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Hasbro Children’s Hospital Honors a Child’s Life and Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Izzy Family Room
Friday, April 18, 2014

On April 15, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and The Izzy Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the Izzy Family Room at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

The Izzy Family Room is “IZspired” by the mission of The Izzy Foundation, created in 2012 by Drs. Kyle and Tina Wohlrab and their family and friends, to help children with cancer and their families facing cancer to live, love, laugh and play.

Through numerous fundraisers over the past two years, The Izzy Foundation raised $190,000 to fund the design and renovations to the new family room, which is dedicated to the memory of Isabelle Marie Wohlrab (Izzy), who was diagnosed with Stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma at age 1 and earned her angel wings at 3. From 2010 to 2012, the Wohlrabs spent many months with Izzy in Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The project also received funding support from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“We are so happy that The Izzy Family Room will provide a calm and peaceful place for families to go during long stays, as well as offer a place where they can enjoy family-centered activities,” said Drs. Kyle and Tina Wohlrab. “We hope this room will allow families to have a taste of home and bring a little happiness during very difficult times.”

The Izzy Family Room was designed by nationally recognized architect Tom Morbitzer from New York City and constructed by Pariseault Builders. Decorated in purple, Izzy’s favorite color, the space features faux skylights and offers families a home away from home on the hospital’s fifth floor, giving them a comfortable place to make a cup of tea or a snack, relax and meet other families experiencing similar stresses.

“We are thrilled to have the support of The Izzy Foundation, and we hope the collaboration that began in 2012 will continue for a very long time. To us it is truly a very special relationship, and we are grateful beyond words,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan.

To learn more about Izzy and her family’s story, and about the foundation created in Izzy’s memory, please visit http://theizzyfoundation.org/.






L-R. Michelle Kwan, Mary Lou Riker and Drs. Kyle and Tina Wohlrab. 





Charles Olmstead, director of shared services at Lifespan; Drs. Kyle and Tina Wohlrab;
Fletcher, Garret and Hadley Wohlrab 


Community Donates $444,917 to 10th Annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

More than 30 patients and their families took to the airwaves to share their stories of medical struggles and triumphs in support of the 10th anniversary of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon on Thursday, April 3. The community came together to donate $444,917 to support pediatric care, family programs and leading-edge research at the hospital.

“My gratitude goes to all the individuals, families and businesses that, for the past 10 years, have made the Radiothon one of southeastern New England’s most successful community fundraisers,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and president and chief executive officer, Lifespan. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital has helped raise a generation of healthy kids over the past 20 years, and the ongoing support of our Radiothon donors has been crucial to keeping us at our best for all the kids and families who need us.”

The annual Radiothon broadcast is a partnership of Providence Cumulus radio stations, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event was broadcast live from the hospital for a total of 15 hours. Since the Radiothon began in 2005, more than $6 million has been raised in support of the hospital. 

Barbara Haynes, market manager of Cumulus radio stations, said, “On behalf of the staff of 92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105 and 630 & 99.7 WPRO, I am honored to have been a part of this amazing event over the past 10 years. I am grateful to all the families for sharing their stories with our on-air talent and to our listeners and valued customers for sharing their generosity and helping improve the lives of children and families treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.”

Over the course of the event, listeners heard inspiring stories of hope and healing from patient families and caregivers alike, about circumstances as varied as neurology, surgery, cancer, and palliative care. Listeners were also invited to visit the station websites and social media pages for live blogging, real-time photos, and the opportunity to “meet” some of the patients online. The event also included visits from Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo, Stephen Gostkowski from the New England Patriots, PGA Tour professional Brad Faxon, players from the Providence Bruins and artists from PeaceLove Studios. The Cox Communications phone bank answered hundreds of phone calls from people wanting to donate in support of the event.

Among the many sponsors, several of whom matched gifts during special “power hours” and also took shifts at the phone bank, were Hasbro, Inc., Alex and Ani, Dunkin’ Donuts, The Rhode Island National Guard, Rhode Island Credit Union, Cardi’s Furniture Stores, East Commerce Solutions, Alexander’s Uniforms, Pepsico, Chelo’s, and David Schuller.

 



Salve Regina University Dance Marathon Raises $7,500 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, April 07, 2014
On March 28 and 29, 50 Salve Regina University students took part in the 18-hour Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon at Ochre Court in Newport, raising $7,500 to benefit pediatric medical care, education and research at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Patients and their families played games and shared their stories. “We are so proud to be able to donate to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. It is wonderful to know that the money we raised this year is going towards the new Izzy Family Room on the fifth floor. The families from Hasbro who came to visit our event gave us the inspiration to keep dancing all night long. While we are happy to have raised $7,500 for Hasbro, the event also raised our spirits,” said Caroline Chenard, one of the coordinators of the event. “Salve Dance Marathon 2014 was full of dancing, laughter, love and hope. It is all for the kids!”


Salve Regina students and patient families took part in games, dancing and activities during the 18-hour event.

 

 

 

 




 
Local Rite Aid stores launch six-week "Miracle Balloon" sales campaign to benefit Hasbro Children's Hospital
Thursday, March 20, 2014
On March 18, representatives from Rite Aid stores in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts visited Hasbro Children’s Hospital to kick off a six-week Miracle Balloon sales campaign that runs from April 6 to May 24, 2014. Rite Aid is a retail partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization helping to raise funds and awareness for 170 hospitals caring for children in North America. Since 2007, Rite Aid locations in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts have raised more than $500,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The funds raised at the local Rite Aid stores will provide critical care, purchase lifesaving equipment, fund groundbreaking research and cover medical costs for uninsured or underinsured pediatric patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 
 
Representatives from Rite Aid and Hasbro Children’s Hospital join with Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo. 


“Monopoly Ball” Raises $1.4 Million to Benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Annual fundraiser celebrates hospital’s 20th anniversary with multiple tributes, performances 

On March 8, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s “Monopoly Ball” packed the Rhode Island Convention Center with 1,100 supporters, the largest crowd ever to attend the hospital’s annual fundraising gala. The event celebrated the 20th anniversary of the hospital’s opening in 1994 and raised $1.4 million to support critical programs with the greatest needs at the hospital. The live auction benefited the Child Life Services department, which provides pediatric patients and their families with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization.

 

This year’s theme was in recognition of Hasbro, Inc.’s MONOPOLY game. In addition to the theme, Hasbro, Inc. with the hospital produced MONOPOLY: The Ultimate Rhode Island Edition. Sales of the game were strong at the event, and beginning in late March, games will be sold online, at the hospital gift shop, and at participating CVS and Toys‘R’Us locations, with 100 percent of the sale price benefiting Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

“For the past 20 years, Hasbro Children’s Hospital has upheld three pillars: outstanding patient care for children and their families, world-class medical education to train the next generation of physicians and nurses, and groundbreaking research to discover new diagnoses and treatments,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan. The future of our children’s hospital remains exceptionally bright thanks to the generosity of all the individuals who have given of themselves, over the past two decades, to help keep Hasbro Children’s Hospital at the forefront of pediatric medicine.”

 

The event co-chairs were Dolph and Maureen Johnson, and the honorary chairs were Dory and Brad Faxon, Barbara and Brian Goldner, and Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld. The festivities included a Porsche Boxster raffle from Porsche of Warwick, a silent auction, and a live auction hosted by PGA professional Brad Faxon and Tony Petrarca, chief meteorologist for WPRI 12. A video was shown of 20-year-old Christopher McKeon, the hospital’s first brain surgery patient, and his family and treatment team.

 

As special presentations by title sponsor Hasbro, Inc., the evening also included a guest performance by comedian and TV personality Kathleen Madigan. Hasbro, Inc.’s award-winning employee band, Toys 2 Men, rocked the evening and even jammed with doctors from the hospital. Boston-based musicians, The FAM, premiered the song “All For One” along with the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus. Local DJ TWALLE capped off the event with a dance mix.

 

“Our gratitude goes out to the many caregivers, friends, patients and families who attended the Monopoly Ball, and to all of our dedicated corporate sponsors for helping make this event—and Hasbro Children’s Hospital—such a tremendous success,” said Scott B. Laurans, chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors. “Our title sponsor, Hasbro, Inc., is not only our hospital’s namesake, but our unwavering partner in care. We are also grateful for the support of our presenting sponsors, Alex and Ani Charity By Design, Belcourt of Newport, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard and CVS Caremark.”

 

Honoring Robert B. Klein, MD, for his leadership, compassion and visionary work in pediatric care.
(L-R) Thomas F. Tracy, Jr. MD, MS, pediatric surgeon-in-chief, Hasbro Children’s Hospital;
Scott B. Laurans, chair, Lifespan Board of Directors; Robert B. Klein, MD, pediatrician-in-chief, Hasbro Children’s Hospital;
and Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan.


Click here to view more photos from the event



 

Lite Rock 105 Gives Out Loom Bracelets to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Patients and Families
Friday, March 07, 2014


During November and December 2013, Lite Rock 105 staff collected colorful (and very popular) loom bracelets, created by local kids, for multiple organizations including Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Lite Rock 105, part of Cumulus Providence radio stations, ended up collecting more than 30,000 bracelets and several hundred loom kits. The hospital distributed many of these bracelets and kits to young patients in the hospital and their families. Hasbro Children’s Hospital is enormously grateful to the Lite Rock 105 staff for this generous gesture of support for the children in our care and for helping bring some fun into their time at the hospital!

 

 

 

RIPTA and Alex and Ani Charity By Design Partner for “Stuff a Bus with Love” to Benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, February 20, 2014


On two Saturdays in early February, community members gathered at the Alex and Ani location in Garden City to donate new, unused teddy bears to help “stuff a bus with love.” The first 200 people to show up were given a special gift from Alex and Ani for their participation. 

One mother shared a touching story about her daughter’s participation in the event:

“My daughter had her 12th birthday party/slumber party this weekend. 

She had overheard me talking about the Stuff a Bus event this weekend, and she was so inquisitive about the event and wanted to take part in it. She asked if she could ask her friends to bring stuffed animals instead of presents and if I could take all of them on Saturday, and on top of that she used her own money that she had been saving to buy herself Beats, and went to Target and bought a whole bunch of teddy bears and we arrived with bags full of teddies for the event. When she heard the teddy bears were being donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, she became a bit emotional remembering her leukemia scare she had a few years ago. She went from being a super active, soccer playing, horseback riding fanatic to having to stop every and all activities and having to spend every Friday for months at the Hasbro Oncology Dept. She had a special teddy, which she still cherishes to this day, but this “lamby” (that’s its name J) gave her comfort as she was poked and prodded and waiting results of her platelet levels and her spleen functioning, every Friday. We were lucky where this blood disease that she had ran its course and she got a clean bill of health and was able to return to her active life after about five months, but she saw so many children that were not as fortunate as she was and she knew how her lamby was her cuddly savior that helped her get through it. This life event for her has always been difficult to talk about, and hasn’t been spoken of in our house for a while and it broke my heart to see her remember that time, but to hear her want to help this way, was such a proud mama moment. It’s not often that you hear kids willing to give up birthday gifts AND to use their Christmas money too, I couldn’t be more proud of her and I think I will have to give her a hall pass on her dishwashing duty… lol. I truly want to thank you for having these kinds of events that kids and adults can take part in. It’s so special to share these kind of events with our children.”


The “Stuff a Bus” initiative, sponsored by RIPTA and Alex and Ani Charity By Design along with WPRI 12, Cox Media, WHJJ 920 News Radio, Coast 93.3 and B101, is part of Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s 20th anniversary celebration. On February 14, the “Stuffed with Love” RIPTA bus brought the teddy bears to children and families who gathered for the hospital’s birthday party at the Bank of America Skating Rink in Providence. 

 

 

Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo visits children and families at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo visited children and families at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on January 14. A former cancer patient at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Jessica now volunteers at the hospital’s Camp Dotty and the Tomorrow Fund Clinic. The 20-year-old from Exeter, RI, competed in the Miss America Pageant in September 2013 and is now a student at the University of Rhode Island. 

 

Lite Rock Loomineers donate giant bucket of loom bracelets for the kids at Hasbro Children's Hospital!
Monday, December 23, 2013

Thank you Lite Rock 105! 

The Lite Rock Loomineers have been collecting loom bracelets and kits for the children at Hasbro Children's Hospital! The bracelets will be handed out to the kids at the hospital. A great BIG THANK YOU to Lite Rock and the Loomineers!


(From L-R) Our Champion Child, Nick Friend, and his brother Zach; Amy Pontes and Heather Gersten from Lite Rock 105; Karli Blossom from Hasbro Children's Hospital; and Steve Donovan (seated) and Brian Demay of Lite Rock. 




Hasbro Inc. "Elves" Spread Holiday Cheer During Global Day of Joy
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

On Friday, Dec. 6, Hasbro, Inc. employees—wearing blue “Team Hasbro” shirts and masquerading as holiday “elves”—visited Hasbro Children’s Hospital to spread joy to pediatric patients and their families. This event was part of Hasbro, Inc.’s first-ever “Global Day of Joy,” in partnership with more than 100 nonprofits around the world. In Rhode Island, more than 1,300 Team Hasbro volunteers worked with children through 33 local service projects taking place both at Hasbro, Inc.’s headquarters and around the community.



 
 



Roger Williams University’s “Mr. RWU” Pageant Raises More than $16,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Christopher Wade (center) performs a Blues Brothers sketch with his personal assistant, Kayla Gersten (left) and friend, Tyler O’Donnell (right) during the talent portion of this year’s “Mr. RWU” pageant.On November 23, 10 Roger Williams University students competed in a Miss America-style pageant called “Mr. RWU” on the school’s Bristol campus, raising $16,821 to support pediatric care, research and education at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. One of the University’s signature annual events, the pageant has raised more than $60,000 for the hospital since 2008.

 

Over the course of 10 weeks, student contestants, who were nominated by their classmates, took part in several challenges and events, including fundraising activities and the pageant itself. Each competitor had a female assistant and team to help with fundraising. This year’s winner is Christopher Wade, a junior from Northborough, Mass., who is studying journalism.

 

“This fundraiser has become a university tradition,” says the event’s founder, Carol Sacchetti, director of student programs and leadership at Roger Williams University. “When new students come to Orientation, they learn about this awesome opportunity to support the state’s only children’s hospital, which is practically on their doorstep. The response has been phenomenal from our students, faculty and staff.”

 

[Right: Christopher Wade (crowned), a junior from Northborough, Mass., who is studying journalism was named 2013 “Mr. RWU” on November 23 as Cameron Muir (far left), 2012 “Mr. RWU” and Kayla Gersten (center) look on. One of Roger Williams University’s signature annual events, the pageant has raised more than $60,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital since 2008.]

 

To raise funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, each contestant collected donations through organizing benefit events on campus and sending out solicitation letters. The highlight of the pageant was its talent portion, which featured Christopher performing a Blues Brothers sketch.

 

“I’m a firm believer in helping others, and even though I have stage fright and wouldn’t normally get involved in these events, I absolutely set my fears aside to raise money and dance on stage knowing I was helping kids at Hasbro Children’s Hospital,” says Christopher. “To me, this pageant isn’t about being Mr. RWU; it’s about an opportunity to do some good in the world. It was an honor to be involved. The title of Mr. RWU is nothing compared to the feeling of knowing that my actions made a difference.”


 
Contestants of the 2013 Roger Williams University “Mr. RWU” pageant kick-off the event’s festivities during an opening dance with their female personal assistants 





















Christopher Wade (center) performs a Blues Brothers sketch with his personal assistant, Kayla Gersten (left) and friend, Tyler O’Donnell (right) during the talent portion of this year’s “Mr. RWU” pageant.





























LIFEcycle “Ride ’Round Rhody” Bike-A-Thon Raises $50,000 for Lifespan’s Comprehensive Cancer Centers
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On November 21, volunteers and cyclists of LIFEcycle, Inc., a Rhode Island nonprofit, gathered at The Miriam Hospital with Lifespan staff for a reception celebrating the highly successful “Ride ’Round Rhody” Bike-a-Thon. The 5th annual event, held on August 11, raised $50,000 for cancer care and research at Lifespan’s Comprehensive Cancer Centers at Rhode Island Hospital and its pediatric division, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Newport Hospital. In total, this event generated more than $76,000 for local cancer care and research.

 

“We are so pleased with the success of this year’s ‘Ride ’Round Rhody’ event. It was an incredibly executed ride thanks to the nearly 100 volunteers who came together to make it possible,” says Jacob Brier, co-founder of LIFEcycle, Inc. “Cancer, sadly, impacts the lives of countless friends, families and neighbors, which is why our cyclists take great pride in raising funds that support local treatment and research. We’re ecstatic that this year’s event brings the grand total raised to nearly $240,000 since 2009!”

 

L-R. Dani, Jacob and Soren Brier with Fred J. Schiffman, MD

 

L-R. Susan Sikov, Shelley Sigal and William Sikov, MD

 


 

Gallonio Family Presents Check to Hasbro Children's Hospital from First RIde Against Cancer Bike Race
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The first RIde Against Cancer Bike Race took place on September 21, 2013.  The race was organized by the Gallonio family.  Grace Gallonio is now four years old, but 20 days past her first birthday she was diagnosed with a SacroCoccygeal Teratoma Tumor. Due to complications from the tumor, Grace contracted a near deadly infection that required surgery and she spent one month in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Hasbro Children's Hospital.  For four weeks, Grace was sedated and on ventilation as her body fought to overcome the affects of this infection.  Grace and her family received such wonderful care from the doctors and nurses that it forever changed their lives and the family started the RIde Against Cancer. 

 

The Gallonios presented the check for the money raised from their race in November because Grace was diagnosed with cancer this month three years ago.

 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital is also in the process of nominating Grace as the 2014 Champion Child for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 

 

The money being donated ($10,000) is going to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital General Fund to help families and programs with the greatest needs.

Grace Gallonio 



 

Over $7,000 Raised at the 2nd Annual M.A.R.Y. B. Rhode Island Fundraiser
Friday, November 15, 2013

The 2nd Annual M.A.R.Y. B. Rhode Island Fundraiser was held on September 28th, 2013.  The event was hosted by Ellen McGarry and featured a silent auction, raffle, and Chicago-themed lunch.  The event raised over $7,000!

With the success of this event, M.A.R.Y. B. has partnered with Hasbro Children’s Hospital to create a nursing education fund in the name of Mary Bussiere!

M.A.R.Y. B. was established in 2012 to honor the memory of Mary T. (Bonacorsi) Bussiere. Mary was a nurse who worked in pediatric neurology. The acronym M.A.R.Y. B. stands for Making Real Difference For Youth’s Benefit. The mission of the foundation is to support pediatric caregiving through medical education and advocacy programs.

To learn more about Mary's story click here.

Click here to view photos from the event.






Teamsters Local 251 Raises $80,000 for Cancer Research through “Driving for a Cure” Event
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Teamsters check presentationTeamsters Local 251, representing more than 5,000 workers in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, are dedicated to giving back to the community with a particular soft spot for kids with cancer. This April, their commitment was on full display when more than 1,200 people packed the Rhode Island Convention Center for the second annual “Driving for a Cure” event, which included dinner, dancing and entertainment by Dancin’ Spirit Performing Arts. The event raised $80,000 for pediatric cancer research at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, bringing the total raised for the first two years to $140,000.

“It’s important to our union members that we give back to the community, and our members care deeply about supporting the children dealing with cancer that Hasbro Children’s Hospital helps each and every day,” says Joseph J. Bairos, co-chairman, secretary-treasurer and principal executive officer of Teamsters Local Union 251. “People are already asking to buy tickets for the 2014 event on April 12, and we look forward to helping the hospital well into the future.”

We extend our gratitude to the Teamsters Local Union 251 for their tremendous support of cancer research at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

Caption: Frederick J. Macri, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, receives a check from Joseph J. Bairos, co-chairman, secretary-treasurer and principal executive officer of Teamsters Local Union 251.







 

Rhode Island Foundation Grant Gives Big Boost to Primary Care Initiative
Monday, November 11, 2013

Doctor and patientChildren across Rhode Island and southeastern New England will be the beneficiaries of a bolstered Primary Care Initiative at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, thanks to a generous $66,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.

“We are grateful for the Foundation’s support of this effort. As a result of their commitment, Hasbro Children’s Hospital will serve as a national model for innovation in providing primary care and training physician residents in an academic medical center,” says Dr. Patrick Vivier, director of the division of general pediatrics and community health. “This is really about transforming primary care to better meet the needs of the 8,000 children currently served by the Primary Care Initiative today while also expanding learning for the physician residents who care for them. This grant is a major step toward achieving that.”

The Primary Care Initiative provides a “medical home” for patients, which means that each child is assigned to a specific physician who cares for them directly and coordinates all aspects of their care. The resident physicians are organized into micro-practices where they work closely together under the supervision of a full-time physician.

The project’s long-range goals include attracting more residents into pediatric primary care and creating a statewide provider-based network that will help meet the needs of children and families and improve the overall health of all children in the region. The next step, says Dr. Vivier, is to incorporate 10 community-based pediatricians into these micro-practices to serve as teachers and mentors and to provide a community perspective.

The Rhode Island Foundation is a proud supporter of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and in particular of this transformative new initiative that will serve so many of our state’s children,” says Neil D. Steinberg, Rhode Island Foundation president and chief executive officer. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Primary Care Initiative is a win-win—it will lead to better care and improved health for children while reducing costs and enhancing the training of 60 medical residents in Rhode Island.”



 

Injury Prevention Center and Kohl’s Unite to Help Kids Stay Safe While on the Go
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Kohls carseat checkIn September, as part of National Seat Check Saturday, certified child passenger safety technicians from the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and other agencies inspected 85 car seats in the parking lot of Roger Williams Park Zoo, educating parents and caregivers on how to properly install car and booster seats.

Every day, thousands of children are improperly restrained or do not have the right car or booster seat for their height and weight. More than 75 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed, according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A properly installed child safety seat lowers the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars.

The free event was sponsored by the Kohl’s Cares – Kids on the Go program, which raises funds for children’s health and educational opportunities. During the car seat event, representatives from Kohl’s presented a check for $138,888 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to continue the car seat check program for the next year.

Through the sale of special plush toys, books, CDs and cookbooks, Kohl’s Cares donates 100 percent of the net profits to more than 160 hospital partners nationwide, including Hasbro Children’s Hospital, which has received more than $1 million from Kohl’s locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts since 2006.

“Some parents may not realize that if their child were admitted after a car accident, they cannot use the same car seat that was involved in the accident, even if it doesn’t appear damaged,” says Dr. Dina Morrissey, program coordinator for the Injury Prevention Center. “If we can help just one family to be safer on the roads and prevent a vehicular injury, then this program has succeeded. Our sincere gratitude goes to Kohl’s for making this program possible.”

To locate an upcoming free car seat check event, please visit www.keepkidsinjuryfree.org.




 

12th Annual Breeze Against Wheeze Raises Funds for Community Asthma Camp
Monday, October 28, 2013

This past May, nearly 400 racers and volunteers took part in the 12th annual “Breeze Against Wheeze” 5k run and 3k walk to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Community Asthma Program. This event is the largest student fundraising effort at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Hasbro Children’s Hospital since its inception in 2001.
 

The Breeze Against Wheeze race, which circles around the Brown University campus and extends all the way to Blackstone Boulevard, was conceived in 2001 by Alpert Medical School students to help finance Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s summer Asthma Camp—the state’s only overnight camp designed for children with asthma. The event also includes a health fair and a children’s race, and dozens of local businesses donate food and supplies.
 

Asthma is the number one chronic condition in children and the leading cause of hospitalization in children nationwide. In Rhode Island, asthma rates are especially high, and the Community Asthma Program’s Asthma Camp has successfully provided education and support for hundreds of children and families. The weeklong camp allows 9- to 13-year-olds with severe asthma to participate in outdoor activities while learning how to manage their asthma. The camp staff includes physicians, therapists and EMTs who volunteer their time. Each year, Breeze Against Wheeze raises 25 percent of the camp’s total costs, providing scholarships to students who couldn’t otherwise afford the camp’s fees.
 

“There is nothing more fulfilling than helping to make a difference in a young person’s life,” says Keith Butts, race director and fundraising coordinator. “Our efforts help children live healthier lives and participate in activities they would have previously avoided, which goes a long way in improving self-esteem and promotes healthy behaviors that will have lifelong benefit. In addition to being able to better manage their asthma, campers also report being able to communicate more effectively with their parents, friends and health care providers.”
 

Thanks to everyone who took part in this great event for supporting Hasbro Children’s Hospital!
 

For more information or to get involved in 2014, visit http://med.brown.edu/students/breeze/






Ferreira Family Annual Gathering Raises more than $21,000 for Child Life Services
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Nearly 30 years ago, John and Tricia Ferreira began hosting a summertime party at their home in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. What began as a gathering of 150 people has morphed into a huge event with more than 1,000 guests that raised more than $21,000 to support the Child Life Services program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital this past June.

“A few years after our first party, my husband and I began inviting all of our employees and their families to express our appreciation for their hard work,” says Tricia. “It’s grown tremendously since then—luckily we have a big yard—but we also wanted to incorporate a way to give back to the community.”

When the Ferreira’s two adult children, John and Jennelle, were younger, both had minor procedures at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We felt like it was a perfect fit as the beneficiary of this year’s party,” Tricia says. “Every dollar raised is a dollar the hospital can use to care for children—their work is so important. It feels great to help children in need.”

We extend our gratitude to the Ferreira family and their guests for their tremendous support of our Child Life Services program, which provides pediatric patients and their families with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization.

 

 (L-R): Tricia Ferreira, Charlene Bouthillette from Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Dakota Ferreira, Elaine Ferreira,
           and Carol Lacy from Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

 

Newport’s The Breakers Mansion Is Voted New Game Token for MONOPOLY – The Ultimate Rhode Island Edition
Friday, October 04, 2013

Special-edition game benefits Hasbro Children’s Hospital and honors its 20th anniversary

In honor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s 20th anniversary in February 2014, and through the generosity of Hasbro, Inc., a special-edition Rhode Island MONOPOLY game is being introduced, and thousands of people throughout Rhode Island have voted to select the sixth and final game token. The winning token will be the iconic The Breakers Mansion in Newport. The Breakers is a Vanderbilt mansion located on Ochre Point Avenue in Newport. It is a national historic landmark and is owned and operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
 

Also, Ruth Ross from Coventry, R.I., was chosen at random to win a pair of tickets to Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Monopoly Ball on March 8, 2014, a prize valued at $700.
 

“On behalf of the leadership and the entire staff of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, I want to thank everyone in the Rhode Island community who showed their support of the hospital and our Rhode Island icons by voting for the new game token,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
 

While other states have limited-edition MONOPOLY games of their own, Rhode Island is the first state where the public was invited to select a game token. The 14 contenders chosen were The Breakers, the Newport Pell Bridge, the State House, the Superman Building, WaterFire, the Towers in Narragansett, Haven Brothers, the State Seal “Hope,” The Independent Man, a Quahog, Mr. Potato Head, a Sailboat, Roger Williams, and the Block Island Lighthouse. The token representing The Breakers will be about one inch tall.
 

“We seek to inspire and promote an appreciation of the value of preservation to enrich the lives of people everywhere,” said Trudy Coxe, chief executive officer and executive director of the Preservation Society of Newport County. “We thank Hasbro, Inc., and we are honored to be part of this effort to help Hasbro Children’s Hospital.”
 

The games will be available starting with a December presale for the holidays online, with the games available in late February at the hospital gift shop, select Dunkin’ Donuts locations, and other select retail locations. Games will retail for $35.
 

The MONOPOLY brand is the world’s favorite family gaming brand, and the game has been played by more than 1 billion people in 111 countries around the world. Whether fans play face-to-face, online or on their mobile devices, there is a MONOPOLY gaming experience for every lifestyle.  





 

Lemonade Stand Fundraiser Gives Local Kids a Chance to Help Kids in the Hospital
Sunday, August 25, 2013




On August 11, the Salvas and McGovern families from Coventry, Rhode Island, joined together for the fifth-annual “Kyle & Kaylee’s Lemonade Stand” summer fundraiser to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Enthusiastic family, friends and neighbors helped the children meet their goal of $2,000 for the hospital, including a matching gift of $500 from National Grid.
 

 

What started as Kyle and Kaylee Salvas’s curbside lemonade stand, raising $250 in 2008, has grown to include a second lemonade stand run by the McGovern family as well as the help of the larger community. In addition to the National Grid gift, Cartridge World in West Warwick printed the promotional flyers for free, and Walmart in Coventry donated the cups and lemonade.
 

 

“A big thank you goes out to family and friends who came by the lemonade stands and to those who could not come by but still donated,” says Kyle and Kaylee’s mom, Melissa Salvas. “This is our kids’ way of supporting other Rhode Island kids who can’t enjoy the summertime because they have to be in the hospital.”
 

 

“It warms our hearts to see kids taking the initiative, year after year, to help support the thousands of children and families in our care,” says Dr. Robert B. Klein, pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We’re grateful to the Salvas and McGovern families for organizing this fun summertime event.

 

Back row (L-R): Jack, Caroline, Grace and Peyton McGovern. Front row: Kyle and Kaylee Salvas. 








 

Hasbro Children's Hospital Celebrates RE/MAX Miracle Agents During August "Month of Miracles"
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

RE/MAX Agents Help Fund Needed Pediatric Treatment, Equipment and Programs

 

Providence, R.I. —Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is recognizing the philanthropic work of RE/MAX Miracle Agents operating in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts by celebrating the second annual “Month of Miracles.” RE/MAX Agents and Offices have collectively raised $166,103 to provide medical services and needed care to the 100,000 children treated annually at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

Since 1992, RE/MAX and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. and Canada have partnered to raise more than $123 million for 170 member hospitals across North America, with local hospitals determining how funds are needed most. RE/MAX Miracle Agents include dedicated Hasbro Children’s Hospital supporters who pledge to make a donation after each property sale. Miracle Home yard signs help agents identify themselves as supporters of local pediatric giving. Beginning this summer, those interested in buying or selling a home can also look for the “Miracle Balloon” logo when searching agents at www.remax.com.

 

In 2012, Hasbro Children's Hospital unveiled the results of an $800,000 renovation project that revamped all of its pediatric operating suites. The five operating rooms and a video endoscopy room were outfitted with significant upgrades that allow for completely hard-wired interface and digital projection using an innovative ‘boom’ technology. “The renovation project allows Hasbro Children’s Hospital to offer advanced endoscopic surgery, enhanced neurosurgical procedures through use of monitors and microscopes, and better patient and staff flow,” said Dr. Thomas F. Tracy, Jr., pediatric surgeon-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

“Miracle Agents and Miracle Offices are unique in that they recognize the value of two things: the comfort a home can provide, and the need for sick and injured children to get the best care possible,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “The RE/MAX Network’s dedication to our member hospitals like Hasbro Children’s Hospital is reflected in the donations made through Miracle Home and Miracle Property transactions, and other community fundraisers and events. We are excited to see what miracles may come in this second annual Miracle Month of recognition and awareness.”




 

ExxonMobil and The Genesis Fund Launch ‘Fill Up For Kids’ Fundraising Campaign for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, August 19, 2013

Two-week effort benefits children with complex genetic disorders

ExxonMobil and The Genesis Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for the innovative programs that care for children with complex genetic disorders, are launching a collaborative fundraising campaign, Fill Up For Kids. Starting September 9, 2013, at participating Exxon- and Mobil-branded stations across New England, customers will be able to purchase a paper teddy bear as a direct donation to The Genesis Fund. Also as way of participating, some locations will donate a portion of its sales from fuel purchases. The donations raised in Rhode Island will go directly toward the division of genetics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
 

“We are extremely grateful to The Genesis Fund for supporting clinical services at Hasbro Children’s Hospital that are important for patients with genetic and metabolic conditions,” said Dr. Chanika Phornphutkul, a pediatric endocrinologist. “These patients have lifelong challenges, and the support will allow us to provide resources including genetic and nutritional counseling, local support groups, and special food or formula that families might not be able to afford. We will also create opportunities for patients and families to participate in national meetings or camps related to their conditions.”
 

The Executive Director of The Genesis Fund, Erica D’Agostino, is looking forward to turning the Fund’s longstanding support from ExxonMobil into a fundraising opportunity. “This campaign has the potential to raise much needed funds for children with special needs, and we are thrilled to be able to give this money back to children in Rhode Island. We hope this campaign will provide resources for these children for many years to come.”

“This is an opportunity for ExxonMobil, together with our branded wholesalers and other suppliers of our branded fuels, to help children in need,” said Phil Hayes, northeast area manager at ExxonMobil. “It’s not every day that we can enrich the lives of children who have incredibly complex genetic disorders and we are hoping that drivers throughout New England will join with us.”







 

JMCE Campfires Gives $18,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital from Record-Setting Fundraisers
Monday, August 19, 2013

The Johnston Memorial Cancer Events (JMCE) set an all-time record this year in its ongoing fundraising efforts to help battle cancer that strikes children, giving a record-setting check for $18,000 to the hematology-oncology unit at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. JMCE was founded in 2009 in memory of three friends of the group’s members who in their later adult years succumbed to different battles with cancer: Sal Gelsomino, Anna Mazzulla and Laura DeAngelis.

Committee members, volunteers and even sponsors attended the check presentation at the hospital on August 8. When the JMCE began hosting its golf tournament and Campfires for Cancer in 2010, the nonprofit group raised $14,000. In 2011, the all-volunteer committee netted $16,000. Last year, they gave a check for $14,000. This year, JMCE had four events: The annual golf tournament that was again a sellout and held at Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, Conn.; Campfires for Cancer; a Beer and Wine Tasting; and a Stilettos/Boots Fun Run. Anyone who would like to volunteer should call 401-934-1969.






 

Fifth Annual LIFEcycle “Ride ’Round Rhody” Raises More Than $76,000
Monday, August 19, 2013

More Than Doubling 2012 Results

 

Nearly 120 cyclists turned out in support of LIFEcycle’s annual “Ride ’Round Rhody” Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, August 11, to raise funds for Lifespan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital. In total, this signature event generated more than $76,000 for local cancer care and research—more than doubling the impressive amount raised in 2012.

Beginning and finishing at Bryant University in Smithfield on a picture-perfect summer morning, riders took to the streets to complete their choice of a 25-, 50-, or 75-mile route—each offering a mix of gently rolling roads, challenging climbs and beautiful scenery. The event also featured a Health & Wellness Fair with nine exhibitors. More than 85 volunteers, many representing the Lifespan family, donated their time and talents to ensure the event’s success.

The funds raised were the result of 2,000 generous donors. Since 2009, LIFEcycle, Inc. has been an invaluable partner of our work, raising more than $225,000 through this inspirational signature event.





Hasbro Children’s Hospital Receives more than $158,000 from Dunkin’ Donuts Fourth Annual Iced Coffee Day
Monday, July 22, 2013

Funds will support renovation of sixth-floor family room, providing a “home away from home” for patients and their families

During a Pawtucket Red Sox game at McCoy Stadium on Friday, July 12, Hasbro Children’s Hospital received a check for $158,137 from local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees from the fourth annual Iced Coffee Day on May 22. Nick Friend, a 14-year-old chronic asthma patient from East Providence who is representing Hasbro Children’s Hospital as the 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion, threw the first pitch before the game.
 

“The funds raised at Iced Coffee Day will support the renovation of the sixth-floor family room to provide families with a more comfortable and inviting ‘home away from home’ during their child’s stay at the hospital,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful to the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, and the loyal Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees and customers, for contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several years to support a wide range of essential programs at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.”
 

On Iced Coffee Day, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants donated $1 for every cup sold of its famous Iced Coffee to The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation for the benefit of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
 

Since the start of this program, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees have donated nearly $633,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, resulting in tangible improvements to the hospital such as the development of activity books for patients and a new play area in the pediatric ambulatory clinic.


During a Pawtucket Red Sox game on July 12, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees from Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass. presented a check to Hasbro Children’s Hospital representing the proceeds from Iced Coffee Day, held on May 22, 2013. The promotion raised $158,137 for the hospital. L-R. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Guido Petrosinelli; Hasbro Children’s Hospital staff Karli Blossom and Joseph Pannozzo, and Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Bob Mongeon.**




 

Walmart and Sam’s Club Help Local Kids at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Raising More Than $234,000 during Six-Week Fundraising Campaign
Monday, July 22, 2013

Campaign raised more than $40 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationally

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members just wrapped up the annual six-week campaign fundraising in Rhode Island and confirmed they raised more than $234,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The fundraising campaign ran May 7 to June 21 in all Walmart and Sam’s Club locations throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
 

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates accepted donations in-store, including donations at the register, for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, which will be used however the hospital needs the funds the most. Funds raised during the campaign will help the patients and families treated by Hasbro Children’s Hospital each year.
 

“We are grateful to all the Walmart and Sam’s Club associates and customers who made this fundraising effort such a spectacular success,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are able to be at our best for each child and family who needs us thanks to our partnerships with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and their generous corporate partners.”
 

Like all in-store Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraisers, all of the donations raised from the Walmart and Sam’s Club campaign will help create miracles by funding needed medical care, equipment and therapy programs that save and improve the lives of 1 in 10 children across North America every year. Donations help support the $6,500 in charitable care Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide every minute in the United States.
 

Walmart and Sam’s Club have partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1987, raising more than $650 million for children’s hospitals. In 2012, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members raised more than $60 million through the six-week campaign and additional fundraising throughout the year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the United States and Canada.




 

14-Year-Old Hasbro Children’s Hospital Patient Nick Friend Named 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion
Friday, May 24, 2013

East Providence Resident to Serve as Yearlong “Champion” Ambassador after Overcoming Severe Asthma, Illustrating Impact of Care, Education and Research at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Hasbro Children’s Hospital is proud to announce that Nick Friend, 14, of East Providence, has been named this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion. Nick will serve as a fundraising and awareness ambassador for Hasbro Children’s Hospital and all children treated at the North American charity’s 170 member hospitals. The program is made possible by official sponsor Delta Air Lines and presenting sponsor Chico’s FAS, Inc.
 

Nick was selected as the 2013 Rhode Island Champion for facing his unique medical challenge with courage and determination. Since the age of five months, Nick has experienced extreme difficulties breathing after contracting a respiratory virus and developing severe asthma. Following near-incapacitating bouts with his asthma, including being rushed to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital emergency department, Nick received life-changing treatment and education from specialists at the hospital. Nick now serves as an inspiration to others, giving presentations to children with asthma and raising funds for asthma research and care.
 

“Nick is an exceptional young man who has overcome tremendous challenges to manage his asthma and become an inspiration that other children experiencing the same struggles can learn from,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Asthma is a very serious condition that presents differently in everyone, particularly young people. We’re so proud of Nick and know he’ll do an amazing job representing our hospital and Rhode Island to underscore the importance of the charitable support needed for research and treatment.”
 

As the 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion, Nick will spend the next year as an ambassador to illustrate the impact Hasbro Children’s Hospital has had on his life and why donated funds are critical for research, education and treatment. This fall, Nick and his fellow Champions selected from each state will gather for an official ambassador trip to meet President Obama in Washington, D.C., and to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
 

“I am truly honored to be chosen as Rhode Island’s Children’s Miracle Network Champion Child,” said Nick Friend. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been amazing in helping me manage my attacks, which are often frightening and feel like drowning. I know that I am not alone with my struggles and look forward to my opportunities in the coming year to bring more attention to children suffering with asthma.”



Nick Friend (center), 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion,
with associates from Wal-Mart in Seekonk, MA
 




 

Raymour & Flanigan gives more than $5,000 to support Hasbro Children's Hospital patients
Monday, May 20, 2013

On May 16, Raymour & Flanigan in Warwick, R.I., presented a check for $5,156 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to support medical care, education and research. Raymour & Flanigan raised money for the hospital through furniture sales over one weekend in March. The store also offered a special discount to Lifespan employees.

 

 L-R. Scott Steinmetz, Raymour & Flanigan store manager; Nick Friend, Hasbro Children’s Hospital patient and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion; and John Howland, Raymour & Flanigan regional director.


 

The Rhode Island Foundation Gives $66,000 Grant to Support Hasbro Children’s Hospital Primary Care Initiative
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Initiative will lay the groundwork for making Rhode Island the healthiest state in the nation for children

The Rhode Island Foundation, the state’s largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations, has announced a grant of $66,000 to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Primary Care Initiative.

The new initiative will help Hasbro Children’s Hospital transform its primary care services to better meet the needs of the 8,000 children served each year in the hospital’s primary care practice while also enhancing training of the 60 medical residents who care for them. The initiative will lay the groundwork for making Rhode Island the healthiest state in the nation for children. It will also encourage more medical residents to enter primary care.

“We’ve recently restructured the organization of primary care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  Our goal is to be a true primary care medical home,” said Patrick Vivier, M.D., director of general pediatrics and community health at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “In the new system, each child is assigned to a specific physician who is responsible for providing and/or coordinating all aspects of care. Physicians are organized into 11 micropractices, in which they work together to provide better continuity and quality.”

Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, added, “Thanks to the amazing support of the Rhode Island Foundation, Hasbro Children’s Hospital will serve as a national model for innovation in primary care training and service delivery in an academic medical center. We will build on our recent restructuring of primary care at the hospital so that families feel their children have a consistent provider and the best possible care. And we will bring community physicians and the hospital into closer partnership.”

“The Rhode Island Foundation is a proud supporter of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and in particular of this transformative new initiative that will serve so many of our state’s children,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. “The Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Primary Care Initiative is a win-win—it will lead to better care and improved health for children while reducing costs and enhancing the training of 60 medical residents in Rhode Island.”





 

Rhode Island-Area Rite Aids “Make an EPIC Difference for Kids” at Hasbro Children’s Hospital through May 11
Monday, April 15, 2013

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Twentieth Century FOX and Rite Aid join forces for EPIC, in theaters May 24

Now through May 11, Rhode Island-area Rite Aid associates will ask customers to purchase an EPIC-themed Miracle Balloon for a minimum $1 donation to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals was recently announced as the national charity partner of the new animated adventure, EPIC, from Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios.

Rite Aid, one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains and a top Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner, will debut the “Make an EPIC Difference for Kids” campaign theme. Heroes who save the day on the big screen will appear in Rite Aid’s spring campaign, inviting customers to support real-life little heroes receiving treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“People have come to recognize our yellow and red balloon as the symbol for hope, healing and improving local pediatric care,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We’re delighted to invigorate the Rite Aid campaign with lively characters and colorful imagery from EPIC, a movie that celebrates the smallest heroes fits perfectly with our mission to save the smallest heroes—courageous children fighting for their lives.”

“Rite Aid is proud to make an ‘EPIC’ difference in the lives of sick and injured children in our communities,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Our associates put forth an amazing effort to support CMN Hospitals each year and featuring EPIC will motivate us to raise even more money to help kids who need it most.”

“We are grateful to Rite Aid’s associates and customers in the community for taking part in the Miracle Balloon campaign and ensuring that we will remain a beacon of hope for thousands of children and families throughout southeastern New England,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

All funds raised in Rhode Island during the seven-week fundraising campaign will go directly to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Since 1994, Rite Aid has raised more than $56 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on a national basis.




 

Community Donates $436,270 to Ninth Annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

More than 40 children and their families took to the airwaves to share their personal stories of medical triumph in support of the ninth annual radiothon to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Thursday, April 4. The community once again responded by donating $436,270 to support the vital pediatric care, family programs and leading-edge research at the hospital.

 

Paul Masse, the owner of four local car dealerships bearing the Masse name, generously donated $50,000 to the hospital. Masse pledged to give the hospital a certain amount of money for each of the cars they sold in March—roughly 500 among his four dealerships—which allowed him to donate $25,000. Masse and his wife, Donna, also donated another $25,000. The news of Masse’s $50,000 donation was met with applause and cheers from those gathered in the hospital’s cafeteria. 

 

“I am grateful to all the individuals, families and businesses that have supported this amazing event. And I want to also personally recognize Paul Masse and his colleagues for their incredible gift,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Every dollar raised benefits the families who often come to us at their most vulnerable moments. Thanks to the generosity of all those in the community who support the Radiothon year after year, we are always ready and able to provide the best care possible.”

 

The annual radiothon broadcast is a partnership of Providence Cumulus radio stations 92 PRO FM, LITE ROCK 105, and News Talk 630 WPRO AM & 99.7 FM, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event was broadcast live from Hasbro Children’s Hospital for a total of 15 hours. Since the radiothon began in 2005, more than $5 million has been raised in support of the hospital.

 

Barbara Haynes, market manager of Cumulus radio stations, said, “On behalf of the staff of 92 PRO FM, LITE ROCK 105, and News Talk 630 WPRO AM & 99.7 FM, I thank the courageous families and our generous listeners and valued customers for joining together in support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. These donations will provide funding that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of children and families treated at the hospital.”

 

Over the course of the event, listeners heard inspiring stories of hope and healing from patient families and caregivers alike, about circumstances as varied as neurology, surgery, cancer, and palliative care. Listeners were also invited to visit the station websites and social media pages for live blogging, real-time photos, and the opportunity to “meet” some of the patients online. The event also included visits from Miss Rhode Island Kelsey Fournier, Stephen Gostkowski from the New England Patriots, and players and cheerleaders from the New England Revolution. The Cox Communications phone bank answered hundreds of phone calls from people wanting to donate in support of the event.



 

Golf Fights Cancer Raises $200,000 in 2012 for Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

“Good Guy Invitational” fundraiser supports oncology services, establishes cancer research fund


At a celebration and check presentation on March 21, leaders and staff from Rhode Island Hospital and its pediatric division, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, thanked the founders and participants of Golf Fights Cancer, a nonprofit volunteer organization that taps into the passion and generosity of golfers to raise funds for cancer-related organizations and families living with the disease. Established in 2004 by Brian Oates and Jay Monahan, Golf Fights Cancer has raised $300,000 for Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital through its signature event—the Good Guy Invitational.
 

In 2008, the first Invitational in Rhode Island raised $100,000 to support the construction of the pediatric oncology waiting area. The second Invitational, held in October 2012 at Rhode Island Country Club, raised $150,000 to purchase innovative imaging technologies at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals as well as $50,000 to establish the Richard A. Browning, M.D. Cancer Research Fund to support pediatric and adult cancer research. Browning, Rhode Island Hospital’s former chief of anesthesiology, died of cancer in December 2012.
 

PGA professional Brad Faxon was among the team captains, along with Oates and Ted Fischer, who have served on the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, and Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
 

"Cancer has affected everybody, and it’s never more than one degree of separation before it’s very personal," said Oates. "When you see the amazing work being done, it really motivates you to get involved with the cause."
 

Funds raised will allow the hospitals to enhance their MRI capabilities, providing higher-definition images of brain tumors. Children will be more comfortable in the imaging suite thanks to a multimedia entertainment center. The hospitals will also acquire a high-resolution ultrasound device in the operating room to measure physical changes in the patient during surgery.
 

"The generosity of everyone involved with the Good Guy Invitational inspires our entire staff," said Babineau. "It’s an honor to establish a fund that memorializes the work of Dr. Browning, a man who was respected and admired by everyone whose life he touched. It underscores our commitment to cancer care and research."


 

L-R. Brian Oates, Golf Fights Cancer; Lisa Browning; Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and CEO, Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Kathie Piusz, Golf Fights Cancer; Ted Fischer, Golf Fights Cancer; and Eric Baldwin, Golf Fights Cancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s “Play-Doh Ball” Raises More Than $1 Million to Help Shape the Future of Pediatric Medicine
Friday, March 15, 2013

Annual hospital event benefits patients and families, energizes community 

Providence, R.I. – The annual benefit gala for Hasbro Children’s Hospital on March 9 welcomed more than 800 attendees and raised more than $1 million in gross revenues—the second consecutive year the event has broken the million-dollar mark. Hasbro Children’s Hospital furthered its “All for One” commitment to improving the lives of patients and their families with its annual fundraising gala to benefit the hospital. Each year, the event takes on a different children’s toy theme. This year’s ball was titled the “Play-Doh Ball” in recognition of the PLAY-DOH toys from Hasbro, Inc.

 

“The theme of this year’s event is ‘shaping the future’ of pediatric medicine, education and research, and over the past 19 years Hasbro Children’s Hospital has shaped the lives of a generation of children,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Because of the generosity of our donor community who supported this incredible event, we will continue to be a crucial resource for children and families throughout the region.”

 

Featured patient Emma Katzen and her family with a PLAY-DOH character. Photo by Al Weems.
The festivities included an Alex and Ani raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction hosted by Tony Petrarca, chief meteorologist for Eyewitness News WPRI 12. As a special presentation by title sponsor Hasbro, Inc., the evening also included a guest performance by singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, who has enjoyed hit songs for four straight decades, including songs from the soundtracks to Footloose and Top Gun.

PHOTO: Featured patient Emma Katzen and her family with a PLAY-DOH character. Photo by Al Weems. 

 

The live auction funded the “All for One” Family Assistance Fund to support the countless families throughout the region who rely on Hasbro Children’s Hospital for care and who do not have the means to take care of their basic expenses during a long hospital stay or frequent hospital visits, such as child care, transportation, and groceries.

 

Petrarca was the gala’s emcee, with keynote speeches by hospital leaders including Scott Laurans, chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors; Brian D. Goldner, Hasbro, Inc. president and CEO; and event chairs Dolph and Maureen Johnson. A video was shown of patient Emma Katzen, her family and her treatment team.

 

“Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s ‘All for One’ commitment to the community means that their knowledge, experience and passion for healing are devoted to each child in their care,” said Goldner. “The hospital remains a beacon of hope for local families, and Hasbro, Inc. is honored and delighted to be an integral part of that commitment.”

 

The 2013 gala contributions support several critical programs with the greatest needs at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital ball has raised nearly $9.5 million since its inception in 1993. The event is presented by Hasbro, Inc., with more than 75 corporations and individuals (local, regional and national) participating as sponsors. Among them are Toys‘R’Us, Alex and Ani, KPMG, CVS Caremark, WPRI 12, GTECH, Amgen, Amica, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Collette Vacations and Dimeo Construction.    


 


L-R. Thomas F. Tracy, Jr., M.D., pediatric surgeon-in-chief, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Mora Babineau; Timothy J. Babineau, M.D.,
president and CEO, Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital; Brian D. Goldner, president and CEO, Hasbro, Inc.; and Barbara Goldner. Photo by Al Weems.

 

 


L-R: Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Thomas F. Tracy, Jr., M.D., pediatric surgeon-in-chief,
Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Judd Katzen; featured patient Emma Katzen; Christin Katzen; and emcee Tony Petrarca, chief meteorologist,
Eyewitness News WPRI 12. Photo by Al Weems.



 

Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Receives 2013 Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Leader and philanthropist recognized for decades of service to Rhode Island Hospital

 

Providence, R.I. -- On March 11, Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., vice chair of the Lifespan board of directors, former chairman of the Rhode Island Hospital board of trustees, and CEO of Aubin Corporation, received the 2013 Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award from the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP). The award was presented at NEAHP’s annual conference in Providence and recognizes a New England health care philanthropist for outstanding generosity and contribution of time, talent, leadership and resources to health care organizations.

 


In 1989, at the age of 44, Aubin suffered a heart attack and made a full recovery after treatment at Rhode Island Hospital. He soon returned to work at Aubin Corporation, a leading southeastern New England real estate and construction firm. In the early 1990s, plans were underway to build Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Aubin helped recruit hundreds of other community leaders and played an essential role in raising more than $23 million to build the new children’s hospital.

 

In the mid-1990s, recognizing that a specialized clinical resource was needed for screening and treatment of children in our region who were suffering from the effects of abuse, Aubin spearheaded the creation of a Child Protection Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. To lead the center, Aubin helped recruit Carole Jenny, M.D., a national expert in the field of child abuse. Aubin helped launch and sustain the annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational golf tournament, raising more than $3.5 million since 1994 for the critically important service dedicated in fall 2012 as the Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center.

 

Aubin served as chair of the hospital’s board of trustees from 2006 to 2012. His leadership and expertise have contributed to numerous renovations throughout the hospital, including the Andrew F. Anderson Emergency Department, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Pediatric Imaging Center, and state-of-the-art surgical suites.

 

“I can think of no individual who personifies the values recognized by this award in a more compelling manner than Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr.,” says Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital. “As a gifted and generous leader, and as a philanthropist and philanthropic catalyst, he is a driver of growth and an inspiration for excellence in all of us. I am pleased to announce that he was appointed vice chair of the Lifespan board of directors on March 12.”



Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., vice chair of the Lifespan board of directors and recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award from the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

 


 

Salve Regina University Dance Marathon raises more than $12,000 for Hasbro Children's Hospital
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On February 23 and 24, nearly 100 Salve Regina University students took part in the 18-hour Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon at Ochre Court in Newport. The event raised $12,742 to benefit pediatric medical care, education and research at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
 

Six patient families participated and shared their stories, and students remained standing throughout the 18-hour event while dancing and playing games. “We are grateful to all the student leaders and volunteers at Salve Regina who supported Hasbro Children’s Hospital through this amazing and enjoyable event,” said Pamela Murchie Mehr, cause-related marketing officer for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
 


 

Salve Regina University students dance with Hasbro Children’s Hospital patient Evan Huddon from Warwick at
the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon.

 

Salve Regina University students dance with Hasbro Children’s Hospital patient Emma Prest from Warwick at
the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon.


 

Providence Bruins, JetBlue Visit Hasbro Children’s Hospital for “Read to Me” Event
Monday, January 21, 2013

On January 17th, Providence Bruins players Justin Florek, Kevan Miller, and Bobby Robins joined JetBlue crewmembers for a visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to deliver books and hold a special reading at the hospital’s library as part of the hospital’s Read to Me program.
 

The books were donated by local residents through a donation drive organized by JetBlue to celebrate the airline officially taking to the skies out of T.F. Green International Airport. JetBlue tweeted its location at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, calling on people to bring three new or gently used books and dress in their best Floridian attire to win free flights and other goodies and enjoy treats from the airline’s partner Dunkin’ Donuts.
 

The Providence Bruins are a long-standing partner of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, having donated more than $110,000 to the pediatric facility through a variety of fundraisers since 1993, most notably, the annual Jersey Auction.
 

The Hasbro Children’s Hospital Read to Me program gives children the tools they need to learn to love reading. Volunteers provide an interesting and educational activity for children to participate in while they wait to see their doctors. The volunteers also serve as literacy role models, encouraging both children and parents to realize the great significance of reading. At every clinic visit, the doctor gives the child a new book to take home. This supports the hospital's philosophy that books are important. In the past year, the program has distributed more than 10,000 books to patients.

Until the summer of 2012, Read to Me was supported by federal and state grants, but when budget cuts put the program’s future in jeopardy, the Walmart Foundation stepped in and Walmart associates in Rhode Island chose Hasbro Children’s Hospital to receive a $50,000 Associates Choice Award grant to purchase books over the next 18 months.