Why participating in Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk has become a passion for my family

Jack Palmen

Jack graduated from high school in June 2011.

In July 2008, our lives changed forever. My seemingly perfectly healthy 15-year-old son, Jack was flown by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He had a ruptured brain arteriovenous malformation and was rushed into surgery. The condition happens when arteries in the brain connect directly to nearby veins without having the normal vessels (capillaries) between them. I believe he would not be alive today if not for the doctors, surgeons and staff at Children’s Hospital.

The care Jack received was incredible, and the support and compassion shown to our family was off the charts. When Jack arrived at Children’s Hospital, he only had a 4 percent chance of …Click here to continue reading

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

NICU reunion

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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to continue reading

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

Lucas

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 …Click here to 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.

Girl eating Blizzard

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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to continue reading

Never stop fighting: A Herma Heart Center Hero

Callan

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 …Click here to 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. …Click here to continue reading