Your little ghosts and goblins can scare up some frightening costumes and help kids at Children’s Health, too.


Children's Medical Center Foundation
Take a Minute for Children’s
October 2016
 
Spirit Halloween
     
A Boo-tiful Way to Give and Save

Your little ghosts and goblins can scare up some frightening costumes and help kids at Children’s Health, too.

When you shop at Spirit Halloween stores in Dallas-Fort Worth, use this coupon to receive 10 percent off of your entire purchase, and an additional 10 percent of the sale will benefit Children’s Health!

If buying online, use the code word CARING16 at check out to get this treat. There are 27 Dallas-Fort Worth-area Spirit Halloween locations to choose from, so shop now until the end of the month to use this discount.

The company has donated more than $29 million to children’s hospitals nationwide since 2006. Last year’s promotion raised $128,465 to benefit Child Life at Children's Health.
 
 
 
 
     

You’ll be shouting with glee when you order your cards early

 
  Holiday Cards and Stickers
 
Your holiday will be brighter if you start planning now for the holidays. Make a difference this season by ordering personalized holiday cards for either Christmas or Hanukkah, address labels, and stickers through the Women's Auxiliary to Children's Medical Center.

The 2016 selection of cards this year includes photo-card options, and all cards feature irresistible artwork created by patients of Children's Health. Thanks to you, a brighter future is in the cards for many children.

Orders, which can be made online, need to be placed by Dec. 9 to ensure pre-holiday delivery.

ORDER ONLINE
 
 
 
     

Army of supporters raises funds for pediatric cancer

 
  Micaelas Army
 
Thank you to Sharon White, her son Jack, and Micaela’s Army Foundation for presenting Children’s Medical Center Foundation with a $60,000 check to accelerate research into pediatric cancer.

Board member Sean Lowe, from “The Bachelor,” and Dancers Give Back Dallas faculty members, Ida Saki and Katie Weilbring-Finazzo, met some of the oncologists who are on the frontlines of the battle to prevent, treat and ultimately cure cancer in children.

The Dancers Give Back Dallas event, a New Year’s weekend of dance classes taught by master teachers for ages 12 through professional dancers, raises funds exclusively for Micaela’s Army Foundation. Micaela White lost her battle with leukemia five years ago at the age of 18, but her family and friends continue to raise money to battle cancer.
 
 
 
     
Who wouldn’t like a little Extra Life?
 
  Extra Life
 
Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24-hour gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for local CMN Hospitals, including Children’s Health.

Extra Life works just like a fundraising walk or run, but you don’t need to leave the comfort of your living room to participate. Simply register to play games for the kids at Children’s Health and ask your family and friends for support. Then challenge yourself to play all 25 hours on one day, in one weekend, or several days before the main event. While many people choose to play video games, you can play whatever you’d like–tabletop games, card games, basketball–anything! Extra Life is all about doing something fun, challenging yourself to do it for a longer period of time, and ultimately raising lifesaving funds for kids in need.

Extra Life begins whenever you want it to! Just find a date and time that works with your schedule and start playing! Our National Game Day will begin at exactly 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

GET REGISTERED TO PLAY
 
 
 
     
Mum’s the word in October
 
  The Mum Shop
 
During the 2010-11 inaugural year of the Junior Leadership Board at Children’s Health, board member Morgan Pearlman partnered with The Mum Shop to create and sell a special charity ribbon benefiting Children’s Health.

Thanks to Amy Fogarty, owner of The Mum Shop, this became an annual fundraiser for the Junior Leadership Board.

The Mum Shop sells the ribbons for $2 each to anyone who wishes to add the ribbon to their mum and support Children’s Health. With 100 percent of ribbon sales supporting the hospital, it has been a successful fundraising activity over the past six years, raising a total of $7,228. The charity ribbon is a 12-inch white ribbon with three repeating logos. The ribbon is included on most of The Mum Shop’s order forms.

A list of schools contracted with The Mum Shop can be found at www.themumshop.com.
 
 
 
     
CRI is making strides in childhood cancer research
 
According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, 10,380 children in the U.S. under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Although advances in treatment have increased the five-year survival rate from 58 percent to 80 percent, cancer in children remains the leading cause of disease-related death among children and teenagers. But the outlook is improving thanks to cutting-edge biomedical research that contributes to the understanding of the disease and the discovery of new treatment options.

The interdisciplinary group of scientists and physicians at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern has made significant strides in childhood cancer research.

CRI Infographic

Read in more detail about these groundbreaking discoveries here.
 
 
Planned Giving      
Planning for the future
Giving stock or certain other property that has increased in value may provide greater tax savings. We are happy to assist you and your personal advisors as you plan to complete your charitable giving for 2016.
 
 
     
Upcoming Events
     

Les Femmes du Monde Couple of the Year

October 25, 2016
We invite you to join Les Femmes du Monde and Dallas civic leader, Mary Lee Cox, for the 2016 Couple of the Year Awards Dinner, honoring Nancy and W. Herbert Hunt. Benefiting Children's Health and World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth, the Oct. 25 evening at Dallas Country Club will celebrate the Hunts and their contributions to both Les Femmes du Monde and other nonprofits in the community. Tickets are still available.

 

Lights at Legacy Tree Lighting

November 20, 2016
Light up the holidays on Sunday evening from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Lights at Legacy Tree Lighting at the Shops at Legacy. Celebrate with family and friends as the Women’s Auxiliary hosts several holiday activities to benefit Children’s Medical Center Plano. Be sure to stop by the Auxiliary tents and purchase a fun item for the kids while enjoying the many family fun activities. From performing groups to strolling holiday entertainers to arts and crafts, there are activities for all ages to enjoy. This free event will enchant one and all! If you have any questions, please email treelighting@childrensauxiliary.org.

 

Breakfast with Santa

December 3, 2016
The Women's Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Dallas presents the 28th Annual Breakfast with Santa, a charity event benefiting Children’s Health. Celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends, and join us for a morning full of holiday cheer! Festivities include photographs with Santa Claus, face painting, balloon artists, character appearances, clowns, magicians and much more. Breakfast with Santa begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the historic Adolphus Hotel. The annual event is followed by the Children’s Health Holiday Parade. Sponsorships for this magical event range from $150 to $15,000. Join us as a sponsor this year and enjoy premier seating at breakfast and a remarkable view of the parade. Breakfast with Santa event tickets are $85 per person (regardless of age) and include a plated breakfast, photo with Santa, priority bleacher seating at the Parade and convenient parking close to the Adolphus. Purchase tickets.

 

Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade

December 3, 2016
The 29th annual Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade will march through the streets of downtown Dallas Dec. 3 to ring in the holiday season. This year’s parade will feature spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and much more. Get the best view of all the holiday magic with reserved bleacher seats. Available along Commerce Street, reserved seats let you see all the holiday floats, bands and characters. Children ages 2 and under don’t need tickets if they sit on a parent’s lap. Tickets are not required to attend the parade or enter the general viewing areas. You can stand or even bring a chair to sit on the side of the parade route. Purchase tickets.

 

Santa’s Workshop

December 4, 2016
Step into a winter wonderland with the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano. Santa’s Workshop, presented by Nebraska Furniture Mart, is from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Westin Stonebriar. Come enjoy holiday activities with your family, including kid-friendly crafts, sweet treats and magical fun with Santa’s elves from the North Pole. Delight in holiday entertainment and appearances by Mrs. Claus and performances from “The Nutcracker.” Make this event a holiday tradition for your family and friends alike. Tickets are $35 per adult and $25 per child (age 2 and under are free) and will be available for online purchase starting October 1, 2016. A special thank you to our 2016 sponsor, Hilti. Purchase tickets. If you have any questions, please email santasworkshop.legacy@childrensauxiliary.org.

 

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.