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

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.

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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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In a bedroom on a quiet street in Boston, a child waits. In a crowded village on the outskirts of Kigali, a child waits. For care, for treatment, for hope. Above all, a child waits for the kindness of a stranger.

Someone, like you, who believes that no child should live in pain. No child should struggle to walk, eat, or breathe. No parent should hear “there’s nothing we can do.” With your support, we will save lives.

Your unconditional gift helps us respond to a changing world with one goal: to give all children a healthy future. Every penny goes directly to support Boston Children's lifesaving work for children and families.

Boston Children's is home to the largest research center at a pediatric hospital, treating the sickest children and most complex cases. Our doctors, researchers, nurses and clinicians work tirelessly to find cures. When scientists and caregivers work side-by-side, new discoveries happen daily and more children are saved everywhere.

Boston Children’s has over 228 clinical trials are taking place at any given moment. About one third are behavior studies and the rest are therapeutic, searching for new treatments.

We lead the world in health innovation, such as: 3D models to help doctors practice before surgery, robots that look like teddy bears to collect data, implanted devices that grow with a child, to prevent repeat surgeries, using a child's own genes to create new cures.

Boston Children's shares our resources and discoveries with the world through over 300 global health projects, local training, fellowships, and grants. Our global outreach has more depth than ever before.

Grateful patient families express their thanks to Boston Children’s.

“Your kindness helped give us birthdays, T-ball games, kindergarten, first grade, today and beyond.” Jon, Dad of Emma

“If it was going to help her live, then why not try it? Without Boston Children's she wouldn't be here.” Avery's grandma

We're home to the largest pediatric research center in the nation. We find solutions others can't. Then, we share our discoveries with the world. Your gift helps save lives.

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 provides essential support and shows faith in our mission. Thank you.

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BCH #1 Hospital
BCH #1 Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital has been quietly changing the future of health for every child, here and around the world, since 1869. Named the number one children's hospital for care in the country, we are also the largest research center for pediatric health. We find solutions others can't while caring for the whole child.

To care for a sick child, parents may need to leave their jobs, put their lives on hold, and face overwhelming choices. 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.

Meal + parking vouchers: Over 20,000 meal vouchers sustain families whose savings may be depleted by the expenses of caring for a sick child. Our parking program helps over 1,300 families in need.

Stress relievers: Staying in the hospital around the clock can drain spirits and energy. Yoga classes, Reiki, massages, family coffee groups and other services ease stress and restore energy.

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.

Patient family housing: Families travel from all over the world for the medical expertise only Boston Children's can offer. This year families spent 14,678 nights in safe, subsidized housing.

The Patient Family Housing Program provides 42 families who live 50 miles or more away from Boston with a place to sleep, bathe, cook, do laundry and more. The program began in 2004 with 13 rooms in the Devon Nicole House. In 2009, the Yawkey Family Inn was acquired to add 22 rooms for families. In the last three years, seven one-bedroom apartments were added next door at the Longwood Galleria. Record-keeping officially began in 2010 and since then 16,000 families and 20,000 reservations have been recorded. While some families stay for only one night, others stay for over a year.

With nightly costs from $30-$70, the program provides an inexpensive alternative to high-priced accommodations in Boston, peace of mind, as well as a 'home away from home'. There are several free and low cost amenities including volunteer meals, arts and crafts activities, laundry, shuttle service to and from the hospital, and tickets to various museums and activities around Boston. All offerings are intended to make families feel comfortable and stay connected during a difficult time.

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.

Yawkey Family Inn
Yawkey Family Inn

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Yawkey Family Inn
Yawkey Family Inn

Boston Children’s Hospital is the place where life-changing care and world-changing research come together to produce excellence in disease treatment, scientific understanding, medical training, and healthier lifestyles for kids. Your support of The Every Child Fund helps us thrive in each area.

The Hale Family Center for Families provides a full range of logistical, informational, and emotional supports for families. This is where families turn for everything from financial help, to educational materials on their child’s illness, to training on medical procedures they’ll need to perform at home. It is where we offer wellness programs to help parents take care of themselves so they can be stronger for their children. Extraordinary Needs funding helps the Hale Family Center for Families alleviate the financial burdens that patient families face, paying for utilities, accommodations and more. In 2017, there were 165 requests totaling $94,451 which included support for telephone, gas/ heat, rent/mortgage, Target gift cards, education and memorial services.

A critical need the Hale Family Center for Families fulfills is a resource for patient family housing. To be at their child’s side at Boston Children’s Hospital, parents may leave their job, their home, other loved ones—and scramble for a place to stay in one of the costliest cities in the United States. Nearly 3,000 families from outside Massachusetts come to Boston Children’s each year for inpatient care. They soon discover that hotel rates are exorbitant. The financial burden can be crushing, diverting parents from their primary mission: to provide love, solace, and hope to their ailing child. That’s why we’ve made affordable patient family housing a top priority. Boston Children’s is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and convenient place to stay to all patient families who need one. Housing assistance is, of course, not covered by health insurance, so philanthropic support is essential. 

The hospital runs a Patient Family Housing Program which provides affordable accommodations for families while their children receive the medical care they need from Boston Children's. The program offers housing at three locations: the Devon Nicole House, the Yawkey Family Inn and units at the Longwood Galleria Apartments. Last year nearly 2,000 families stayed under our roofs for an average of 8 days each.

Wyatt, 2, has two airway conditions; he and his parents came to Boston Children’s from across the country to receive the highly specialized care he needs. Currently, Wyatt requires weekly treatments to stay healthy. Refusing to leave his side, his parents now live in a trailer in Massachusetts—while still facing household expenses in their home state, where their two other children live under their grandmother’s care. Wyatt’s father took a necessary unpaid leave from work, while Wyatt’s mother became a traveling nurse to make up the deficit. But, her single income couldn’t sustain two homes, three children and mounting medical care. Extraordinary needs funds alleviated significant stressors by helping with food, parking and electric bills, ensuring Wyatt’s parents could support their entire family, near and far.

 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.

Volunteers at the Yawkey Family Inn
Volunteers at the Yawkey Family Inn
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