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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.”

Balise Check Presentation 

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.


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.