Meet me at the starting line

I am on call tonight at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the unit is relatively quiet. Margaret, a nurse I’ve worked with for many years, stops by to ask me if we’re having a critical care team for this year’s Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital. We laugh at how we’re not as fast on our feet as we used to be. And yes, I tell Margaret the Honey Bees team, started by Dr. Tom Rice, will be walking again in Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk. Some of the funds raised will benefit …Continue reading this post

Why my family supports the Care-A-Van for Kids radiothon

The following post was contributed by an anonymous guest author.

I was abused from the ages of 6-17 by my stepdad. He did this at my most vulnerable times, while I was sick, injured or alone. I’d say to myself, “this can’t be real. I have to be going crazy,” and I just buried everything until the next time. He abused my older sister when she was about 10 years old. He was confronted, he denied it and nothing was ever done about it. The physical abuse stopped after she told our mom, but the emotional abuse continued. …Continue reading this post

And a child shall lead them

A friend of mine was lamenting recently that the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl should have united the entire state for at least 6 months. He was shocked by how quickly the euphoria faded.  It’s been such a volatile, eventful year that the streamers littering the field in Dallas, Texas seems like a distant memory. Since that joyous day when the Lombardi trophy was awarded, Wisconsin has become a state divided. Budget repair, recalls, recounts, petitions, protests are all words that have become part of our everyday vernacular. And even the most beloved football team in America couldn’t help us forget just how nasty things have been for those of us who live behind the cheddar curtain.

So, if the Packers can’t unite us, who can? The answer can be found in Isaiah 11:6 (and I will readily admit I had to look that up : ) “and a little child shall lead them.”

If there’s one thing I know about the people of this fine state, it’s that we take care of those in need. Especially our kids. Each and every year, for over 25 years, I watched in awe as hundreds of volunteers united to make the ‘KLH Christmas is for Kids party happen. Wisconsin ranks among the top states in the USA for volunteering. It’s just this simple; we know when it’s time to step up and make a difference. I’ve seen it time and time again. When an elderly neighbor needs help shoveling out after a storm, we help. It’s simply a matter of humanity. We have an innate ability to know when it’s time to step up.

This is that time. When it comes to our kids, it doesn’t matter if you’re a member of a Union or a Tea Party. Politics, race, color, creed, country of origin; none of that matters to a sick child. “And a little child shall lead them.” Those little children are what the Miracle Marathon is all about. It’s about understanding that, despite everything that’s going on around us, you have been given a tangible, legitimate, and meaningful opportunity to affect the future of a sweet, innocent child. Looking for something to bring us all together? How about the innocence, purity and unconditional love of a child?

And as you tune in to 96.5 WKLH and listen to the Miracle Marathon (May 26-27), keep this in mind: “There but for the grace of God (go I).”

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~ Dave Luczak, 96.5 WKLH

A word about family as we prepare for the Miracle Marathon

I’m writing this on May 17, my daughter’s 22nd birthday. May is a busy month for my family. There’s Mother’s Day, Elizabeth’s birthday, my wedding anniversary and, of course, the Miracle Marathon. It’s a month totally consumed with families, mine and otherwise.

This will be the 14th Miracle Marathon for Dave and me. Every year, we get to meet new families, new patients, new kids and new doctors, and we get to visit with some old ones, too.  Every year, I learn something new and it’s not always a good thing. Every year, there is a new illness, a new problem and always a new loss.

I approach each Miracle Marathon with slight trepidation because I never know what the new year will bring. But, the one certain that I always walk away with as the marathon ends is that family is everything. In this time of great uncertainty, the one constant always is family.

When you become a parent, it is one of the greatest days of your life. You dream of the future and the days to come and wonder what your child will grow up to be and how your family will blossom. You never dream of sickness and disease or struggle and pain.

Unfortunately, these are the issues facing many families and patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It’s a terrible thing to be told that your child is ill. It’s the beginning of a terrible journey, and the future is so uncertain. Every parent wants to just wave a magic wand and make it all go away. It’s your child. It’s your family.

I have great admiration for the doctors and caregivers here at Children’s. There is no task too great, no request too big or too small. This is a hospital made for the specific purpose of healing families. It is an amazing thing to watch and an amazing thing to experience. We all try to be the best parents we can be, but sometimes we need some help along the way, and I’m grateful that Children’s is here. The people at Children’s know what we as parents don’t, and they are here to help with situations we can’t fix. They’re family.

So, on this special day – my daughter’s 22nd birthday – I salute the families and the patients and the doctors and caregivers. I’m glad that they are a part of my family, too.

-Carole Caine, WKLH 96.5.

The Miracle Marathon is coming!

Hello again!



 Another fantastic event is coming up, Dave & Carole’s Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital. Dave Luczak and Carole Caine from 96.5 WKLH’s morning show will broadcast live from the lobby Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin from 5 a.m., Thursday, May 26, through 5 p.m. Friday, May 27.

During the past 13 years, the Miracle Marathon has raised more than $14.2 million to support the world-class patient care offered at Children’s Hospital. That is simply AMAZING, and we all …Continue reading this post

The top 3 reasons you should volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s monthly volunteer orientation, we ask everyone what brought them to us. Their answers will touch your heart, make you proud and strengthen your spirit of humanity. Who couldn’t use a little dose of that right now?

Here, our volunteers tell us why they have chosen to share their …Continue reading this post

IHOP National Pancake Day & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Fundraiser

Hello Wisconsin!

This is your Miss Wisconsin 2010, Kimberly Sawyer. As a representative of the Miss America Organization, I have had the incredible honor of also being a goodwill ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Wisconsin. I have been able to visit our Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and have seen how the funds raised by the Children’s Miracle Network has benefited and continues to benefit the children and families who need it most. Not only does this money help with the actual medical care of the children, but it also goes to research and training, equipment, uncompensated care, and making sure that the children are in the most comfortable environment possible during their stay.

So how can you help? Join IHOP on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., for National Pancake Day and receive one complimentary short stack! In return for the free flapjacks, we ask you to consider leaving a little something behind for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities. Thanks to our guests’ generosity, IHOP raised more than $2.1 million last year. IHOP began its National Pancake Day in 2006, and since then, has raised $5.35 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities and given away more than 10.1 million buttermilk pancakes.

Go to www.ihoppancakeday.com to find a local IHOP near you and to learn more about this delicious day that will make you full with pancakes but most importantly, full with the feeling that you helped a child in need. You may even see me! I’ll be at three different IHOP locations serving pancakes and collecting donations so I hope to see you there!

Warmest regards,

~Kimberly Sawyer, Miss Wisconsin 2010

Children’s Hospital and the Milwaukee Admirals: One cool partnership

Ahoy everyone! I’m Roscoe, the Milwaukee Admirals mascot. We may have met at a recent Admirals hockey game or maybe you’ve seen me around town. I have a really cool invitation for you. Come on out to the Admirals game on Sunday, Feb. 13, because we’re teaming up with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. For every ticket sold for our 5 p.m. game against the Rockford Icehogs, $2 will be donated to Children’s Hospital. We’re even offering special discount ticket prices for this game.

Now I see a lot of folks at the Admirals games every season, but maybe there’s a few of you who haven’t learned yet how fun Admirals hockey can be! The games are always action packed, but there’s more! From the fun bobblehead giveaways and contests, to the human hockey puck event and Merkt’s cheese spread races, you couldn’t ask for a better way to spend time with family and friends.

On Feb. 13, there will be tons of fun things going on: cool videos on the Jumbotron, special giveaways and a really great mid-period event. I‘m not going to tell you too much about it…I think I’ll keep you in suspense!

Get your tickets now for the game on Feb. 13. I’m really excited to help raise money for Children’s Hospital. Hope to see you at the game!

~Roscoe

Children’s Advil supports Children’s Miracle Network hospitals with “Relieve My Fever” contest

At the height of this year’s cold and flu season, celebrity mom Angie Harmon is teaming up with the makers of Children’s Advil to launch “Relieve My Fever” — a contest that invites parents and their kids to sing the Children’s Advil rendition of the classic song “Fever” for a chance to win $15,000.  As part of the contest, the makers of Children’s Advil will donate $5 for every entry submitted and $1 for every vote cast at RelieveMyFever.com to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals up to $50,000.

The contest is open to families with children ages 2 to 11 years of age and all entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on January 31, 2011.

To enter, parents can visit RelieveMyFever.com to find easy-to-follow instructions, lyrics, music and a sample video that will help them create and submit their own little superstar’s video performance.  Family and friends can get into the act as well by casting their vote for the Weekly Fan Favorite.

~ Denise L. Hajos, Fundraising Manager, Children’s Hospital & Health System Foundation

Gifting made easy

Tired of the same old gift-giving routine? Every year you exchange names, shop from boring wish lists or accumulate gift receipts in case your best efforts still don’t suit your friends or family members. It’s a lot of effort, but is it truly meaningful?

This year, consider giving a gift that surely will be appreciated. Make a gift to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in honor of your loved one. You will make a difference in the life of a child, and your friend or family member will receive the gift of goodwill, along with a special greeting card acknowledging the donation you made in his or her name.

The process is easy. Go to chw.org and select the “donate now” button. Then choose the area you would like to support, and in whose name the gift will be given. Children’s Hospital will use your donation to help the children who need it most this holiday season. Could there be a better gift?

~ Tanya Bissen, annual gifts manager, Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation