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 27


Luanne Thomas Ewald –  CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

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

Dr. Rajen Mody – Dr. Rajen Mody is the Director of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at the University of Michigan

Dr. Robert Shaner – Superintendent for the Rochester Community School District and will share an update on the district’s efforts towards mental health.

Episode 26


Mike Veny –  One of the world’s leading mental health speakers and a high-energy drum corporate drumming event facilitator.

Shenandoah Chefalo – Author, foster care advocate, and a keynote speaker

Scott Kaufman – CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Episode 25


Dr. Richard Humes –  Chief of Cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Jai Reddy – Founder of LifeLab Kids Foundation

Paul W. Smith – Morning host on WJR-760 AM radio and a philanthropist.


Episode 25


Dr. Richard Humes –  Chief of Cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Jai Reddy – Founder of LifeLab Kids Foundation

Paul W. Smith – Morning host on WJR-760 AM radio and a philanthropist.

Episode 24


Bill Marra is the Vice President of External Affairs and the Executive Director of the Changing Lives Together Foundation – Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare.

Dr. Ken Blanchette is the Associate Vice President Academic St. Clair College

Dr. Rudolph Valentini is the Group Chief Medical Officer for the Detroit Medical Center and is a Pediatric Nephrologist at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Episode 23


Dr. Elizabeth Koshmann – Program Director, TRAILS

Gail Urso – Co-Founder and Vice President, Kevin’s Song

Leou Nouhan – Conference Coordinator, Kevin’s Song

Anthony Grupido – Magician, Keynote speaker, and CHMF Ambassador

Episode 22


Angela Moloney – President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan.

Dr. Dennis Martell –  Executive Director of the Health Promotion Department and the Executive Director of the National Social Norms Center at Michigan State University.

John Dentel is a thoracic and pediatric cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Episode 21


Theresa Diefenbach & Scott Killingbeck – Scott Killingbeck President of Festival of Trees, and Theresa Diefenbach, Administrator of Festival of Trees

John James – Conservative Republican running for US Senate from Michigan.

Mark Smith – Chief Marketing Officer for Northwestern Mutual – Troy.

Episode 20


Debora Matthews – President & CEO of the Children’s Center

James Macon – Executive Clinical Director for Centria Healthcare and founder of ABA Learning Lab, an educational blog and podcast

Garlin Gilchrist – Lieutenant Governor Candidate for the State of Michigan focused on implementing policy decisions that keep children and families as a priority.

Episode 19


Luanne Thomas Ewald – CEO Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Amy Wyckoff – Children’s Healthcare Advocate

Tonya Klein – Founder of the Healing Kids Foundation

Brett Tillander – President & CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb Counties

Episode 18


Naomi Howrani –  Director of Development, Cristo Rey High School

Ken Daniels – Red Wings announcer and co-founder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation

Arlyn Daniels – Daughter of Ken Daniels and CHMF intern working on the Jamie Daniels Foundation partnership

Lynette Dowler – President of the DTE Energy Foundation

Nancy Moody – Vice President of Public Affairs, DTE Energy

Episode 17


Senator Debbie Stabenow – A Nationally recognized leader in healthcare

Doug Maibach – Executive Vice President of Barton Malow Company

Donna Murray-Brown – President and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association

Episode 16


Janel Coppens, Principal and Head of School – Austin Catholic High School

Bill Harrington – Board member of Austin Catholic High School

Dr. Justin Klein – Director of the Burn Center at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Kevin Brown – Director of Community Relations for the Red Wings

Episode 15


Eric Hipple – Former NFL player and current mental health advocate

Kari Walker – CEO of the Guidance Center

Dr. Michael Klein – Pediatric Surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Episode 14


Rishi Moudgil – Founding executive director for GreenLight Fund Detroit

Dr. Krista Clancy – Program Director at the University Pediatricians Autism Center

Ann Patronik – Regional Manager at the University Pediatricians Autism Center

Jim Hughes – Executive Director of CATCH

Episode 13


Alexander Zonjic – Professional Flutist

Robbie Buhl – Former IndyCar driver and founder of Teen Street Skills

Patt Wright – CEO of Racing for Kids

Episode 12


Lorron James – President & CEO of James Group International

Judge Linda Davis of the 41B District Court

Dr. Thomas Forbes – Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Labratory at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Episode 11


Pete Lucido – State Representative of the 36th District in Michigan

Dhani Jones – Former NFL player and founder of the Bow Tie Cause

Jon Steinbrecher – Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference

Episode 10

Peter Cummings  – Founder of Executive Chairman of The Platform

Ryan LaFontaine – Chairman of the 2018 North American International Auto Show and Chief Executive Officer at LaFontaine Automotive Group

Nick Consiglio – President of Kids Without Cancer

Kate Kesner – Special Events and Corporate Giving Manager, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

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 year 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.


Caring For Kids: On The Go

Caring For Kids: On The Go is a video series hosted by Foundation interns. Each month our interns speak with individuals and organizations working to advance the health and wellness of children in the community.

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