Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s NICU Graduate Reunion unites for a cause

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Evan, a NICU graduate, and his dad enjoy a cupcake at the 2011 NICU Graduate Reunion.

Every year the tiny patient graduates of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and their families are invited to a reunion with the nurses and doctors that cared for them. The 2012 NICU Graduate Reunion is being held in coordination with Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital benefitting critical care including neonatal care.

Children’s Hospital and the March of Dimes invite all 2008 thru 2011 NICU graduates and their families to the reunion. Families are encouraged to sign up for the run and walk and …Continue reading →

Honoring Alyssa’s spirit by supporting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

With four healthy boys running around we never gave a second thought to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Then our fifth child and only girl, Alyssa, came along. She brightened our world in countless ways. Not long after her birth, it became clear that Alyssa had some unique health issues. Through her, we discovered how special Children’s Hospital is and how fortunate we are to have it in our backyard.

Alyssa was born with clubfeet in September 1988. By the time she was 6 months old, she was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder that affects …Continue reading →

Why we support Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for future patients and families

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Lucas was born with Tetralogy of Fallot.

Raising money for Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital is important to my family because it allows us to help other families benefit from the best medical care.

My name is Amy Randall. In April 2011, our son, Lucas, was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. This diagnosis rocked our world. We soon learned congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect.

Days after Lucas’s birth, we met cardiologist Margaret Samyn, MD, in the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. My husband and I were worried and in shock. Dr. Samyn …Continue reading →

We scream for ice cream

Thursday, July 26, is Miracle Treat Day, and proceeds from Blizzard sales at participating Dairy Queen stores will benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Children’s Hospital champion Brea enjoying her Blizzard on Miracle Treat Day 2011.

My name is Jerry Schiefelbein. I’m the operator of three local Dairy Queen stores. I’m asking you to join me for Miracle Treat Day which supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

I’m happy to participate in this great event to help out a hospital that has helped my family. Our community is lucky to have one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals. My daughter, Nicole, was a patient at Children’s for 10 years with type-1 diabetes. The care and education she and our family received was second to none. She is doing great to this day. We are very appreciative to the doctors, nurses and support staff for …Continue reading →

Thanks for your generosity and support

Last week we raised $1.3 million during the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital. The generosity I witnessed during this year’s radiothon was inspiring. I want to thank everyone that made a donation during the radiothon, and all the patients and families that participated by sharing their stories of hope, recovery and healing.

Dave Luczak and Carole Caine from 96.5 WKLH did an amazing job broadcasting live from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. If you listened during the radiothon, you know how …Continue reading →

May matters for millions of kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network HospitalsMay really is for miracles, and I’m writing to tell you why. My name is Debbie, and I’m a mom and Walmart associate. I’ve helped raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the past 20 years.

So the next time you’re at Walmart or Sam’s Club shopping for groceries, picking up a prescription, getting pictures developed or browsing for home goods, I ask you to buy a red and yellow Miracle Balloon and help the kids in our community get the great health …Continue reading →

Our precious daughter Kendra

Kendra McGarry

Kendra McGarry

Our fourth daughter, Kendra, was born on September 29, 2003. My husband and I were very blessed to bring home another beautiful little girl. Kendra had a few minor issues right after she was born. She was sick a few times, but we were not overly worried about any major medical issues. Our oldest had been sick a few times when she was an infant, but I learned she was much better if I stopped nursing her and changed to formula.

We tried this for Kendra and it seemed to help for a little while. Unfortunately, she continued to projectile vomit. Soon after, she was admitted to the local hospital for a test to find out what was going on. We learned Kendra’s urine was going the wrong direction. If this hadn’t been detected, Kendra could have ended …Continue reading →

Never stop fighting: A Herma Heart Center Hero

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Callan is the 2012 Herma Heart Center Hero.

At 1-month-old, Callan was diagnosed with pulmonary atresia, a congenital heart condition that makes it difficult for blood to flow to the lungs. His doctors in Madison gave him a dismal prognosis, but his parents refused to give up hope. They reached out to the Herma Heart Center team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee as a last resort for treatment options that might save Callan’s life.

Within a few hours, Callan was rushed to the Herma Heart Center, where physicians recommended a series of three open-heart surgeries. The surgeries took place over several months, and Callan had his ups and …Continue reading →

How child abuse changed the lives of Marge and Chip

I hear a lot of heartbreaking stories about child abuse. You might think this would make my job difficult, and sometimes it does. But people often share their stories because they’re proud of the lives they lead now and who they’ve become. They believe strongly in the important work Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin does through child abuse prevention and intervention programs.

One such couple, Marge and Chip, wanted me to share their stories with you. …Continue reading →

I am the second oldest of 16 kids, and we were all abused

If my mother had gotten help, today I would be one of 16 emotionally and physically happy adults. But that’s not the case.

If my mother had gotten help, today 21 grandkids wouldn’t have to be constantly watched to make sure they don’t face the same issues. But that’s not the case.

I’m often asked if I would change the way I grew up. You’d think I would, but that’s not the case. I wouldn’t, because now I’m happy with who I am. Now I find myself with a unique …Continue reading →