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A HISTORY OF PHILANTHROPY
The story of a brother’s tribute.
In the early 1960’s, Joanne Carr brought two of her four sons to Children’s Hospital of Michigan. While young James played with toys in the hematology waiting room, his brother David fought and ultimately lost his battle with leukemia.
The family channeled their grief into funding hematology research.
In the wake of incredible loss, Joanne transformed her grief into a mission. She was determined to help – first by volunteering in the clinic and then, with the support of her husband, by establishing the Children’s Research League of Michigan to help fund projects through the Children’s Research Center of Michigan (CRCM) as well as other pediatric hematology research. She recruited donors and hosted numerous fundraisers. In 1985, she was involved in the first Festival of Trees. Inspired by his brother’s memory and his mother’s example, James led a fraternity fundraiser for CRCM while attending Albion College. Over twenty years later, he did something even more remarkable.
In 2003, James honored his brother yet again as a founding member of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
Together, we advance the health of Michigan’s children through philanthropic support for pediatric medical research, community benefit and education programs.
Following the 2011 purchase of the hospital by an investor-owned company, the Foundation now operates as a separate charitable organization for the good of all Michigan kids.
We are pleased to continue partnering with the Carr family to honor David’s memory.
Board of Trustees
President and CEO
Vice Chair and Treasurer
Together, we’re advancing the health and healthcare of Michigan’s kids.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) is dedicated to building a brighter future for children. Thanks to our donors and grantees, we’re giving Michigan’s sick, injured, at-risk and abused kids the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We provide philanthropic support for groundbreaking pediatric research, community benefit programs and medical education.
The impact of these initiatives will resonate for decades as our children heal, grow and thrive.
PEDIATRIC RESEARCH: CARDIOLOGY
Finding new ways to defeat a silent killer.
She was just 17 when doctors discovered a time bomb in her chest. Athlete and cheerleader Ariana had no idea she carried a massive aortic aneurysm. Even more frightening, the arterial bulge sat on an unusually shaped aorta.
Facing a high-risk, complex surgery, her interventional cardiologist Daisuke Kobayashi, M.D., and her cardiac team at Children’s Hospital of Michigan turned to an unusual solution: they would practice the procedure on a 3-D printed model of her aorta.
It worked. Instead of undergoing open heart surgery, Ariana received a specially lined stent in the catheterization lab, stayed
overnight, and returned to school a week later.
Because 3-D modeling is experimental, Dr. Kobayashi’s study of this groundbreaking technology would not be possible without the financial support of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
The next time a child needs a complex heart procedure, our research funding will help ensure the best possible outcome.
Daisuke Kobayashi, M.D.
and Ariana with 3-D model
Henry Walters, III, M.D.
Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery
PEDIATRIC RESEARCH: ONCOLOGY
Fishing for a cure.
He was just a teenager when cancer struck. Desperate for a cure, his parents brought him to Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He not only survived; he devoted his life to defeating his old nemesis.
Today, Jeffrey Taub, M.D., investigates the genetics of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) to improve diagnosis, identify at-risk kids and develop new treatments. CHMF helps fund his vital research studies, making up for the lack of funds for pediatric research from government and corporate sources.
Collaborating with developmental geneticist Ryan Thummel, Ph.D., and his Zebrafish Leukemia Research Program, Dr. Taub takes advantage of the zebrafish’s human-like blood structure to test how pre-leukemia genes are affected by exposure to chemicals in the environment.
Someday, that research may lead to new cures for kids just like Dr. Taub.
Thanks to Dr. Taub’s research, patients like Ashley are now cancer free.
PEDIATRIC RESEARCH: MENTAL HEALTH
Helping young brain networks communicate.
Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D.
WSU Department of Psychiatry and
Tamika’s brain chemistry won’t let her sleep because she can’t stop checking the lock on her door. Even worse, her Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) could be linked to autism, depression, bipolar disease or other mental disorders.
Today, there’s hope thanks to the groundbreaking research of David Rosenberg, M.D., chief of psychiatry and psychology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study how glutamate activates the communication networks in the brain. When these networks don’t fire properly, the “short circuit” leads to abnormal behavior.
In fact, Dr. Rosenberg and WSU associate professor Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D., published the very first paper on brain imaging and genetics, which showed glutamate’s role in mental illness.
Dr. Rosenberg’s CHMF grant led to funding from the National Institute for Mental Health, where he leads a large consortium studying glutamate-modulating drugs. Someday, we may be able to delay or prevent the onset of illness in kids like Tamika.
David Rosenberg, M.D.
Director of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatric Research, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
PEDIATRIC RESEARCH: SYNOPSIS
Gifts to CHMF support crucial research into the diagnosis and treatment of numerous pediatric conditions such as leukemia and other cancers, asthma, heart conditions, mental health, sickle cell disease, emergency conditions and more. Initial research funded by donations to CHMF plays a key role in helping researchers qualify for funding from sources such as the National Institutes of Health.
$2,703,481 Research Dollars
COMMUNITY BENEFIT: IMPROVING ACCESS
Bringing new hope to kids in need.
Kids can’t always tell you where it hurts. When they’re afraid… when money’s tight…when parents don’t know where to turn…our support allows dozens of programs to heal them and help them thrive.
He was five years old, but no one could understand him.
At the WSU Speech-Language Center, kids with communication challenges are receiving intensive therapy thanks to a CHMF grant. It also gives WSU students the opportunity to train while providing the intervention these children need. Thanks to this funding, all the kids who’ve regularly attended therapy have made significant gains.
Being abused is traumatic
enough without the stress of
an ER exam.
The Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center in Detroit provides a safe, kid-friendly space for abused and neglected kids to be interviewed and examined.
CHMF funds the clinicians who conduct these specialized medical exams. Since its opening, more than 600 young victims have been saved a frightening trip to the ER. These onsite exams also allowed the Center to apply for national accreditation.
“Did anything scary happen today?”
When kids visit CHM’s General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinic, they’re screened for mental as well as physical problems. If social workers suspect a behavioral or substance abuse issue, those kids are referred to the clinic’s CHMF-funded Integrated Care Program.
The program seamlessly integrates physical and mental health treatment, giving kids easy access to hard-to-find services. To date, our grant has allowed 150 young patients to get the help they need.
Hamtramck Health Center cares for new arrivals
They’re building new lives. We help them succeed.
Since 2000, Hamtramck has opened its doors to kids from over 40 countries. Because these families are new arrivals to this country, they often have language and transportation barriers and don’t have access to critical pediatric services.
To fill that need, CHMF funds the Hamtramck School-Based Health Center. It’s located in Hamtramck High School and offers free healthcare to all public school students: exams, immunizations, tuberculosis screening, special needs assessments…even transportation to appointments, eyeglasses, bike helmets and more.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT: HEALING ARTS
Creativity helps young patients
Sick kids struggle to understand why their lives have changed. They feel powerless, confused, frightened, frustrated…often with no way to express their complex feelings.
When words fail, art helps. CHMF funds numerous arts programs that help kids relieve their stress, express themselves and celebrate the joy of just being kids.
The Healing Arts and Art Therapy Programs transform beds into art studios. For example, in a unique CHMFfunded partnership, studio artists from the Detroit Institute of Arts visit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) twice a week.
Interactive art wall at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Troy, helps kids express their feelings.
Armed with crayons, paper, cloth, markers and more, they visit waiting rooms, activity rooms and bedsides helping kids create postcards, sock puppets, paper hats, bookmarks, journals, picture frames–over 40 art projects designed expressly for young attention spans.
Last year, the program helped 1,153 patients ease their stress by utilizing distraction techniques such as art. Doctors noticed the difference, too: kids stayed calmer and felt less pain during medical procedures.
A teenager’s photo book saved her life.
A’ja was just 12 when kidney disease forced her into dialysis. Through CHM’s Art Therapy Program, she chronicled her emotional journey through words and photos.
When one of A’ja’s teachers saw her photo book, she was so moved that she offered one of her own kidneys. Today, A’ja’s planning to pay that life-saving gift forward with a career in nursing.
Music soothes the heart, head, body and soul.
Far more powerfully than language, music burrows into the most primitive areas of the brain to arouse emotion. The funding for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative taps that wellspring of feeling to improve kids’ mood, decrease their stress and encourage socializing.
Last year our grant supported 37 orchestral performances in CHM’s lobbies and inpatient areas, sharing the healing power of music with over 5,000 kids, family members, visitors and staff.
When youthful emotions hit the wall.
Kids walk into a hospital feeling anxious and afraid. Thanks to two new interactive art walls at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) Troy, they can express those emotions through creativity and play. The large, colorful screens use cameras, projectors and software to react to kids’ movements, letting them manipulate landscapes and objects at will.
Made possible by generous donors and community groups, the interactive art walls are owned and maintained by CHMF.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT: PARTNERSHIPS
Keeping kids safe with the buddy system.
They’re in every town across the state: kids at risk from unsafe water, obesity, poverty, abuse and neglect. To reach them where and when they need us, CHMF partners with local community groups to bring vital resources to kids where they live, learn and play.
Getting the lead out of our schools.
We partnered with the City of Detroit to fund lead testing in 200 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and early childhood centers where older buildings could harbor leadleaching pipes.
FitKids 360 helps kids fight obesity.
Freddy was sleeping on the floor of a closet.
Over 100,000 kids in Greater Detroit suffer the emotional scars of abuse, developmental delays and mental illness. Fortunately, Freddy found his way to The Children’s Center (TCC).
CHMF proudly supports TCC through a bed grant project. Since 2014, we’ve funded the purchase of 149 cribs and beds for kids who were sleeping on the floor or in beds with other family members. To some, having a bed meant having a home, since regulations require each foster child to have a bed of their own.
All of them are now enjoying the benefits of a good night’s sleep: less stress, higher self-esteem, a clearer focus on their schooling and therapy goals…and more nights to dream.
From five sodas a day to a 5K.
Obese kids face a host of problems: diabetes, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, joint problems, depression, anxiety, bullying and even shorter lifespans. Too often, parents don’t realize the dangers or how to help.
That’s why CHMF helps fund the Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program’s FitKids 360 initiative. In free weekly sessions, kids aged 5 to 17 and their families learn about nutrition, exercise and healthy behaviors from a dietician, exercise specialist and social worker.
Graduates can move on to a “couch to 5K” program of weekly fitness training culminating in the completion of a local 5K race.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT: SYNOPSIS
We provide funds for community, patient and family support and wellness programs, such as injury prevention, child life services, healing arts and art therapy, palliative care, and more.
$2,344,548 Community Benefit Dollars
We fund educational opportunities for pediatric professionals, students and caregivers to learn about the latest techniques to provide the best care for children. These programs include a pediatric research day, annual clinic days, medical education lectures and more.
We never outgrow our love of learning.
Over the years, we’ve made huge gains in our understanding of pediatric patients and our ability to make and keep them well. CHMF funds educational initiatives to share that knowledge with pediatric professionals across the state, assuring our kids receive the highest level of care.
The doctor is in the house.
Each year, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, through generous donations and endowments funds important lectures for area pediatricians. These lectures provide access to the latest knowledge, techniques and thinking for the practice of pediatrics. 2016 lectures include:
- The Alan Gruskin Nephrology Lecture
- The Joseph O. Reed Pediatric Imaging Lecture
- The Sophie Womack Neonatology Lecture
- The Melissa Ann Krinsky Hematology and Oncology Lecture
- The Kenneth E. Lewis Hematology and Oncology Lecture
132 participants. 8 lectures. 1 day of discovery.
For 58 years, CHM has hosted its Annual Clinic Days for Michigan physicians and health professionals. Last year, 132 pediatricians, family practitioners and residents heard specialists share the latest learning on pediatric eye problems, acne, Down Syndrome, STDs, congenital hand problems, immunodeficiency disorders and more.
The Clinic Days program garnered a 98% thumbs up from participants who were eager to apply the information to their day-to-day practice and understand better when to consult with a specialist.
These programs are funded by CHMF through the following endowed funds:
- Helen L. DeRoy Memorial Lecture Fund
- Paul V. Woolley Visiting Professorship Fund
- Dr. William A. Spitzley Endowment Fund
- Margaret Couzens Slattery Memorial Endowment Funds
- Ruben Kurnetz, MD Pediatric Resident Educational Endowment Fund
- Dr. Shelton L. Brenner Memorial Endowment Fund
Keeping nurses on the cutting edge of care.
Nurses embrace continuing education to provide the best care for children, reduce risk and make informed bedside decisions. That’s why CHMF funds the Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Pediatric Nursing Education Annual Conference.
Approximately 130 nurses from across Greater Detroit come together for a nationally recognized keynote speaker, sessions on research and best nursing practices, and poster presentations by their peers.
Together, they learn to incorporate innovative practices and research advances into their daily interaction with kids and families across southeast Michigan.
Pediatric Medical Education
$657,507 Medical Education Dollars
2016 IMPACT REPORT HIGHLIGHTS
Count the ways that program donors help Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation help children.
- Donate online at chmfoundation.org
- Attend a special event
- Organize an event
- In-kind donation of items through Snowpile or Adopt a Family programs
- Make a planned gift or establish an endowment
- Make a gift of securities
- Individuals can make a major contribution
- Corporations can award grants
or donations, create matching gift
opportunities or employee giving
programs or become sponsors
- Retailers can offer cause
related marketing programs for
shoppers to support CHMF
- Individuals can make a donation
through annual giving appeals,
tributes, memorials or the Gifts
of Gratitude program
130 YEARS AGO
caring philanthropists committed their time and treasure to support children’s health. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is honored to continue that legacy, giving all our children
MORE DAYS TO PLAY,
MORE NIGHTS TO DREAM,
AND MORE TIME TO JUST BE KIDS.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
3901 Beaubien St., Mail Slot #257
Detroit, Michigan 48201
For additional information, contact us at
313.964.6994 or visit chmfoundation.org.
On the cover: These works of art were created by children who were patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan through a healing arts program
funded by Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.