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About Jimmy Bellamy

Social media specialist, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Give a $5, share a high five for Children’s Minnesota

Donate $5 to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota at, capture your best high five in a photo or video, share it and tag five friends to do the same, using #givea5. (Photo by Jonathan Matters)

Jimmy Bellamy

Alyse Erickson’s smile is worth a million dollars. Everyone who has met her would agree. What’s amazing is that the 5-year-old has smiled and high-fived her way through every needle poke and procedure during treatment for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

I don’t have a beautiful smile like Alyse, but I can high-five with the best of ’em. With that in mind, my colleagues at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and I want these high fives to be worth something, too.

As a non-profit, Children’s Minnesota relies on your generosity to help us continually create better health care for kids. We can continue to give Alyse and all kids the best care possible with your help.

Introducing Give a $5

Participate in Give a $5 by donating $5 to Children’s Minnesota. Or $15. Or $50. Or even $500. All donations are welcome, and every bit helps — plus they’re tax deductible.

How do you Give a $5? It’s easy.

  • Go to to donate.
  • Capture your best high five in a photo or video.
  • Share it on social media and tag five friends to do the same, using the hashtag #givea5.

You also can use our digital toolkit to customize your social sharing experience. Join our movement and help us care for the most amazing people on earth.

Jimmy Bellamy is the social media specialist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

“Children’s Pedcast”: Giving season begins at Children’s Minnesota

subscribe_blogAnnie Waters, the director of annual giving in the foundation at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, talks about fundraising, philanthropy and how to donate as we head into giving season.

The foundation at Children’s Minnesota raises money, year-round, through signature and third-party events, as well as the generosity of supporters and donors. Philanthropy continues near the end of the year with Give to the Max Day (Nov. 12) and the holiday season.

“Children’s Pedcast” can be heard on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, YouTube and Vimeo.

Sanofi US voluntarily recalls all Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injectors


Epinephrine injection manufacturer Sanofi US has voluntarily recalled all Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) products on the market, including 0.15 and 0.3 milligrams strength, because they potentially could deliver an inaccurate dosage. It’s possible that Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota patients or families may have received a prescription for this product.

Please contact your health care provider for a replacement prescription. In the event of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), patients should only use their Auvi-Q device if another epinephrine auto-injector isn’t available, and then call 911.

Go to for a list of frequently asked questions and more information regarding the recall. Call 1 (877) 319-8963 or 1 (866) 726-6340 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for information about how to return Auvi-Q devices. Sanofi US will reimburse out-of-pocket costs to those with proof of purchase of epinephrine auto-injectors.


FDA: Information on Sanofi US voluntary recall


EpiPen Auto-Injector manufacturer Mylan has confirmed it has additional products available for those affected by the Auvi-Q recall.

“Children’s Pedcast”: How Make-A-Wish Minnesota grants wishes

subscribe_blogDr. Joanna Perkins, an oncologist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Carleen Crouse, program manager at Make-A-Wish Minnesota, join the show to talk about Make-A-Wish Minnesota, its relationship with Children’s Minnesota, the wish-granting process and the hospital’s role in a patient’s wish. Crouse also talks about how many wishes are granted each year and shares a variety of wishes Make-A-Wish Minnesota has granted.

“Children’s Pedcast” can be heard on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, YouTube and Vimeo.

Supporters to walk at Mall of America for hydrocephalus awareness

sur_lfs_appointment_20140311_ch_075In summer 2016, the Twin Cities will be the center of the hydrocephalus universe when it hosts the Hydrocephalus Association’s biennial national conference in Minneapolis. But on Saturday and Sunday they get a head start.

subscribe_blogThe Minnesota-Twin Cities Walk and Networking Weekend for hydrocephalus, a chronic condition caused by an excessive buildup of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, takes place Sunday at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and its neurosurgery program are sponsors of the event.

Check-in for the walk is 7 a.m., kickoff is at 8 and the walk starts on the first floor at 8:15. There is a pre-walk networking event from 5-9 p.m. Saturday on the fourth floor in the Mall of America’s Executive Suites near the Skydeck.

11 facts about hydrocephalus (from the Hydrocephalus Association):

  • One million Americans live with hydrocephalus.
  • Brain surgery related to hydrocephalus is performed every 15 minutes.
  • Each year, hydrocephalus is the cause of more than 39,000 brain surgeries.
  • For people living with hydrocephalus, the only cure for a headache is brain surgery.
  • Anyone at any age can develop hydrocephalus.
  • The only treatment for hydrocephalus is brain surgery.
  • Hydrocephalus is the most common reason for brain surgery in kids.
  • NPH (normal pressure hydrocephalus), usually developed later in life, often is misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Many troops who suffer a traumatic brain injury while serving eventually develop hydrocephalus.
  • Hydrocephalus is a lifelong condition; it can’t “go into remission.”
  • There is no cure for hydrocephalus.

M0521_AMB_SUR_Hydrocephalus handout_Print_Page_2How you can help

September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month. This year the Hydrocephalus Association launched a campaign called “Turn the Country Hydrocephalus Blue!” to help raise awareness.


Tell us why your child’s school year will be amazing

Share a picture of your child's first day of school, and he or she could be our Student of the Day.

Share a picture of your child’s first day of school, and he or she could be our Student of the Day and featured on our Facebook cover image.

For kids and parents, the first day of school is one of the most amazing days of the year. It’s the day when we all dream about the year ahead, about what kids will learn and experience. On our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram, share with us a photo of your child going back to school, along with their grade, let us know why this school year will be amazing, and he or she could be featured on our Facebook cover image as the Student of the Day.

Click on, save and print out our school year signs below and snap a photo of your child on the first day of school. Then share! #Back2School






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“Children’s Pedcast”: Dr. Susan Sencer on pediatric cancer

subscribe_blogDr. Susan Sencer, medical director of the hematology and oncology program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and named one of the Top Cancer Doctors in the U.S. by Newsweek, joins the show to discuss pediatric cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and one of Children’s signature events, Shine Bright Bash, raises money for the cancer and blood disorders program and takes place Sept. 12 at the Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom in Golden Valley.

“Children’s Pedcast” can be heard on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, YouTube and Vimeo.

Share your shining star, raise money for Children’s cancer and blood disorders program

collage1Shining stars are the ones that shine brightest. As we celebrate Shine Bright Bash, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 12, and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like you to meet some of our shining stars. We’ll be sharing them with you throughout September.

We also want to know who shines brightest in your life; it could be anybody — a child, sibling, parent, friend or mentor. Doing so will help raise money for our cancer and blood disorders program.

Tell us through words, a photo or video using the hashtag #shinebrightbash with a tweet, Instagram post or individual, public Facebook post. For every mention of #shinebrightbash between today and Sept. 13, Affinity Plus Credit Union will donate $5, up to $15,000, to our cancer and blood disorders program. Retweets, shares and re-grams count, too!

“Children’s Pedcast”: Patsy Stinchfield on vaccines, infection prevention

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Patsy Stinchfield, PNP

subscribe_blogPatsy Stinchfield, an infectious disease nurse practitioner and director of infection prevention and control and the Children’s Immunization Project at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, discusses the importance of vaccines and an immunization schedule; the effectiveness level of the 2014 flu vaccine; how a flu vaccine is determined and created each year; the difference between measles and chicken pox; and how to know when you’re infectious during a cold.

“Children’s Pedcast” can be heard on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, YouTube and Vimeo.

Get ready for Shine Bright Bash with Spotify ’70s disco playlist

The second annual Shine Bright Bash will be a night of big hair, platform shoes and incredible dance moves. Get set for the celebration, which benefits the cancer and blood disorders program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, by grooving to our Spotify playlist of music — especially disco — from the 1970s.

Shine Bright Bash takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom in Golden Valley. Tickets are available.