Children's Medical Center Foundation
Take a Minute for Children’s
June 2016
Father's Day Stories

Honoring Exceptional Dads This Father’s Day

When a child is sick, we typically envision the mother in the role of comforter and caregiver. But psychologists have long known that fathers who are involved in their child’s care, often while looking after other siblings and continuing to work, are essential to their child’s well-being and quick recovery.

In honor of fathers everywhere, meet five who have had children hospitalized at Children’s Medical Center. We hope their stories inspire you and encourage you to honor a special dad in your life this Father’s Day.

Jared Behnke fundraised for Children’s Medical Center as a way to give back. He enjoyed it, but said he often did not feel much of a personal connection to the institution. That changed dramatically when his son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

After a horrible car accident, doctors at Children’s Medical Center told Clay Turner they had to make tough medical decisions quickly or his daughter would die. About a year and a half later, the grateful father has a happy, healthy 3-year-old girl home, hosting tea parties. It’s impossible to tell she was ever in a severe car crash.

One day, Mark Stewart was taking pictures of his daughter and pushing her on a swing. Several days later he learned she had cancer. After surgery saved her life, the rediscovered photos had new meaning – and a special, unintended effect.

On his birthday Ty Teague learned his daughter had leukemia. After a terrible ordeal that included surgery and a trying stay in the intensive care unit, Mr. Teague now has his 5-year-old daughter home – with tremendous gratitude for Children’s Medical Center.

Abel Escamilla Jr. recovered from surgery to promptly get on with the business of being a 5-year-old; when his dad, Abel Escamilla Sr., said he could do whatever he wanted at a special meal prepared for him, he took the cake and smashed it in his dad’s face. Mischievous, yes, but after what the family had been through, they enjoyed the chance to laugh again.


Just Keep Swimming
  Finding Dory
Come see “Finding Dory” with The Children’s Trust Monday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane. Purchase your advance tickets here. All ticket sales benefit Children’s Medical Center Foundation for The Children’s Trust. For questions, email

The Children’s Trust was established in 2002 and plays a valuable role in helping Children’s Health fulfill its mission to make life better for children. Members include couples and individuals passionate about pediatric health care and dedicated to providing leadership through service and philanthropic support to the hospital. Since its inception, The Trust has grown to include nearly 300 members annually and has given more than $1.4 million to Children’s. The Trust uses the funds raised to support projects and purchase specific items identified as critical needs.

Women on a mission to make life better for Children’s Medical Center
  Women's Auxiliary
At the Spring membership meeting, the Dallas and Legacy chapters of the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center each presented checks to Children’s Medical Center Foundation totaling $787,322, which represents the sum of both groups’ fundraising activities during 2015-2016.

The Women’s Auxiliary, Dallas Chapter, contributed to its endowment established last year in support of Family Support Services, which includes therapeutic art, music therapy, Child Life, the Funnyatrics clown program, language access services, pastoral care, pet therapy, social work, school services, and volunteer services.

The Dallas Chapter also provided direct funding to the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern, the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children’s Program (SPARC), the Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children Clinic (REACH), the Heart Center, pet therapy, pastoral care, patient care concierge and the Women’s Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

The Legacy Chapter’s fundraising will support crucial programs including Family Support Services, the indigent care program, pet therapy, the Bear Hugs program, the Children’s Research Institute, the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders, and radiology. The Legacy Chapter also provided $55,000 to create an endowment in support of Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

To learn more about the Women’s Auxiliary or to join one of the chapters for the upcoming 2016-2017 year, please visit
News from the Children’s Research Institute
  Children's Research Institute
The Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern’s summer newsletter, Inside CRI, is now online.

Read Dr. Sean Morrison’s views on why scientists must play a leading role to ensure breakthrough advances are safe, effective and ethical; how Dr. Ralph DeBerardinis and his team overturned a nearly century-old perception about cancer metabolism; about new ideas on how to treat liver damage or chronic liver disease; and meet postdoctoral fellow Elena Piskounova, Ph.D.

Sign up today to stay informed about groundbreaking efforts in the CRI and to learn how research in the Institute is contributing to advances in science and medicine. To learn more about the CRI and how you can help further scientific research that directly impacts children, please visit
Upcoming Events

Pie Five Pizza Celebrates With Five Days of Doughnations

June 20 - 24
Pie Five Pizza Co. turns 5 years old this month, and the Dallas-based fast casual pizza brand is blowing out the birthday candles with five days of charitable donations to Children’s Health. All Pie Five restaurants in the Dallas Fort-Worth market will donate $1 from every pizza sold between June 20 and June 24. View Flier

Guests are encouraged to step into their favorite Pie Five restaurant on these days to create their very own signature pizza for a cause, made the way they want it from a choice of more than 28 fresh toppings, seven sauces and four crusts. By purchasing a pizza on these days, guests can feel good knowing that they’re helping improve lives for youngsters in Texas.

To find your nearest Pie Five location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, visit Pie Five’s location finder.


Kids Play FORE Kids Golf Tournament

August 12
Kids Play FORE Kids is a fundraising golf event for kids only, produced by the PGA Northern Texas Section Junior Golf Foundation. Benefiting Children’s Medical Center Foundation, the nine-hole scramble is open to kids ages 6-19 of all golf skill levels. Teams are made up of four kids, and players can make up their own team, or they can sign up individually to be paired with kids of similar ages. The 2016 Kids Play FORE Kids fundraiser will take place at Firewheel Golf Park (Old Course), located at 600 W. Campbell Road in Garland. Register here.


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 Park 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.


Red Balloon Run & Ride

April 22, 2017
Save the date for next year’s Red Balloon Run & Ride on the Children’s Medical Center Plano campus. More than $700,000 was raised at the 2016 event, which was attended by more than 15,000 walkers, runners, riders and supporters. View photos from this year’s event.