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 …Continue reading →

Navigating the twists and turns: How we helped our daughter manage scoliosis

It was nearly three years ago, but I still remember the day. Our pediatrician’s nurse called to tell me that Mary, my oldest daughter, had scoliosis. I remember feeling scared and very emotional. I actually was in tears at one point. It was hard to imagine what the future might hold.

Fast forward to 2012, and I realize that call was the beginning of a rollercoaster ride. Now I really don’t like rollercoasters, but thanks to the specialists at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the ride actually has been OK. As a family, we’ve learned to handle the ups …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 …Continue reading →

My advice for kids living with scoliosis: Just be yourself

My name is Mary, and I have scoliosis. I was diagnosed with it a few years ago. I wear my brace during the day now, but I used to wear one at night. Wearing a brace has affected my life in many ways, but don’t worry. You can still be the same you even with scoliosis.

I’m 14 years old and a freshman at Hampshire High School, in Hampshire, Ill. Let me tell you a little about myself. I love to read, and I love cats. I have one cat named C.C., and she is the cutest thing ever!

During this past school year, I got a daytime brace. Don’t be afraid to tell your teachers and …Continue reading →

Why one Kenosha girl is writing a letter to Michelle Obama on behalf of every child in Wisconsin

No one can tell the stories of children’s hospitals better than the patients and families that we serve. Every year, the Children’s Hospital Association hosts Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

This year, Claire Bevec, from Kenosha, Wis., is taking her story to Washington, D.C. She will join nearly 30 other child patients and their families from across the country to ask Congress to protect health care for children. National health care programs our kids rely …Continue reading →

Teen patients spend an Evening with Stars at prom

Prom night at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Prom night at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

An Evening with the Stars was much more than just prom night at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. As a Teen Advisory Council member for Children’s, prom was about being able to give back to the community.

Seeing the patients of Children’s smile and laugh is something words can never describe. The thought that something we do could make such a large impact …Continue reading →

We’re heading to Capitol Hill for Family Advocacy Day

Claire and Linda

Claire and Linda Bevec

On behalf of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin our family will participate in the Children’s Hospital Association’s eighth annual Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. next month.

Family Advocacy Day brings approximately 30 families from the nation’s top children’s hospitals to Washington each summer. While there, families educate members of Congress and the media about the quality health care that all children and families need and to address critical medical and health care concerns for children specifically in their home state.

Our daughter Claire was born six weeks premature …Continue reading →

How I received special treatment from Donald Driver and the Packers

Donald Driver

Jordan Miller with Donald Driver

I am so happy that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin gave me the opportunity to meet Donald Driver and other Packers players earlier this month at the Donald Driver Charity Softball Game. It was truly the experience of a lifetime. I will never forget it.

I was picked because I go to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin often because I have type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was 4 years old. If I’d never been diagnosed, I never would have been able …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 →

Abdominal migraines: Dr. Li to the rescue

Carmen

Carmen responded immediately to a cost-effective prescription drug used to control cyclical vomiting.

“It’s the stomach flu” I said into the telephone receiver when I called Carmen’s school to inform them of her Thursday absence. “She should be feeling better tomorrow.”

“Great!” I thought to myself …. “how am I going to keep the rest of the family from contracting the bug?” I wiped down the bathroom with disinfectant wipes in hopes of banishing the 24-hour virus from our home. Little did I know this was just the start of our journey with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and a brilliant man named Dr. Li.

Looking back at that first day of illness, I remember Carmen complaining of an upset stomach in the weeks prior to her vomiting. It was nothing to be concerned about at the time … she was able to go to …Continue reading →