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About Jimmy Bellamy

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

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.

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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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.

Meet Children’s new medical director of anatomic pathology

Megan Dishop, MD, is the medical director of anatomic pathology at Children's.

Megan Dishop, MD, is the medical director of anatomic pathology at Children’s.

Megan Dishop, MD, comes to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota via Denver. She joined our team in March. Get to know her in this edition of Five Question Friday.

five_question_friday111What is your role and title?

I am a pediatric pathologist and one of five full-time pathologists here at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. My title is medical director of anatomic pathology, which means that I am responsible for the administrative oversight of our histology and immunohistochemistry laboratory, our surgical pathology and cytology services, and the autopsy service. In that role, I work closely with our medical director of laboratories, Dr. Carlos Galliani, our team of pathologists, and our pathologist assistant and histology supervisor, Melissa Turner, as well as our larger team of histotechnologists, laboratory information systems specialists, and administrative leaders in the laboratory and throughout our health system.

How long have you worked at Children’s?

I’ve been here about five months. I started in early March and moved from Denver. A lot of people ask me why I would want to move to Minnesota — especially in light of the milder climate and the mountains — but the answer is pretty simple. I saw a really great opportunity — a chance to be part of a laboratory and an organization that is ambitious and growing, that strives for clinical excellence above all else, and that offered me a chance to work with some truly stellar, hardworking and open-minded people with an obvious commitment to a transformative mission. And the lakes are nice, too.

What do you love most about your job?

I love the challenge of recognizing rare disease. I am a visual person and a problem-solver by nature, so making diagnoses from examining tissues and cells suits my natural abilities and the analytical part of my personality. Just when you think you have “seen it all,” something new comes up that challenges the prior dogmas or challenges me to go to the books or the medical literature to understand what I am seeing. While I don’t often get to meet our patients and families, personally, I have a strong sense of mission as a diagnostician, and my role allows me to have a significant impact on treatment decisions in many different pediatric specialties, and to contribute to the care of some of the sickest kids in the hospital, even if it is at a distance. In particular, my expertise in rare forms of lung disease enables me to see diagnostic lung biopsies from babies and children from all over the world — it’s a great feeling to be able to make recommendations and help physicians who are struggling with difficult diagnoses. There is no limit to what we at Children’s can do for the kids in our community and all over the globe.

subscribe_blogWhat’s your favorite memory from working at Children’s?

Well, I have only been here a short time, but so far my favorite memories are of people reaching out their hands and introducing themselves. Everybody has been very welcoming, and I love it when people initiate conversations and tell me about what they do. It helps me to learn more about the many “niches” of the talented people that work here.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I spend time outside of work taking walks with my 11-year-old blue merle Great Dane, Samson. He is a wonderful old dog with a lot of presence and a magnetic personality. I find that he is helping me to meet all of my new neighbors, and the kids on my street just love him.

Cancer survivor uses wish to serve food to others

Lucas Hobbs, 12, of Eagan, Minn., used his Make-A-Wish to serve food to others with the help of food trucks.

Lucas Hobbs, 12, of Eagan, Minn., used his Make-A-Wish to serve food to others with the help of food trucks. He and four food trucks served food to patients, families and staff at Children’s – Minneapolis on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.

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Seven months ago, Lucas Hobbs was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and spending nights at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s Minneapolis hospital. Today the 12-year-old Eagan boy is in remission and giving back to those who cared for him while he wasn’t feeling well.

Lucas received the chance to have one wish granted through Make-A-Wish Minnesota, but instead of choosing something solely to satisfy himself he used his wish to feed others with food trucks.

When he made the wish, Lucas said he wasn’t quite sure how it would work. How would he do all of this with one food truck? Make-A-Wish Minnesota went to work and partnered with nine food trucks for six separate food events.

On Monday afternoon, Lucas and four trucks — Kona Ice, The Moral Omnivore, O’Cheeze and R.A. MacSammy’s — visited Children’s – Minneapolis and served food to patients, families and staff for four hours, including a stop on the seventh floor for the cancer team and patients. Menu items included a mac-and-cheese dish named after Star Studio star “The Dude” and a hot dog named after Dr. Joanna Perkins, Lucas’ oncologist.

“She’s just a really great doctor,” Lucas said.

Patients, families and staff gather outside Children's – Minneapolis for Lucas Hobbs' Make-A-Wish food truck event Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.

Patients, families and staff gather outside Children’s – Minneapolis for Lucas Hobbs’ Make-A-Wish food truck event Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.

The wish was inspired by Lucas’ love of food and cooking, the generosity people showed him and his family by bringing them food when he wasn’t well and the movie “Chef,” the uplifting Jon Favreau film about a chef who buys a food truck and works alongside his young son.

subscribe_blogLucas’ food truck tour has included stops at:

  • O’Leary Manor and Lakeside Pointe senior living centers in Eagan (where his grandma resides)
  • The Minneapolis Police Department (Lucas says police can be underappreciated sometimes and he would like to be a police officer when he’s an adult.)
  • John Neumann Church in Eagan (his family’s church)

He and the food trucks will close out the Make-A-Wish tour with events at a homeless shelter and his school.


Follow Chef Lucas on Twitter and Facebook. Jimmy Bellamy is the social media specialist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Switchfoot visit patients, perform songs at Children’s – Minneapolis

Switchfoot are (from left) Chad Butler, Tim Foreman, Jon Foreman, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley.

Switchfoot are (from left) Chad Butler, Tim Foreman, Jon Foreman, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley. The San Diego, Calif., rock band performed songs and played BINGO at Star Studio.

Rock band Switchfoot​ — Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley — visited Star Studio and patients at Children’s – Minneapolis on Friday.

The San Diego, Calif., quintet spent the morning and afternoon playing music, BINGO and visiting patients and families in Star Studio, Children’s in-house TV studio, before their show later that night in Minneapolis. The band signed autographs, posed for photos and played songs in individual patient rooms.

“Hello Hurricane” — Switchfoot, live from Star Studio at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota from Children’s of Minnesota on Vimeo.

Children’s patient surprised with tickets to One Direction concert in Minneapolis

Angelina (right) and best friend Samantha were surprised with tickets to the One Direction show in Minneapolis.

Angelina (right) and best friend Samantha were surprised with tickets to the One Direction show in Minneapolis.

Thirteen-year-old Angelina received a surprise this week during what she thought was a regular tour of the WCCO-TV studio.

The Children’s patient who battles a chronic lung disease was the recipient of a generous gift from a Twin Cities family. The father of the family bought four tickets as a Christmas gift for his two daughters, but a scheduling conflict made the family’s attendance at the show not possible.

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WCCO-TV: These One Direction fans get a huge surprise

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Instead of selling the tickets, the man enlisted the help of WCCO, which identified Angelina, who was featured earlier this year as one of “Kylie’s Kids,” a segment with WCCO’s Kylie Bearse that highlights a children’s hospital patient. The tickets, and $200 to spend on anything in preparation for the concert, were donated to Angelina and her best friend, Samantha. The pair were surprised on the TV station’s rooftop at the end of the tour.

Children’s patient surprised with One Direction concert tickets in Minneapolis from Children’s of Minnesota on Vimeo.

“Children’s Pedcast”: Dr. Daniel Le Grange discusses eating disorder symptoms, treatment


subscribe_blogDr. Daniel Le Grange is a world-renowned eating disorders expert and UCSF Benioff professor of children’s health in San Francisco.

On Episode 13 of “Children’s Pedcast,” Dr. Le Grange joins Drs. Beth Brandenburg and Julie Lesser of the Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to discuss the symptoms of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa, the role that loved ones, family members and teachers play in the treatment, and what separates Children’s center from similar programs.

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

Children’s heart patient featured on ESPN

Jarvis Johnson helped lead his DeLaSalle to four boys basketball state championships during his high school career. All of that came after he suffered cardiac arrest before a practice as an eighth-grader in 2010.

subscribe_blogESPN’s SportsCenter featured Johnson, a heart patient at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, in a story called “Rise Up” as the University of Minnesota freshman fights for his basketball future.

Children’s cardiovascular program is one of the largest in the region, offering the newest techniques for treating kids’ cardiovascular and blood-vessel conditions, plus a megadose of heart in all we do.