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Family’s Annual Music Festival Raises $20,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, July 10, 2017

What began in 2012 as a bake sale and block party organized by the DeCosta family to raise funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital has evolved into a multi-day music festival that attracts hundreds of attendees to Club Jogues Field in Coventry. On June 30, Mark and Lisa DeCosta, and their daughter, Rachel—joined by event committee members, volunteers, and musicians who participate in the festival—presented the hospital with donations totaling $20,000 from their most recent festival.

Inspiration for the annual event stems from Rachel, who was treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital as an infant and again recently. It was Rachel’s desire to give back to the hospital as a way to both thank the doctors who cared for her when she was sick and help current patients that spurred the inaugural event in 2012. Among the $20,000 donated to our hospital last month, $500 represented a personal gift from Rachel to support pediatric oncology.

Since the event’s inception, the DeCosta family has raised more than $70,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

DeCosta Family Musicfest

20,000 Reasons to Smile: The DeCosta family, joined by music festival participants and volunteers, presents a check from their most recent fundraiser to Hasbro Children’s Hospital leadership and representatives from pediatric hematology, oncology, and gastroenterology. 

DeCosta Family Musicfest

Paying it Forward: To mark her personal $500 gift to pediatric oncology, Rachel DeCosta (second from right) presented this check to Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatrician-in-Chief (far right) and pediatric hematologists/oncologists, Jennifer Welch, MD (far left), and Nicole Muhlbauer, MD (second from left).

Red Sox Jackie Bradley, Jr. Helps Fans “Warm Up” for Iced Coffee Day
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Iced Coffee DayAfter a week at the plate that saw him bat .320 with two home runs, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. stayed hot on Monday, May 22, when he visited a Warwick Dunkin’ Donuts to help fans “warm up” for Iced Coffee Day. The annual holiday, which raises funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, is set for May 24.

For nearly an hour, the speedy centerfielder worked the counter and drive-thru, mixing refreshing iced coffees for customers while encouraging them to come back on Wednesday to help support the area’s leading pediatric hospital during Iced Coffee Day.

(Right) Cream and Sugar, Please: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. prepares an iced coffee for a customer at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 2456 Warwick Avenue on Monday, May 22 during a special appearance to help fans “warm up” for Iced Coffee Day on May 24 to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Throughout the day on May 24, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts will donate $1 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital from every iced coffee sold. Last year, the initiative raised close to $200,000, bringing the overall total to more than $1 million in support of the hospital since Iced Coffee Day’s inception in 2010.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Iced Coffee Day

A Surprise: Baseball star Jackie Bradley, Jr. surprised local fans on May 22 when he emerged from the drive-thru window at a Warwick Dunkin’ Donuts to serve their orders.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Iced Coffee Day

All Smiles: With local Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants gearing up for its annual Iced Coffee Day on May 24 to raise funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, everyone was all smiles when Jackie Bradley, Jr. visited Warwick.

Melisa Papagni, Dunkin' Donuts Field Marketing Manager; Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr.; Cuppy; and Rob Batista, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Iced Coffee Day

An Old Pro: Gemma Carvalho, 5, has Jackie Bradley, Jr. scan the Dunkin’ Donuts app on her mother’s cell phone to pay for her donut after she ordered her favorite—strawberry frosted—from the local baseball star.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Iced Coffee Day

Look Who I Found: Pawtucket Red Sox mascot Paws gives a thumbs-up after finding Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. working the counter at the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at 2456 Warwick Avenue in Warwick on May 22.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Iced Coffee Day

Multi-tasking: In between customer orders, Jackie Bradley, Jr. made more than a few fans for life when he took time to sign baseballs, hats, and t-shirts.

 

 

Local Family, CVS Team Up to Honor Young Girl’s Memory with Donation to Comfort Hasbro Children’s Hospital Families
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Having spent a great deal of time at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, BJ Charette and his wife, Alaina, along with members of their family, know how important simple extras can be for families when a child is hospitalized.

The couple’s daughter, Layla, sadly passed away this past February following a sudden illness. She was just five-years-old.

To honor her memory and use their tragedy as a way to help families going through difficult times at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the family established Layla’s Dream. In just two short months, the family’s nonprofit raised funds to purchase toys that were distributed to hospitalized children in April. But, their generosity and passion for giving back didn’t stop there.

During their time at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the family often found themselves in need of a little something extra—more tissues for the emotional rollercoaster of Layla’s illness.

As a result, Layla’s aunt and uncle, Meghan Palmieri and her husband, Joe Kayata, who were also Layla’s godparents, reached out to CVS to see if they would be willing to donate tissues to the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The local company didn’t hesitate.

On May 10, Layla’s Dream was back at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, joining CVS for the delivery and presentation of 1,000 boxes of ultra-soft tissues to PICU physicians. As the only PICU in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s unit features 16 beds to care for the region’s sickest children in need of hospitalization.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends its sincerest thanks and gratitude to Layla’s Dream and CVS Health for their support of our hospital and the patients and families who rely on us.

To watch NBC-10’s May 10 story on Layla’s Dream and CVS’s donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, please click here.

Layla's Dream and CVS Health donation

Soft Support for Tough Times: left to right: Jennifer Leigh, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy, CVS Health; Joe Kayata, Layla Charette’s uncle and godfather; Lee A. Polikoff, MD, attending physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and Angela Anderson, MD, Director of the Pain and Palliative Care Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital with the 1,000 boxes of ultra-soft tissues donated by CVS Health on behalf of Layla’s Dream for the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. 

 

Seasons Corner Market Makes $22,000 Gift to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Support of Hometown NFL Kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s “Kick 4 Kids” Challenge
Friday, April 28, 2017

Seasons Corner MarketThough the NFL season ended nearly 3 months ago, Steve Gostkowski’s “Kick 4 Kids” challenge continues to provide support to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, thanks to local Seasons Corner Market owners Sandy and Andy Delli-Carpini.

On Tuesday, April 25, Sandy and Andy visited Hasbro Children’s Hospital to present a grateful Francois I. Luks, MD, PhD, interim pediatric surgeon-in-chief, with a donation of $22,000.

A generous sponsor and partner of “Kick 4 Kids,” Seasons Corner Market locations across our area collected donations from customers throughout the duration of the challenge. They also helped to spread awareness of this important giving campaign through special videos featuring Stephen that aired in their stores and at their gas pumps.

Since 2010, “Kick 4 Kids” has now raised more than $220,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital!

Seasons Market Check Presentation 

For the Kids: Owners of local Seasons Corner Market stores, Sandy (left) and Andy Delli-Carpini (center), present Dr. Francois I. Luks with a donation of $22,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, representing their support of hometown NFL kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s “Kick 4 Kids” challenge.

 

Hector Picard, Record-Breaking Double Arm Amputee Athlete, Runs Boston Marathon and Presents Finisher’s Medal to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Patient Battling Cancer
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hector Picard - Boston MarathonAs he made his way through the grueling 26.2 miles of the 2017 Boston Marathon, Hector Picard, a record-breaking double arm amputee athlete, found the strength he needed to persevere on a special lanyard he wore around his neck.

The lanyard featured a photo of 12-year-old Anna Kitada of Smithfield, a Hasbro Children’s Hospital patient currently battling bone cancer who is also an amputee herself. Hector dedicated his race to Anna while also raising funds for One Mission, a local pediatric cancer charity that supports programs at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and helps kids and their families get through cancer treatment.

(Right) Inspirations to All: Left to right: Hector Picard joins Anna Kitada, her mother Claudia and sister, Kate, for a group photo after the two girls received Boston Marathon finisher’s medals. Hector dedicated his race to Anna, while his friend, Mark Dobersch, asked that his medal be given to Kate.

On Tuesday, April 18, the day after he finished the Boston Marathon with a time of 4 hours and 22 minutes, Hector returned to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to present Anna with his finisher’s medal. He first met Anna and her family on April 14.

“Anna got me through this race; her photo was blowing in the wind, reminding me that she was there,” said Hector. “My message is to never stop believing and to live life fully and with passion.”

Hector Picard - Boston MarathonDuring the emotional meeting, Hector not only presented Anna with a commemorative Boston Marathon race jersey to go along with his finisher’s medal, he also had a surprise for her younger sister, Kate. When Hector’s friend Mark Dobersch, a cancer survivor and fellow amputee, learned what he was doing, he gave Hector his medal to give to Kate.

(Right) A Touching Moment: Hector Picard and Anna Kitada embrace after the 12-year-old was presented with Hector’s 2017 Boston Marathon finisher’s medal as her mother, Claudia, looks on with a proud smile.

Meeting Hector and learning about the obstacles he’s faced and triumphed over provided Anna with something even more valuable than gold—hope.

“I’m trying to get back to running again, and because Hector is doing it, I know I can do it,” said Anna.

Added Hector, “I hope that my race will inspire others to never give up and to overcome all obstacles that lie ahead. I worked hard for my medal, but it’s nothing compared to how hard Anna is working to get healthy.”

 

 

$403,583 Raised for Hasbro Children's Hospital During 13th Annual Radiothon
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Over 15 inspirational hours, hospital patients and families took to the airwaves to share their stories of courage, hope and healing

2017 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon

An Outpouring of Generosity: Members of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations celebrate the results of the 13th annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon with hospital leadership and patient families. Broadcast live from the hospital on April 6, people across southern New England came together to raise more than $400,000 in support of patient care, life-saving programs and research at the area’s leading pediatric hospital.

From a brain tumor and kidney transplant to a ruptured appendix and treatment for rare diseases like Williams Syndrome, more than two dozen local families shared their stories during the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6.

Inspired by the firsthand experiences of families that define the work of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a community of listeners across Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts came together to donate $403,583 to the area’s leading pediatric hospital. The funds will support patient care, lifesaving programs and research.

Now in its 13th year, the Radiothon is a partnership between Cumulus Providence Radio Stations (92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, News Talk 630 & 99.7 WPRO, and Hot 106) and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event was broadcast live from Hasbro Children’s Hospital, with more than 100 volunteers answering the phones that rang off the hook throughout the day.

“The incredible outpouring of generosity from our community was not only amazing, but will have a tremendous impact on the lives of our patients and their families,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital. “On behalf of all who depend on our hospital, my deepest thanks to Cumulus Providence and all of the sponsors who made the Radiothon possible and gave people an opportunity to support our lifesaving work.”

Listeners could follow the Radiothon through its Facebook page, where they were able to “meet” some of the families sharing their stories and view photos in real-time. Patients on-site at the Radiothon were treated to face-painting and other fun activities between interviews.

“Cumulus Providence is proud to partner with Hasbro Children’s Hospital on the annual Radiothon; our listeners and advertisers are incredibly generous in support of this important cause,” said Holly Paras, market manager for Cumulus Providence. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital touches vast numbers of people and families in southern New England and by working together, we are helping to make a difference in the lives of children across our community.”

Among the sponsors and supporters of the 13th annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon, many which matched gifts during special “power hours” and volunteered to answer calls, were Alex and Ani Charity by Design; Alexander’s Uniforms; Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grille; Cox Business; Dunkin’ Donuts; East Commerce Solutions, Inc.; Hasbro, Inc.; Jordan’s Furniture; Lamar; Marshall Building & Remodeling Company; Murray Outdoor Communications; National Guard Association of Rhode Island; Pepsico Foodservice; Providence Auto Body; Rhode Island Monthly; Rhode Island Public Transit Authority; David D. Schuller; Superior Comfort, Inc.; Walmart; and Warwick Mall.

Since its inception, the Radiothon has raised more than $7.6 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

2017 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon

A Natural Star: Paige Alston is all smiles with her parents, Amber and Cliff, as the family shares her story during this year’s Radiothon. Suffering from severe pulmonary hypertension and a host of other complications, Paige spent 180 days in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Today, Paige is off oxygen completely, has fully recovered from heart surgery and only uses her vent while sleeping.

2017 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon

Getting Stronger by the Day: Blake Costa and his dad, Nick, with Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, at the 2017 Radiothon. Now 2, Blake has been receiving care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for Cystic Fibrosis and Ependymoma.

2017 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon

This is “My” Team: Ethan Conley (center, in red sweatshirt), who underwent a kidney transplant at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and his mother, Cathy (far left), pose with members of Ethan’s care team at the Radiothon.

Left to right: Cathy Conley; Jamie Pogany, CRNA; Ethan Conley; Michelle Hanlon, CRNA; Christopher Muratore, MD, pediatric surgeon, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and Myra Edens, RN, Administrative Director, Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

2017 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon

Challenge Accepted: David D. Schuller, a longtime sponsor and volunteer of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon, takes a call from a donor on Thursday, April 6. David issued a surprise challenge during the Radiothon, matching all gifts dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000, between 11am and 12pm.

2017 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon

Happy to Help: As donations for Hasbro Children’s Hospital came in from listeners across Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, on-air personalities from 92 PRO-FM were all smiles during the Radiothon.

Left to right: Kim, Jessica, Davey Morris and Giovanni.

2017 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon

The Smile Says it All: Violet Graney, who turns 3 in May, takes a break from the Radiothon action to put her new coloring book to good use. Born with infantile fibrosarcoma, a cancerous soft-tissue tumor that affects just 5 infants per million, Violet spent more than 200 days at Hasbro Children’s Hospital receiving treatment. Violet was declared cancer-free on her 1st birthday.

2017 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon

One Photo, Two Superheroes: Francois I. Luks, MD, PhD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Interim Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief, with Hope Man, Rhode Island’s very own superhero. Created by local attorney and entrepreneur Kevin Murphy, Hope Man inspires hope among local residents and celebrates the many things that make Rhode Island special.

 

 

Balise Subaru’s “Share the Love” Event Raises $38,201 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, April 03, 2017

Subaru Share the LoveFor the second year in a row, Balise Subaru named Hasbro Children’s Hospital the local beneficiary of its “Share the Love” event, with its customers once again responding with an outpouring of generosity. As a result, hundreds of customers selected Hasbro Children’s Hospital as their charity of choice, generating a donation of $38,201 for the area’s leading pediatric hospital.

Throughout six weeks this past winter, Hasbro Children’s Hospital was among five charities designated as beneficiaries of Balise Subaru’s “Share the Love” event, a national effort created by Subaru of America, Inc. as a way for Subaru retailers to give back to their communities. The hospital was selected as the local beneficiary of the Balise campaign by the dealership’s staff.

“The decision to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital was an easy one for our team—the hospital is a critically important cause in Rhode Island; one that has touched not only many of our lives, but the lives of our customers as well,” said Noah Cahillane, General Manager of Balise Subaru. “Giving back to the community is a priority for Balise Subaru, and we could not be more thankful to our customers who helped to make this gift possible.”

During the campaign, Subaru donated $250 for every vehicle sold or leased to the purchaser’s choice of benefitting charities. Along with Hasbro Children’s Hospital, charities included ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation.

“The continued support of Balise Subaru and its customers represents the incredible impact that happens when people come together around a cause as important as caring for children,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Words alone cannot fully express my thanks to Balise Subaru and their customers, and for the difference these funds will make for our patients and their families.”

Over the past two years, Balise Subaru’s “Shave the Love” event has raised nearly $70,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, helping to support its areas of greatest need, patient care, medical equipment, and research.

Balise Suburu Share the love

Share the Love, Share the Generosity: Representatives from Balise Motor Sales and Balise Subaru made a special visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on March 27 to celebrate the results of its recent “Share the Love” event, which raised $38,201 for the hospital. It was the second consecutive year that Balise Subaru staff selected Hasbro Children’s as the local beneficiary of its campaign.

Left to right: Alex Balise McEwen, Marketing Manager, Balise Subaru; Kristen Steiner, Cause Related Marketing Officer, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Myra Edens, RN, Administrative Director, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Noah Cahillane, General Manager, Balise Subaru; Kenneth J. Scanzio, Jr., District Sales Manager, Subaru of New England; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Joe Orefice, Sales Manager, Balise Subaru; Tracey Wallace, Vice President of Pediatric Services, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Thomas Magliocchetti, Vice President, Facilities Management, Rhode Island Hospital; and Bill Peffer, President and COO, Balise Motor Sales.

 

Heroes Ball Raises Nearly $1 Million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Heroes Ball PhotosIn celebration of the patients and families who serve as inspirational heroes and the multitude of community heroes who make a profound difference in their lives, Hasbro Children’s Hospital recently welcomed 700 friends and supporters to the Rhode Island Convention Center for the Heroes Ball.

(Right) Multi-Talented MDs: During a rocking moment at the Heroes Ball, Dr. Phyllis A. Dennery, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatrician-in-Chief and Dr. Francois I. Luks, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Interim Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief, took to the stage to join the band in performing Play that Funky Music.

Held on Saturday, March 4, the hospital’s signature annual event raised nearly $1 million in support of patient care, life-saving programs, research, education, and the hospital’s Children’s Integrative Therapy Pain Management and Supportive Care (CHIPS) Program for children with complex, chronic conditions.

Chaired by Robert Vincent, Executive Vice President of Administrative Services and External Relations for IGT and his wife, Grace, the Heroes Ball opened with a cocktail reception before guests were welcomed to the ballroom by Roger Begin, Chairman of the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.  Chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors, Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. shined a spotlight on the evening’s focus and introduced young performers Molly Wren, 13, and Thomas Simonetti, 12, who sang a rendition of Mariah Carey’s song Hero.

Heroes Ball Photos

Lending Support to an Important Cause: Robert Vincent, Executive Vice President of Administrative Services and External Relations for IGT and his wife, Grace, proudly served as co-chairs of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Heroes Ball. Representing the hospital’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised nearly $1 million.

Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital addressed the guests next. “Quite simply, we wouldn’t be the hospital we are today without all of you, our heroes.  For all that you do for our patients and families, for our hospital and for our community, you have my deepest gratitude.”

During her time on stage, Dr. Van Bree was joined by 5-year-old Kyrie White, the hospital’s 2016-2017 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Champion Child, who quickly endeared himself to the crowd as guest emcee. A patient of Hasbro Children’s Hospital since birth, Kyrie is spending the year highlighting the hospital’s work on the national stage as an ambassador for the importance of funding pediatric care and research.

Heroes Ball Photos

A Natural Star: Kyrie White, 5, a patient of Hasbro Children’s Hospital since birth, joined Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, as her guest emcee of the Heroes Ball.

Following Dr. Van Bree and Kyrie, Cynthia Stern Lynch took to the podium to introduce a MOVING VIDEO that featured two patients who are part of the CHIPS program. Cynthia was a driving force in the establishment of the program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital several years ago, which provides comfort to patients by meeting the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of children with limiting or life-threatening illnesses.

Heroes Ball Photos

A Night to Remember: (Left to right) Evan Van Bree; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Cynthia Stern Lynch; and Patrick Lynch, former Attorney General of Rhode Island, at the Heroes Ball. Cynthia, who introduced the night’s moving video about the CHIPS program, was a driving force in establishing the program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital several years ago.

Heroes Ball Photos

Committed to Children: Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital (center, in white) is flanked by members of the hospital’s  Children’s Integrative Therapy Pain Management and Supportive Care—or CHIPS—Program, which was the focus of the Heroes Ball “Fund-a-Need” and cares for children with complex, chronic conditions.

With nary a dry eye in the house, Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Francois I. Luks, MD, PhD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Interim Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief, spoke about the daily impact of the CHIPS program before professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group presented the event’s live auction and “Fund-a-Need” blitz.

“Working with children and families facing chronic illnesses takes very special people and a thoroughly integrative approach with every facet of our hospital,” said Dr. Dennery. “The impact of this work is not just for a moment in time—it is enduring, and the bonds grow so deep that the children and their families become like second families to us.”

Added Dr. Luks, “Above all, our goal is to help children live as pain-free as they can, and as tonight’s video showed, there are many ways to do this beyond medication. The CHIPS team never stops working—they are literally always on call, making sure the experience for the patient is the best one possible.”

Heroes Ball Photos

Grateful for the Care and Friendship: (Left to right) Francisco Landim; Angela Anderson, MD, Director of the Pain and Palliative Care Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Paula Santos Landim; Dulce Landim; and Tara M. Brown, RN, CHIPS Program. Paula was featured in the Heroes Ball video that cast light on the CHIPS Program and shared how the program helps her manage her chronic condition, both physically and emotionally.

Among the many exciting auction items to generate intense, yet friendly bidding wars, were four tickets to see sold-out Hamilton in New York City with hotel accommodations for two nights, and three distinct weeklong getaways, including trips to Tuscany, Italy; Costa Rica; and scenic Telluride, Colorado.

After the evening’s live auction and “Fund-a-Need,” guests danced the night away to the sounds of Sugarbabies of Boston, including a special performance of Play that Funky Music, which featured members of hospital leadership joining the musical action on stage.

The Heroes Ball was made possible thanks to presenting sponsors CVS Health and IGT; platinum sponsor KPMG; gold sponsors ALEX AND ANI Charity by Design, H. Carr & Sons, Inc., The Procaccianti Group, Swarovski, and Tufts Health Plan among the more than seven dozen sponsors who contributed generously to the event’s success.

Heroes Ball Photos

Special Guests: (Left to right) Thomas Simonetti, Benjamin McDermott and Molly Wren at the Heroes Ball. Benjamin is a patient of the CHIPS program and shared his story during an emotional video showed at the event, while Thomas and Molly sang a rendition of Mariah Carey’s song Hero to thunderous applause.

Hometown NFL Star Kicker Stephen Gostkowski Brings Joy to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Patients
Monday, March 06, 2017

Stephen GostkowskiLess than four weeks after winning his second Super Bowl ring, our hometown NFL star kicker found himself in the spotlight once again, but this time he wasn’t on the field. On Friday, March 3, Stephen Gostkowski made a special visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, putting smiles on the faces of patients as he visited them room to room. Gostkowski also celebrated the results of his 6th annual “Kick 4 Kids” Challenge with hospital leadership.

(Right) You Made My Day: After complimenting Sophie Emond, 14, on the artwork she’s created to adorn her hospital room, the two posed for a photo together, making her day.

For his 2016 challenge, Stephen pledged a personal $10,000 gift to match donations made to Hasbro Children’s Hospital through “Kick 4 Kids,” helping the campaign generate a total of $65,000. The effort was also generously supported by sponsor Seasons Corner Market, which collected donations from customers throughout the football season. Since 2010, “Kick 4 Kids” has raised nearly $200,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Stephen GostkowskiDuring the hour and a half Stephen spent visiting with patients and their families, the two-time Lombardi Trophy winner made more than a few lifelong fans. He signed autographs, posed for pictures and, for one young patient, answered the day’s most pressing question, “What’s it like to play with Tom Brady?” And, in case you’re wondering his response…he said it’s everything you think it is, only better.

Dressed for the Occasion: Kayden Watson, 6, and his dad, Dan, enjoyed quite the surprise when Stephen Gostkowski showed up at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on March 3. Already diehard fans before they met the kicker—and coincidentally dressed for the unannounced occasion—they’re now ‘super’ fans!

Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the tens of thousands of patients and families that depend on us for care extend our thanks and gratitude to Stephen, not only for his continued support, but for making memories that today’s children won’t soon forget.

Stephen Gostkowski

 

The Smiles Say it All: Sisters Melissa, 3, (left) and Deborah Morente Gomez, 5, were all smiles when Stephen Gostkowski came by to visit the youngsters during their stay at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregg's Giving Cake Serves Up Delicious Reward for Hasbro Children's Hospital
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

On Monday, February 6th, Bob and Bobbie Bacon from Gregg’s Restaurants presented Hasbro Children's Hospital with a $10,000 check.  The donation is part of their Giving Tree program, where they support the hospital through the sales of the special Giving Cake. The program started in 1996 and they have donated over $130,000 to the hospital since its inception. They will also be donating “mini-giving cakes” to be served as the dessert at the Hasbro Children's Hospital Heroes Ball which will be held on March 4, 2017.

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Bob and Bobbie Bacon present check to Myra Edens, RN, Administrative Director,
Hasbro Children's Hospital

 

 

Spirit Halloween Makes $66,428 Donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Celebrates Results of Latest “Spirit of Children” Program
Friday, February 03, 2017

While it may seem a bit out of the norm to celebrate Halloween in January, it was October 31st all over again at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Monday, January 30, when the hospital welcomed its friends from Spirit Halloween for a special visit.

Celebrating the results of its 2016 “Spirit of Children” program, members of Spirit Halloween’s local managerial team came by to present hospital leadership and Child Life staff with a gift of $66,428. The total raised included a generous contribution of $5,000 from Aquarius, Ltd., a dedicated partner of Spirit Halloween that wanted to help support the cause.

Kicking-off each year in mid-September and running through the spooky day itself, Spirit Halloween’s “Spirit of Children” program gives customers two ways to support our hospital. In addition to offering a coupon for 10 percent off their costume and décor purchase—in which Spirit donates that 10 percent back to Hasbro Children’s Hospital—customers at each store are invited to make a voluntary donation while checking out.

“So much of what we do at Spirit Halloween focuses on children,” said Dan Mathis, Northeast Zone Manager for Spirit Halloween. “Being able to organize an effort that directly helps children and families during the time they spend in the hospital means a lot, not only to our entire staff, but also to our customers, who are extremely generous.”

Spirit Halloween’s donation will benefit our hospital’s Child Life department, which helps to provide young patients with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization by engaging in play, storytelling, arts and crafts, and music. Certified Child Life Specialists also work to educate patients and their families about a child’s illness and what to expect during a test or procedure in non-scary ways.

Since 2011, “Spirit of Children” has raised more than $260,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Overall, the program has generated in excess of $30 million for 130 hospitals across the United States and Canada.

Spirit Halloween 2017

More than 66,000 reasons to smile: Representatives from Spirit Halloween are joined by Hasbro Children’s Hospital leadership and members of the hospital’s Child Life team to celebrate Spirit’s $66,428 donation, representing funds raised through its “Spirit of Children” program. One-hundred percent of the gift will benefit Child Life.

Spirit Halloween 2017

This is going in our office: Danielle Stroud (left) and Megan Simpson (right), district sales managers with Spirit Halloween, flank Dan Mathis (center), Spirit’s Northeast Zone Manager, as they proudly hold a piece of artwork created by a former hospital patient to express appreciation to the partners who support the hospital’s work.

 

Billy Gilman Meet & Greet Hosted by Balise Toyota of Warwick Raises More than $3,200 for Hasbro Children’ Hospital
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Billy Gilman - BaliseA day after wowing a packed house at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Billy Gilman was back in front of local fans when Balise Toyota of Warwick hosted the star singer for a special meet and greet to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Sunday, January 29.

More than 400 fans of all ages flocked to the dealership’s Warwick showroom for photos and autographs with The Voice runner-up and Rhode Island native. Autographed photos of Gilman were available for $20 each, resulting in $3,252 being raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital when combined with voluntary donations made by attendees.

(Right) Grateful for his fans, grateful for an opportunity to give back: Before surprising the crowd with a few songs during his meet and greet at Balise Toyota of Warwick to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Billy Gilman expressed appreciation to his fans for their unwavering support and shared what it means to him to have an opportunity to help give back to his home community.

During the nearly 2-hour up close and personal visit, Gilman treated fans to a surprise performance, singing a few songs that ended in rousing applause from the crowd, some of who began to line up hours in advance of the singer’s anticipated arrival.

“Our Balise team couldn’t be happier with the result of hosting Billy Gilman at our dealership,” said Mike O’Connell, General Manager of Balise Toyota of Warwick. “He was not only a pleasure to host, but his genuine kindness and desire to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital mirrors the Balise philosophy of giving back to our local communities and organizations.”

Gilman, who is from Hope Valley, rose to fame in 2000 as an 11-year old with the release of his hit single, “One Voice.” His debut album achieved double platinum success in the United States, and Billy became the youngest artist to ever have a Top 40 single on the country chart.

“We want to thank Billy and Balise for their continued support of our hospital and for giving local fans an experience they won’t soon forget,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “It is absolutely wonderful when a young person with the kind of talent Billy has uses it to help children.”

Funds raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital during Billy Gilman’s meet and greet at Balise will support the hospital’s Partial Hospital Program. Having opened in 1998, the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Partial Hospital Program was the first of its kind in the country, and remains the only day treatment program in New England for children experiencing both an medical and psychiatric illness.

 

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A group effort to help local kids: There were smiles abound on the faces of everyone involved with making Billy’s meet and greet to help Hasbro Children’s Hospital possible.

Back row, left to right: Mike O’Connell, General Manager; Balise Toyota; Alex Balise McEwen, Marketing Manager, Balise Motor Sales; Billy Gilman; Angela Bacari, Billy Gilman’s Manager; Kristen Steiner, Cause Related Marketing Officer, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Kerry Burke, RN, Partial Hospitalization Program, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Will Martin, Marketing Specialist, Balise Motor Sales; and Donna Silva, Sr. Milieu Therapist, Partial Hospital Program, Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Front row, left to right: Alexa Napolitan, Content Specialist, Balise Motor Sales; and Giovanna Bacchiocchi, Marketing Specialist, Balise Motor Sales.

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A personal touch: More than 400 fans showed up at Balise Toyota of Warwick for a meet and greet with Billy Gilman to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Sunday, January 30, 2017. For nearly 2-hours, Billy signed autographs, mingled with fans and posed for pictures, helping to raise more than $3,200 for the area’s leading pediatric hospital.

 

 

Vigneron Grant Supports Pediatric Audiology
Monday, January 16, 2017

Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the grateful recipient of a $15,000 grant awarded by The Vigneron Memorial Fund, which will support the purchase of pediatric testing equipment for the hospital’s Audiology Department. This gift will advance the department’s technological capabilities and expand its capacity to evaluate infants and children with hearing disabilities. The new equipment will also include instrumentation to fit hearing aids for children who need them.

Plumstock Foundation’s Musical Extravaganza Raises $11,000 for the Pain and Palliative Care Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, January 05, 2017

Several years ago, a tight-knit group of residents of North Kingstown’s Plum Beach neighborhood came together to establish a charitable foundation that would serve as their philanthropic vehicle for supporting Hasbro Children’s Hospital. One of the foundation’s founding members is James Ziegler, MD, a pediatric cardiologist in the hospital’s Pediatric Heart Center.

Dubbed the Plumstock Foundation—a take-off on Woodstock that reflects members’ passions for music and helping children—the group organized its largest fundraiser to date late this past summer. Held in their neighborhood, the fundraiser featured hours of live music performed by talented members of the Plum Beach community, including Dr. Ziegler and his daughter.

On December 2, members of the Plumstock Foundation Board of Directors visited Hasbro Children’s Hospital to present a donation of $11,000 in support of the Pain and Palliative Care’s CHIPS Program, which stands for Children’s Integrative Therapy Pain Management and Supportive Care. Through CHIPS, Hasbro Children’s Hospital provides comfort and support, as well as pain and symptom management, for children with chronic and/or life-limiting illnesses. Funded entirely through philanthropy, this fully integrated care program is provided at no cost to the families it serves.

“We are so grateful to the Plumstock Foundation for their generous support of CHIPS,” says Dr. Angela Anderson, Director of Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  “Thanks to their support, we are able to provide our patients—and their families—with help and services that have an incredibly profound impact on quality of life for everyone involved.”

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Hasbro Children’s Hospital Partial Program Brings Moving Patient Stories of Healing and Empowerment to Life in “HPHP: The Musical,” Raising $14,360 for ArtReach
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A partnership between Trinity Repertory Company, community artists, and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, ArtReach provides inspirational avenues to help patients express and cope with their illness challenges through art

ArtReach 2016On November 9, more than 200 guests packed Trinity Repertory Theater for an emotional performance that brought to life the stories of children’s journeys with combined mental and physical illnesses. Titled “HPHP: the Musical,” the show was a collaboration between Hasbro Children’s Hospital Partial Hospital Program, Trinity Rep, and members from Rhode Island’s art community.  All came together and raised $14,360 for the Partial Hospital Program’s ArtReach initiative.

(Right) A Valued Friend: Mario Hilario, of WJAR NBC-10, served as the Master of Ceremonies for HPHP: The Musical. 

Having opened in 1998, the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program (HPHP) was the first of its kind in the country, and is still the only day treatment program in New England for children experiencing both a medical and a psychiatric illness. In 2013, the HPHP launched ArtReach, offering patients special therapeutic programming which allows the children to express themselves through various art forms as part of their healing process.  Consulting teaching artists from the community join with HPHP staff to guide a range of arts activities including:  song and poetry writing, the visual arts, and autobiographical writing.

“ArtReach creates moments of possibility and connection for our patients,” said Michelle Rickerby, MD, Psychiatric Director of HPHP. “Sometimes it’s during a session of Improv when a teen expresses an emotion that previously had been out of reach, or sometimes it’s while writing a poem or song that leads to a breakthrough in therapy. We want to create as many moments as possible, and art helps us accomplish that.”

The inspiration for “HPHP: the Musical” came directly from material written by patients treated in the Partial Hospital Program. Three patient “characters” created by staff along with written material contributed by actual patients provided the basis upon which ArtReach artists created the dialogue and songs for the show. The show’s powerful content expressed the broad range of emotions experienced by patients and families alike: from feeling overwhelmed and controlled by illness, to feeling supported and accepting help, and ultimately experiencing a sense of empowerment over their challenges and the ability to move forward with their lives. Throughout the performance, HPHP staff member Donna Silva spoke and sang poems and songs to further incorporate the voices of patients.

“Trinity Rep is proud to be a collaborator on ArtReach; from the first time we saw patients in this therapeutic setting, it was clear that the entire staff understood and embraced the healing power of art,” said Jordan Butterfield, Education Director of Trinity Rep. “Hasbro’s Partial Hospital Program and ArtReach don’t just provide patients with a safe space to express themselves to alleviate pain and anxiety. They also cultivate the creators of tomorrow, and that’s something our entire artistic community will benefit from.”

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Overwhelmed with Emotion: In one of the many powerful moments of HPHP: The Musical, Casey Seymour Kim, of Gamm Theatre, acts out the emotion of her character during a time when overwhelmed and controlled by illness. In the background, left to right, are Donna Silva, Eric Fulford, Tom Raijt, and Casey Regan.

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A Moment of Sharing: Tom Raijt (forefront), a local actor who portrayed one of the three patient “characters” in HPHP: The Musical, shares his character’s struggles of living with illness with the audience. In the background, left to right, are Eric Fulford, Donna Silva, and Casey Seymour Kim.

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Healing through Music: Keith Munslow of Empire Revue was the musical star of HPHP: The Musical, expertly syncing the sounds of his keyboard with the show’s storyline and range of character emotions.

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Thunderous Applause: The cast of HPHP: The Musical bows in appreciation after receiving a standing ovation following their performance on November 9. In bringing moving patient stories of healing and empowerment to life, the show raised $14,360 for ArtReach.

 

 

Program for the Blind Awards Grant to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Ophthalmolgy Clinic
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Rhode Island FoundationThe Rhode Island Foundation Program for the Blind has awarded a $50,000 grant to Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatric ophthalmology clinic. Funding will support the purchase of a retinal camera system to capture high-resolution images of existing retina and optic nerve abnormalities during both the initial evaluation and ongoing follow-up care for children with low vision. This instrumentation also provides the clinic with the ability to compare photos over time, which is critical for monitoring and treating disease progression.

 

For the Second Consecutive Year, Balise Subaru Names Hasbro Children’s Hospital Local Beneficiary of National “Share the Love” Campaign
Monday, November 21, 2016

Subaru Share the LoveAfter an overwhelming response from its customers in support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital during last year’s national “Share the Love” event, Balise Subaru has again selected the region’s leading pediatric hospital as the local beneficiary of this year’s campaign, which kicked-off on November 17.

The effort is part of Subaru of America, Inc.’s year-end celebration and designed as a way for Subaru retailers to give back to their local communities. Last holiday season, the campaign generated more than $30,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, helping to support its areas of greatest need across patient care, medical equipment, and research.

From now through January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every vehicle sold or leased to the purchaser’s choice of benefitting charities through the “Share the Love” event. This year’s beneficiaries include Hasbro Children’s Hospital, ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation.

“Forging lasting relationships within our local community is not only part of what it means to be a Subaru dealer, but an integral part of what it means to be a Balise dealer,” said Ian Miller, General Manager of Balise Subaru. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital is so well-known and loved in this area, and thanks to our amazing customers, we were able to make a substantial donation last year. We hope to make an even greater impact in 2016.”

Balise Logo“Our sincerest thanks to Balise Subaru for continuing their commitment to our hospital and giving their loyal customers an opportunity to support our life-saving work.” added Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “The generosity of Subaru and their customers will make an important difference for our patients and their families.”

Balise Subaru is located at 561 Quaker Lane, West Warwick. 

 

 

Sister Honors Late Brother’s Legacy by Raising More than $13,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Zoe SchlossWhen Zoe Schloss was just two-months old, she lost her older brother, Max, to Tay-Sachs disease, a rare, incurable disorder that affects fewer than 20,000 Americans each year.

Though Zoe was very young at the time, her mother, Cynthia Lynch, involved her in ensuring Max’s legacy would live on with the creation of the Max All-Star Kid Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in support of pain and palliative care. The goals of palliative care are to relieve pain and distressful symptoms, and to provide services that enhance the comfort and quality of life for the child and family.

(Right) A Mural of Memories: Zoe Schloss (left) and her mother, Cynthia Lynch, stand in front of a mural at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, depicting Max as a baby and Zoe as a young girl.

After Max passed away, Zoe and her mother would visit Hasbro Children’s Hospital each year on Max’s birthday—December 5—to bring presents and toys to the children staying here, hoping to bring smiles to faces.

Fast forward to last September, when Zoe combined her love of running with her senior high school project and organized a benefit for the Max All-Star Kid Program. For months, Zoe planned and organized “Miles for Max,” recruiting help from her community and local businesses. When the big day finally arrived, the road race was an overwhelming success, drawing nearly 100 runners who came together to raise more than $13,000 in support of Max’s program.

Zoe is an inspiration to all of us at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and a beautiful example of what it means to honor the memory of a loved one with a full, generous and caring heart.

Zoe Schloss

Forever Grateful: After presenting Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a donation of more than $13,000 to help support the Max All-Star Kid Program, Zoe Schloss and her mother joined some of their hospital friends for a group photo.

Left to right: Tracey Wallace, Vice President of Pediatric Services; Angela Anderson, MD; Zoe Schloss; Cynthia Lynch; and Tara Brown, RN.

Zoe Schloss

And, They’re Off: Combining her love of running with her senior high school project and a desire to help children in honor of her brother’s memory, Zoe Schloss organized “Miles for Max,” drawing nearly 100 runners and raising more than $13,000 for the Max’s All Star Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

  

Early Taste of Halloween Brings Smiles to Patient Faces at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, October 17, 2016

Spirit Halloween 2016It’s hard to say if there were more tricks or more treats at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on October 13, when our friends from Spirit Halloween stores made a special visit to patients, bringing with them an early taste of Halloween. The day of fun was part of the company’s “Spirit of Children Week” activities.

Making sure young patients had an opportunity for fun—helping them forget, even for a short time, that they’re in the hospital—was the goal of Spirit Halloween volunteers during the 2-hour Halloween parties they hosted in the hospital’s 4th and 5th floor playrooms.

(Right) You Can’t Rush an Artist: Considered the authority on face painting at Spirit Halloween, Dan Mathis, Northeast Zone Manager, works his artistry on Anthony, who was visiting his sister in the hospital and had a chance to take part in the fun. 

Complete with costumes, games, face painting and crafts, patients flashed ear-to-ear smiles as experts of the October 31st holiday gave them an afternoon of activities they won’t soon forget. But it wasn’t just the fun memories of the day that kids will remember; each child was able to pick out a costumer to keep.

Spirit Halloween has long been a supporter of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. In addition to hosting Halloween parties, the company organizes an in-store fundraiser each year. Through October 31, customers who purchase their costumes at local Spirit Halloween locations can receive 10% off their entire purchase using this coupon, and Spirit Halloween will donate the 10% to our hospital. To locate a Spirit Halloween store in your area, please visit www.SpiritHalloween.com.

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A Ghoulish Good Time: Spirit Halloween associate Jodie Braga takes a break from decorating pumpkins with her new friend, Ethan, to pose for a quick photo.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Dressed as Mike the Knight, Seth removes his mask to check on the progress of the “tattoo” he was getting during the Spirit Halloween party.

 

 

Local Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisees Celebrate Success of Iced Coffee Day, Present Hasbro Children’s Hospital with Donation of $174,001
Friday, September 23, 2016

DD Iced Coffee Day 2015Taking time out of their busy schedules to celebrate the results of this year’s Iced Coffee Day and their commitment to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees recently visited the hospital to share the fruits of their labor—a check for $174,001!

In what has become a signature community fundraising effort to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital, hundreds of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA hosted Iced Coffee Day on May 25. Throughout the day, franchisees of each restaurant donated $1.00 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for every cup of iced coffee sold.

“The generous support of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts and their loyal customers continues to have a tremendous impact on the children and families who depend on Hasbro Children’s Hospital for their care,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “It’s no secret that people across our region love their iced coffee—the response to this year’s Iced Coffee Day was nothing short of remarkable. We are forever grateful to everyone who helped to make this year such a success; it’s truly amazing what a cup of coffee can do!"

Since the inception of Iced Coffee Day in 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees have raised more than $1 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, funds that have led to the creation of activity books for patients, a new play area in the pediatric ambulatory clinic, and a renovated Dunkin’ Donuts-themed Family Room on the hospital’s 6th floor. In 2014, proceeds from Iced Coffee Day helped launch the “4-Safety” program, a partnership between Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts that raises awareness and educates families about ways they can reduce their risk of injury and live healthier, safer lives. 

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174,001 Reasons to be Thankful: Local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees Joe Prazeres (second from left) and Guido Petrosinelli (far right) present Phyllis A. Dennery, M.D., Pediatrician-in-Chief, Hasbro Children’s Hospital (far left), and Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital (second from right) with a check representing the funds raised during this year’s Iced Coffee Day.

 

Rite Aid Brings Together Community, Cars to Raise Funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RiteAid Car ShowIt’s long been said that a Sunday afternoon in late summer makes for the perfect day to enjoy a casual, scenic cruise in your favorite car. But what if you had a chance to combine that fun with other enthusiasts and raise money for the area’s leading pediatric hospital in the process? That’s exactly what more than 60 local car lovers did on Sunday, August 21, when Rite Aid hosted its Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Charity Car Show to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital, raising more than $4,300.

(Right) For the Love of Cars: Evan Huddon, 15, who was born with spina bifida and represented Hasbro Children’s Hospital as the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion in 2011, was a special guest judge for Rite Aid’s recent Charity Car Show.

Held in the giant parking lot behind Rite Aid’s Willett Avenue store in Riverside from 10am—4pm, the family-friendly event drew automotive enthusiasts of all ages and interests while offering a bounty of activities.

As visitors perused rows of glistening 1960s and 1970s muscle cars, vintage hotrods, Corvette Stingrays, and modified late-model European makes and imports, all enjoyed live music, a raffle and silent auction, and an assortment of food. For the day’s youngest visitors, there was a Touch-A-Truck display, free face-painting, a bounce house, and more.

Everyone who displayed their pride and joy on 4-wheels had their show registration donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and all attendees made a donation to our hospital in lieu of admission. Additional funds were raised through the raffle and auction.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends its sincere appreciation to our friends at Rite Aid for their long-standing support and to everyone who came out to make the car show a success!

RiteAid Car Show

That’s One Clean Corvette: A limited edition third generation Corvette Stingray shines beneath the summer sun.

RiteAid Car Show

A Pristine Packard: With its bonnet popped open, this 1950s Packard Clipper invited show-goers to take an in-depth look.

RiteAid Car Show

An American Icon: No classic car show would be complete without a fully restored first generation Ford Mustang.

 

Walmart Kicks-Off 6-Week Miracle Balloon Campaign in Support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital with Help from Local Champion Child “Superhero”
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Walmart KickoffFollowing a 2015 effort that resulted in raising more than $285,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, teams of local Walmart associates were back at the hospital on August 11 to kick-off this year’s Miracle Balloon campaign, which will once again benefit the area’s leading pediatric facility. During the event, each store was presented with a special Superhero for Kids Award by our very own honorary “Superhero,” 4-year-old Kyrie White of Cranston, the 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion. Joining Kyrie in the presentations were members of the hospital’s leadership team.

(Right) Our Own Little Superhero: After presenting his friends from Walmart with special awards in recognition of their generous support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Kyrie White, 4, of Cranston, enjoyed some time dressed as his favorite superhero. In May, Kyrie was named our hospital’s 2016 Champion for facing his ongoing medical challenge with courage and strength. 

Beginning on Monday, August 29, and continuing until October 9, all Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts Walmart locations will make it easy for members of the community to help make miracles possible. Upon checkout, customers may add a “Miracle Balloon” donation of $1 or more to their shopping total, with 100 percent of the funds going directly to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

"Every day, we treat hundreds of children and families who rely on Hasbro Children’s Hospital for the very best care available, and the cornerstone of that care is the generous support we receive from our partners and the community," said Margaret M. Van Bree, MPH, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital as she addressed the group of more than two dozen. "There is no greater joy than to heal a child and see firsthand how the support of Walmart and its customers directly impacts those we care for."

With superheroes as its theme, the event also served to introduce the Walmart associates to Kyrie White. Diagnosed with an in utero birth defect called Gastroschisis while his mother was just 14-weeks pregnant, Kyrie’s abdominal wall failed to fully close as he developed, leading to his intestines and a portion of his stomach being outside his body upon birth. After lifesaving emergency surgery at 6-days-old, which left him with short bowel syndrome, Kyrie spent the first 100 days of his life at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Doing well today with a positive outlook for his future, Kyrie was named this year’s Rhode Island Champion for facing his ongoing medical challenge with courage and strength—like a real-life superhero!

Walmart’s annual Miracle Balloon campaign is part of the company’s long-standing support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Hasbro Children’s Hospital is a member. Since 2007, Walmart has raised more than $2.5 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, helping to fund programs and the purchase of vital equipment, along with supporting renovations to our family waiting room and surgical suite. 

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Thank You for All you Do: Kyrie White presents Luke Teeman (center) and Monique Mendez (right) with their store’s Superhero for Kids Award as Margaret M. Van Bree, MPH, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital looks on.

Walmart Kickoff

Power in Numbers: More than two dozen local Walmart associates were at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on August 11 to kick-off this year’s Miracle Balloon campaign. Between August 29 and October 9, all R.I. and southeastern M.A. Walmart locations will raise funds for our hospital by giving customers an opportunity to add a “Miracle Balloon” donation of $1 or more to their shopping total. Last year’s campaign raised more than $285,000.

 

 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital Golf Invitational Raises More than $232,000
Monday, August 15, 2016

Golf InvitationalIn what’s become one of Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s most beloved annual fundraisers, a sold-out field of 34 foursomes descended upon Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington on Monday, July 25 for this year’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational.

Under a perfect sky with a pleasant breeze emanating off Narragansett Bay, the tournament raised more than $232,000 to support patient services and innovative research efforts with the most pressing funding needs at the area’s leading pediatric facility. The event was co-chaired by long-time supporters Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. and James L. Carr, Jr.

(Right) Fore!: Deanna Donnelly, a member of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Advisory Council, tees off during this year’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational.

The day’s festivities began with teams of golfers taking turns practicing at the Club’s driving range and putting green before enjoying lunch and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Following each team’s completion of the 18-hole course—which is home each year to the prestigious CVS Caremark Charity Classic—players cooled off in the Clubhouse, where they enjoyed a special reception, dinner, awards and a live auction. Among the items to generate a friendly bidding war was a 4-pack of box seats to the sold-out Kenny Chesney concert at Gillette Stadium.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends its sincere gratitude to presenting sponsors, Aubin Corporation and H. Carr & Sons, Inc., along with sponsors Citizens Bank, ClarkDietrich Building Systems, Connecticut Business Systems, The Kraft Group, Rhode Island Medical Imaging, and University Emergency Medicine Foundation for their support of this year’s Invitational. Established in 1996, the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational has raised more than $4.5 million since its inception.

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All Smiles: James L. Carr, Jr. (left) and Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., co-chairs of the annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational. This year’s event raised more than $232,000.

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On to the Next One: John J. Bowen, Chancellor of Johnson & Wales University (left) and Bill Murphy, former Speaker of the House for Rhode Island, wave as they head to their next hole at Rhode Island Country Club during the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational.

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Admiring the Shot: (Left to right) Bruce Van Saun, CEO of Citizens Financial Group; Marc Paulhus, President of Citizens Bank Rhode Island; and Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., co-chair of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational and Chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors, admire the placement of a shot during this year’s tournament. 

 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital Names 4-Year-Old Kyrie White of Cranston Its 2016 Rhode Island Champion Child
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kyrie and Dr. Van BreeFlashing what can only be described as an infectious smile, 4-year-old Kyrie White of Cranston stood alongside his mother, Nicole, as she shared the story of his difficult medical journey and how Hasbro Children’s Hospital saved his life. Moments later, the hospital honored Kyrie, naming him the 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion for facing his ongoing medical challenges with courage and strength.

(Right) Ready, Get Set…Smile: It was a smile contest between Kyrie and Hasbro Children’s Hospital President Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH (we think Kyrie won—just look at that effort!) before he was introduced as our 2016 Rhode Island Champion.

Diagnosed with an in utero birth defect called Gastroschisis when Nicole was just 14-weeks pregnant, Kyrie’s abdominal wall failed to close fully, resulting in his intestines and a portion of his stomach being outside his body upon birth. Just six days after he was born, Kyrie underwent emergency surgery to remove the majority of his small intestine and insert the feeding tube and central line that would provide the nourishment his tiny body needed.

Kyrie finally went home after three months in the hospital, returning to Hasbro Children’s Hospital periodically for additional procedures to alleviate the difficulties he had with feedings and absorbing nutrients as he grew. In 2014, surgeons created a belly button for Kyrie since he was born without one.

“Kyrie began conquering his illness the moment he was born and hasn’t slowed down since; he has amazed his entire care team and done things his doctors have never seen before,” said Nicole. “It all comes back to how fortunate we are to have Hasbro Children’s in our own backyard and how unbelievable and supportive everyone has been throughout our entire journey—Kyrie’s caregivers have truly become like family.”

Kyrie enjoying an appleHaving recently celebrated his 4th birthday, Kyrie continues to get stronger by the day and has begun to eat some foods orally—he loves fries and what was his first taste of birthday cake—while still relying on his feeding tube and central line for primary nutrition.

(Left) Now That’s Tasty: It’s all about the little things in life! Kyrie’s announcement event included some of favorite foods, including apples. It’s only been recently that Kyrie has begun to eat some foods orally as he continues to get stronger by the day while managing his condition.

“Kyrie is near and dear to my heart—this is a boy who despite his condition, greets every day with a big smile and considers our hospital his home away from home,” said Dr. Arlet G. Kurkchubasche, Kyrie’s physician at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Added Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, “This young boy and the compassionate care he’s received demonstrates the incredible impact of donations to our hospital—families like the Whites are our best advocates. We are so grateful to them for sharing their story and for their commitment to be ambassadors throughout the year on our behalf.”

As the 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion, Kyrie will spend the year as a pediatric ambassador, highlighting the work of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the importance of donated funds for research, treatment and ongoing care. In June, Kyrie and his fellow Champions from each state will travel to Washington, D.C. to share their stories with a national audience.

Kyries Family with Dr. K.

Like Family: Dr. Arlet G. Kurkchubasche (center) has developed a special relationship with Kyrie and his parents, Garrick and Nicole, becoming an honorary member of the White family and affectionately called “Dr. K.”

 

 

Balise Subaru “Share the Love” Event Raises $30,839 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, May 09, 2016

This past winter, customers of Balise Subaru not only shared their love for the popular, symmetrical all-wheel drive vehicles, they also shared their generosity with Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Balise LogoFor six weeks, Hasbro Children’s Hospital was the local beneficiary of Balise Subaru’s “Share the Love” event, a national effort launched by Subaru of America, Inc. as a way for Subaru retailers to give back to their local communities. For every vehicle sold or leased during the campaign, Subaru donated $250 to the purchaser’s choice of benefitting charities, which also included ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals on Wheels America® and the National Park Foundation.

The result was an overwhelming number of customers selecting Hasbro Children’s Hospital as their preferred charity, generating a donation of $30,839 for the area’s leading pediatric institution.

“We are absolutely thrilled about the community’s response to the Share the Love event and so grateful to Balise Subaru for choosing our hospital as the local beneficiary,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “The funds raised through this effort will have a direct impact on the patients and families we care for when they need us most.”

Added Ryan McNally, General Manager of Balise Subaru, “We chose Hasbro Children’s Hospital as our local partner because our team felt there was truly no better cause in our community. When our customers overwhelmingly chose Hasbro as their benefiting charity, we knew we made the right choice, and couldn’t be happier that such a large sum of money will stay in Rhode Island where it will help care for and heal kids. Balise would like to thank everyone who came together to make this possible.”

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Share the Love, Share the Generosity: Through its “Share the Love” event, Balise Subaru in West Warwick raised $30,839 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The dealership selected the hospital as its local beneficiary of the effort, donating $250 for every vehicle sold or leased during six-week period to the purchaser’s choice of charities, which also included ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals on Wheels America® and the National Park Foundation.

(Left to right): Kristen S. Steiner, Cause Related Marketing Officer, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Kenneth J. Scanzio, Jr., District Sales Manager, Subaru of New England; Ryan McNally, General Manager, Balise Subaru; and Joseph G. Pannozzo, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Performers Delight Patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Circus Presents Hospital with $10,000 Donation
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ringling CircusIt’s known as the Greatest Show on Earth, and for nearly 2 dozen patients and their families at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on April 27, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus more than lived up to its famous moniker.  

With the Circus in town through May 1, performers took the opportunity to take time out of their busy schedules to visit with patients and share laughter and joy with a special show in the hospital’s 4th floor playroom. But before beginning its impressive performance, Ringling Bros. made an equally impressive presentation—providing hospital leadership with a gift of $10,000 to support pediatric patient care and life-saving programs.

(Right) One, Two, Three…Silly Face!: Emily Fowler, 12, of Smithfield, practices her best silly face with clowns Deejay Weiss (left) and Carolina Duncan-Page (right) during Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on April 27.

Once in the hospital’s 4th floor playroom, patients instantly felt transported beneath a big top, with performers and the Circus’ Ringmaster introducing themselves against a backdrop of Ringling Bros. banners, signs and colorful balloons. Then came a show the youngsters won’t soon forget.

For nearly an hour, patients and families gasped in amazement, applauded and cheered on performances that included Nomin the contortionist, the acrobatics of Paulo Dos Santos, the Legend Seeker, juggling mastery by Zhen Liu, and the hilarious antics of Clown Alley clowns Deejay Weiss, Dr. Mariko Iwisa and Carolina Duncan-Page.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital expresses its sincerest gratitude to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its performers, and especially the Feld family for brightening the day of our patients in a way that only the circus could!

Ringling Circus

A Gift for the Kids: Margaret M. Van Bree, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital (second from right) joins Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson (far right) and circus performers after being presented with a generous donation of $10,000.

Ringling Circus

Stealing the Show: Zhen Liu amazed patients and families not only with his juggling prowess, but also with his mastery of flipping hats from his elbows to atop his head before spinning them on his fingertips.

Ringling Circus

Honorary Clown for a Day: Tad Pimentel places a red nose on his 7-year-old son Tyler’s face after it was given to him by Ringling Bros. clowns before the beginning of their performance.

 

 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Big Apple Circus Clown Care® Program Bringing Smiles to the Faces of Patients and Families
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Clown care anniversaryOften referred to as the unsung heroes of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, clown doctors from the Big Apple Circus Clown Care® Program were front and center on Monday, April 25, when the hospital celebrated the program’s 10th anniversary of spreading joy to its patients, families, and medical caregivers. The Clown Care program, made possible thanks to generous support from Hasbro, Inc., uses specially trained clowns from the Big Apple Circus to help ease the stress of illness for patients and their families.

(Right) Laughter IS the Best Medicine: Zion Rivas, 6, of Providence, receives a ‘red nose transplant’ from clown doctors Dr. Gon Golphin (left) and Doc Skeeter (left) during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care® program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Throughout Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a group of ten clown doctors work in teams of two to conduct clown rounds, where the healing power of humor is the preferred treatment. In partnership with hospital staff, these professional performers work one-on-one with acutely and chronically ill children, offering gentle parody with their own specialized procedures using juggling, mime, magic, and music. They also help to simplify the understanding of complicated medical procedures by demonstrating their own version of clown medicine, such as funny bone cleanings, red nose transplants, sweet lullabies, or toilet paper bandages.

Clown care anniversary“No matter the reason for a child and their family to be at our hospital, there is going to be increased anxiety and nervousness, but when I think of the smiles the Clown Care program has brought to countless faces, I may be the one flashing the biggest smile,” said Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are so grateful to the Big Apple Circus for providing an outlet for children’s natural love of silliness and fun.”

(Left) I Got It, I Got It…: Dr. Mal Adjusted (center) stands ready to catch the hat of Dr. Gon Golphin as he balances it on his big red nose while strumming a tune on his ukulele with Doc Skeeter (back) cheering them both on.

During the 10th anniversary celebration, there were cupcakes and bubbles, and clown doctors gave each patient in attendance a special Clown Care coloring book before breaking into song and a few of their trademark skits. Immediately after, hospital staff and guests marked the occasion with congratulatory remarks, including the recitation of a joyous original poem written by a staff physician for the occasion, culminating in a “toast” to the clowns who have touched so many lives—with an actual piece of toast.  The Clown Care program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital consists of: Dr. Mal Adjusted, Doc Skeeter, Dr. Gonzo, Dr. Dazzle, Dr. Gon Golphin, Dr. Bucket Buster, Dr. Windy, Dr. Jokulele, Dr. Bafu, and Nurse BB.

Clown care anniversaryClown Care was created by Big Apple Circus co-founder Michael Christensen in 1986 to provide a unique service to children undergoing treatment in pediatric facilities. Each member of Clown Care is a professional artist selected through intensive auditions for artistic excellence and sensitivity, and provided with training to prepare them to work in the hospital environment. There are currently 80 committed and talented artists involved in the program who conduct clown rounds one to five days a week, year-round, at 15 hospitals nationwide, making nearly 225,000 visits to young patients annually.

(Right) Everyone’s Favorite….Cupcakes!: Dr. Mal Adjusted playfully tries to steal one of the delicious clown-themed cupcakes donated by Gregg’s Restaurants for Big Apple Circus Clown Care® program’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Clown care anniversary

All Smiles: On April 25, Hasbro Children’s Hospital leadership and Child Life staff celebrated the 10th anniversary of clown doctors from the Big Apple Circus Clown Care® program bringing smiles to the faces of patients and families using the healing power of humor to ease the anxiety and fear of hospitalization.

 

 

12th Annual Radiothon Raises $436,003 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fighting back tears as she grasped the microphone to share her family’s story to thousands of listeners across southern New England, Elizabeth LaVallee was overcome with emotion reflecting on how Hasbro Children’s Hospital saved her son’s life after he was diagnosed with cancer at 15 months-old. Today, Brayden is approaching his 4th birthday and has been cancer-free for more than a year.

KyrieThe LaVallee’s story was one of more than a dozen shared by families during the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon on April 7, inspiring thousands of people to come together and donate $436,003 to support the area’s leading pediatric hospital.

(Right) Would You Like to Make a Donation? Kyrie White, 4, sits on the lap of Fran Pingatore, PhD, CNS, Patient and Family Centered Care Manager at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, as he answers a call from a donor during the hospital’s Radiothon on April 7. Born with Gastroschisis, resulting in short bowel syndrome, Kyrie has received extensive treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and has a positive prognosis for his future. 

Now in its 12th year, the Radiothon is a partnership of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event was broadcast live from the hospital and took place over 15 hours, with calls from donors answered by more than 100 volunteers who gave of their time throughout the day.

“So much of the care we provide is possible thanks to support from the community, and the outpouring of generosity we received through this year’s Radiothon was nothing short of amazing,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We could not be more thankful for our partnership with Cumulus Providence and the countless hours they invest to make the Radiothon a reality, giving their listeners an opportunity to put their money where the miracles are.”

During the Radiothon, listeners of Cumulus Providence’s five stations heard inspirational stories of hope and healing from patients and their families, and hospital leadership and physicians. The stories shared captured victories over conditions that ranged from pulmonary hypertension and a host of pediatric cancers, to osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease), rare birth defects, life-threatening bacterial meningitis, and more.

GiselaListeners also followed the Radiothon through its Facebook page, where they were able to “meet” some of the families sharing their stories and view real-time photos. On-site at the Radiothon, patients and families enjoyed face-painting and access to a photo booth with a wide-range of fun costumes and accessories in between interviews. There were also plenty of smiling faces when some of Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s special friends, including New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski and members of the Providence Bruins, came by to visit, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

(Above) A Star in the Making: Flashing an infectious smile after being told how brave she is, Gisela Carrier, an oncology patient at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, shares the story of her medical journey over the airwaves during the hospital’s 12th annual Radiothon.

“Cumulus Providence is proud to continue our tradition of supporting Hasbro Children’s Hospital through the Radiothon—giving back to our community and helping make a difference in the lives of children in Southern New England is something we care deeply about,” said John Sutherland, Market Manager for Cumulus Providence. “It is through a tremendously focused, collaborative effort with our combined teams and the amazing generosity of our listeners that we are able to achieve extraordinary results.”

Among the sponsors of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon, many of which matched gifts during special “power hours” and volunteered to answer calls, were Alex and Ani Charity by Design, Alexander’s Uniforms, Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grille, Cox Business, David D. Schuller, Dunkin’ Donuts, East Commerce Solutions, Hasbro, Inc., Jordan’s Furniture, Lamar, Murray Outdoor Communications, National Guard Association of Rhode Island, Pepsico, Rhode Island Credit Union, Rhode Island Monthly, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Seasons Corner Market, and Walmart.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends its appreciation to the entire staff and on-air personalities at Cumulus Providence radio stations, 92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, News Talk 630 & 99.7 WPRO and HOT106 for helping to make this year’s Radiothon a success.

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Drum Roll, Please…Across 15 hours, listeners of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations heard emotional stories from more than a dozen patients and families treated by Hasbro Children’s Hospital during the hospital’s 12th annual Radiothon on April 7, coming together to donate $436,003.

 

 

Local Rite Aid Stores Kick-Off “Miracle Balloon” Campaign to Raise Funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A partner wholly committed to supporting Hasbro Children’s Hospital made a special visit to our hospital on March 14, when more than a dozen Ride Aid managers and associates came by to announce the start of their annual “Miracle Balloon” campaign. The six-week effort, which provides Rite Aid customers an easy way to make donations to our hospital, runs through April 30.

Through the campaign, Rite Aid associates encourage customers to add a donation of $1 or more to their shopping total with the purchase of a “Miracle Balloon” paper icon. This is Rite Aid’s 10th year coordinating the effort, which is part of their partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit that helps to raise funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the country, including Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s “Miracle Balloon” campaign raised $97,949 locally, bringing the overall total that Rite Aid and its customers have raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital to more than $685,000 since 2007.

“Rite Aid, its associates, and all of its customers have been nothing short of amazing with the generosity they’ve shown on behalf of our hospital,” said Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are proud they are loyal partners of our work—every dollar raised is critically important to helping us provide the very best care to every child and family that needs us.”

During the kick-off of this year’s campaign, Hasbro Children’s Hospital took an opportunity to honor the efforts of the Rite Aid stores that generated the highest amount of donations in 2015. Each store received a special “Superhero for Kids” plaque. The location that raised the most was the Rite Aid on Newport Avenue in Rumford, followed by the store in Richmond. Rite Aids in Cranston, East Providence, and Warwick were also recognized.

Riteaid kickoff

Real-Life Superheroes: Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital (center, in blue jacket) presents a group of Rite Aid representatives with a “Superhero for Kids Award” during the kick-off of this year’s Rite Aid “Miracle Balloon” campaign. Through April 30, all local Rite Aid locations will raise money for Hasbro Children’s Hospital through the sale of “Miracle Balloon” paper icons. The campaign generated more than $97,000 for our hospital in 2015.

 

 

Harlem Globetrotters’ ‘Smile Patrol’ Brings Joy to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Patients during Special Visit
Monday, March 14, 2016

Orlando “El Gato” Melendez signs autographs, poses for pictures and performs trademark tricks for patients

Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients received a thrill on Friday, March 11, when Orlando “El Gato” Melendez of the Harlem Globetrotters made a special trip to the hospital to spread joy as part of the team’s “Smile Patrol.”

Globetrotters visit to HasbroFor nearly two hours, Melendez, who is the first Puerto Rican-born player to play for the Globetrotters after playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina, visited with patients in their rooms, signed autographs and posed for pictures. Before leaving Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Melendez hosted a performance in the Dunkin’ Donuts Family Room on the sixth floor, showing off his trademark ball-handling skills and getting some youngsters involved in the action.

Right: The Look of Joy: Gavin Stanton, 4, shows off the four tickets El Gato Melendez gave him to see the Globetrotters in action when the team plays at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday, March 26.

Among the many patients to flash ear-to-ear smiles during El Gato’s visit was 9-year-old Prestyn Phomsoupha of Lincoln. The moment the 6’8” hoops star entered Prestyn’s room, the first thing the youngster wanted was to spin the team’s iconic red, white and blue basketball on his fingertip. Without hesitation, Melendez made it happen, much to Prestyn’s excitement.

“It was inspiring to see Mr. Melendez bring so much pleasure to our patients and help them forget, if just for a little while, that they were in the hospital,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful to the Harlem Globetrotters and our friends at Dunkin’ Donuts for their continued support and for making such a memorable day possible for our patients.”

The Globetrotters’ “Smile Patrol” is a national effort to lift the spirits of patients in hospitals across the country. The meet-and-greet and special performance was part of Dunkin’ Donuts’ partnership with both the Globetrotters and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“We are very proud to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and we were thrilled that our partnership with the Globetrotters led to such a great visit,” said Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Joe Prazeres. “On behalf of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, I applaud everyone at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for the extraordinary work they do for local children, and want to thank El Gato and the entire Globetrotters organization for taking the time to help put smiles on so many brave faces.”

 

Globetrotters visit to Hasbro

It’s Spinning!: Prestyn Phomsoupha of Lincoln can’t take his eyes off the signature Globetrotters basketball spinning on his finger during El Gato’s visit to his hospital room on March 11.

Globetrotters visit to Hasbro

A Fan for Life: Orlando “El Gato” Melendez poses for a photo with 10-month-old Kaydin Almstrom.

Globetrotters visit to Hasbro

Star-Struck: 11-year old Madison Carvalho of Cranston watches with excitement as Orlando “El Gato” Melendez signs an autograph for her after the two spent time talking about their favorite places in Puerto Rico.



 

Nerf Ball Tops $1 Million Raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, March 10, 2016

With a theme of “Going the Distance to Keep Kids Healthy,” more than 700 pack Convention Center in support of hospital’s largest annual fundraiser

Hasbro Nerf Ball 2016During a night to remember, more than 700 Hasbro Children’s Hospital friends and supporters filled the Convention Center for the Nerf Ball on March 5, raising $1.06 million for patient care, life-saving programs, and research and education.

(Right) Go Deep: Surrounded by décor inspired by one of Hasbro, Inc.’s most popular toys, Nerf Ball guests had fun testing their skills at the Touchdown Football Challenge and Slam Dunk Basketball Challenge stations.

Of the total raised, the event’s live auction “Fund-a-Need” generated more than $205,000 for the Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center, which cares for some of the most vulnerable children in our region who suffer from abuse and neglect.  It is the only program of its kind in Rhode Island.

Chaired by Edward “Ned” O. Handy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington Trust and his wife, Polly Chatterton Handy, the evening began with a cocktail reception before guests were welcomed by hospital leadership, including Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“The community’s generous response to the Nerf Ball, combined with the tireless efforts of our chairs and the entire event committee, will make an incredible impact on the lives of our patients and their families when they need us most,” said Dr. Van Bree. “We are forever grateful for the support that enables us to deliver the best care possible to everyone who walks through our doors.”

Following Dr. Van Bree, Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, introduced guests to the work of The Aubin Center with an emotional video.

“It is difficult to discuss—let alone assess and treat—the wounds of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect,” said Dr. Dennery. “But they are realities …universal problems that cross all lines of geography, ethnicity, gender, and income level.”

“The children of our Child Protection Program come to our hospital neglected, injured and emotionally battered, but like most children, they also come blessed with amazing resilience and limitless potential,” said Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors, and Chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Board of Trustees. “Nothing would make me happier than to find we no longer need the Child Protection Program; but sadly, the need for this program is greater than ever.”

At the end of the speaking program, the evening continued with dinner and the presentation of the live auction and “Fund-a-Need” by professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group. Among the items to generate friendly bidding wars was a weeklong trip for four to historic Tuscany, and an once-in-a-lifetime Boston Red Sox package featuring premium seats and the opportunity to throw out the game’s first pitch.

Hasbro Nerf Ball 2016The evening concluded with a performance by the Hasbro, Inc. band, Toys 2 Men, which brought everyone to their feet.

(Right) Dancing the Night Away: Before the Nerf Ball came to an end, guests enjoyed the sounds of the Hasbro, Inc. band, Toys 2 Men, during a performance that brought everyone to their feet.

The Nerf Ball was made possible thanks to title sponsor Hasbro, Inc.; presenting sponsor CVS Health; signature sponsors Alex and Ani Charity by Design, IGT, and Toys “R” Us; platinum sponsors KPMG, and Tufts Health Plan; and gold sponsors H. Carr & Sons, Inc., Procaccianti Companies, Swarovski, and Washington Trust among the more than 60 sponsors who contributed to the event’s success.

Hasbro Nerf Ball 2016

More than One Million Reasons to be Thankful: (Left to right) Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital with James M. Hagerty, EVP and Chief Lending Officer for Washington Trust, and Nerf Ball co-chairs Edward “Ned” O. Handy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington Trust and his wife, Polly Chatterton Handy. Representing the largest annual fundraiser for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the event raised $1.06 million.

Hasbro Nerf Ball 2016

A Great Night for a Great Cause: Of the total raised during the Nerf Ball, the event’s live auction “Fund-a-Need” resulted in more than $205,000 for the Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The only program of its kind in Rhode Island, the Center cares for some of the most vulnerable children in the region who suffer from abuse and neglect

(Left to right): Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Christine E. Barron, MD, Clinical Director, Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center; Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors, and Chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Board of Trustees; Amy P. Goldberg, MD, Attending Physician, Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center; and Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Click here to view video presented at the 2016 NERF Ball.

 

“Gamers Give Back Tour” Comes to Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Friday, March 04, 2016

Logan Gamers TourWednesday, February 24 was a special day at Hasbro Children’s Hospital as members of the “Gamers Give Back Tour” came by our hospital to visit—and play—with more than 80 young patients!

The “Gamers Give Back Tour” is a unique partnership between Game Changer and Child’s Play, two charities that host events at children’s hospitals throughout the country in celebration of how games, thoughtful gifts, and stories of hope can make an impact on the lives of patients, families and staff at each hospital they visit.

Every hospital that becomes a stop on the tour is made possible thanks to nominations from their local community. Along with the activities our visitors planned and enjoyed with patients, they also delivered gifts to patient rooms and delicious catered meals to staff! (Pictured: Logan)

Spirit Halloween’s “Spirit of Children” Program Raises $60,685 to Support Child Life at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, February 01, 2016

Although it’s been nearly 3 months since costumed children went door-to-door in search of tricks or treats, Halloween was back on everyone’s mind at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on January 25. That’s because hospital leadership welcomed its friends from Spirit Halloween, who presented the hospital with a gift of $60,685, representing funds raised locally through its “Spirit of Children” program.

Beginning in mid-September and continuing right through October 31, customers who purchased their costumes and Halloween décor at local Spirit Halloween locations were given an opportunity to make a donation to benefit our Child Life department. Child Life works to provide pediatric patients with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization by engaging in play, storytelling, arts and crafts, and music. Certified Child Life Specialists also educate patients and their families about a child’s illness and what to expect during a test or procedure in non-scary ways.

“This program is the heart and soul of our company—an effort our associates look forward to every year because they know the impact it has on so many young lives,” said Dan Mathis, Northeast Zone Manager for Spirit Halloween. “But it’s not just our associates that embrace Spirit of Children, it’s also our generous customers; they know that one-hundred percent of every dollar we collect goes right to Child Life.”

Spirit Halloween’s “Spirit of Children” program has been raising funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital since 2011, generating nearly $195,000 for our hospital in five years. Overall, the program has raised more than $30 million for 130 hospitals across the United States and Canada since 2006.

“The incredible generosity of everyone at Spirit Halloween, and all of their customers, has enabled our Child Life team to bring joy to so many children during what is an otherwise difficult time,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MPH, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “No one, especially a child, wants to be in the hospital, but thanks to this support, we’re able to make a difference by taking their minds off why they’re here.”

Spirit of Halloween 

A Spirit for Giving: Representatives from Spirit Halloween are joined by Hasbro Children’s Hospital leadership and members of the hospital’s Child Life team to celebrate Spirit’s $60,685 donation. One-hundred percent of the funds will benefit Child Life.

 

Beltone New England Raises $9,820 to Support Pediatric Audiology
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In late 2015, Beltone New England, one of the country’s leaders in hearing care, did something amazing to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s treatment of children’s hearing. Across all 55 of their retail locations in our region, Beltone hosted its “Hear for Children” campaign, raising $9,820 to benefit pediatric audiology at our hospital.

Beltone’s gift will be used to support the purchase of specialized equipment used for measuring otoacoustic emissions, which are soft sounds generated by normally-functioning nerve endings in the inner ear. The equipment will play a critical role in the audiological assessment of infants and young children.

At Hasbro Children’s Hospital, our Pediatric Audiology Department offers a full range of services for children, including: comprehensive hearing testing using conventional, visual reinforcement and conditioned play audiometry, as well as physiological measures; sedated audio evaluations, including auditory brainstem response; central auditory processing evaluations; monitoring for ototoxicity; and cochlear implants and hearing aids.

Beltone Check Presentation

A Natural Fit: Over the course of its month-long “Hear for Children” campaign, Beltone New England, one of the country’s leaders in hearing care, raised nearly $10,000 to support pediatric audiology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. On January 21, company representatives presented their gift to our hospital.

Left to right: Andrew P. McGrath, Senior Audiologist, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Brian Snowden, President, Beltone New England; Bruce Medeiros, CFO, Beltone New England; Susan Champagne, Executive Assistant, Beltone New England; and Stefanie Robbio, Marketing Manager, Beltone New England.

 

The Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center Recipient of Two Grants
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center has recently been awarded two grants in support of the center’s critically-important work, which provides services for children who may have been victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect. The first grant, in the amount of $25,000, was awarded by the Shriners of Rhode Island Charities Trust.

Additionally, The Ida Ballou Littlefield Memorial Trust awarded $10,000 to support child life services in the center. This funding will help ensure that child life services are offered to each and every child who presents to the center.

Each year, the Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center evaluates more than 1,000 children from referrals via medical personnel, child protection agencies, child advocacy centers and law enforcement when there is an allegation of abuse or neglect. The center provides 24-hour medical consultation for abuse cases requiring an emergency response and hosts New England’s only fellowship program in child abuse pediatrics.

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