Festival of Trees Selected to Participate in the 2017 Art Van Charity Challenge

We are excited to announce that our partners at Festival of Trees were recently selected to be one of the 2017 Art Van Charity Challenge participants! Festival of Trees plays an instrumental role in funding pediatric research initiatives at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  For the past 33 years, Festival of Trees has worked diligently with talented designers and volunteers to create a magical wintry wonderland, bringing hope and joy to children and families who visit.  Please join us in supporting Festival of Trees by donating or helping spread the word!

To light up a child’s life and learn more about Festival of Trees, click the link below:


After clicking the link above, there are multiple ways that you can help Festival of Trees reach their goal of $50,000:

  • Clicking the “fundraise for this campaign” will allow you to reach out to your contacts via email and social media to let others know they can contribute too.
  • Clicking the “Donate” button will allow you to give your gift.

If Festival of Trees raises enough funds, they will be awarded a grand prize of $100,000!

Don’t forget – the last day to donate is April 25th at 12:00 p.m.

Double your gift when you donate today! Transforming Imaging Rooms into ‘Imagination Destinations’

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures are often noisy, lengthy and require patients to remain still for extended periods of time.  As you can imagine, this is not an easy task, especially for a child.  Through a new funding priority, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is partnering with Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) to transform the MRI rooms at CHM main campus in Detroit into “Imagination Destinations.”  The Imagination Destinations provide visually appealing, colorful graphics designed to distract young patients and redirect their attention from the test they are experiencing.   The impacts of a project like this are numerous, from putting children at ease and making them less nervous, all the way to decreasing the need for the sedation of children undergoing MRI scans.

Click the link below to learn more about how you can support this project.  The best part?  Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, your gift to this project will be DOUBLED!  Make your donation today at www.chmfoundation.org/DOUBLEMYGIFT!

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Kohl’s donates $195,772 to continue keeping Michigan kids safe

On September 28th Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation partnered with Kohl’s to host more than _car0633100 children at a community Safety Day at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Troy, David K. Page Building.  The event featured distribution and proper fitting of bike helmets, safety games and information, children’s activities, music, snacks, local public safety officials and a visit from former Lions legend Jason Hanson. As part of the festivities local Kohl’s executives presented a check for $195,772 to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Dr. Scott E. Langenberg, MD , Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellows , and Dawn Cloutier RN, BSN, Program Manager Trauma, Burn & Injury Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Associates in action volunteers from fourteen area Kohl’s stores volunteered at Kohl’s Safety Day to help with the activities.

This gift supports the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program (KIPP) at the Children’s Hospital, which provides injury prevention education and safety tools to decrease unintentional child deaths and injuries. Since 2000, Kohl’s has donated more than 6 million dollars through Kohl’s Cares® to the Foundation to benefit patients and families at the Children’s Hospital.

_car0816“We are so grateful for the continued support of Kohl’s for the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program,” said Mable Jones, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Trustee. “Kohl’s is a valuable partner, and their commitment to helping keep Michigan children safe is extraordinary.”

The KIPP at Children’s Hospital offers safety educational materials and products such as smoke alarms, 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.

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To learn more about Koh’s, visit www.kohls.com.


National Child Passenger Safety Week

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September 23, 2016

CONTACT: AAA – The Auto Club Group
Gary Bubar, Public Affairs Specialist,  Michigan
C: 734.751.1606  gtbubar@aaamichigan.com

WHO:  AAA, Children’s Hospital, Safe Kids of Michigan
Certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians
Adults with child passengers

WHAT:   As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sep 18-24), AAA is teaming up with its community partners to host Seat Check Saturday. This is part of a national campaign to  encourage parents and caregivers to make sure children are riding safely and securely in a proper seat. Adults with child passengers will be offered free seat checks by a certified technician. The child must be present at the seat check.  The event is open to the public.

AAA will also present a an oversized $10,000 check to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation to support local efforts to fund child passenger safety programs as part of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan-DMC-Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program.

WHEN:           Saturday, September 24th – 10am-1pm

WHERE:  AAA – The Auto Club Headquarters, 1 Auto Club Drive,  Parking Lot Area

WHY:    AAA and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all infants and toddlers ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.

Older children may also be at risk of injury if riding in the front seat before they are ready. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 60% of vehicle crashes are frontal impacts and 20% are side impacts. Children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat because they are typically not large enough to safely ride in the front seat and can be seriously injured by front passenger air bags in the event of a crash.

This is especially significant since a recent AAA Consumer PulseTM survey of Michigan parents revealed that 76% of parents allowed their child to sit in the front seat of a moving vehicle at age 12 or younger.  On a positive note, the study also revealed that close to 95% of parents are using a child safety seat for their young children.

AAA encourages adults to set a good example for children by buckling up every trip regardless of seat location. For more information on car seat safety, visit SafeSeats4Kids.AAA.com.


*Media outlets are encouraged to share this information with the public via broadcast, digital and social media platforms.

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey was conducted online among residents living in Michigan from June 10-29, 2016. A total of 405 residents completed the survey among the general population, with 303 surveys among parents.  Survey results have a margin of error of ± 5.6 percentage points. Survey is attached.
The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts.  It was established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose. Visit www.AAA.com/Foundation for more information.

AAA Michigan is celebrating its 100th Anniversary – A Century of Service this year and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to more than 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can find current gas prices, map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the free AAA app for iPhone, iPad and Android at AAA.com/mobile. Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

All children deserve to grow up cancer free. Here is how you can help!

Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

Most, if not all of us, know someone who has dealt, or is dealing, with cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016.  By joining  the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation in funding pediatric cancer research, you are giving every child hope for a cure and a brighter future.

This September we ask that you help us continue our fight against pediatric cancer in one of the following ways:

1-  Make a donation to help find a cure so that kids like Aidyn  don’t
have to hear the words – you have cancer.


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2- Join us on September 9 at Comerica Park to cheer on the Detroit Tigers as they step up to the plate to raise funds for pediatric cancer research! Get your tickets today!
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3- Join us at Homearama 2016 Charity Preview to view a showcase of custom homes developed at the spectacular new Christenbury Creek community in Macomb Township. Proceeds benefit pediatric cancer awareness. Get your tickets today!
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4- Head to your local Kroger store between September 11 and October 8 to participate in the Kroger’s Fighting Cancer for Michigan Kids coin box campaign!  All 124 Michigan Kroger stores will participate by placing coin boxes at the resister.  All funds raised will benefit the Foundation’s pediatric cancer research efforts.
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To learn more about how Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is playing a role in fighting pediatric cancer, check out our most recent issue of About Children Magazine HERE.




Foundation funding helps Medical students to mentor Detroit children in FitKids360’s On the Move

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Wayne State University School of Medicine medical students spent part of their summer mentoring Detroit children and their families as volunteers for the Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program and its FitKids360 and related FitKids On the Move in the D program, preparing 115 participants for the Sept. 3 In the Cut 5K Fun Run/Walk in Detroit’s Chene Park…..READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Children Often Lack Mental Health Services

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Seeks to Expand Understanding and Care


Despite efforts to bring mental health services into parity with other forms of health care, disparities are still prevalent, especially for children. “Children with psychiatric disorders are diagnostic and therapeutic orphans. Millions of children don’t have access to mental health care,” says David Rosenberg, M.D., professor and chair, department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University and Miriam L. Hamburger Endowed Chair of Child Psychiatry.

In addition, a lack of understanding about the causes and treatments for pediatric mental health disorders sometimes discourages parents and young people from seeking help. Overcoming the stigma of mental illness in order to undergo early treatment is very important.  According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), positive mental health is essential to a child’s overall development. Today, better treatments, including behavioral therapy and new medications, alleviate symptoms for many children and teenagers so that they can enjoy more normal lives.

Physicians and researchers are learning that psychiatric illnesses are behavior disorders evident in brain activity. Their research indicates that psychiatric disorders are biological illnesses resulting from a complex mix of genetics, environmental factors, and variations in brain chemistry and brain network functioning.

Fortunately, children’s brains are considered more “plastic” than adult brains so they have a better opportunity for effective treatment. With support from Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Dr. Rosenberg and his Wayne State University research team are investigating ways to identify children at higher risk for certain mental illnesses–a first step in early treatment. Their published study of the role of glutamate, a chemical that modulates pediatric brain function, was the first in the field of child psychiatry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 13 percent of young people from 8 to 15 years of age experienced a mental disorder within the previous year with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum conditions being the most common. In addition, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that in 2014, 11.4 percent of young people aged 12 to 17 had a major depressive episode with many receiving no treatment.

To enhance access to mental health services for young people, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation supports an Integrated Care Program that screens young patients at a primary clinic for mental health and substance issues. Treatment is provided on site at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan clinic and many young people who might otherwise have struggled due to lack of care are managing their conditions without inpatient treatment and often without medication.

“Contributing to research, treatment and supportive care for children facing mental health disorders is an important example of our commitment to the health of Michigan children,” states Tony Werner, president and Chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

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 $5.7 million in 2014 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.


Tenth Annual Joseph O. Reed, M.D. Endowed Lecture a Success

IMG_1468The auditorium at Children’s Hospital of Michigan was full of interested physicians, fellows, residents and other health professionals eager to hear visiting presenter, Ronald A. Cohen, M.D. discuss “Diagnostic Abdominal Pain in Children: How Times have Changed,” presented through Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University.
Dr. Cohen was invited by current Chief of Pediatric Radiology, Aparna Joshi, M.D. after meeting Dr. Cohen at a lecture and learning that he studied at the same program as Thomas Slovis, M.D. at Columbia University. Dr. Slovis, in turn, studied under Joseph O. Reed, M.D., Chief, for whom the endowment is named.

A special breakfast was hosted by Mrs. Barbara Reed, who was also present for the lecture in honor of her late husband.
In addition to discussing how pediatric radiology has evolved over the years, a common thread was how newer generations of physicians learn from previous generations and build on the knowledge they impart. “We’re a tight-knit community and we learn from one another,” said Dr. Slovis.

The lecture provided a unique opportunity for those attending to learn about best practices in the field of pediatric radiology.
Dr. Joshi explained how pediatric radiology differs from adult radiology, “When imaging children, we’re dealing with different pathologies. Children are also more sensitive to radiation, so we take care to use certain modalities that minimize ionizing radiation. And, we tend to interact with parents and the children to provide a distraction and because children are smaller and more vulnerable.”

“The value of what we, as pediatric radiologists can do, is create an impact that may last many years over the life of the child and into adulthood,” said Dr. Cohen.

Reflections From the Giving Path


April 2016

If I recall my civics lesson in seventh grade correctly, it was the multi-talented colonist Benjamin Franklin who coined the phrase, “In life, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” And, as tax day just passed and I dutifully paid my taxes, I can prepare no argument to the contrary.

One passage in the tax code, the charitable deduction section, does provide tax savings for gifts to qualified charities. Factoring in tax savings in advance is sometimes just the encouragement we need to give a little more than planned.  Nowhere is this more beneficial than the charitable estate tax deduction, which provides significant tax savings for including one or more charities as beneficiaries in your estate.

In reflecting on several of the largest charitable estate gifts  in 2015, I was inspired by the variety of purposes funded: seniors, individuals with special needs, victims of child abuse, disaster relief, K-12 education, libraries, parks, museums, public radio, public television, medicine, healthcare, medical research, and support for the blind and visually impaired. The list goes on and on.

Certainly there is no shortage of needs in our community or in our world. What cause touches you deepest? Is reaching out to others a core mission in your life? Your estate plan reflects the values you hold dearest — it is an opportune time to provide for others who are less fortunate.

Perhaps accomplishing something charitable is on your bucket list. The tax code will give you a helping hand to reach your goal, especially if you choose to include a child named “charity” in your estate plan.

~ Tony Werner, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Reflections From the Giving Path

The eyes of the nation gazed on southeastern Michigan recently as the presidential primary campaigns continue to heat up. Many charged moments have been witnessed on both sides of the political fence as debates and campaign speeches have dotted the media landscape here the past few weeks.

Many wild and memorable quotes have come from this marathon of political rhetoric, but somehow, some voices of reason emerged from the storm. One candidate hinted that whoever ends up being elected, no matter who it is, isn’t going to be able to address all the challenges that lie before us as a nation and claimed the answers will be found through engaged local citizenry, neighborhood by neighborhood.

It reminded me of a statement credited to President John F. Kennedy, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  It reminded me of the importance of rising above the fray to reflect on what’s most important in our communities – each other.

Living a life on the giving path means there is no waiting for Detroit, Lansing, or Washington to solve community issues. It means instead of looking far away, we turn our gaze inward and ask what we can do to make a difference.

Southeast Michigan is home to many active and vibrant nonprofit organizations seeking help to accomplish their missions. In addition to the positive energy these organizations bring to the table, it’s clear so much more needs to be done. They need industrious people to pitch in and help. Each of us has something to give. At the very least, we can be tireless givers.

Interestingly, I tuned into the coverage to learn more about the candidates running for President, but I came away more motivated than ever to jump in and do more in my own community.

~ Tony Werner, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation