5 years!!!!

I cannot explain in words how grateful I am to every single person we have encountered at Lurie's hospital, the former Children's Memorial Hospital. Five years ago we walked in the doors of the hospital with our braver than we could ever be 4 year old son, not knowing what to expect, still in shock from the diagnosis of a cleft mitral valve and hole in the heart that would require a lenghty surgery in which Michael would need to be on bypass.  Five years later our lives look much different but Michael still remains the bravest boy I know. In the past 5 years, Michael has been able to participate in hockey and baseball, loves to run 5K's with friends and family, jump from the dock into Lake Michigan and off the pool diving board! He can do anything the average 9 year old can do but braver and better! 

Michael's scar used to bother him, but now its a reminder as to how blessed he is! He knows he is lucky and that there are much less fortunate kids. That is why every year until our legs no longer allow us to we will make this climb.  That is why every year Michael and his sisters remind me at Thanksgiving that we must bring pies to the nurses in the cardiology department and toys to the patients! It is so important that we keep giving even though we can never fully repay them and that is why I am BEGGING you to give as well. If you can give your time and climb with us, that would be AMAZING..but if not your time, your money works just as well. Any single dollar amount will put a smile on the face of a child and family in need. You may think "what can $5 do?"...let me tell you, it can buy a puzzle, a craft or bubbles that if only for a few minutes, allows a sick kid to feel like a normal kid....So I am counting on your support, just like I always have, to help our team make our goal! 

I cannot thank you enough! 


Make a difference in the lives of the more than 173,000 patients treated at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago each year.

Help me raise funds in support of the 20th annual Aon Step Up for Kids! All proceeds benefit the Family Services Department of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to ensure all patients have access to the highest-quality care. Remember, every dollar raised means a brighter and healthier future for our kids.

Here are just a few ways your donations could help:

$35 can purchase a Beads of Courage starter kit for a child with cancer.

$60 can purchase an adaptive toy for children with special needs and disabilities to use during play and therapy sessions.

$120 can help pay for one day of Skylight TV programming, the hospital's own interactive television station that broadcasts special shows such as "Story Time with Dot" and "Body Parts Bingo" directly to patient rooms.

$240 can help purchase two days of Rainbow Dog pet therapy for patients.

$500 can purchase crayons, markers, paper, paint and other arts and crafts supplies for patients to use throughout the hospital.

All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Lurie Children’s Foundation.

On behalf of the patients and families of Lurie Children’s, thank you for your support!


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