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How Your Fundraising Dollars Help Kids in the KC Heartland

Making sure each child receives the best medical care and treatment is exactly why our partners in the community work so hard each year to raise funds during their campaigns and events.  While 2021 seemed reminiscent of 2020 in many ways, our dedicated and loyal partners continued to show up for our local CMN families!  Below is an overview of how these funds were spent to help Change Kids Health and Change the Future at KU Medical Center.

How Your Fundraising Dollars Help Kids in the KC Heartland
  • Innovative Programs to Support Children & Families:  including the Child Life & Music Therapy programs in the inpatient units to help children during their hospital stays and the Happy Bottoms program to assist families in need with diapers for their little ones.
  • Educational & Palliative Care Services:  including Parents as Teachers and KU Kids Healing Place, our pediatric palliative care program designed to provide the next step in care for youngsters with a chronic or life-limiting diagnosis.
  • Patient Care Services:  including the purchase of NuRoos for the NICU, which are newborn swaddles to encourage and promote skin-to-skin contact for preemies in addition to the purchase of meal & gas cards to help ease the financial burden to families who have children inpatient for an extended period of time.
  • Equipment:  including the purchase of upgraded Angel Eye Cameras for the NICU, which enable parents and loved ones to see their baby even when they can’t be at the hospital and a specialized recliner designed to support kangaroo care and improve the NICU experience for mothers and their infants. 
  • Direct Assistance to Families:   providing assistance to families for durable medical equipment needs that may not be covered by insurance.  

Research Projects:  including a new multi-year research and clinical project on pediatric obesity, specifically in the area of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).