Giving Tuesday: A Day for Everyone, Everywhere, to GIVE!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, this day kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year.

Join the movement with our 3 Ways to Give:

Purchase a Ticket to the Sixth Annual Cheers for Children Event
Leaders for Kids, in affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is hosting its 6th Annual Cheers for Children event! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Make a donation!
Your contribution will provide resources needed to conduct life-saving pediatric research, advocate for children and their safety, and help educate future generations of health care professionals.

Show your support for pediatric cancer programs with bow ties and scarves!
The bow tie has been a fashion icon of the well-dressed for many decades.The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation has combined this increasingly popular style with the cause of raising awareness of the work of the CHM Foundation, as well as raising funds to support pediatric cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The design for this bow tie and scarf was inspired by a Children’s Hospital of Michigan patient.

To pre-order your bow ties and scarves send us an email here.


Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Hosts Legislative Roundtable

Nearly two dozen local, county and state officials learned about the future direction of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation August 15 at the first-ever Legislative Roundtable at the Detroit Athletic Club.  Foundation staff were joined by several board members in a lively discussion about the organizations emerging health priority areas and ways these elected and appointed leaders could support the work of the Foundation.

The Roundtable kicked off with a welcome from Dave Coulter, Director of External Affairs for the Foundation, followed by an update on the Foundation’s new strategic direction presented by Foundation President and CEO, Lawrence J. Burns.

“Hosting this Legislative Roundtable was extremely timely and important.  As the Foundation plans to make a bigger difference in the community, meeting with elected officials is a great starting point,” stated Burns.

For the discussion portion of the meeting, attendees had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the major issues children face in their communities and districts.   Throughout the conversation, several topics seemed to be prevalent in all districts, including mental health, childhood obesity, youth activities and programming to support children and their  families.

“The feedback provided from today’s discussion will help us narrow the priority areas to focus on the major issues within the community to help make a bigger impact in Michigan,” said Coulter.

The Foundation plans to host future Legislative Roundtables to continue the discussions and to engage other communities and leaders about the pediatric health and wellness issues of importance to them.

“The future of our Foundation is to be seen as a community foundation for children,” said Burns. “These leaders can help us make Michigan a great place to raise children.”

To learn more about the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, visit  


Shower of Love Holds Their 17th Event

In 1991, Cathy Hasse and her three childhood friends decided they wanted to give back to the community but didn’t know how. They quickly researched potential opportunities and discovered the Clothes Closet at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Hasse and friends came up with the idea of holding a baby shower themed event called Showers of Love. An event that was originally planned to be a one-time endeavor, now in its 17th year, has volunteers donating clothes and gift cards for families and children in need.

A dedicated long-time volunteer was honored at the event on May 24, 2017 at the Italian American Banquet and Conference Center. Heather Remo – a woman in her 90s –donates her time and various clothing items each year.This year, she hand knitted 60 pairs of booties for this event. Cathy claims that it is volunteers like Heather that makes the event successful. She is proud to claim, “all of the money we raise goes to children.”

Children Hospital of Michigan Foundation proudly supports the Clothes Closet at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. This service provides casual clothing, outerwear, and layette items to hospitalized patients and families in need. For more information, please visit our website at



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.

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.   Make your donation today at

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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.

To view more photos, CLICK HERE!

To learn more about Koh’s, visit


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