U Can-Cer Vive Foundation Awards $172,000 to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kelley LaFontaine
U Can-Cer Vive Foundation
248-887-4747

Leslie Fleming, Director of Communications
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
313-745-1933

December 7, 2016

U Can-Cer Vive Foundation Awards $172,000 to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Highland, MI – December 6, 2016 – U Can-Cer Vive Foundation is presenting its first contribution as a 501c3 to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation on December 7th at 11:00 am at a check signing at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

The $172,000 contribution will provide funding for two research grants that will develop new treatments for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and Neuroblastoma, two difficult to treat childhood cancers. AML represents 20% of pediatric leukemias and 80% of acute adult leukemias. It is responsible for 50% of leukemia deaths of American children each year despite intensive therapies and stem cell transplants. Neuroblastoma is the most common non-brain solid tumor in children, and frequently recurs after treatment.

The first funded grant is Novel Hybrid Drugs for the treatment of AML and Neuroblastoma. This grant will help develop new synthetic dual-acting drugs which will work as hybrids to help treat AML and Neuroblastoma more effectively.* The second funded grant is Novel Immunotherapy for the Treatment of AML. This grant will help develop a new approach to harness a patient’s immune system to attack AML cells.

U Can-Cer Vive is co-chaired by Ryan LaFontaine and Kelley LaFontaine, and is officially a 501c3 foundation since May 2016. The LaFontaine’s created the foundation so they could insure that 100% of the donations have immediate impact on research and treatment efforts that provide relief and comfort to those affected by cancer. The mission of U Can-Cer Vive is “To provide vital funding for cancer research to create a cancer free world.”

U Can-Cer Vive Foundation is looking forward to continuing to make a strong impact in our local community by supporting future research grants.

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About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Established in 2003, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and healthcare of the children of Michigan.  This is accomplished through philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, research, and community benefit programs.  The Foundation granted $5.4 million in 2015 for vital pediatric health initiatives. The Foundation is an independent public charity governed by a community board of 29 directors, and is a 501c3 charitable organization. Learn more at www.chmfoundation.org.

About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan www.childrensdmc.org
For nearly 130 years, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been dedicated to providing high quality care to children and adolescents in a caring, efficient and family-centered environment. With more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical specialty services, the hospital draws patients from nearly every Michigan County, 39 additional states, and 22 countries, annually and provides the highest level of pediatric specialty care available for children. The hospital is a national leader in cardiology and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, and orthopedics. It is ranked as one of America’s best hospitals for children and sees more children than any hospital in the state. Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

About U Can Cer Vive www.ucancervive.com
Established officially by Ryan and Kelley LaFontaine in May of 2016 as a 501c3 U Can-Cer Vive is a foundation with the mission to provide vital funding for cancer research to create a cancer free world. We are 100% volunteer driven group with passion to continue to support cancer research and raise awareness towards the fight against cancer. The proceeds raised to support U Can-Cer Vive and its mission are dedicated 100% to this cause.

*Learn more information about these two grants on our website, http://www.ucancervive.com
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LEADERS FOR KIDS HOSTS 5th ANNUAL CHEERS FOR CHILDREN EVENT TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 6, 2016

Contact:  Leslie Fleming, Director of Communications,Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation   leslie.fleming@chmfoundation.org
313-745-1933

LEADERS FOR KIDS HOSTS FIFTH ANNUAL CHEERS FOR CHILDREN EVENT TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATION

Detroit, MI – Leaders for Kids (LFK) is hosting their fifth annual Cheers for Children event at the newly renovated Garden Theater in Midtown Detroit on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets include appetizers, refreshments and entertainment.

Donations from the event go to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation’s Child and Adolescent Integrated Mental Health Care Program. The program provides education, behavioral health screening, mental health care and mental health referrals and follow-up for children and adolescents ages 6 to 21 who are seen in the General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (GPAM) Outpatient Clinic.

This year’s event will feature food and beverages from Lakeland Banquet & Event Centre who will be providing heavy hors d’oeuvres and an afterglow snack.  Featured beverages include Blue Nectar Tequila, Frankenmuth Brewery and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  Featured entertainers are Tom Butwin, Jared Sykes, and FOCUS3D.

Leaders for Kids is an advisory group of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation comprised of emerging leaders from southeast Michigan who are passionate about the health and wellness of children in the region and the charitable work being performed by the  Foundation.  The board members of LFK serve as ambassadors, raising awareness of the Foundation’s critical mission and by raising money for pediatric medical research, medical education and community benefit programs that advance the health and wellness of children in the Detroit area.

It’s so rewarding to see this talented group of leaders come together to support the children of Michigan,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “Their help is instrumental in making needed mental health treatment options available for at-risk kids.”

LFK has raised over $400,000 benefiting the Foundation, “including funds for art therapy, the Hamtramck School Based Health Center and the annual Princesses & Superheroes Party,” said Peter Ginopolis, LFK Chairman and co-founder.

Please visit https://www.memberplanet.com/events/chmfoundation/cfc2016to purchase tickets or to make a donation. For more information about Leaders for Kids and their mission, please visit www.LeadersForKids.com or CHMFoundation.org.


Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Established in 2003, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and healthcare of the children of Michigan through philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, research, and community benefit programs.  The Foundation granted $5.4 million in 2015 for vital pediatric health initiatives. The Foundation is an independent public charity governed by a community board of 29 directors, and is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Learn more at www.chmfoundation.org.

The Festival of Trees Returns To Dearborn

DEARBORN, MI-‘Tis the season for the Festival of Trees (which benefits the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation).

Festival visitors will be treated to “how to” sessions on bow making, tree decorating and life-like tree shaping. There will also be holiday activities for the kiddos and Santa will be at the festival. Funds raised by the festival are donated to pediatric research.

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Epsilon Builds on Relationship with Children’s Hospital of Michigan with $100,000 Gift to Foundation

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November 10, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Expanding a four-year partnership with Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Epsilon and its parent company Alliance Data, recently made a $100,000 contribution to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation on behalf of associates in the Detroit area.

This gift will help purchase a Digital Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction machine that will be used to detect genetic mutations in DNA samples. The cutting-edge, data-driven technology is capable of concurrently processing tens of thousands of tests on a single sample of cells almost instantly, which allows faster, more comprehensive treatment for children in the hospital’s care. The gift will also support the Child Life program, which aims to alleviate the stress and anxiety of a hospital stay for patients and their families by providing a variety of interventions and activities.

Epsilon and Alliance Data are committed to supporting the community, and ensuring community organizations have the tools and resources they need to be more efficient and effective in achieving their missions. This contribution not only empowers the hospital to do just that, but also aligns with the companies’ mission to leverage data for good.

“We are grateful to the generosity of Epsilon and its parent company, Alliance Data for this gift. Future generations of children will benefit from the medical research this equipment will make possible,” said Lawrence Burns, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “This gift also supports vital Child Life programs at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, which help countless children and families better cope with hospitalizations.”

The relationship between the hospital and Detroit-area associates began four years ago, when associates in Southfield began making teddy bears once a year for children who are undergoing in treatment at the hospital. Last year, associates expanded this support by holding a toy drive for the hospital’s SNOWPILE campaign.

“Over the past four years, our commitment to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has grown from our Detroit offices’ annual grassroots volunteer campaign, to now include the generous financial support,” said Jim Wesley, vice president of engineering for Epsilon. “This growth would not be possible without the steadfast support and passion our people have for helping children in need.”

About Alliance Data

Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today’s most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. An S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alliance Data consists of three businesses that together employ more than 16,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data’s Card Services business is a leading provider of marketing-driven branded credit card programs. Epsilon® is a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and also includes Conversant®, a leader in personalized digital marketing. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, and Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers.

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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Announces Lawrence J. Burns as President & CEO

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Contact: Matt Friedman
For the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board
(248) 762-1430
mfriedman@tannerfriedman.com

burnsDETROIT (October 14, 2016) – The Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation announces the hiring of Lawrence J. Burns as President & CEO, effective October 17, 2016.

A Detroit native who has maintained close professional ties to Michigan throughout his career, 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. 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.

“This is a significant job with a significant opportunity to positively impact children’s health in Michigan. Our Board spent considerable time and care to select a new CEO with the right blend of experience, ability, relationships and, importantly, passion for our mission,” said Matt Friedman, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “We talked to many qualified candidates. We appreciate the interest in this position from so many nonprofit leaders in the region. Our Board is now focused on working with Larry to grow the reach of our Foundation.”

“I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding Board of Trustees, staff, and Hospital and medical leadership as we continue to grow the Foundation and serve the children of Michigan,” said Burns. “Coming back to Children’s and our hometown makes this opportunity uniquely special to my wife Judie and me.”

Established in 2003, the CHM Foundation supports the health needs of children by raising philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, pediatric focused research and community program that benefit the health of kids.  The Foundation is recognized as an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is governed by a community board of directors. Learn more at www.chmfoundation.org.

Kohl’s, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation host Safety Day with Detroit Lions Legend

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Contact: Leslie Fleming
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
313-745-1933

Kohl’s Cares® donates more than $195,000 to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation to Support Injury Prevention Program

DETROIT, September 20, 2016 – Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and Kohl’s invite the community to celebrate Safety Day from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 28 at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Troy located at 350 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084.  The event features Detroit Lions Legend Jason Hanson, free bike helmets, children’s activities, music, snacks and local public safety officials.

Kohl’s will present a check for $195,772 to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. The gift supports Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program (KIPP) at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC, which provides injury prevention education and safety tools to decrease unintentional child deaths and injuries.  Kohl’s leadership will present the donation at 5 p.m.

The community is invited to Kohl’s Safety Day for free bike helmets and fittings, activities, music and snacks. Jason Hanson will sign the first 100 helmets given to children age 14 and younger.

“We are grateful for the continued support of Kohl’s for the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program,” said Matt Friedman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “We are very fortunate to have such a great partner. Kohl’s commitment to safety is essential to keeping children of all ages protected and injury free.”

Since 2000, Kohl’s has donated $6,194,443 through Kohl’s Cares® to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation to benefit patients and families at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC. The KIPP at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC offers safety educational materials and products such as car seats and bike helmets to children and their families. They also visit area schools to teach kids about personal safety.

Kohl’s commitment to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and soft toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health initiatives nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million through this merchandise program. Through the Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 1,100,000  associates have donated more than 3.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $112 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares .

 

About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Established in 2003, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and healthcare of the children of Michigan.  This is accomplished through philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, research, and community benefit programs.  The Foundation granted $5.4 million in 2015 for vital pediatric health initiatives. The Foundation is an independent public charity governed by a community board of 29 directors, and is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Learn more at www.chmfoundation.org.

About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan www.childrensdmc.org

For nearly 130 years, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been dedicated to providing high quality care to children and adolescents in a caring, efficient and family-centered environment. With more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical specialty services, the hospital draws patients from nearly every Michigan County, 39 additional states, and 22 countries, annually and provides the highest level of pediatric specialty care available for children. The hospital is a national leader in cardiology and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, and orthopedics. It is ranked as one of America’s best hospitals for children and sees more children than any hospital in the state. Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

 About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Kroger Urges Customers to Help Find a Cure for Cancer Among Michigan Children during Fight

All funds raised will benefit Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation to fund pediatric cancer research 

NOVI, Michigan (September 7, 2016) – Cancer is the leading medical cause of death among children in the U.S., with 15,780 young people diagnosed with the disease each year. Kroger customers can help reduce cancer numbers by funding pediatric cancer research during Kroger’s Fighting Cancer for Michigan Kids coin box campaign, which begins September 11.

One hundred percent of funds raised will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) to support local research seeking a cure for pediatric cancer. All 124 Michigan Kroger stores will participate in the campaign and offer Fighting Cancer for Michigan Kids coin boxes at cash registers. The campaign continues through October 8.

“No one knows what causes the various childhood cancers, which makes donations for pediatric cancer research so critical,” said Jeffrey Taub, M.D., division chief of oncology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “The level of funding for childhood cancer research is very small compared to adult research and so the Kroger campaign and others are essential.”

Pediatric research success is reflected in the fact that in 1975, 40 percent of children diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of cancer at the time, did not survive. Research has increased the five-year survival rate for acute lymphocytic leukemia to 90 percent.

“Kroger is committed to keeping Michigan children healthy through research funded by organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation,” said Rachel Hurst, consumer affairs manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “The number of pediatric cancer survivors will continue to grow because of contributions from individuals such as our Kroger customers.”

To learn more about the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and its efforts, visit www.chmfoundation.org.

About Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Established in 2003, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and healthcare of the children of Michigan. This is accomplished through philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, research and community benefit programs. The Foundation granted $5.4 million in 2015 for vital pediatric health initiatives. The Foundation is an independent public charity governed by a community board of 29 directors, and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

About Kroger
Incorporated in Michigan in 1909 and headquartered in Novi, The Kroger Co. of Michigan includes 19,000 associates, 124 Kroger stores, 69 fuel centers, 103 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

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For more information, please contact:
Rachel Hurst
Consumer Affairs Manager
The Kroger Co. of Michigan
248-536-1523
Rachel.Hurst@Kroger.com

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and the Detroit Tigers Partner to Fight Childhood Cancer

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August 8, 2015
Contact: Leslie Fleming, Director of Communications and Annual Giving
313-745-1933
Leslie.Fleming@chmfoundation.org

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) is teaming up with the Detroit Tigers  to fight childhood cancer on September 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Comerica Park when the Tigers play the Baltimore Orioles.

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ON THE MOVE IN THE “D” FITNESS RUN TO FEATURE AMAZING DETROIT KIDS & FAMILIES

Contacts: Krista Clark, Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program 313-659-3931, kclark@wchap.org

Leslie Fleming, Director of Communications, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, 313-745-1933, leslie.fleming@chmfoundation.org

 Detroit MI August 19, 2016– On September 3, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., over 115 Detroit families will be 1representing Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program and Fit Kids in a local downtown 5K fun run known as “On the Move in the “D” by running the “In the Cut”.

According to Krista Clark, Partner and Community Engagement Manager for Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access
Program, “MOST OF THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR DETROIT FAMILIES NEVER THOUGHT THEY WOULD EVER RUN A 5K- let alone exercise every week with 100 plus people in a local Detroit park. In fact, more the 115 participants will be tying up their running shoes and putting on a team t-shirt for Fit Kids On the Move in the “D”.  “Creating Healthier DETROIT Communities ONE Fit Kid at a time,” is what the back of the shirt states, and over 400 Detroit families can attest to that change!”

“Children today face a grim future of higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, mental health issues, Untitledcancers and shorter life spans as they grow up in today’s fast-paced world.  Keeping kids active and healthy into adulthood is even more important today than ever before.  The Fit Kids On the Move program is a great example of how a community can come together to provide greatly needed opportunities for families and children to learn how to be active, how to exercise, and in this case how to run. Many organizations have joined to provide this program, free of charge, in extension for our 8 week FitKids360 programs they have finished.  The plan is not to end at 8 weeks, but to keep them going, yet learn an activity skill (running) they can continue with for years to come,” said Dr. Teresa Holtrop, Chief Medical Officer of the Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program.

Clark explained, “These children, overweight and trying to make healthy behavioral changes with their families, are what define the spirit of the On the Move Program. The past participants of Fit Kids 360 include mentors, families, local runners, doctors and WSU medical students. This whole group, along with help from Children’s Hospital Foundation and Wayne State University Fit Kids Organization, came together last week to provide new running shoes and socks to 50 plus children running the race this year. This is the second year for On the Move in the “D” program, and both Fit Kids 360 and On the Move are offered free of charge to local Detroit families.”

“I would also like to say that this is one of the best experiences I have ever had, I was looking for a way to give back and Fit Kids/On the Move- has proven to be the ultimate solution, thank you for all of your hard work, it’s not just benefiting the children!” John Kwiatkowski a local mentor for the On the Move program.

The families have been attending the On the Move program (see more below) for 12 weeks and will be doing their first 5K with the full support of many Detroit organizations.  Sponsors for the On the Move in the “D” program include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Health Department of Detroit, United Healthcare Community Plan, Wayne State School of Medicine., W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kind Bars, Total Health Care, Health Net of West Michigan, and ESP printing located in Eastern Market.   It has truly been a great Detroit collaboration with participants training at Tolan Playfield alongside local football teams and cheerleading squads in the summer heat.

The On the Move program seeks to ensure that each family is successful by providing a weekly training guide that has been broken down by ability so that families can train for the race at home. Three registered dietitians and fitness experts are at every meeting to teach participants how to properly fuel their bodies for exercise and ensure safety and proper form. Additionally, many community volunteers come to help support the participants. In fact, three local physicians have so enjoyed the Fit Kids program that they have become mentors for the On the Move program as well.

Clark said, “The children are thrilled to see their referring doctor there each week working hard alongside them! Wayne State University Medical School has mentors that work with each child to support the family and help the child complete the race. Various community members throughout Detroit have been volunteering their time to help the children with their goal of the 5K as well. On the Move encourages participants and mentors to build lasting relationships.  Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program, who provides Fit Kids is able to provide many options for the family with wrap around services as well.”

FitKids360 is an 8 week childhood obesity intervention program that targets children between the ages of 5 and 17 who have a BMI in the 85th percentile or above. FitKids360 meets once a week for two hours for eight weeks and teaches families how to live healthier. The program curriculum is taught by a social worker, registered dietitian, and fitness expert and includes about 1 hour of exercise per week. Once participants complete the FitKids360 program, they are eligible to participate in the On the Move program.

On the Move is an extension of FitKids360 and is a “couch to 5k” program aimed at further helping the families of overweight or obese children that have completed the Fit Kids program. The On the Move program is a 12 week program that meets once a week to train as a group for a local 5k walk/run. Each week, families meet at Children’s Hospital Specialty Center and walk to Tolan Playfield in Detroit, where participants run/jog/walk a pre-determined length of time and by the end of the program, they are prepared to walk/run a 5k. At the end of the training, families run a local race in September together, which is a major highlight of the program.

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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Established in 2003, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and healthcare of the children of Michigan. This is accomplished through philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, research, and community benefit programs. The Foundation granted $5.4 million in 2015 for vital pediatric health initiatives. The Foundation is an independent public charity governed by a community board of 29 directors, and is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Learn more at www.chmfoundation.org.