Friday, March 24, 2017

Future of Children's Hospital can't be a return to the past

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"The current uncertainty at University Hospitals is a rare opportunity to elevate Children's Hospital and children's health care in Oklahoma."

"The future foundation of Children's Hospital, effecting treatment options for Oklahoma's most ill children, will be established by the authority in the next few weeks and months."

Monday, March 20, 2017

#ChildrensHospitalsWeek Announced for March 20-27, 2017

Awareness week encourages support for Children’s Hospital Foundation

Oklahoma City, OK [March 17, 2017] – To shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it, Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) is pleased to participate in the first #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, scheduled for March 20-27. CHF is one of 170 member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across North America participating in the weeklong initiative.

The following activities encourage support for children’s hospitals March 20-27:
  • Participate in the “My Miracle Child” bandage campaign on social media: Sport a bandage and write on it the name of a child who has benefitted from a children’s hospital, take a photo and share it with #ChildrensHospitalsWeek.
  • Celebrate Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen on Monday, March 20: Fans can receive a free, small soft serve cone at participating locations nationwide. Some locations will use this high-traffic day to raise critical funds for the local children’s hospital by accepting donations. 
  • Tune in to a Facebook Live-athon hosted by Nick Cannon on Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. (EST): The exciting, two-hour live event will feature appearances by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, legendary NFL quarterback Steve Young, singer Alli Simpson and a “Champion” child from every state and Canada, similar to CMN Hospitals’ trademark telethons. Catch the action at
  • Join the Twitch stream for Extra Life United from Thursday, March 23 – Saturday, March 25: Extra Life United is a gaming tournament where attendees experience the mission of CMN Hospitals, connect with other Extra Lifers from around the world, and compete in a gaming tournament to unlock a prize pool of at least $150,000 in funds for their local CMN Hospitals. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch.
  • Tune in for the Ace Hardware Celebrity Golf Shootout on Monday, March 27, at 5 p.m. (EST) on Golf Channel: A field of eight athletes competed in a series of golf challenges in early February 2017 in Hawaii. This year’s Ace Shootout raised more than $2 million for CMN Hospitals. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Ace Hardware Celebrity Golf Shootout has raised more than $20 million for kids treated at member CMN Hospitals.

#ChildrensHospitalsWeek will coincide with CMN Hospitals’ annual “Momentum” event, a gathering of 62 Champion kids from each state and Canada, along with CMN Hospitals’ hospital, corporate, radio and television partners near Orlando, Florida.

Ten-year-old Samantha was diagnosed three years ago with Chiari Malformation, a congenital defect in her skull. Samantha was also diagnosed with Scoliosis and Syringomyelia, disorders that affect her spinal cord. Samantha underwent decompression surgery in hopes of relieving some of her symptoms including back pain, stomach migraines, numbness and dizziness. 

Today, Samantha enjoys singing, art and swimming. She is a sweet girl who enjoys helping others. There is no cure for Samantha, but she believes that one day research doctors will discover one. Until then, she enjoys raising awareness and funds to support research and education through Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network.

“By establishing #ChildrensHospitalsWeek in 2017, we’re taking the opportunity to honor not only our Champions and partners, but also the hundreds of children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada who impact the lives of millions of children annually,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “We’re reminded daily of the fact that contributions of all sizes add up to provide critical funding for pediatric medical equipment, services, research and charitable care, and that community donations are vital for local kids in need.”

Children’s Hospital Foundation funds pediatric research and education programs, ultimately supporting The Children’s Hospital in serving every county in Oklahoma with more than 233,000 patient encounters. All funds raised through Children’s Hospital Foundation stay in Oklahoma so children will have access to exceptional pediatric specialists without having to leave the state, and no child is turned away from our programs regardless of ability to pay. 

To support Children’s Hospital Foundation, please call 405-271-2260 or visit

Children’s Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit 501c (3) organization in Oklahoma improving the health of children. Since its inception in 1983, Children’s Hospital Foundation, through its volunteer board, vast community support, and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign has funded pediatric re-search and education programs including collaborative projects with the OU Department of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Children’s Physicians and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust. For more information, contact Chief Executive Officer Kathy McCracken at 405.650.1718 or visit our website:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CBS Sunday Morning: Pediatric cancer: Miracles in small packages

CBS Sunday Morning this week focused on cancer treatment.

This piece touches on successes in fighting pediatric cancer and the medical challenges that can come with survival.

“'We’re making advances in certain childhood cancers that we hadn’t envisioned five years ago,' said Dr. Peter Adamson, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who heads up the nationwide Children’s Oncology Group.

"If there’s a downside to saving children’s lives, it’s that most young cancer survivors are in for problems down the road.

“'We have children who as teenagers require hip replacements because of our treatment,' said Dr. Adamson. 'Then, there are a number of children who by the time they’re in their 20s, early 30s experience heart failure.'”

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