Giving News & Highlights
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:08
- Written by Suzanne Hilker
It was only five years ago that, through my work at the Best Buy corporate
offices, that I decided to join a volunteer committee as a way to engage with my teammates while giving back to the community. My first volunteer opportunity was at the PGA tournament benefiting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. With 80 fellow employees working the concession stands together, we put in a lot of hard work, had a great time and felt so proud about the cause we were helping. Since then, volunteering through Best Buy has become an important commitment of mine. I now help every year to organize a day for Best Buy employees to volunteer at Children’s booth at that Minnesota State Fair.
- Published on Thursday, 14 March 2013 17:08
- Written by Allison Balfanz
While fighting a brain tumor he calls ‘Joe Bully’, 6-year-old Gavin has shown only strength and determination.
After undergoing five surgeries that lasted 20 hours each, on top of chemotherapy, part of Gavin's brain tumor remained. Only months ago, his family and doctors won a battle with Pfizer to offer Gavin a trial drug, known as CDK to help stop the growth. And while the drug seems to have worked, their fight is not over yet.
- Published on Thursday, 31 January 2013 16:00
- Written by Bambi Riesen
This month there is a "special delivery" at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and it is the opening of our new Mother Baby Center, a collaboration between Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children’s. In celebration, it seems fitting to share a story that will illustrate why moms, dads and babies will be overjoyed to be together, under one shiny new roof. Here is one family’s story . . .
Our daughter Nina was born at Abbott Northwestern Hospital eight weeks early on April 25, 1994. She was immediately given a breathing tube and taken from Abbott, through the dark and dingy underground tunnel, over to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's in Minneapolis. It really helped me to know that Nina could be over at Children’s with her dad, Dean. After a few hours, Dean was given the okay to push me in a wheelchair through the tunnel so I could see our daughter.
- Published on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 08:30
- Written by Allison Balfanz
Just a few short months ago, Gabriel took the stage and shared his musical talents of playing the drums with a filled auditorium.
You would have never suspected that 12 years earlier, only two weeks after he was born, Gabe was in total heart failure due to an undiagnosed multiple congenital heart defects. He spent years going through surgeries, check-ups and echocardiograms at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. And six years ago, he underwent open heart surgery followed by the placement of a permanent pacemaker.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:52
- Written by Margie Nelson
Everywhere I look, there are headlines about influenza and how serious the illness can be for the young and elderly. Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is seeing a record number of flu cases. We have had more positive cases in the last two weeks than during the busiest week of the H1N1 pandemic.
So what can friends and families do to show support and love when a child of a family member or friend gets sick and is hospitalized? I’ve talked with nurses and other family support staff to find out the best ways you can help during times like these.
1. Help Children's Family Resource Center provide meals and snacks to families.
You can do that by:
- Donating non-perishable and microwave-ready meals like Hormel Compleats and Barilla pasta and sauce.
- Donating individually wrapped treats or snacks like 100-calorie snack packs or snack-sized candy bars, granola bars or breakfast bars.
- Donating directly to the food pantry through our online Giving Store.
2. Help out at home.
While spending time with their children in the hospital, families need help keeping their lives outside of the hospital going. Volunteer to help with things like meal planning, child care and transportation, pet care, household chores and communicating to friends and family.
3. Provide a life-saving donation of blood and platelets.
Some of the treatments for our most severely ill patients with the flu require blood products for their treatment and recovery. Donations can be made at Memorial Blood Centers or the American Red Cross.
4. Make a donation now to Children’s most urgent needs.
Children's needs your help to support our most urgent needs. We never turn a child away and are grateful to our generous community for the support that allows us to provide some of the best medical care in the world – regardless of a family’s ability to pay. All donations can be made in tribute to a friend or loved one.
Margie Nelson works for the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Foundation and focuses her time on supporting families during and after their stay Children’s.