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

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


*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 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 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


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


One of my favorite passions is reading books. The old fashioned kind that you hold in your hands and turn the pages with your fingers. The kind that need bookmarks.

One of the most intriguing of my latest reads is by Bronnie Ware, an Australian hospice nurse. She booksspends her work time caring for those who are dying. During her duties she realized many of her patient’s reminisce while receiving care. She listened intently. Then she wrote a short book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”

At the very top of her list is “I’d wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” It struck a chord with me because during my career I’ve worked with individuals establishing their personal legacy by funding an endowment. In most of those cases, the donor fulfilled somewhat of a lifelong dream, a dream they carried for many years until the day they sat down and carved out their legacy. Their inner passions flowed as they described the motivation behind creating the endowment, a permanent, lasting legacy to something precious they valued. Some spoke to fulfilling a commitment they made to themselves years in the past. A few felt the weight of promises made in the past lifted off their shoulders now that they had fulfilled their dream.

Is there an inner dream you have that you want to craft into your legacy? Find the courage today to fulfill your dream!

A Message from Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Presedent & CEO, Tony Werner:


Every January we’re inundated with fresh resolutions from friends, colleagues, and via mass marketing, as a way to start off the new year. The optimism is palpable. The commitments admirable.

Resolutions run the gamut from fairly simple and straightforward to downright ambitious. From a philanthropic point of view, committing to help just one other individual during the year is most welcome. Support one individual in his or her quest to become literate; support a local food pantry or homeless shelter by giving a warm meal and place to sleep to someone down on their luck; or jump in at a moment’s notice when a natural disaster strikes a nearby community.

Caring for others as a centerpiece of your resolution results in a unique phenomenon — you will revel in the joy of giving. The joy of giving remains yours forever. It cannot be lost. It cannot be taken away. It won’t even expire, not even after December 31, 2016.

As January nears to a close, it’s not too late to join in the movement. Take a long walk in silence. Sit quietly in meditation. Select a way to help just one person and forge the determination to carry it out.

Now there is a way to multiply your commitment twelve times over but this opportunity only comes along every January so the window of opportunity is narrowing. Many charities offer monthly giving programs that can facilitate your commitment to make a difference by inviting you to make one contribution every month so by the time the end of December rolls around, you’ve made twelve times the impact. Now that’s a resolution worth keeping!


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Tony Werner
President & CEO
Children’s Hospital of Michigan FoundationJanuary 2016