Giving News & Highlights
Earlier this year, at 9 years old, Graham was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma. It’s inoperable, and there’s only one other child living with it. The child lives in Australia and communicates with Graham via Facebook, an account his mom created for chatting and comparing notes on their shared illness.
Graham's first experience at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota fell on the same day he got his cancer diagnosis. He was scared. But, he had a dream-team of medical experts to help him. He met Dr. Susan Sensor, who showed him her scar from her melanoma. It made him feel better and less anxious. Dr. David Dassenko made Graham’s first surgery less painful by using a "J-Tip" to start his I.V. A child life specialist gave him a blanket before he went into the OR.
During his journey, Graham has decided to raise money and awareness by making and selling rubber band bracelets. Each bracelet costs $1 and has a yellow bead that represents Childhood Cancer Awareness. Visit Graham's GiveMN page to make a donation and receive a bracelet!
His bracelet campaign has taken off. More than 1,000 bracelets have been made. His friends and other kids throughout Minnesota have helped, so he can quickly fill orders. Bracelets have been shipped throughout the United States and to Australia! Graham's bracelet brigade was even mentioned in a news story on KARE 11!
Graham hopes no child will ever have to go through what he’s endured, and that he will raise enough awareness and funds to make a difference! You can read more about Graham's Journey on his Facebook page.
Click on this interactive infographic to learn more about how your 2013 donations have impacted Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, Children’s will once again be participating in Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s day of giving. Since 2009, Children’s has raised over $300,000 for kids and families through Give to the Max Day efforts. We hope you will join in the generosity this year.
Check out these easy ways to make a big difference for kids:
Double your gift: Thanks to a couple of generous donors, Children’s is offering $50,000 in matching funds on Give to the Max Day! That means when you make a gift at childrensMN.org/max on Nov. 14, each dollar you give will be matched…doubling your impact.
Reach out to your networks: Encourage your friends and family to join you in supporting Children’s on Give to the Max Day. To get started, download the cover photo to share on your Facebook page.
‘Unlock’ special prizes for patients: We will be providing special prizes to kids and families at our hospital campuses when you and the community help Children’s reach key fundraising goals on Give to the Max Day. Watch Children’s Facebook page for more information on Nov. 14 to see how you can participate.
Instagram challenge: Participate in our photo challenge and color your support for Children's. Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #childrensmngtmd for a chance to win a prize and to have your photo included in a mosaic. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to learn more about the challenge starting on Nov. 7.
Free coffee: If you’re at Children’s—Minneapolis or Children’s—St. Paul on Nov. 14, stop in to Jazzman’s or Ginko’s and receive a free coffee or $1 off coffee drink by simply showing your ‘I Gave’ sticker or a copy of your emailed gift receipt.
Children's is kicking off our 2013 Employee Giving Campaign in less than one month! In preparation, we're going to be sharing one story every week about what our employees think is great about Children's and why they choose to give back.
I've been working for Star Studio at Children's for 6+ years. I feel pretty darn fortunate to have the job I have and work at a place like Children's. That's why I give back through a recurring payroll deduction. It's really easy because I don't have to do anything - it just comes out automatically. I know it isn't much, but it's the least I can do for an organization that has been so good to so many families, including my own. Star Studio gets a lot of support through philanthropy, so this is my way to keep the good will circulating.
I have many roles at Children’s including a concierge and backup program assistant in the Family Resource Center, a backup cashier and a casual employee on the Kohl's Cares and Children's Flu Prevention Project.
My favorite thing at Children's that is supported by Philanthropy is Cancer Kids Fund. My son is a five-year survivor of cancer and was treated at the Hem/Onc Clinic. His team there was amazing!
I choose to support Children’s because the mission here is one that I truly believe in. I have been a member of The Children's Association - Minneapolis since 1987 and have served as President of the Association in 2007 and held various other Board positions. My husband and I have financially supported the Star Gala, Pain and Palliative Care program and, of course, The Association. I contribute to the Association with time and money through a payroll deduction.
Other organizations we have supported is St. Jude's, Alzheimer’s Association and Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Honestly, though, 90% of our philanthropy goes to Children's.
I have been a 6th floor nurse at Children's - Minneapolis for 27 years. Because of Children's, I have had the resources to support my family, as well as prepare for my retirement. And I have an awesome group of co-workers and friends!
It's great that Children's has this campaign to make us all aware of how important it is to give back - to the hospital, to the kids, and to the community. I appreciate help given to those who are financially challenged. I had a niece, as well as many patients through the years, who received help from Charity Care, so that is one of my favorite things supported by philanthropy. In my giving, I also support Global Health Ministries, an organization that collects and sends medical supplies to less fortunate countries around the world.
Children's is such an asset to our community. May we all treasure the vision and the resources that we have in this very special place for kids!
I serve many roles here at Children’s including working in our general pediatric clinic and within the hospital and serve as the medical/surgical director.
I am so proud of the work that we all do, everyday. The way we respect patients and our family-centered approach to healthcare is something we can all be proud of. That is why I choose to donate my unused PTO hours back to programs like Charity Care. Through this program, Children's is able to provide necessary items, like prescription medications, to families that don’t have insurance or can’t afford their medication. It is my hope that we can continue to improve and grow our life-changing programs.
In addition to supporting Children’s, I also support other causes that are important to me including the arts in the Twin Cities, GLTB organizations and dental services for underserved kids in their schools.
I have worked in Children’s Biomed department for six years where I help to repair and maintain the medical equipment at both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, along with all of our clinics.
I choose to support Children’s because it makes me feel good to help out kids in need. I support Children’s by donating PTO and participating in events. I’ve attended HeartBeat 5000, the 5K run/walk that benefits the cardiovascular care program for the last few years. And as a department, Biomed collects candy at Halloween to handout to the kids in the hospital and collect school supplies at the beginning of the school year.
Robots. Dragons. Snowmen. These are just a few of the things that Joe, a patient at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, has created out of clay.
Dubbed Clay Studios, Joe’s weekly venture is full of “pure imagination” as he puts it, and is a chance for him to be creative and think outside of the box. But it’s also a distraction, an outlet for Joe that helps him calm down as he awaits an IV, or what he refers to as “the stick.”
Joe has a genetic disorder that has resulted in a missing enzyme. And while doctors and researchers await a new drug to assist with treatment, Joe visits Children’s once a week for care, up to five hours a stay.
“Joe is super anxious about needles,” his mom, Karin, says.
And the Arts & Healing Project at Children’s is helping to reduce that anxiety one art project at a time.
Joe looks forward to his weekly sessions with Carol Allesee, the Arts & Healing coordinator. Using Art Out of the Box kits, which are donated to the program, they create clay motifs and write stories to accompany them.
“I think for a little bit,” Joe says, “And then flash, flash, flash.”
The stories come to life.
Joe also looks forward to visits with “the Dude,” the host of Star Studio, Children’s own in-house TV channel.
“He loves the Dude,” Karin says. “He’s even been able to go on the show.”
Karin has seen the impact that the program has made on her son, sharing that once care is possible to give at home, Joe still wants to come to the hospital.
“He looks forward to being here. He wants to create art projects and hang out with the Dude. It’s amazing,” she says.
The Arts & Healing Project is not supplemented by insurance and relies on donor support in order to continue. Karin has been so thankful for the program that she reached out to her company, Bell Mortgage, to see if they would provide a donation. They did, and their $1,000 gift will help patients at Children’s continue to benefit from the arts, a proven method for aiding in the healing process.
Children’s invites you to consider a donation as well by joining us at Starry Night, an evening of arts and healing, at Aria Jeune Leune in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, Oct. 11. Participate in a Parisian marketplace where you can support Children’s Arts & Healing project in hands-on ways, while learning how activities like Star Studio and Art Out of the Box impact patients like Joe. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit childrensMN.org/starrynight.