Young Patient & Fan
Thank you for helping Boston Children’s Hospital save precious 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 support enables us to treat the whole child, support families, and fund world-changing research.
Your gift to the Every Child Fund directly supports the scientific breakthroughs and care advances that bring patients from all over the world. Here’s how philanthropic support is helping the sickest children get better:
Pioneering therapies: Cardiac surgeons have already saved babies’ lives using an astonishing new technique that employs the microscopic engines of cells—called mitochondria—as spare parts to preserve otherwise dying heart cells. Mitochondrial therapy is expected to heal hearts faster and stronger, and in the future could be applied to restore cell function in a wide range of diseases.
Revolutionary practices: Hollywood-style special effects, robotics and 3D printing can make surgery faster and safer. In our Pediatric Simulator Program, surgeons train on lifelike mannequins whose blood vessels, bone and skin behave and feel like the real thing. They rehearse complicated operations using patient-specific 3D-printed models that replicate a child’s anatomy with such fidelity the actual operation will be almost déjà vu.
Healing through play: Sometimes the best medicine doesn’t come from a bottle or a syringe. A dog’s sweet nuzzle, a lighthearted game, the soothing notes of a familiar song can heal children in ways that other methods cannot. The vital “extra” patient services that Boston Children’s provides can lower blood pressure and respiration rates, increase production of pain-fighting endorphins and bring comfort to sick children when they need it most. But such child life services are not reimbursable by insurance companies and are thus among the most difficult to fund.
Your support improves patient outcomes and has never been more crucial and will bring ground-breaking treatments and hope to families—until every child is well. Thank you so very much for your ongoing support of this important mission.