The 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital $100K Challenge & $50K Survey

UPDATE (4/8/2013): The results are in! Thanks to your overwhelming support of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, our board will donate a total of $50,000 to the hospital’s pediatric research, psychosocial programs & a Giraffe® Incubator for patients. Learn more about each below, and please stay tuned to the blog for more ways to benefit the hospital (and ALL of its incredibly deserving programs!) as we get closer to the 2013 race.
  • The Giraffe® Incubator: The Giraffe® Incubator is a state-of-the-art enclosed neonatal intensive care microenvironment developed to meet the needs of clinicians, patients and families. Several unique features, like an in-bed scale and special pressurized mattress, provide a superior developmentally appropriate environment for a patient, while decreasing stress for the family and simplifying procedures for the children.
  • Pediatric Research: Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an international leader in pediatric research. Continual funding on all levels — from funding a research fellow to equipment or clinical research trials — allows our behavioral, basic and clinician scientists to continue to transform child health in major ways.
  • Psychosocial Programs: Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers unique support services and programs to enhance the quality of life for patients and families, such as “Last Chemo Treatment Celebrations,” where a family can celebrate together once a patient finishes their chemo regimen, or providing vouchers for safe, reliable transportation to well-check and routine clinic appointments for families who cannot afford to pay on their own.

Last year, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Board of Directors matched the first $100,000 donated to the hospital by race participants. But, they didn’t stop there. In December, the Board increased its support to $150,000, bringing the grand total raised for the hospital in our first year of partnership to $925,000.

What does this mean for 2013?

First up, a challenge:

This year, the Board again is issuing a $100,000 challenge to participants in the Marathon & ½ Marathon. Do you accept the challenge? Donate or become a fundraiser when you register for this year’s race, or by clicking on the Children’s Champions Fundraising Page!

Second, a choice:

As we mentioned, the Board has donated $150,000 to the hospital. The first $100,000 was directed to our Children’s Champions program, which features 26 amazing and inspirational kids cheering on our participants at each mile along the course.

That leaves $50,000 still to spend, and we want your help determining where it goes!

The following survey highlights five of the hospital’s programs (each described at the bottom of this blog post) that are equally deserving of a donation. Vote for your three favorites, and the three programs that receive the most votes will each get an equal share of the remaining $50,000. Update: Please continue voting through Sunday, April 7. We’ll announce the winners then! 

Click here to take The 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital $50K Survey! (Voting is now closed)

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Sounds of Love Program: An innovative music therapy program that creates an opportunity for parents to have a presence at their baby’s bedside even when they’re away from the hospital by building a digital library of songs and stories that are played in their isolette during their absence. Equipment costs are needed annually, and funds are also used to employ music therapists especially trained in newborn development.

The Admitting Gift Program: After each patient is settled into their hospital bed, a volunteer visits with the Admitting Gift Cart full of age-appropriate toys for the child to choose. Many patients come to the hospital unexpectedly and unprepared, and an Admitting Gift can give them a comforting object or activity. More than 15,000 gifts are given annually.

The Giraffe® Incubator: The Giraffe® Incubator is a state-of-the-art enclosed neonatal intensive care microenvironment developed to meet the needs of clinicians, patients and families. Several unique features – such as a rotating mattress allowing 360° for easy patient access, an in-bed scale which allows weights to be taken without moving the baby, and a special pressurized mattress to help preserve skin integrity while also improving clinical efficiency by reducing or eliminating bedding expense – provide a superior developmentally appropriate environment for a patient, while decreasing stress for the family and simplifying procedures for the children. Each incubator is $17,000.

Pediatric Research: Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an international leader in pediatric research. With a 10-year history of exceptional funding support from the National Institutes of Health, our behavioral, basic and clinician scientists are transforming child health in major ways. Continual funding is needed on all levels, from funding a research fellow to equipment to clinical
research trials.

Psychosocial programs: Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers unique support services and programs to enhance the quality of life for patients and families. These programs include “Last Chemo Treatment Celebrations,” where a family can celebrate together once a patient finishes their chemo regimen, treatment incentives (i.e.: iTunes gift cards, movie passes, restaurant gift cards, etc.), art and music therapy, a “Toy Box” for rewarding children after they have a procedure done and providing vouchers for safe, reliable transportation to well-check and routine clinic appointments for families who cannot afford to pay on their own.

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2 thoughts on “The 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital $100K Challenge & $50K Survey

  1. All so great! I would vote for the Sounds of Love Program! I did my student teaching at Children’s Hospital in Dayton OH and I know the importance of babies hearing music and even their parents voices!

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