Children's Medical Center Foundation
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July 2016
 
Children Helping Children Junior Singles Tennis Tournament
     
Junior players serve up their best shots to beat cancer

More than 500 junior singles tennis players will serve up their best game at the 26th annual “Children Helping Children” Junior Singles Tennis Tournament, presented by GEICO and benefiting Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

The games begin Sept. 24-25 at High Point Park Tennis Center in Plano. The players and their families raise money to support the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, where more than 1,000 new patients are cared for each year. The tournament has raised more than $3 million cumulatively for the Gill Center.

Boys and girls, ages 12-18, can register for $35 per player and earn prizes provided by The Shops at Willow Bend for various levels of fundraising.

For information about how your future tennis star can play in the tournament and earn prizes, please call 214-456-8329 or visit childrens.com/tennis.
 
 
 
 
     

Meet Our Honored Hero

 
  Andrew Pitts
 
Andrew Pitts

Andrew Pitts is like most 7-year-old boys: silly, adorable, full of questions and energy, excited about summer. One difference, however, is that he has defeated cancer.

When Andrew was 11 months old, his dad, Michael Pitts, noticed that one of Andrew’s testicles was swollen. A consultation with their pediatrician sent them to a local hospital for a sonogram. The test showed good blood flow to the area, eliminating the need for same-day surgery. Their pediatrician, however, was not satisfied and referred them to a pediatric urologist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

“He immediately knew it was cancer,” said Andrew’s mother, Corey Pitts. Within three days, Andrew’s testicle was removed, leaving the other completely functioning. Three days after that, they began care under the watch of Dr. Jonathan Wickiser in the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s. In May 2015, Dr. Wickiser, who is an associate professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, released Andrew from regular checkups after five years of clear scans and tests.

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Don’t miss a prime opportunity today to help Children’s

 
  Amazon Smile
 
Today is Prime Day, and it’s projected to be the biggest online shopping day of the year. Shop for yourself and help Children’s Medical Center Foundation make life better for children.

Shop smile.amazon.com and choose Children’s Medical Center Foundation. At no additional cost to you, 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases will benefit Children’s.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.

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Inaugural KIDstruction Week builds goodwill
 
  KIDstruction
 
Members of the architectural, engineering and construction industries recently contributed nearly $57,000 to Children’s Medical Center Foundation during North Texas’ first KIDstruction Week.

The funds will be used for essential Family Support Services such as social work, pastoral care and Child Life, which includes clown, art, music and pet therapies.

More than a dozen companies participated, and 129 of their respective employees donated a portion of their paychecks to Children’s during the month of March, depending on their companies’ pay schedules. Several companies, such as McCarthy Building Co. and Schwob Building Co., matched their employees’ gifts, while others contributed direct donations and sponsorships.

Participating companies included Skanska USA, McCarthy Building Co., Schwob Building Co., HDR, WHR Architects, Spring Valley Construction Co., TDIndustries, Datum Engineers, Walter P Moore, TEXO, Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services, PRDG and HKS.

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Meetings for next year’s KIDstruction Week campaign will begin in August with the goal of doubling the number of company and individuals participating. For more information, go to give.childrens.com/kidstruction.
 
 
 
     
ArtCure draws on auction to raise funds for cancer
 
  ArtCure 2016
 
Dallas-based artist Doyle Glass presented Children’s Medical Center Foundation with $45,000, part of the proceeds from ArtCure. The annual event benefited the Kim Hazelwood Glass Endowment at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern and metastatic breast cancer research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. This year’s art auction took place at the “The Loft” at Gilley’s Dallas.

ArtCure honors Mr. Glass’ late wife, Kim Hazelwood Glass. The Glass Foundation matched all sales from works of art sold at the event, with proceeds directly benefiting cancer research.

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Summer Blizzard coming July 28
 
  DQ Miracle Treat Day
 
On Thursday, July 28, participating DQ stores throughout the Dallas area will celebrate Miracle Treat Day to benefit Children’s Medical Center, one of 170 hospitals supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Now in its 11th year, Miracle Treat Day brings awareness and raises funds for CMN Hospitals in local communities. For every Blizzard Treat sold on Miracle Treat Day at participating locations, $1 or more will be donated to Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Like all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaigns, donations raised will stay in the community to help local kids.
 
 
 
     
Kohl’s makes it easy to care
 
  Kohl's Cares
 
Clifford, the Big Red Dog, and his friends Cleo, T-Bone and Emily Elizabeth are all standing at the ready to help youngsters stay safe while at play through the Kohl’s Play Well Stay Well program at Children’s Health.

Kohl’s commitment to Children’s is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, through which Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, like Clifford and friends. One hundred percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide. In 2015, the program raised $330,817 for Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

To learn how you can help, visit give.childrens.com/kohls-cares.
 
 
     
Upcoming Events
     

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.

 

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.