Forever grateful for the cardiac specialists at Children’s Medical Center, Team Shayna is raising funds at this year’s Alliance Data Red Balloon® Run & Ride.
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February 2017
Shayna Strauss

A race from the heart for Team Shayna

Ten years ago, 15-month-old Shayna Strauss was diagnosed with congenital heart defects – mitral valve regurgitation and left coronary artery atresia. Forever grateful for the cardiac specialists at Children’s Medical Center who saved her daughter’s life, her mother, Dawn Strauss, created Team Shayna to raise funds through the Alliance Data Red Balloon® Run & Ride. Family and friends have raised more than $31,800 for the Heart Center since 2010, and they invite you to join them in fundraising for the program of your choice at the Alliance Data Red Balloon® Run & Ride, on April 22. To read Shayna’s story, visit

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Did you know? From heart transplants to complex single ventricle defect repairs, almost 600 cardiovascular surgeries are performed at Children’s Health each year. 
Legacy of Love

A legacy of runway love

The Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano, along with Mercedes-Benz of Plano and TOOTSIES, is hosting the 5th annual Legacy of Love Benefit & Fashion Show April 20 at 6 p.m. The show will feature fashions by TOOTSIES, along with bites from notable Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants, great entertainment and a luxury raffle. This annual runway show celebrates the latest fashions and trends with special models, including our patients.

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Children's Cancer Fund

Broadway Nights spotlights kids with cancer

A glamorous night to remember for patients and patrons, the Children’s Cancer Fund Broadway Nights and Runway Lights event will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas April 21. The gala is Children’s Cancer Fund’s signature fundraising event, and it includes a fashion show with our cancer patients as models on the runway, escorted by sponsors and celebrities, including Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

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You’Re Invited

Purple Balloon Foundation Bowl-A-Thon


February 26

Join The Purple Balloon Foundation for its 16th annual bowl-a-thon Feb. 26 at Plano Super Bowl for a fun-filled family afternoon with lots of prizes for everyone. Proceeds send our patients to summer camps. Learn More »


National Pancake Day


March 7

Participating IHOPs will give away one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and guests will have the opportunity to donate to Children's Health. Visit the IHOP at 4804 West Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093; or the IHOP at 1206 Dallas Highway, Waxahachie, Texas 75165. View Maps »


Family Night at Six Flags



Mark your calendars for a night of family fun at the 49th Family Night at Six Flags Over Texas. The annual tradition, hosted by the Women’s Auxiliary, is April 7 from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Learn More »


Alliance Data Red Balloon® Run & Ride



The 2017 Alliance Data Red Balloon® Run & Ride is April 22, and registration is now open! With walking and running distances of 1K and 5K, and cycling courses from 23 to 72 miles, there is something for everyone. Plan to take your family and invite your friends for a morning of free, fun activities, and a sampling of some of the area’s best food trucks. Register Today »