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Heroes for Life

Heroes for Life: Campaign for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago was the most ambitious fundraising initiative in the history of our hospital and one of the nation’s largest on behalf of children’s health.

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After eight years (2004-2012), the campaign concluded with more than 250,000 donors raising $675 million, representing gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. These generous benefactors helped to create the 23-story, state-of-the-art Lurie Children’s, funded programs, advanced research and supported the recruitment of leading pediatric specialists. Through Heroes for Life, we are transforming pediatric healthcare and research for this and future generations of children. If you have yet to visit the hospital, take this virtual tour to see what has been created through the support of the entire community.

Since the opening of Lurie Children’s on June 9, 2012, impact on the health of children and pediatric medicine has been immediate and profound.

  • Tiny patients in the NICU are being discharged sooner with less reliance on medication due to the quiet environment in the new hospital that allows them to sleep soundly and heal faster.
  • Within the first few months our overall satisfaction rating by parents of inpatient children rose nearly 10 percent from a year ago. Surveys indicate a 25 percent rise in the number of families who recommend the Emergency Department to others.
  • The residency program received over 62 percent of all U.S. applications to pediatric residency programs nationwide—to fill 31 pediatric residency positions.
  • We ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by both U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine. The new hospital has won four healthcare design awards.

Learn more about the impact of the campaign:

The support of our civic leaders, donors, partners and hospital team is a testament to our city’s commitment to having superior healthcare available for all our children. The success of the Heroes for Life campaign was made possible through an extraordinary group of volunteer leaders (show) who were instrumental in championing and guiding the fundraising initiative in the community.

Honorary campaign co-chairs:

  • Lester Crown
  • Ann Lurie
  • Andrew J. McKenna
  • Penny S. Pritzker

Campaign co-chairs:

  • Paula H. Crown
  • Daniel J. Hennessy
  • Robert S. Murley
  • J. Christopher Reyes

The Heroes for Life campaign has concluded, but the needs continue in order to fulfill the promise of what this new building and its programs will mean for children. Philanthropic support will continue to drive transformational care in the future to ensure that all children have access to the latest treatments and cures. To learn more about how you can make a meaningful contribution to transforming care, contact the Lurie Children’s Foundation at 312.227.7500, or foundation@luriechildrens.org, or donate now.

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