Making remarkable strides in treating kids with cancer, as research progresses

Nurse Kelly Pergande cares for 2-year-old Trevor in our MACC Fund Center.

Nurse Kelly Pergande cares for 2-year-old Trevor in our MACC Fund Center.

For 30 years, I have been helping children who have cancer. Every child and every family has a different story, but each one is a story of hope and courage. And each one begins the same way — with the words no parents ever want to hear … “your child has cancer.” They’re scared and they feel powerless. That is the reality for families we meet every day.

Over the past 30 years we’ve made remarkable strides in treating kids with cancer, now with successful outcomes for 80 percent of the kids we see. But that means 20 percent of …Continue reading →

Miracle Treat Day: Get your Blizzard and support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Have you heard about Thursday? It’s Miracle Treat Day! Which means you can make a difference for the kids served here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin simply by eating a Dairy Queen Blizzard.

Participating Dairy Queen locations will donate $1 or more from every Blizzard sold on …Continue reading →

Sojourner Family Peace Center: Making an important family resource a reality

Sojourner Family Peace Center: Making an important family resource a reality

Rendering of the Sojourner Family Peace Center building opening in 2016

How do we make Wisconsin’s children the healthiest in the nation?

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, that is our vision. To everyone who works here, those are more than words, and we strive to improve the health of all children each and every day. We are making progress.

How do we do it? We don’t do it alone. Our work takes us into the community where we partner with organizations with the same commitment to kids. Through our partnerships with …Continue reading →

A most heartfelt thank you — Miracle Marathon 2014

Last week, our community came together to celebrate our own Memorial Day tradition — the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon on 96.5 WKLH. Our lobby buzzed with activity as Dave Luczak and Carole Caine broadcasted live from our hospital. They have been instrumental in making Miracle Marathon one of the most successful radiothons in the nation, and words cannot describe our gratitude to them and the entire WKLH team.

In just 36 hours, this year’s event raised $1.42 million, which is truly amazing. This was the …Continue reading →

Lulu’s inspiring story: Support the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon

My family has spent a lot of time at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin over the past two and a half years. My daughter Lulu was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) just one week before her fifth birthday, and our lives were forever changed.

No one could (or should) know the severe highs and lows our family experienced, and the …Continue reading →

Family Support Program makes NICU at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin second to none

Finn's NICU storyHere at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, it isn’t just the medical expertise that has made us the  #1 ranked hospital in the nation in caring for premature babies. It’s also our commitment to supporting the family and guiding them through what can be such a trying …Continue reading →

Growing up with a new heart, a new life

Vincent gets a new heartMy name is Vincent, and I am 14 years old. One week before my seventh birthday, I had a heart transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. People made a big deal about it, because I was the first kid in the upper Midwest to receive a Berlin heart.

A Berlin heart is a fake heart that you wear on the outside of your body. It keeps you alive while you wait for a transplant. I was out of the hospital in just 10 days! Now, I get to …Continue reading →

Thank you Children’s Hospital for making my daughter feel like a star

Lily and Bailey are twin sistersIt was a once in a lifetime experience. A few weeks ago my daughters, Lily and Bailey, had the opportunity to participate in a video shoot for a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin TV commercial — airing now through the holiday season.

For my entire family, including big sister Maddie, it was a fun and exciting experience. But more importantly, it was an opportunity for them to help other kids by raising awareness …Continue reading →

Honoring the generosity that helps us improve pediatric health care

Honoring the generosity that helps us improve pediatric health care

We thank our donors for everything they help us accomplish.

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we appreciate all of the ways our donors make a difference in the lives of children. Because of their support, we’re able to provide the highest quality care and move closer to our vision of Wisconsin’s kids being the healthiest kids in the nation.

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of participating in our annual Celebrate Children’s event where our organization formally honors the philanthropic support …Continue reading →

Why I created Team Joey and participate in Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk

Joey spent 74 days at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Joey is now 20 months old.

On Dec. 13, 2011, my son Joseph “Joey” Raymond Esselmann was unexpectedly born at 26 weeks gestational age. He weighed 1 pound, 15 ¾ ounces and was 13 inches long.

The doctors were unsure if Joey would survive, and if he did, whether he would have long-term complications. He spent …Continue reading →