Children's Medical Center Foundation
Take a Minute for Children’s
May 2016
Red Balloon Run & Ride

Red Balloon Run & Ride sets new records in “fun-raising”

For the sixth year, North Texas families laced up their running shoes and adjusted their bike chains to participate in the signature fundraising event for Children’s Health. More than 15,000 participants and families converged on the Children’s Medical Center Plano campus for a day of exercise, family activities, food and fundraising.

And it was the most successful year thus far. More than $680,000 has been raised to benefit Children’s Health. Some 210 teams and 6,500 walkers, runners, and cyclists encouraged others and dug deeply into their own pockets to raise money to support programs of their choosing – from cancer to heart disease, from the Children’s Research Institute to Our Children’s House. Fundraising continues through May 27. Visit the Red Balloon Run & Ride site to see how much has been raised by teams as well as by individuals.

The Run & Ride is produced by Passion for Children’s for the exclusive benefit of Children’s. Capital One and Denbury Resources were presenting sponsors of the family event.


Join this ‘sweet’ group of women who help Children’s
  Women's Auxiliary
Like cake without frosting or cookies without milk, Children’s Medical Center without the Women’s Auxiliary would be incomplete.

The Auxiliaries for the Dallas and Plano campuses add the “cherry on top” to an already excellent sundae. The word “auxiliary” comes from the Latin auxilium, meaning “help,” but the Women’s Auxiliary does so much more.

Now in its 54th year, the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center is kicking off its 2016-2017 membership drive. Join the Auxiliary in its efforts to raise funds and awareness for Children’s by joining today!

As a member you can participate in meaningful volunteer activities, programs and special events, including American Girl Sundaes on Sunday, Santa’s Workshop, Breakfast with Santa, Legacy of Love Benefit and Fashion Show, Family Night at Six Flags and more. Your dues and other fundraising activities provide uplifting activities for patients, support and recognition to the dedicated hospital staff, and funds for hospital priorities, high-need programs and critical research initiatives.

Annual membership dues are $50 at the Friend Level and $100 at the Patron Level. Lifetime memberships are available for a one-time only payment of $1,000. Join this 800-member strong organization today and help make life better for children. To learn more about the Women’s Auxiliary or to become a member this year, please visit
Meet our new therapy dogs!
Thanks to an initial five-year commitment, PetSmart launched the Paws for Hope Pet-Assisted Therapy Program, which has allowed Children's Medical Center to expand its three-hour a week volunteer effort to a fully functional program with not only full-time therapy dogs, but also with 18 new pet therapy volunteer teams. With additional philanthropic support, the goal is to build a $5 million endowment that will ensure in perpetuity a full-service program for future patients. Learn more

Van is a hugely popular pet therapy dog at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, so it is great luck that his brother is now here, too. Boots is from the same litter as Van, a litter in which the pups were named after shoes.

Boots, a pure-bred golden retriever, took up work at Children’s in October. He spends his work days comforting trauma patients and making celebrity appearances at Seacrest Studios. He is known to engage kids in play by spinning the Wheel of Fortune and picking bingo letters. In his spare time, he enjoys peanut butter and rolling in the grass.

Boots has coaxed children out of their wheelchairs when they need to get walking again, and he has enjoyed having sick and injured children take him for walks when they need something to let them feel some sense of control again. He turns 3 in June and owes his “employment” to a donation from The Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Chapter.


Psychiatry patients at Children’s have a new friend: Espen, a golden retriever/Labrador mix who loves kids and Milk-Bone dog biscuits.

Also known as E-man, Espen brings cheer to the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, where children are cared for who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or impulsive behavior.

He performs tricks: jumping through hula hoops and over shuffleboard sticks and fetching tennis balls. He is a great motivator for children that struggle. The other part of his day is spent with the psychiatry consult liaison team visiting patients on the medical floor. He greets everyone at the concierge desk on his arrival in the morning, often snuggling up to the security team for his daily hugs.

Espen began work in October. He loves to go for a run before work each day and often holds his own leash when walking into the hospital each morning.
Upcoming Events


Through May 31
Costco has been a partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1988, and has helped raise more than $211 million dollars nationally during that time. During the month of May, members are asked to donate $1 (or any amount) to benefit Children’s. Dallas has five warehouses and one depot supporting Children’s. Last year alone, over $280,000 was raised in one month.



May 25 - June 8
Stores in Kroger Southwest are asking customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are and purchase a $1 Miracle Balloon to raise funds for Children's Health, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Kroger has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1996, raising more than $10 million for sick and injured kids. In 2015 Dallas-area Kroger stores, along with tremendous support from its associates and customers, raised more than $119,000 in a two-week period.


Children Helping Children Tennis Tournament

September 24-25
The 2016 Children Helping Children Junior Singles Tennis Tournament will be held Sept. 24-25, 2016, at High Point Tennis Center in Plano. Last year more than 500 junior tennis players and their families raised money to support the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Medical Center.