When I look at a piece of origami art, I see the beautiful end result. But, I also see the many intricate folds, layered upon each other, that delicately create the art. Without each of those folds, the art would look very different and might not be as strong.
That's how I see the generosity of our Cook Children's family. The talents of the physicians, nurses and staff, the precious time given by our volunteers and the resources of our donors folded together allows us to be the highly respected and nationally recognized pediatric health care system that we are today. Each of these components helps us to continue to work toward a brighter future – our community's children.
We are pleased to share the 2015 Generosity Report with you so you can see the generosity and kindness that we experience on a daily basis. It's an honor to be part of such a kind and giving community. We hope you continue to visit, as we'll be sharing more stories and updates throughout the year.
Vice President, Cook Children's Health Foundation
Cook Children's 100th DBS Patient - We are often reminded how life can change in almost an instant. After a very normal childhood, at eight years old, Ryan was diagnosed with a rare neurological movement disorder called dystonia. Within months, he went from being a competitive athlete to having to use a wheelchair to get around at school. Luckily, Ryan's family ended up under the care of Warren Marks, M.D. a neurologist and medical director of the Movement Disorders and Rehabilitations Programs at Cook Children's. In November 2015, Ryan became the 100th patient to undergo deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure that can help patients like Ryan.
The Roberts family - Life's circumstances could have a meaningful impact in your life. A career in pediatric oncology could lead to an early diagnosis for your own child. A neurosurgeon that you meet when you're on tour across the country could end up performing brain surgery on your daughter years later. A family friend could help to make your dreams, and the dreams of many others, come to life. This is the story of Dan and Carol Roberts and their daughter, Austin. Learn more about their inspirational and selfless journey by watching this video.
Sit...Stay...PLAY - Thanks to the generosity of donors, golden retrievers Ralph and Chanel became part of the Cook Children's family in 2014. See how the Sit...Stay...PLAY program brings comfort and healing to patients, families and staff.
The Morris Foundation - Through the generous support of The Morris Foundation, patients at Cook Children's are being served through innovative and convenient ways in neighborhood clinics. Not only are they providing patient families with the resources they need to improve their health, but they are also educating them on how to practice and maintain healthy habits at home.
Employees care - Working at Cook Children's is more than just a job, it's a passion and a commitment to help children and families. Cook Children's associate Elondria Hills talks about why she participates in the annual employee giving campaign.
The Boenker family - Natalie and Jordan Boenker have always known about Cook Children's. Natalie participated in and chaired Cookies and Castles, an annual event that raises funds for the Cook Children's Hematology and Oncology Center. But it wasn't until their twins had a more than 4-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that they truly experienced and appreciated Cook Children's. Learn about their journey in this video.
Peter Pan Birthday Club - Birthdays are a special time, especially for children. For Maggie, and other kids like her, it's also a time to celebrate and give to back to the patients at Cook Children's. Watch this video to learn more about how kids are giving back to Cook Children's through the Peter Pan Birthday Club.
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