Jul 16, 2019

Boston Children's Hospital Report July 2019

Bubbles at the Hospital
Bubbles at the Hospital

Our most vital fund, The Every Child Fund empowers Boston Children’s to respond to a changing world with one goal: until every child is well.

Nurture every child

Sick children face more than medical treatments at a hospital. Important parts of their childhood also slip away. The Every Child Fund brings joy into the hospital with celebrations, puppies, arts and laughter to ease fear and hasten healing. Kindness that insurance doesn’t cover.

       32 specially trained therapy dogs

       nearly 14,000 children cheered by music therapists

       415 Thanksgiving dinners

Support every family

When a family has a sick child, their world can fall apart. Parents may need to leave their jobs, put their lives on hold, and face overwhelming choices. The Every Child Fund supports our family-centered care, so parents can focus on what’s most important—their child. These services, housing, interpreters and social workers are not covered by insurance.

       14,678 nights of subsidized housing

       over 20,000 meal vouchers

       over 100 interpreters

 Conquer every disease

We find solutions others can’t. Boston Children’s is home to the largest pediatric research center in the world. We tackle childhood diseases from every angle. Your fundraising dollars provide seed funding for the next break-through discoveries. Then, we share our treatments with the world through training and global programs.

       over 330 clinical trials

       300 global outreach programs

       3,000 scientists and researchers working on cures

Caring for a child includes costs adult hospitals don’t have–special-sized equipment to fit kids from the tiniest preemie to an adult-sized teen, extra support for families and research that unleashes cures to our most challenging childhood diseases. At Boston Children’s every dollar you give heals, supports and helps find cures. Every child thanks you.

        $1.08 1 child-sized blood pressure cuff

       $15.73 1 home-safety kit, including window locks, first aid kits and outlet covers

       $62.50 1-month supply of Twisty Straws to encourage sick kids to drink healing fluids

       $100 1 lab beaker

       $150 2 weeks of support sessions for patients, parents and siblings

       $163.52 1 year of food for a tank of zebrafish used to study cancer’s origins

       $341.76 3D model of child’s spine to help surgeons ‘see’ before surgery

Apr 19, 2019

Boston Children's Hospital Report April 2019

Our most vital fund, the Every Child Fund empowers us to respond to a changing world with one goal: to give every child a healthy future. Your gift supports our family-centered care: from big needs, like temporary housing and financial assistance, to small kindnesses that relieve stress. Families can focus on what's most important, their child. These services, so necessary and compassionate, are not covered by insurance. Here are some of the ways children and families are supported within the Hospital:

Creative Arts: Nearly 14,000 children have been cheered by our music therapists. Over $50,000 worth of crayons, stickers, bubbles, and balloons a year delight kids and distract them from painful procedures. On the Medical Intensive Unit, patients are often times intubated and scared, but with the support of our Creative Arts team, patients are engaged and even coloring!

Celebrations:  Children can be hospitalized at Boston Children’s Hospital for a day, a week or several months in order to receive the medical care they need. They are away from school, family and friends, perhaps many miles from home, dealing not just with illness, but also with loneliness and anxiety. We help families celebrate birthdays, holidays, and events for kids to look forward to. Special milestones include:

  • 1095 birthdays a year
  • 415 Thanksgiving dinners
  • 150 Halloween costumes
  • And countless bubbles parades for the end of chemotherapy

Support sessions, interpreters: Having a sick child can affect the entire family, including siblings. Social workers and support sessions make families feel less alone. We offer over 100 interpreters and 20 languages to help families who don’t speak English talk to doctors and caregivers. Interpreters are accessible 24/7. When they cannot make an in-person visit, phone calls or skype sessions are available.

Your support makes a difference in the eyes of patients, families and siblings. Your gift to the Every Child Fund does so much more than help our families catch a break. You allow parents to be fully present with their child – and to receive an extraordinary level of support, one we otherwise could not make possible. Thank you.

Jan 22, 2019

Boston Children's Hospital Report January 2019

Caleb, age 8 & dog Cody
Caleb, age 8 & dog Cody

What does a child miss most at the hospital? Being a kid. Celebrating small milestones, hugging their pets and playing with friends. These moments comfort a child and keep their spirits up. Happiness promotes healing. Your gift to the Every Child Fund brings childhood into their lives with play, celebrations, and furry friends.

The Pawprints Program, an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) at Boston Children’s Hospital is one the most popular program that Every Child Fund supports for 23 very furry and friendly reasons. The dogs and their handlers visit most inpatient units, including the ICUs and Oncology, and a number of outpatient clinics on the main campus and in our satellite locations. Sustained by your generosity, Pawprints dogs and handlers help dry tears, inspire breakthroughs and bring joy to countless children.

Before applying to the program, each dog must already be certified as a therapy dog. Then the dog and handler must undergo rigorous vetting before becoming official Pawprints members.

“Some are sleek; some are shaggy; some are large; some are small; some are young; others have been doing this a long time. Some tend to be quietly attentive, while others are perennially enthusiastic. After a while, all know their job well and do it with joy.”-   Dr. Amy Koel, behavioral evaluator and consultant, Pawprints program.

The hospital’s Child Life Department is instrumental in facilitating both the initial evaluations and the Pawprints patient visits. The Child Life Specialist in each area of the hospital determines which children may benefit most from the program and is present during each visit to help ensure the most positive experience for each child.

“Pawprints, and the dogs in particular, absolutely speak to children in ways that humans sometimes can't,” says Andrea Lerude, Child Life Specialist in the hospital’s 9 NorthWest Neurology unit. She adds, “I have witnessed children who were unable or unwilling to speak do so in the presence of a dog. One child had suffered a concussion and was not waking up to his mother's voice or touch—but he woke up to a dog. It is amazing!”

Caleb, age eight, has been a Boston Children’s Hospital patient since birth. His dad, Will, explains Caleb’s bond with Pawprints dog Cody. “Seeing Cody makes our visits here very worthwhile and sometimes it’s the only thing that actually gets him in the car, as he’s fighting me to know where we’re going. During our first visit with Cody, Caleb didn’t want to let him go. Caleb has been receiving intravenous immunoglobulin treatments and a few visits ago, he was having an off day, he wasn’t feeling well, and he fought the nurses. We had to watch and make sure he didn’t remove the IV, but as soon as Cody came in, it was a game changer. Caleb immediately didn’t care what was going on with him anymore. He just wanted to pet the dog, give lots of kisses, and walk up and down the hallway. Caleb and Cody enjoy a very special relationship, and for that we’re very grateful.”

With just a velvety nuzzle, a wet kiss or a soulful gaze, man’s best friend can soothe troubled spirits and bring sunshine on the rainiest of days. Thanks to your support of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Pawprints Program, canine companions lavish our young patients with attention, affection and healing love. On behalf of the children and families whose lives you have touched, our deepest gratitude.

PawPrint dog & patient
PawPrint dog & patient
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