Honoring Children’s Circle of Care Members

Each of the children's hospitals that participate in the Children's Circle of Care program honors and personally acknowledges its CCC members in special ways for their invaluable support. Expressions of appreciation range from posting members’ names prominently in recognition displays in hospitals’ public spaces to honoring members at small private dinners or larger annual events. The following examples typify the kinds of activities hospitals produce to honor this group of leading benefactors:

^ Laurie and Scott Oki, co-founders, welcomed Children's Circle of Care members to their home for an evening of learning and celebration for Seattle Children's.

Every year Seattle Children’s holds a special event to express appreciation to Children’s Circle of Care donors. In October 2013, Children’s Circle of Care co-founders, Laurie and Scott Oki, welcomed nearly 200 Seattle-area Children’s Circle of Care members to their home for an elegant evening of celebration. Guests mingled with Seattle Children’s physicians and researchers from program areas including cancer research, underserved populations and cardiology. These one-to-one interactions allowed CCC members to gain a better understanding of the impact their contributions are making on children’s health and wellbeing.

^ Children’s Colorado Ambassador Ella with her family and multidisciplinary care team.

In 2014, The Doctor’s In+Sight at Children’s Hospital Colorado brought 125 Children’s Circle of Care members together to hear personally from physicians, patients and their families about how philanthropy has directly improved their lives. The highlight of the gathering was Ella (age 6) and her family. They shared their story of Ella’s diagnosis with myelodsyplastic syndrome, a precursor to leukemia, after she suffered from a long spell of becoming ill every three weeks like clockwork. Her treatment was a bone marrow transplant. Her older brother, Cale, was the donor. One of Ella’s physicians and the child-life specialist who cared for her spoke about how philanthropy provided the necessary support for the care Ella received – from the research allowing doctors to diagnose and treat the disease to the supplies for art and play therapy for both Ella and Cale. Nine other members of Ella’s care team joined members of the Children’s Circle of Care to host tables at this special event to share their experiences and express their gratitude to donors.

^ Sylvie and Barry Cole, of the Cole Foundation, with star oncology researcher, Dr. Nada Jabado.

For the past two years, the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation has held an annual research symposium on November 20 - Universal Children’s Day – to share the latest findings with community leaders. Attended by past and current Children’s Circle of Care donors and leading investigators, the 2013 event featured presentations on such diverse subjects as medical education, therapeutic hypothermia in the neonatal intensive care unit, advances in neurosurgery, pediatric brain tumors, and how clinical research will be advanced when the hospital moves to its new building in 2015.

^ Pittsburgh Children’s Circle of Care members came together to enjoy lunch and attend a performance of Disney’s The Lion King.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC hosted CCC members, their children and grandchildren, to a special luncheon and performance of Disney’s The Lion King at The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in September 2013. Along with members of the hospital’s medical staff, some 100 individuals attended. The event began with a luncheon and mask-making activity in the Center’s rehearsal studio and was followed by the matinee. This special opportunity for family was appreciated by all.

^ Children’s National’s Children’s Circle of Care co-chair Amy Baier’s husband, Bret, and son, Paul, having a great time at the zoo.

Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC is focusing on family-centered events in its efforts to honor CCC members. The hospital hosted a "zoo adventure" in early fall 2013 for Children’s Circle of Care members and their families at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The event featured face-painting, a moon bounce, and, of course, opportunities to fawn over animals of all types.