Caring for Kids




The Next Generation of Children’s Health Starts Now!

Through groundbreaking research, innovative community programs, and advanced medical education, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is making a big impact on children’s health and healthcare in Michigan and beyond.  Beginning in February 2017, the Foundation is proud to be partnering with “The Great Voice of the Great Lakes,” Detroit’s 50,000-watt leader in news/talk radio, WJR 760AM to help with our efforts.  WJR will produce and air Caring for Kids, a monthly radio program hosted by Foundation President & CEO Larry Burns, and focus on highlighting individuals and organizations addressing issues and efforts locally, regionally and nationally, that are having a significant effect on the health of the children in our area.

Episode 9

Tarence Wheeler – Director of Parent Engagement & Community Outreach, River Rouge School District

Chris Kelly – Vice President of Development, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Tom Wilson – President  & CEO, Olympia Entertainment

Episode 8


Dr. Daniel Eisenberg – Professor of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan

Dr. Jean Twenge – Author of iGen & Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University

An Kalass – Chief Executive Officer, Starfish Family Services

Lisa Nuszkowski – Founder & Director, MoGo

Episode 7

Awenate Cobbina – Director of Business Affairs and Associate Counsel for Palace Sports & Entertainment, Detroit Pistons and Executive Director of Detroit Pistons Foundation

Ron Fournier – Editor and Publisher- Crain’s Detroit Business

Ed Duggan- Chief Recruitment officer for Downtown Detroit Partnership

Episode 6

Reverend Larry Simmons – Brightmoor Alliance

Dr. John Baker – Trustee, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

M. Roy Wilson – Wayne State University

Lisa Nuszkowski – MoGo

Episode 5

Dr. Antoine Garibaldi – University of Detroit Mercy

Anya Babbitt – SPLT

Nolan Finley – Detroit News

Paul Hillegonds – Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Episode 4

Andrea Cole – Executive Director of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation

Dr. Nance Roy – The Jed Foundation

Dr. David Rosenberg – Psychiatrist in Chief of Wayne State University & Detroit Medical Center

Jaime Clayton & Jeanne Miller- Oakland Family Services

Episode 3


Dave Lawrence, Jr. – The Children’s Movement of Florida

Ryan & Kelley LaFontaine – Co-Founders of U Can-Cer Vive

Rich Homberg & Tara Hardy – Detroit Public Television

Episode 2

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell – Representing the 12th District of Michigan

Brian Gallagher – CEO of Reach Out and Read

Luanne Thomas Ewald – CEO Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Chuck Gaidica – Local TV legend with a passion for helping kids

Episode 1- February 28, 2017


Mark Wietecha– President & CEO – Children’s Hospital Association

Matt Friedman– Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Governor Rick SnyderState of Michigan

Dr. Jeffrey Taub–  Division Chief of Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan


Listen to Foundation President & CEO, Larry Burns, discussing Caring for Kids with Paul W. Smith on WJR Radio!

Meet the Host:

Detroit native who has maintained close professional ties to Michigan throughout his career, Lawrence J. Burns returned to Detroit earlier this month to lead the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation in their efforts to make a lasting, positive impact on Michigan children.  Burns is a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as Vice President for Advancement at the University of Akron
after more than two decades of health care and higher education development, marketing and executive experience in multiple leadership roles at the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio. Mr. Burns is a firm believer of integrating all forms of communication elements of an organization including marketing, branding, fundraising, social media and community outreach.

Mr. Burns has also served in leadership positions at community organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Club, the Toledo Zoo, The Akron Roundtable as well as serving as chief diversity officer at the University of Toledo. This new position is a homecoming of sorts for Burns, who established his strong fundraising reputation working in development for Children’s Hospital of Michigan earlier in his career. Mr. Burns is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has been a part time instructor at UT in the areas of public relations and interpersonal communications.