Message From Our President
What a difference a decade can make and what a difference we can make together. Those are my thoughts as I begin my term as the 2018-2019 president of the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano. The Plano facility celebrates its 10th year in September, and for the better part of that decade the Auxiliary has supported the incredible, life-changing and life-saving care that Children’s Health provides to patients every day. Our mission is simple – to make life better for children. If you’ve ever had a child, grandchild, niece or nephew at Children’s – or maybe once were a patient yourself – you know this is a very special place!
Our programming supports Children’s patients, families and hospital staff in a variety of ways. Auxiliary members make patients and families at Children’s Plano as comfortable as possible by distributing necessity items from our Family Support Cart. To every child facing surgery, a teddy bear is given not only to hug, but also to help demonstrate upcoming procedures. No-sew blankets also are distributed to patients to offer comfort and security. Finally, Auxiliary members feel it is important to encourage and recognize Children’s staff members for their tireless dedication and commitment to the patients and families served at Children’s.
Providing world-class care takes substantial resources; the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff can’t do it alone. That’s where the passionate and committed members of the Women’s Auxiliary come in! Our members and volunteers raise funds to support critical needs at the hospital so Children’s can continue to provide the best care possible and warm experiences to the patients and families served. Over the past 8 years, our chapter has given more than $1 million dollars to the Children’s Medical Center Plano. These funds were raised through a variety of events, including the Lights at Legacy Tree Lighting, Santa’s Workshop, Change for Children’s, the Women’s Auxiliary Red Balloon Run & Ride team, and what has become a signature event in our community, the Legacy of Love Benefit & Fashion Show.
Our funding benefits critical programs including Indigent Care, Pastoral Care, Pet Therapy, Saturday Clinics, Family Support Services, Rehabilitation and Therapy Services, Bear Hugs, Music Therapy, Social Work, the Plano Women’s Auxiliary Endowment for the Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and crucial equipment for the Emergency Department.
As we enter our 9th year of service, we look forward to the exciting growth on our Plano campus, as well as the continued growth of our dedicated organization. There are ways to get involved – both big and small! I look forward to volunteering with you as we continue to work to make life better for children.
Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano