of Children program work to make the hospital look like and feel less scary.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation distributed coupons in the weeks leading up to the Halloween holiday, for families to shop at Spirit Halloween stores. With each purchase where the coupons were used, Spirit Halloween donated 10 percent of the sale to the Foundation. This year, the Foundation was awarded $55,886 towards the Child Life Department.

We are thankful to Spirit Halloween and the Spirit of Children program for their generosity.” stated Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “Their continued support allows us to provide support for important programs and services that improve the health and wellness of children.”

The Cardiac Home Monitoring Program

The Cardiac Home Monitoring Program

 

Supporting Groundbreaking Pediatric Health Research to Improve the Care of High-Risk Infants with Heart Defects

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is proud to support the Cardiac Home Monitoring Project. Since 2015, this project has received over $263,000 in grant funding.

Parents of high-risk infants with heart defects can take their babies home from Children’s Hospital of Michigan with peace of mind, thanks to a Ticker Tracker app made possible with the generous support of Hope for Hearts and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. The app links families to the hospital, where staff can track infants’ vital signs in real time.

The aim of the cardiac home-monitoring program is to keep vulnerable infants with complex cardiac conditions alive and well before and after the multiple heart surgeries these infants will need. Studies have found dramatically reduced mortality rates among fragile cardiac patients who are part of home-monitoring programs at other children’s hospitals, says Colette Squire, RN, BSN, and nurse coordinator for Children’s Hospital’s home-monitoring program.

Over two years, 24 patients have been enrolled in the program. At the end of 2017, 10 patients were participating, with five families using the Ticker Tracker app on loaned iPads. Parents can transmit the baby’s daily feedings, urine/bowel output, weight, and pulse oximetry readings through the app. Squire and doctors review the data and call families if they see anything of concern — “before they get really, really sick,” Squire says.

Jessia Lee is using a Ticker Tracker for her infant son, Lovell. Born without a tricuspid valve, Lovell spent five months in the hospital after his first surgery. He’ll need another surgery around his first birthday and a third around age 3. The monitoring program allows Lovell to be at home while still receiving closely monitored care.

Lee, 26, of Taylor says the program has been easy to use and alerts her if Lovell’s readings are off. So far, it flagged two infections that sent Lovell to the hospital for treatment. “It’s helped us a lot,” Lee says. “It feels good that you’re directly connected to the hospital.”

Squire is thankful for the generous support of donors to the program — and ultimately, for helping children get to the point where they can have a normal childhood. “We have one (child), she’s a year out now,” Squire says. “To see her just up and running, it is just amazing.”

 

Camp Kangaroo: Bereavement Camp helps kids develop coping skills

1 in 9 Americans experiences the death of a parent before they turn 20, while 1 in 7 loses either a parent or a sibling. The loss of a loved one is especially difficult for children. That’s where Camp Kangaroo steps in. Camp Kangaroo is a Season’s Hospice nationwide bereavement camp offered to children in the community who have recently suffered the death of a loved one.

In partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Camp Kangaroo is offered to any bereaved child ages 5-18 in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties who need bereavement support. The camp is facilitated by trained clinical staff and dedicated volunteers from Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Michigan and the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Serving metro Detroit in its third year, Camp Kangaroo aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for children to express their emotions and learn about effective coping strategies. Conversely, the camp facilitates an adult group for parents and guardians to learn how to support their children at home.

The three-day long camp focuses on providing education about death, providing peer support and help them engage in creative activities to honor their loved ones and begin to move through their grief.

This year’s camp welcomed 21 children to Madison High School and included a variety of music, exercise, art and writing therapy.

On the last day of camp, parents and guardians are invited to attend a graduation ceremony. Children share their work with the crowd and sing their Camp Song. The Camp Song is focused on their ideas and feeling about their grief journey and is intended to nurture hope and strength.

Camp Kangaroo is a Season’s Hospice program that is supported in part by CHMF.

 

Get Tied To A Cause!

Show your support for pediatric cancer programs with bow ties and scarves!
The bow tie has been a fashion icon of the well-dressed for many decades.The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has combined this increasingly popular style with the cause of raising awareness of the work of the CHM Foundation, as well as raising funds to support pediatric cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The design for this bow tie and scarf was inspired by a Children’s Hospital of Michigan patient.

Order your bow tie or scarf here.

THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATION WELCOMES LORRON JAMES AS ITS NEWEST TRUSTEE

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THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATION WELCOMES LORRON JAMES AS ITS NEWEST TRUSTEE

Detroit, MI – The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorron James to its Board of Trustees.

James, a Detroit native, serves as CEO of James Group International, President of Magnolia Automotive Services (Toyota JV in Mississippi and Indiana) and is President of TLX (Supply Chain Management IT Software), all companies owned by James Group International.  James Group International is a is a privately held, minority-certified provider of global supply chain management services that was founded in 1971.

“The Foundation is thrilled to have Lorron as a part of our board,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “His widespread community service and development experience; specifically, with children, fits perfectly into the Foundation’s work of improving the health and wellness of children.”

After graduating from Arizona State University in 2005 and James started his professional career with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks before returning to Detroit to learn the family business at James Group International.

James is very active within the community as he serves in multiple capacities for an array of different organizations including Leaders for Kids, an advisory board to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, as well as: The United Way, the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and many others.


About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to the support and safekeeping of the health and wellness of children through fundraising, grantmaking and advocacy. Since 2011, the Foundation has provided more than $40 million in grant funding, making it the state’s largest funder dedicated solely to children’s health and wellness.  Learn more at chmfoundation.org.

MEDIA CONTACT |Jill Nelson| t. 513-515-5330| Jill.Nelson@chmfoundation.org

 

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO JED FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMING

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DETROIT, MI – Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) announced a grant award to The Jed Foundation (JED) of $15,000 grant to support the JED Campus program as part of their 2017 grant cycle.

JED Campus a nationwide initiative to help colleges and universities support the mental health and well-being of their students, will equip 13 participating Michigan universities and colleges with the skills and knowledge to enhance campus-wide efforts around student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention.

“As an advocate for children in Michigan, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is proud to support JED Campus. Programs like these allow much needed support at a pivotal point in childhood development; the transition to adulthood,” stated Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of CHMF.  “Our hope is that studies and support programs such as this develop pathways to help children at younger ages, so when they get to college they are more prepared.”

JED Campus is also supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, and the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan.

“JED Campus is grateful for the funding from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, which allows us to work with such a large group of schools in Michigan,” said Lee Swain, Director of JED Campus. “Our collaboration will yield healthier campus communities and ultimately promote student success.”

The mental health and wellness of children is one of CHMF’s five newly identified health priority focus areas.  “Supporting JED in partnership with four other community leaders is a great way for CHMF to join forces and maximize the impact on children in a key area of need,” stated Burns.

For more information about visit www.chmfoundation.org.

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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

To advance children’s health and wellness the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to supporting children’s health and wellness through fundraising, grant making, and advocacy. To learn more, please visit www.CHMFoundation.org.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Approves 83 Grants Totaling $3.3 Million

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December 4, 2017, Detroit Mich. — The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) announced the approval of 83 grants totaling $3.3 million for pediatric health and wellness in their first round of grant approvals for the 2018 cycle. Since 2003, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has dedicated itself to advancing the health and wellness of children in Michigan through philanthropic support emphasizing three pillars: Community Benefit, Pediatric Research and Medical Education. In 2017, CHMF identified five focus areas including injury prevention, oncology and cardiology research, abuse and neglect, mental health and nutritional wellness.

For example, the Foundation approved grants to:

Matrix Head Start

$46,728 has been awarded to the Matrix Head Start Program – Children’s Health Screening Project to better help fulfill the mission of complete and timely medical care for children at an early age. This program seeks to ensure that all young children receive the proper and most comprehensive medical treatment they need through health screenings and trainings covering: Vision, Hearing, Blood Pressure, Prevention of Communicable Disease, Anemia and Asthma. This grant will provide funds to purchase health related equipment and supplies allowing Matrix to better execute federally mandated health screenings/trainings.

Starfish Family Services

$50,000 was awarded to Starfish Family Services to fund screening, assessments and intervention programs for 40 children aged from birth to six years old. These children exhibit developmental delays that threaten their cognitive growth long term. Though they are enrolled in Early Childhood Care and Education Centers and/or mental health service centers, they do not qualify for services through public or private insurance. The goal of Starfish Family Services through this effort is to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary developmental services that will strengthen the child’s developmental progress, while also enhancing the capacity of both parents and caregivers to successfully support and adhere to the child’s needs.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Due to a large number of children seeing a dramatic decline in their school performance during and after their hospitalization, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is contracting an in-house schoolteacher to help children stay current with their school work while hospitalized, and to aid with re-entry into the school system. This new role will provide educational services such as assisting in completion of school work, planning and implementing educational activities, and coordinating homebound services for those not able to return to school after discharge. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has awarded $51,200 to fund this endeavor.

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Many children diagnosed with epilepsy have seizures that can be well controlled with medication.  Unfortunately, approximately 30% of children with epilepsy develop seizures that cannot be controlled.  Researchers believe that brain inflammation and autoimmune mechanisms may play a role in the development of severe seizures in some children.  This research study will use PET (Positron Emission Tomography) imaging in a new approach to detect brain inflammation in children with uncontrolled epilepsy to pinpoint areas of inflammation and seizure focus to aid in epilepsy surgery and to assist in identifying children whose epilepsy may be responsive to immunotherapy.

Henry Ford Health System

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has awarded $50,000 to fund the Henry Ford Health System’s “Game on Cancer – Kid’s Club” program. This program will give children with family members who have received a cancer diagnosis the resources to work through the fear and anxiety that comes with such an unfortunate circumstance. The primary objective is to provide 1,200 children effected by a family member’s cancer diagnosis a Game On Kid’s Club toolkit, supportive services and an annual event in hopes to build a community network for kids to be able to take a ‘break’ from cancer and lean on each other for support, reinforcing that they are not alone.

Through funding and advocacy, CHMF enables researchers and community organizations to fund innovations capable of advancing children’s health. Since 2011, CHMF has provided more than $40 million in grant funding.

“The footprint that we expect these approved grants to have within our community will not only directly impact the landscape of children’s health and well-being locally, but will do so throughout Michigan as well,” stated Lawrence, J. Burns President & CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

To learn more about how the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is making an impact in our community, please visit http://chmfoundation.org/our-impact/.

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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

To advance children’s health and wellness the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to supporting children’s health and wellness through fundraising, grant making, and advocacy. To learn more, please visit www.CHMFoundation.org.

MEDIA CONTACT |Larry Burns| t. 419-261-3049| Larry.Burns@chmfoundation.org

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATION AND MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today it has signed a multi-year partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF). This partnership allows CHMF to provide unique experiences for children during the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game. In addition, the partnership will provide an opportunity for families to enjoy the game and be a part of the pinnacle football event for the MAC.

“The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is delighted to be a new sponsor of the Mid-American Conference Championship game,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of CHMF. “This sponsorship not only gives us the opportunity to share our mission with a national audience on ESPN, but also connects us with great universities like The University of Toledo, The University of Akron and all the MAC members.”

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to a mission focused on supporting the health and wellness of children through fundraising, grant making and advocacy. Since 2011, the Foundation has provided more than $40 million in grant funding, making it Michigan’s largest funder dedicated solely to children’s health and wellness. Through the pillars of research, education and community benefit, the Foundation is leading the charge to fund innovations in treatment, prevention and wellness that will enable children, families and communities to achieve bright and promising futures. CHMF’s current areas of focus include nutritional wellness, mental health, oncology and cardiology research, injury prevention and abuse and neglect.

A total of 14 children will take part in the following experiences at this year’s Marathon MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field through this partnership:

  • Kickoff Kid: retrieves the tee on the field after the opening kickoff
  • Coin Flip Kid: accompanies referee for pre-kick coin flip at mid-field
  • Field Goal Shagger: catches FG’s by team kickers during pre-game and halftime warmups
  • Junior Reporters: asks question to coaches during pre-game press conference
  • Sportsmanship Kids: delivers MAC sportsmanship message on the videoboard

Mid-American Conference

Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of ten members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in five (5) states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio.

Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are — East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947).  The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

To advance children’s health and wellness the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to the supporting children’s health and wellness through fundraising, grant making, and advocacy. To learn more, please visit www.CHMFoundation.org.

 

 

 

Giving Tuesday: A Day for Everyone, Everywhere, to GIVE!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, this day kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year.

Join the movement with our 3 Ways to Give:

Purchase a Ticket to the Sixth Annual Cheers for Children Event
Leaders for Kids, in affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is hosting its 6th Annual Cheers for Children event! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Make a donation!
Your contribution will provide resources needed to conduct life-saving pediatric research, advocate for children and their safety, and help educate future generations of health care professionals.

Show your support for pediatric cancer programs with bow ties and scarves!
The bow tie has been a fashion icon of the well-dressed for many decades.The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has combined this increasingly popular style with the cause of raising awareness of the work of the CHM Foundation, as well as raising funds to support pediatric cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The design for this bow tie and scarf was inspired by a Children’s Hospital of Michigan patient.

To pre-order your bow ties and scarves send us an email here.