Boston Children's Hospital Every Child Fund

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Boston Children's Hospital Every Child Fund
Boston Children's Hospital Every Child Fund
Boston Children's Hospital Every Child Fund
Boston Children's Hospital Every Child Fund
Boston Children's Hospital Every Child Fund

The Every Child Fund helps bring lifesaving answers to kids at Boston Children’s Hospital. Philanthropic support helps conquer disease through cutting-edge research happening only here at our hospital; nurture hospitalized children through healing programs like music therapy, art sessions and inspiring dog visits; and support patient families with temporary housing near the hospital, stress-reducing therapies and more. You gift helps kids, like Laila, who come from every state and nearly 100 countries to get lifesaving care.

When Laila got sick, her parents knew they needed to leave their home in Egypt to save her. They lost another child years before because they couldn’t find answers.

Fourteen-month-old Laila had been misdiagnosed nine times by physicians in Egypt and was critically ill. After being treated incorrectly with steroids, her bones were so weak that she broke both of her legs. When a friend in the U.S. told her family about Boston Children’s, they made a desperate 5,500-mile journey to save their child.

At Boston Children’s, a team of specialists and researchers discovered that Laila has an extremely rare, genetic condition—there are only 100 cases reported worldwide. “It’s not one in a million. It’s closer to one in a billion,” says mom, Aya. “But I know Boston Children’s is the best place to be for rare and complex cases. They never give up on Laila and now we have hope.”

Boston has become the family’s second home and they don’t regret the sacrifices they had to make. Laila’s dad, Karim, still works in Egypt to support his family and travels as often as he can to be with them. Aya left a successful career as a teacher and hopes someday to become an interpreter at the hospital to help other families like theirs.

Now 5, Laila is cared for by a dedicated team of Boston Children’s specialists from across the hospital and she participates in two research studies. There are still many unknowns surrounding her health, but for now, she’s thriving. The energetic preschooler enjoys time on the playground with her older sister. Laila loves to run, jump, sing and has started taking ballet lessons.

Watch this video to see how you can change the lives of families like Laila’s.

Your gift empowers us to continue caring for children and families both here in Boston, and around the world. Thank you for your support of Boston Children’s Hospital!

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The Every Child Fund (ECF) is Boston Children's Hospital's unrestricted philanthropic fund, which supports the hospital’s greatest needs in the areas of patient care, medical education, research and community health initiatives. Given the increased demands on pediatric health care, the ECF is a critical resource for hospital leadership to direct funds toward highest priorities and critical needs.

When you support the Every Child Fund, you help develop healing therapies, uncover cures for childhood diseases and meet the needs of countless families in distress. As the world changes, our priorities change with it. Crises arise. Opportunities appear. And through it all, our Every Child Fund donors are with us—a vital resource in an unpredictable world.

Patient Care/Family Resources: When a child is very sick, the whole family suffers. Parents make tough sacrifices; siblings may be separated; everyone feels helpless and scared. The families in our care need emotional support, distraction from the long days of hospitalization and healing services that let kids reconnect with their creative, inquisitive selves. Many families struggle with expenses that insurance doesn’t cover, such as food and rent or a place to stay while their child receives treatment. Support to the Every Child Fund provides all of this and more. Child Life Services, patient family housing, extraordinary needs funding— your generosity grows our capacity to meet the needs of more families so they can focus on what’s important, their child.

Research: Boston Children’s operates the world’s largest pediatric research enterprise—an engine that produces and shares knowledge at an unparalleled rate. Our physician-scientists are pursuing new treatments for hundreds of pediatric diseases and collaborating with experts around the globe to bring these solutions to the children who need them most. Your philanthropy equips scientists with state-of-the art technology and gives us the flexibility to act on new research opportunities when they surface.

Community: Children who grow up in poverty face tremendous obstacles—homelessness, inferior schools, violence and loss. They suffer illness and injury at higher rates than kids from more affluent families and are statistically less likely to receive treatment. As a safety net hospital, we serve more low-income children than any other provider in the Boston area. Your unrestricted support extends our comprehensive care and resources to more than 26,000 underserved children and sustains community programs that curtail obesity, asthma and emotional and behavioral disorders in Boston and beyond.

Medical Education: Vital to the future of health care, medical training is a major part of Boston Children’s mission. We train more pediatric residents than any institution in the country, and our trainees go on to lead in communities around the world. Through global observerships, a sophisticated simulation program and our online training platform, OPEN-Pediatrics, we share our medical expertise with clinicians everywhere. Gifts to the Every Child Fund plays an important role in educating the next generation of scientists and caregivers.

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Your unconditional gift to the Every Child Fund helps Boston Children's change the future of health for every child, here and around the world. With your support, we aim to nurture every child, support every family, and conquer every disease.

 

We’d like to share two exciting initiatives Boston Children’s announced earlier this year: the launch of the Sandra L. Fenwick Institute for Pediatric Health Equity and Inclusion, and a new partnership with Franciscan Children’s.

 

Launch of Sandra L. Fenwick Institute for Pediatric Health Equity and Inclusion

On October 14, 2021, Boston Children’s Hospital announced the creation of the Sandra L. Fenwick Institute for Pediatric Health Equity and Inclusion, a major initiative to advance pediatric health equity. Supported by more than $20 million in initial funding, the Institute will advance the hospital’s leadership in child health and help ensure that all children receive the care they need and deserve. The Institute is named in honor of Ms. Fenwick, Boston’s Children’s former CEO, who retired earlier this year. The Fenwick Institute will focus on the elimination of pediatric health disparities through pioneering research that advances clinical care. The Institute will also serve as a model among U.S. children’s hospitals with its work to address inequities internally, in how it treats patients and recruits and retains workers. Ultimately, the Institute will work to influence public policy and drive systemic change that will make health care equitable for all children.

 

Partnership with Franciscan Children’s

Boston Children's and Franciscan Children's recently announced a new partnership with the goal of addressing gaps in access to quality behavioral health care for children. Franciscan Children’s will become part of the Boston Children’s corporate family. The two hospitals will combine their collective experience and expertise to create a unique system of pediatric behavior health and rehabilitative care, research and teaching that will improve the lives of children and families in Massachusetts, New England and throughout the country. This partnership expands a longstanding collaboration between Boston Children’s and Franciscan Children’s that has included clinical coordination, preferred provider arrangements, staffing/coverage arrangements and advocacy for children’s issues. New investments are envisioned which will consolidate and expand upon acute care services and help to ensure that children are able to access the right care, at the right time, and in the right setting.

 

Both of these initiatives, made possible by generosity from donors like you, will help us to provide more equitable healthcare to children near and far. Every child—from every neighborhood and every nation— deserves a chance to grow up healthy. Thank you for joining us in making the world a better place to be a kid.

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When you support the Every Child Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital, you help develop healing therapies, uncover cures for childhood diseases and meet the needs of countless families in distress. As the world changes, our priorities change with it. Crises arise. Opportunities appear. And through it all, our Every Child Fund donors are with us – you are a vital resource in an unpredictable world.

With your generosity, Boston Children’s is able to continue caring for our patients near and far, while also continuing life-savingresearch:

Supporting the Community

Children who grow up in poverty face tremendous obstacles – homelessness, inferior schools, violence and loss. They suffer illness and injury at higher rates than kids from more affluent families and are statistically less likely to receive treatment. As a safetynet hospital, we serve more low-income children than any other provider in the Boston area. Your unrestricted support provides comprehensive primary care to more than 22,000 underserved children and sustains community programs that curtail obesity, asthma and emotional and behavioral disorders in Boston and beyond.

Advancing Research

Boston Children’s operates the world’s largest pediatric research enterprise—an engine that produces and shares knowledge at an unparalleled rate. Our physician-scientists are pursuing new treatments for hundreds of pediatric diseases and collaborating with experts around the globe to bring these solutions to the children who need them most. Your philanthropy equips scientists with state-of-the-art technology and gives us the flexibility to act on new research opportunities when they surface.

Without the support donors like you, none of this would be possible. From all of us at Boston Children’s – thank you!

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The Every Child Fund, which is Boston Children’s Unrestricted Philanthropic Fund, supports the hospital’s greatest needs in patient care, research, medical education/training and community health initiatives. Given the increasing demand on pediatric health care and continued challenging economic times, the Every Child Fund is a critical resource for the hospital’s executive leadership to direct funds for high priorities/critical needs.

When parents seek treatment for a child who is ill, they hope for exceptional care – treatments employing state of the art technology based on sound science. They need compassion – a place of comfort to alleviate anxiety, fear and pain. They expect expertise – a hub of excellence, where the world’s leading specialists work tirelessly to invent better treatments and cures. Boston Children’s Hospital is that place – where world class, compassionate care and research come together to offer hope for young patients and families.

Your support of the hospital’s programs helps us meet a growing number of requests for assistance, resources and services while keeping our commitment to innovation and excellence.

 

In Our Community and Around the Globe

Boston Children’s Hospital serves children globally and throughout the United States, with a local community focus in greater Boston. Children’s serves as the safety net for New England's kids, caring for 90% of Massachusetts’ sickest kids, and more than 50% of all pediatric patients hospitalized in Boston. In addition, a third of the children who come to Children’s are uninsured or have public coverage, which makes us the largest provider of health care to low-income children in our state.

Beyond the walls of the hospital, Boston Children’s extends care into the surrounding low-income communities of Boston providing important and relevant prevention and outreach services. Philanthropy ensures that we can continue to assist these families with extraordinary needs, provide case management services and address the health issues most impacting our children like childhood obesity and nutrition, asthma, mental health, cardiac care, neurology/child development and injury prevention/trauma.

Your gift empowers us to continue caring for children and families both here in Boston, and around the world. Thank you for your support of Boston Children’s Hospital!

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