Monthly Archives: October 2011

Join us for the MN MUSIC 4 MN KIDS CD release party Nov. 13

We’re excited to share news about MN MUSIC 4 MN KIDS, new collaboration between Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and some of the most talented musicians in our state. Each of the artists on this album donated their time and talent for one reason: They care about Minnesota’s kids.

All proceeds from the CD and the event will support Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and our commitment to providing the best possible care to all children. Come to our release party Nov. 13 to see some of the bands and grab the CD! Continue reading

The artist behind our new stained-glass pieces

Barbara Benson Keith resides is one of the many Minnesota artists contributing to our Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal Project. Here, you can see what goes into Barbara’s stained-glass pieces, many of which you can also see at Children’s – Minneapolis.

Barbara is a self-taught mosaic artist who has been creating glasswork since 2004. Her public works can be found in California, Texas, Iowa, and throughout Minnesota. In addition to her mosaic work, Keith also works as a freelance graphic designer, writes and illustrates children’s books and is a professional actress and director. She has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Hamline University. See all of the pieces Barbara is creating for Children’s.

The sculptors behind our Healing Garden pieces

Outside of the entryway of the Children’s Specialty Center on the corner of Chicago Avenue and 26th Street is a healing garden open to the public. Dan and Lee Ross have designed a family of animals created out of Minnesota granite as part of our Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal Project. There is the snowshoe hare “Listen,” the owl “NightWatch,” the otter “Play,” the black bear and cub “Comfort” and the lynx “Wild side.” The forms are smooth and rounded like large beach stones with textured areas inviting children and adults to touch, hug, play and interact. The animals are there day and night, in good and bad weather like trusted friends.

About the Artists
Dan and Lee Ross reside in Hovland, Minnesota. According to the Ross’, some of their most uplifting and rewarding sculpting experiences have centered on helping people through the healing process. They specialize in using ancient materials to create modern stone and ceramic sculptures, and frequently find inspiration for their work in the northern forests of Minnesota and the calming waters of Lake Superior. The Ross’ studied at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and St. Cloud State University. See photos of each of the sculptures.

Ashley’s Wish: To see the Vikings beat the Packers

When six-year-old Ashley was asked by Make-A-Wish what she would like to wish for, she responded, “I want the Vikings to beat the Packers.”  Her request was a little outside the realm of what Make-A-Wish could promise, so they granted her second wish: a trip to Disney World.  Needless to say, Ashley is a huge Vikings fan.

Ashley was diagnosed with leukemia 10 months ago and has been receiving chemotherapy at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  After hearing about her first wish, her doctor, Joanna Perkins, decided to reach out and see if Ashley could go to the Vikings-Packers game at Mall of America Field.

Thanks to the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (which donated tickets to sit in a luxury suite for Ashley and her mom) and the Vikings (who coordinated an incredible pre-game visit for Ashley, her mom, and Dr. Perkins), Ashley had a VIP Vikings day.

Ashley spent an hour out on the field before the game. She presented some cheerleaders with a poster that she made.  She got her picture taken with former Vikings players, and the Vikings mascots.  She got to high-five the players on their way into the locker room (including her three favorites: Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson, and Jared Allen).   And she was in the middle of the action as the players were introduced before the start of the game.

Her wish seemed to be coming true when the Vikings took a lead into halftime.  Even though her favorite team eventually lost, she and her mom shared an experience they will never forget.

Making Halloween safe and fun for your family

Jeri Kayser, a Child Life specialist at Children’s, wrote this post for families.

Halloween is so entrenched in our culture that when you hear the word you are going to get as many diverse opinions about it as there are costumes on the racks at big box stores. There are also countless opportunities to gather information about making this a safe holiday. Additionally, each family is going to develop their own traditions of celebrating, or not celebrating, this holiday. So how can we add to the conversation?

I would argue that there is a developmental perspective that can help guide us as to when children are ready to be part of the festivities and how to best prepare them. Half the fun of having kids in your life is reliving the joys of childhood. Often this eagerness to be a kid again can make us overlook our children’s readiness to participate in Halloween as we buy out all of the fake blood at the store for “the most awesome haunted house ever!” Continue reading

What effect can “secondhand TV” have on infants?

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines on media use for children under age 2, and raised the issue of “secondhand TV.” While repeating its original advice from 1999 that infants should not watch television, it also addressed the issue of televisions being on in the background for the first time.

“Many times with television, although there is a lot of educational programming that is out there, the term ‘educational’ can be used very loosely,” Paul Melchert, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s, told Fox 9 last night. “Kids under age 2 seem to learn better from interactive free play, exploring things on their own and at their own pace.”

Watch Dr. Melchert’s full interview above, and read more about the study in the Star Tribune.

Minnesota Wild Captain Mikko Koivu sponsors private patient rooms at Children’s – St. Paul

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu checks out one of the rooms he sponsored at Children's - St. Paul for the first time.

Today, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu announced a generous donation to Children’s – St. Paul to sponsor two private patient rooms in the new Neuroscience and Epilepsy Center. The rooms will be decorated with Wild and Koivu memorabilia, photos, posters and collectibles.

The Wild have been long-time supporters of Children’s. Koivu has been a frequent visitor, spending time with patients and families. On a recent tour of Children’s, he wanted to do something to give back and decided to sponsor two private patient rooms.

Unfortunately, rooms on this floor will not be open to families until Children’s receives philanthropic support for all the private patient rooms on this unit. That’s why generous acts like this are so important to Children’s, and why Koivu is asking others in the business community to consider touring the facility to see firsthand the care that is provided.

If you’d like to join Koivu in his spirit of generosity, please consider making a gift to Children’s by contacting Jennifer Peterson at our Foundation by calling 612-813-7075.