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Ride ‘Round Rhody Raises $47,000 for Local Cancer Treatment
Monday, July 27, 2015

RRR Flexing MuscleJuly 19 marked the riding of LIFEcycle’s 7th annual Ride ‘Round Rhody event—a charity bike ride that raises money for local cancer treatment and clinical research. Featuring 50 cyclists, including four cancer survivors, the ride generated $47,000, with funds benefiting the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Lifespan affiliate hospitals: The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital and Newport Hospital.

Beginning and ending at West Kingston Elementary School, this year’s course featured three different ride lengths for cyclists of all ages and abilities; 25 miles, 50 miles, and 75 miles. From beautiful back roads to scenic coastlines that passed through iconic Watch Hill, Shannock Falls and Misquamicut Beach, the ride finished under the grace of the Coast Guard House and shaded Narragansett bike path.

(Right) Riding for a Cause: 50 cyclists took part in this year’s Ride ‘Round Rhody, testing their mettle and pushing their bodies to the limit across their choice of a scenic 25, 50 or 75 mile course across South County. In total, the event raised $47,000 to support local cancer treatment and clinical research.

From start to finish, cyclists were supported with on-route rest stops and bike mechanics, food to fuel their journey, and volunteers cheering them on. Each participant raised a minimum of $250, with 19 cyclists earning entry into the 2015 Peloton Pack for raising $1,000 or more.

Since 2009, LIFEcycle has been an important partner of our work. In total, the organization’s signature Ride ‘Round Rhody event has raised more than $350,000 in support of local cancer care and research.

RRR Peloton Pack 

Power in Numbers: In support of this year’s Ride ‘Round Rhody event, 19 participants proudly joined the Peloton Pack by raising $1,000 or more. Pictured are new members of the Peloton Pack who conquered the 50 and 75 mile routes in 2015.


 

2015 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational Raises $230,000
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HCH Golf Invitational

It may have been the summer’s hottest day to date, but that didn’t stop 128 golfers from hitting the links on Monday, July 20 for the 2015 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational.

Held at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington with temperatures hovering in the low-90s, the tournament raised $230,000 to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s areas of greatest need, including patient services, education and innovative research. The invitational was co-chaired by Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. and James L. Carr, Jr.

The day began with golfers practicing at the Club’s driving range and putting green before lunch and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Following each team completing the 18-hole course, players cooled off in the Clubhouse, where they enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, awards and a live auction.

(Right) Choices, Choices, Choices: With temperatures in the 90s, more than 125 golfers came out to Rhode Island Country Club in support of this year’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational, raising $230,000 for the area’s leading pediatric hospital.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends special thanks to presenting sponsors, Aubin Corporation and H. Carr & Sons, Inc., among the many supporters and sponsors of this year’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational. 

HCH Golf Invitational

Enjoying the Summer Sun for a Great Cause: (Left to right): Joseph Nagle, president and CEO, Delta Dental;
Joseph J. MarcAurele, chairman and CEO, Washington Trust; Roger Bergenheim, publisher, Providence Business News;
and Fred Butler, retired, vice president business ethics and corporate secretary, Textron hone their short game.

HCH Golf Invitational

Hitting the Links: (Left to right): Joseph Beretta, president and chief financial officer, Robinson Green and Beretta Architects;
James L. Carr, Jr., co-chair of the 2015 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational; and John Bowen, Chancellor, Johnson and Wales University.

HCH Golf Invitational

Fore!: Sandy Stamoulis, RN, MBA tees-off during the 2015 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational at
Rhode Island Country Club on July 20.

 

 

Walmart and Sam’s Club Associates Raise $232,750 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital during 6-Week “Miracle Balloon” Campaign
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up their 6-week “Miracle Balloon” campaign, raising more than $42 million for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Locally, 13 stores and clubs across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts raised funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, generating $232,750 in donations.

"We are very pleased to once again increase our contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as we have each year since 1987," said Celia Swanson, senior vice president of Global Associate Experience for Walmart. "Over the course of our campaign, we collectively raised more than $42 million that will be used to help save the lives of children across the United States. I’d like to thank our associates, members and customers for their incredible generosity and commitment to their local communities."

Between May 4 and June 14, the 13 participating Walmart and Sam’s Club locations offered members of the community a convenient way to support the area’s leading pediatric hospital. Upon checkout, customers were given an opportunity to 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. Associates also raised additional funds for the hospital through a variety of associate-specific fundraising activities such as pot luck lunches, sports-themed dress down days, and more.

"We remain incredibly grateful to Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, and all of their customers for the outpouring of generosity they continue to display on behalf of our hospital and the thousands of children we care for each year," said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “These funds will help support our hospital’s areas of greatest need, underscoring the important role the community plays in our ability to deliver the best care possible.” 

Since partnering with Children’s Miracle Network in 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates have helped to raise more than $800 million for sick and injured children across the country.

Miracle Balloons Campaign 

Dedicated Partners: Hundreds of Walmart and Sam’s Club associates across 13 local locations recently wrapped up their annual “Miracle Balloon” campaign in support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, raising $232,750 for the area’s leading pediatric facility. 




 

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA Donate $160,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital through Iced Coffee Day
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Before the start of the Pawtucket Red Sox game on Tuesday, June 23, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees presented Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a donation of $160,000, representing funds raised through this year’s Iced Coffee Day, during a special on-field ceremony. All day on May 20, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA donated $1.00 for every cup sold to the hospital.

Pawsox first pitch“We are thrilled with the results of this year’s Iced Coffee Day,” said Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “Thanks to our loyal and generous guests, this annual promotion has generated more than $900,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and we are excited to use these funds to continue to make a positive impact on the hospital and its patients.”

Since the 2010 inception of this annual fundraiser, Dunkin' Donuts franchisees have raised $918,395 for Hasbro Children's Hospital. The funds have resulted in tangible improvements to the facility, including the creation and production of activity books for patients, a new play area in the pediatric ambulatory clinic, and a renovated Dunkin’ Donuts-themed Family Room. Funds from the 2014 program 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.

(Right) A Perfect Strike: Jeannette Finch, a Hasbro Children’s Hospital patient who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease) and recently named the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion, throws out the first pitch at McCoy Stadium after taking part in the on-field Iced Coffee Day check presentation.

“We remain incredibly grateful to Dunkin’ Donuts, their franchisees and customers for the outpouring of generosity they’ve demonstrated on behalf of Hasbro Children’s Hospital,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Funds raised through Iced Coffee Day directly impact the patients and families we care for, not only in helping us provide the extra programs and activities that support a family during a hospital stay, but also in allowing us to take our hospital’s expertise out into the community to keep children safe through the 4-Safety Program—our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this year’s effort.”

Iced Coffee Check Presentation 

Coffee for a Cause: On June 23, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees presented Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a check for $160,000, representing funds raised through this year’s Iced Coffee Day. Throughout the day of May 20, participating Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants donated $1.00 for every cup sold to the hospital.

Left to right: Luke Montz, catcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox; Jeannette Finch, former Hasbro Children’s Hospital patient and 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ RI Champion; Guido Petrosinelli, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee; Dr. Michael Mello, director of the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. 

4 Safety Van 

Working to Keep Families Safe: Members of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital 4-Safety team, led by Dr. Michael Mello (back left), director of the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, stand with the 4-Safety Van at McCoy Stadium. The 4-Safety program was made possible thanks to the generosity of local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees.


 

 

Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund Presents $18,000 Donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center
Monday, June 15, 2015

Heart and Hope FundOn June 12, Louise Dinsmore, co-founder of the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund, presented Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Heart Center with a donation of $18,000. Of the generous gift, $15,000 will help support a part-time social worker for the center, while the remaining $3,000 will support a financial assistance fund for patients and families of the Pediatric Heart Center. Funds donated in support of the part-time social worker were matched, dollar for dollar, by Lifespan, the second straight year the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund has partnered with the organization to make this position a reality.

(RIGHT) Helping Children and Families: Louise Dinsmore (second from right), presents members of the Pediatric Heart Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a donation of $18,000 from the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund on June 12. The gift will support a part-time social worker for the center and support a financial assistance fund.

(Left to right): Lloyd Feit, MD, Director of the Pediatric Heart Center and Heart & Hope Fund Board Member; Odessa Holt, Social Worker, Pediatric Heart Center; Louise Dinsmore, Co-Founder of the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund; and Kathleen Guarino, CPNP, and Heart & Hope Fund Board member.

Louise and her husband, Jeff, established the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund in honor of their daughter, Gabrielle, who passed away from heart disease in 2010 at the age of 2. Born seven weeks early in April 2007 and weighing just less than 4 pounds, Gabrielle was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect that causes extreme thickening of the heart wall muscle. By December 2008, Gabrielle had undergone three open heart surgeries.

Determined to give Gabrielle the most normal childhood possible, her parents cherished every moment of their beautiful little girl’s life, showering her with love and surrounding her with family and friends for regular trips to the beach and playground. Today, the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund provides educational, emotional, recreational, and financial support to children and families living in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts impacted by congenital heart disease, heart defects, and severe feeding issues. For more information about the Fund, please visit www.HeartandHopeFund.com.

 

Violet Graney Celebrates 1st Birthday Cancer Free, Family Gives Back to Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Violet GraneyBorn with infantile fibrosarcoma, a cancerous soft-tissue tumor that occurs at a rate of 5 infants per million, Violet Graney recently celebrated her first birthday with the best gift possible—being declared cancer free by oncologists at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

(Right) A True Miracle: Dr. Christopher Muratore (back left) joins the Graney family, Paige (front left), Harrison (second from left) Angela, Violet, and Dan, after accepting a donation of more than $1,000 raised by the family during Violet’s 1st birthday party.

To celebrate their daughter’s miraculous milestone, Violet’s parents, Dan and Angela, threw a “huge” party at their home this past May, welcoming nearly 140 family members, friends, and Hasbro Children’s Hospital staff, doctors, and nurses. And, in lieu of gifts, the Graneys instead asked guests to make a donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to help give back for the care Violet received at our hospital. On Wednesday, June 10, the Graney family presented Christopher Muratore, MD, pediatric surgeon, with gifts totaling more than $1,000.

In the days leading up to Violet’s birth, Angela noticed she wasn’t moving as much as expected. An emergency ultrasound showed a football-size mass on the unborn child’s forearm, and she was delivered via Caesarean section on May 25, 2014. Violet spent 226 days in treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital to treat her tumor, and last October, with the mass reduced to the size of a tennis ball, she underwent surgery to remove it in its entirety.

Though Violet is no longer receiving treatment, she is undergoing occupational and physical therapy to help her arm develop. Angela shared that cognitively, Violet is exactly where she’s supposed to be, doing everything her therapists ask of her and getting stronger by the day. For Dan and Angela, they are elated, particularly understanding that chemotherapy can slow a child’s development. Violet returns to our hospital every three months to undergo an MRI to make sure the cancer stays in remission.

 

Speaker of the House, Nicholas A. Mattiello, Hosts Inaugural “Speaker’s Scramble” Golf Tournament, Raising $26,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Speaker MatielloOn Monday, June 1, 2015, the Honorable Nicholas A. Mattiello, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, hosted his inaugural “Speaker’s Scramble” charitable golf tournament.

Held at the Valley Country Club in Warwick in support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the tournament raised $26,000 to support patient care, life-saving programs, research and education at the area’s leading pediatric facility.

(Right) A Day for a Great Cause: In support of the 1st annual “Speaker’s Scramble” charitable golf tournament hosted by Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello, a team of four hit the links representing Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Left to right: Timothy J. Babineau, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lifespan; Roger Begin, Chair, Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Michael Hanna, Director, Lifespan Board of Directors; and Lawrence A. Aubin, Chair, Lifespan Board of Directors.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends its sincere thanks to Speaker Mattiello, members of the House of Representatives and the Rhode Island State Senate, along with the many supporters and participants of the Speaker’s Scramble.

Speaker's Scramble Check Presentation

A Hole in One for Hasbro Children’s Hospital: Rhode Island Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (far right) presents a check for $26,000 to Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Timothy J. Babineau, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lifespan, representing the funds raised during his inaugural “Speaker’s Scramble” charitable golf tournament. 


 

Blue Angels Fly into Hasbro Children’s Hospital to Visit with Patients
Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Blue Angels VisitThey took to the sky above Quonset Point on May 30 and 31 for the annual Rhode Island Air Show, but first, Blue Angels made a special trip to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to help lift the spirits of patients.

Making visits with more than a dozen patients, four members of the Blue Angels team were met with wide-eyes and plenty of questions about just how high their jets fly. One young patient, 13-year old Ethan Oliveira, was in awe when CMDCM Karim Cole, Command Master Chief, explained that during the team’s performance that upcoming weekend, the jets will execute maneuvers that bring them to within 18-inches of each other.

One young patient, 13-year old Ethan Oliveira, was in awe when CMDCM Karim Cole, Command Master Chief, explained that during the team’s performance this weekend, the jets will execute maneuvers that bring them to within 18-inches of each other. The Blue Angels visit was also perfect timing for another patient, Lauren Vieira, 12, who was preparing to be discharged. She’s planning to attend the Air Show, and can’t wait to tell her friends who she met before they wow a crowd expected to be in the tens of thousands.

(Right) Wow!: J.J. Vandervis presents Lauren Vieira, 12, with a photo of the Blue Angels flying over the Pearl Harbor Monument during their visit together. Lauren, discharged on May 29, is planning to attend the Air Show.

Specializing in flying acrobatics, the Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron. Featuring 16 officers who voluntarily serve on the team, each stakes claim to have flown at least 1,250 tactical flight-jet hours. Since 1946, the prestigious group has flown for more than 260 million spectators.

In addition to the visit at the hospital, donations for Hasbro Children’s Hospital will be collected at the Air Show’s entrance each day. Since the partnership was established 20 years ago, more than $2 million has been contributed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Blue Angels Visit 

Appreciative Leadership: Before heading to the 5th floor to visit with patients, members of the Blue Angels team
had a chance to meet Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s new Pediatrician-in-Chief, Dr. Phyllis Dennery. 

Blue Angels Visit 

Can You Spot Us?: Ethan Oliveira, 13, gets a little help from Ltjg Amber Lynn Daniel (left) and J.J. Vandervis,
Hospital Corpsman, 2nd Class (right) to pick out his special visitors in the Blue Angels yearbook.

Blue Angels visit 

Making Children’s Day: Valentino Barros, 12, proudly shows off the photos given to him by J.J. Vandervis,
Hospital Corpsman, 2nd Class (far left), CMDCM Karim Cole (left), Diana L. Davidson, Logistics Specialist,
1st Class (right) and Ltjg Amber Lynn Daniel (far right) during the Blue Angels visit on May 29.


 

 

 

 

Thank You, Jordan's Furniture!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Team Alvimedica VisitJordan's Furniture donated five new taxi strollers, valued at $3,200, to Hasbro Children's Hospital. This is little Maya testing one of them out. Thank you, Jordan's Furniture!

Team Alvimedica Visit

































Team Alvimedica Visits Hasbro Children’s Hospital Patients, Presents $15,000 Donation during Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Homeport
Friday, May 15, 2015

Led by Skipper Charlie Enright of Bristol, Team Alvimedica raised funds
to support heart health at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Newport Hospital

Team Alvimedica VisitBy May, Team Alvimedica had been at sea since October 11, 2014, making their way around the world as part of the grueling 39,000 mile Volvo Ocean Race. But that didn’t stop members of the team from taking time to visit with patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital during their stopover in Newport, the team’s homeport. During the visit, the team, led by skipper Charlie Enright of Bristol, also presented the hospital with a donation of $15,000.

(Right) You’ve Sailed How Far?: Charlie Enright of Team Alvimedica gives Juliette Provost, 7, of Seekonk, MA, a signed map featuring the team’s route during the Volvo Ocean Race as the two talk about how long Charlie has been at sea.

After meeting hospital leadership, Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Thomas Tracy, MD, pediatric surgeon-in-chief, and presenting the team’s donation and an autographed team shirt, Enright went to the hospital’s 5th floor to visit with patients. One young girl, Juliette Provost, 7, of Seekonk, MA, was in awe as Enright gave her a team-signed poster, depicting a map of the Volvo Ocean Race course. As Enright described his journey, she looked at him and said, “You’ve sailed how far?”

Team Alvimedica is the youngest entry in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, considered the world’s toughest and longest sporting event. Throughout the race, the team is leaving in their wake significant donations to support heart health at each of the 10 stopover ports of the challenging global competition.

In Rhode Island, the team designated Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Newport Hospital, and the local chapter of the American Heart Association as the beneficiaries of an online auction for two once-in-a-lifetime sailing experiences: 7 seats aboard their ship during the Pro-Am race and the “Jump Seat” spot when the team leaves the stopover port of Newport. Along with the online auction, Team Alvimedica donated an additional onboard experience, which was auctioned during the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Scrabble Ball in March. In total, the team raised $15,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital and $4,000 for Newport Hospital.
Team Alvimedica Check 

Supporting Heart Health: Team Alvimedica raised $15,000 to support heart health at Hasbro Children’s Hospital through
auctioning once-in-a-lifetime sailing experiences.

 

 

2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion, Jeannette Finch, Honored by Legislature at State House
Thursday, May 07, 2015

Jeannette Finch at StatehouseOn Wednesday, May 6, Jeannette Finch, 9, of Coventry, recently named the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion, added another honor to her growing list of accolades: recognition by Rhode Island’s General Assembly.

Jeannette and her family were invited to the State House by Representative Robert A. Nardolillo, who represents District 28 in Coventry, the Finch’s hometown, and who wanted to recognize the young girl in the House Chamber for facing her ongoing medical challenge with courage and resolve. Additionally, a bill was submitted in the Senate by Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (District 33: Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) on Jeannette’s behalf. After an immediate vote and a chamber filled with “ayes,” Jeannette received a special citation from the State of Rhode Island.

(Right) The Moment of Truth: Jeannette Finch waits patiently as a vote is held on her behalf to recognize the 9 year-old for facing her ongoing medical challenge with courage and resolve.

Born with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease, Jeannette suffered her first fracture at the age of six months, receiving treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. In the following seven years, Jeannette has experienced multiple fractures, including a May 2012 break of her forearm which required the surgical insertion of a thin metal rod that runs from her wrist to elbow to provide added strength. OI is a rare, inherited disorder for which there is no cure. There are eight different types of OI severity. Overall, an estimated 50,000 Americans are living with OI.
Finch Family RI Statehouse

(Left) Proud Parents: Carol Finch, Jeannette’s mom, shows off the Citation her daughter received from the Rhode Island Senate.

Finch Family with Raptakis 

(Left) A Day to Remember: Jeannette Finch, flanked by her parents John and Carol, shares a photo with Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (far left), Representative Robert A. Nardolillo (second from right) and Dr. Raptakis (far right) after being recognized at the Rhode Island State House on May 6.



 

Walmart and Sam’s Club Launch “Miracle Balloon” Fundraising Campaign to Benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Walmart Sams Club KickoffMore than three dozen local Walmart and Sam’s Club associates joined Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Thursday, April 30 to kick-off this year’s “Miracle Balloon” fundraising campaign. The announcement, which occurred during an event in the hospital’s lower lobby, also served to highlight the impact the company’s support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Hasbro Children’s Hospital is a member.

Beginning on May 4, and continuing through June 14, all Rhode Island and select southeastern Massachusetts Walmart and Sam’s Club locations will offer members of the community a convenient way to support the area’s leading pediatric hospital. Upon checkout, customers may add a “Miracle Balloon” donation of $1 or more to their shopping total, with 100 percent of the funds directly going to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

(Right): Highlighting a Wonderful Partnership: Patricia Flanagan, MD, Chief of Clinical Affairs for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, takes a moment to thank Walmart and Sam’s Club associates for their ongoing support of the hospital. Looking on is 9 year-old Jeannette Finch, who was recently named the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion for overcoming her medical challenge with courage and resolve. Jeannette received her care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“This is a program that our associates are extremely committed to; they’ve seen first-hand how their efforts impact the hospital and its patients,” said Ethel Wescott, Walmart’s Market 161 Market Assistant. “We are proud to be part of a campaign that really makes a difference.”

Walmart and Sam’s Club have partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1987, raising more than $700 million for pediatric care. Each year, the funds collected support medical care, life-saving equipment purchases and therapy programs that touch the lives of 1 in 10 children across the country.

“Hasbro Children’s Hospital is so grateful for everything that Walmart and Sam’s Club does on our behalf, they are true ambassadors of our hospital out in the community,” said Patricia Flanagan, MD, Chief of Clinical Affairs for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “As we continue to grow, and as technology advances, the support of partners like Walmart and Sam’s Club is more important than ever.”

During the event, guests were also introduced to 9 year-old Jeannette Finch and her parents, John and Carol. Jeannette, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, and has received treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for multiple fractures, was recently named the 2015 Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion.

“My family and I can’t say enough good things about Hasbro Children’s Hospital for everything they’ve done for us,” said John. “Jeannette has received the absolute best care possible, and a large part of that is because of how generous the community is in support of its work.”

As the event came to a close, the Finch family and Hasbro Children’s Hospital presented Walmart and Sam’s Club associates with framed artwork—created by Jeannette—to express appreciation for the success of last year’s campaign.

In 2014, the Walmart and Sam’s Club local “Miracle Balloon” campaign generated more than $292,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, helping to purchase vital equipment, assist in renovation projects and support programs that help children heal.

Walmart Kickoff

Showing Appreciation: Jeannette Finch, 9, of Coventry, proudly shows off one of the framed pieces of artwork she created for local Walmart and Sam’s Club associates to thank them for supporting Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, Jeannette has received care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, directly benefitting from the funds raised by Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Miracle Balloons Campaign

More Than 292,000 Reasons to Say Thank You: On Thursday, April 30, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates from across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts announced the launch of this year’s “Miracle Balloon” fundraising campaign to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. In 2014, local Walmart and Sam’s Club locations raised more than $292,000 in support of the hospital.


 

 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital Honors 9 Year-Old Jeannette Finch as the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Champion Child Jeannette Finch at microphoneJohn Finch will never forget the moment more than eight years ago. As he lifted his then 6 month-old daughter, Jeannette, out of her crib, the young child’s leg got caught in his shirt and he heard a snap. It was at this time that John and his wife, Carol, learned that Jeannette had inherited osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease, from her father, beginning what would often seem like never-ending trips to doctors.

On Tuesday, April 21, Jeannette was honored by Hasbro Children’s Hospital as the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion during an event at the Providence Marriott Downtown. The young Coventry girl was chosen for facing her ongoing medical challenge with courage and resolve. OI is a rare, inherited disorder for which there is no cure for its eight different types of severity. Overall, an estimated 50,000 Americans are living with OI.

(Right) Excited to Represent Rhode Island: Jeannette Finch (center) takes the podium with her parents, John and Carol, to say a few words after being named the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion by Hasbro Children’s Hospital on April 21. In June, Jeannette and her fellow Champions from each state will travel to Washington, D.C. to share their stories with a national audience.

“From the very first time I met Jeannette, I knew she was a child who could accomplish anything she wants to in life—trying to limit her is like trying to control the wind,” said Craig Eberson, MD, Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “I am so proud of Jeannette and couldn’t be happier for her to receive this recognition and represent our hospital on a national level where her story can be an inspiration to others.”

Following that first fracture at the age of 6 months, Jeannette received treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. In the years that have followed, she has experienced multiple additional fractures, including a May 2012 break of her forearm which required the surgical insertion of a thin metal rod that runs from her wrist to elbow to provide added strength.

While Jeannette must be careful while doing activities such as running, jumping, and even walking, innovative treatments and surgical techniques are helping her, and other children living with OI, in ways not available to past generations. Today, Jeannette is a budding artist and an active swimmer—one of her favorite “approved” activities.

“I’ve never received this type of recognition before, but I’m really excited to share with everyone how good Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been to me and my family,” said Jeannette. “My entire family feels that Rhode Island is very lucky to have such a great hospital that takes care of all children no matter what their needs might be and that they are just as sensitive to parents as they are to their little patients.”

As the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion, Jeannette will spend the year as an ambassador, highlighting the impact of Hasbro Children’s Hospital on her life and the importance of donated funds for research, treatment and care. In June, Jeannette and her fellow Champions from each state will travel to Washington, D.C. to share their stories with a national audience.

CMNH Champion Child RI

(Left) An Inspirational Champion: James Paulon, Hotel Manager of the Providence Downtown Marriott, presents Jeannette Finch with an assortment of gifts in her favorite color, pink, as well as a certificate for a private pool party with her friends following an event at the hotel recognizing Jeannette as the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion.

Champion Child Jeannette Finch 

(Right) Enjoying the Moment: Jeannette Finch gets close to Erin Arcand of Hasbro Children’s Hospital as they watch a special video of Jeannette prior to the young girl being named the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion by Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 



 

Community Gives Generously to Radiothon, Raising $400,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, April 20, 2015

For 15 hours, patients and their families share inspirational stories of courage and hope

Members of the community from across southern New England put their money where the miracles are during the 11th annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon earlier this year, coming together to donate $400,000 to support patient care, life-saving programs and research at the area’s leading pediatric hospital.

Radiothon Check PresentationBroadcast live from the Warwick Mall and taking place across 15 hours, the Radiothon is a partnership of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Words alone cannot express our hospital’s gratitude for the community’s generous outpouring of support and for our partnership with Cumulus Providence,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. “Every emotional story shared over the airwaves by our patients and their families gave listeners a glimpse of the miracles that happen at our hospital each day; miracles that are made possible in large part thanks to philanthropy.” 

(Right) 400,000 Reasons to Say Thank You: Members of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations join Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients to celebrate the results of the hospital’s 11th annual Radiothon, broadcast live from the Warwick Mall on April 16. Across 15 hours, people across southern New England put their money where the miracles are, raising $400,000 for the area’s leading pediatric hospital.

Throughout the Radiothon, listeners heard moving stories of hope and healing from patients, families and hospital physicians. The stories captured emotional triumphs on conditions as varied as pediatric cancer, surgery, kidney transplantation, rare birth disorders, and more. Listeners were also encouraged to follow the Radiothon through its Facebook event page, where they had access to live-blogging, real-time photos, and the opportunity to “meet” some of the patients online. Calls from people wanting to donate to the Radiothon were answered by volunteers manning the Cox Communications phone bank.

Braylon and kimThe event also featured visits from Eliot Tatelman, CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, Miss Rhode Island Ivy DePew, Miss Teen Rhode Island USA Mary Malloy, Miss Rhode Island USA Anea Garcia, players from the Providence Bruins, and New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski. In one of the Radiothon’s most touching moments, Gostkowski spent time taking photos and signing autographs for 6 year-old Braylon O’Neill. Born without the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs—a condition which affects fewer than 1 in 1 million people—Braylon had his lower legs amputated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital when he was three-and-a-half. Now fitted with space-age mechanical prostheses, Braylon’s appearance in Microsoft’s Super Bowl ad this past February has become a beacon of inspiration for many.

(Left) Truly Inspirational: Braylon O’Neill poses for a photo with Kim Zandy of 92 PRO-FM after going on-air to share his story during the 2015 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon. Now fitted with space-age mechanical prostheses, Braylon’s appearance in Microsoft’s Super Bowl ad this past February has become a beacon of inspiration for many.

“On behalf of the employees of 92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, HOT106 and 630WPRO & 99.7 WPRO, we were honored to broadcast the 11th annual Radiothon to benefit the children of Hasbro Children’s Hospital,” said Barbara Haynes, market manager of Cumulus Providence radio stations. "I am grateful to all the families for sharing their stories and to Cox Business Solutions for making it possible for all the stations to broadcast live from the Warwick Mall. A big ‘thank you’ to the many sponsors and donors for their generosity and their desire to improve the lives of children and families treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.”

Among the Radiothon’s many sponsors, several of which matched gifts during special “power hours” and volunteered to answer calls at the phone bank, were Alex and Ani Charity by Design, Alexander’s Uniforms, Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grille, Cox, Cox Business, David D. Schuller, Dunkin’ Donuts, East Commerce Solutions, Inc., Hasbro, Inc., Jordan’s Furniture, Lamar, Murray Outdoor Communications, Pepsico, Rhode Island Air Show, RI Credit Union, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Walmart, and Warwick Mall.

Since its inception in 2005, the Radiothon has raised more than $6.8 million in support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Gostkowski Fist Bump

A Touching Moment: Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots gives 6 year-old Braylon O’Neill a fist bump during the 11th annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon. Born without the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs—a condition which affects fewer than 1 in 1 million people—Braylon had his lower legs amputated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital when he was three-and-a-half.
 





 

Team Alvimedica Raising Funds to Support Heart Health at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Newport Hospital through Online Auction of Unique Sailing Experiences
Monday, April 20, 2015

This May, all eyes will be on Newport as one of the largest sailing events in the world makes a stopover in New England. Best of all, fans of Team Alvimedica have the chance to bid on two unique sailing experiences to join the crew when they compete in their home waters.

Team Alvimedica AuctionBidding is currently open on seven Pro-Am Race spots and the “Jump Seat,” two separate once-in-a-lifetime experiences on board Team Alvimedica. Bids can be made now at www.TeamAlvimedica.com/auction.

All of the funds raised through the online auction will support heart health in Rhode Island with funds benefitting Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Newport Hospital, along with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Heart Association. Team Alvimedica has already raised nearly $65,000 to date for pediatric heart health charities since the Volvo Ocean Race started from Spain in October.

Sailing fans have the chance to bid on bringing their own team of up to six people to join the Team Alvimedica race crew on one of the Pro-Am Races in the stopover. The inshore races precede the leg start and offer sailing fans the rare opportunity to actually be involved in crew maneuvers with the professional race team as they compete against the Volvo Ocean Race fleet.

The “Jump Seat” experience involves departing the dock with the race crew and being on board for the initial racing before the fleet leaves the stopover port. In Newport, the fleet sets out May 17 for a 2,800 nautical-mile leg to Lisbon, Portugal, across the Atlantic Ocean. The initial part of the leg is sailed inshore with each of the Volvo Ocean Race teams having a “Jump Seat” guest on board. The “Jump Seat” riders experience the exhilarating moments of the start before leaping overboard at a safe moment in the race. The “Jumpers” are then retrieved by a tender boat and brought safely back to shore.

For the details of this exciting auction opportunity and to support children experiencing heart health challenges, visit the Team Alvimedica website at www.TeamAlvimedica.com/auction. Bidding closes May 5 for the Pro-Am spots and May 8 for the “Jump Seat.”

Team Alvimedica is the youngest entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, the world’s toughest and longest sporting event. The crew is led by American skipper Charlie Enright, 30, of Bristol, Rhode Island. This is the team’s first entry in the extremely challenging 39,000-mile race that began October 11, 2014 from Alicante, Spain and features stopovers in 11 ports around the world.


 

Wheel of Fortune Donates $10,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, March 30, 2015

Rhode Show Michaela and WillIt was March, but that didn’t stop Wheel of Fortune from playing “Secret Santa” to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, which received a $10,000 donation from the famed television show. The donation was presented to the hospital by Michaela Johnson and Will Gilbert, hosts of The Rhode Show on WPRI-12, the local affiliate of CBS, which continues to broadcast Wheel of Fortune.

Highlighting a Worthy Cause: (right) Will Gilbert, Host of The Rhode Show, speaks about the important role Hasbro Children’s Hospital plays in our community during the taping of a special segment The Rhode Show aired on Monday, March 30 as fellow host Michaela Johnson looks on .

For the first time in Wheel of Fortune’s 32 seasons, the popular game show produced two weeks of shows that directly benefitted one charity through its fourth annual “Secret Santa Sweepstakes.” During the 10-day sweepstakes, more than 10 million viewers tuned in nightly and a total of $435,655 was raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country, including the gift to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“We are so grateful to receive this gift and for our local Wheel of Fortune viewers to have selected Hasbro Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary to help children in their communities,” said Patricia Flanagan, MD, interim pediatrician-in-chief for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Every dollar of this donation will directly support treatments and services for those we care for.”

Each weeknight, from December 8—19, Wheel of Fortune Wheel Watchers Club members watched to see if their Special Prize Identification Number (SPIN) ID was revealed, making them the winner of the same prizes as the show’s in-studio contestants. Whatever the home viewer won has been matched in cash and a minimum of $10,000 donated to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of that winner’s choice.

Wheel of Fortune Check Presentation

A Win for the Kids: Hasbro Children’s Hospital received an unexpected surprise when it recently received a donation of $10,000 from Wheel of Fortune. The gift was presented to Fran Pingitore, MSN, RN (second from left) and Myra J. Edens, RN (second from right) of the hospital by Michaela Johnson (far left) and Will Gilbert (far right), hosts of The Rhode Show on WPRI-12.





 

Dunkin’ Donuts Brings Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to Entertain Young Patients
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Harlem Globetrotters visit He’s dazzled arenas full of excited basketball fans around the world, but this spring, Buckets Blakes of the Harlem Globetrotters made more than a few life-long fans when he stopped by Hasbro Children’s Hospital to spend time with young patients.

For nearly two hours, Buckets Blakes spent heartwarming one-on-one time with patients throughout the hospital, visiting individual rooms to entertain children with his signature ball-handling skills and humor. The face of one patient, 4-year old Kayden, lit up the moment the 6’2” hoops star entered his room. The two spent more than 10 minutes together, culminating in Blakes wowing the youngster by spinning a basketball on his fingertip as fast as he could.

(Right) Making a New Fan: Buckets Blakes made a new fan in 14-year old Morgan Jackson after demonstrating the Globetrotters’ famous “Around the World” ball trick while visiting her room at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on March 16.

Even patients who said they weren’t all that into basketball couldn’t help but smile when Buckets turned on the charm, helping them forget, even for a moment, they were in the hospital.

Blakes’ visit was made possible by our friends at Dunkin’ Donuts, who are the local sponsors of the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 World Tour, which will perform at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday, March 21.

(Below) Having a Ball: 4-year old Kayden Watson of Cumberland flashes a bright smile after meeting Buckets Blakes of the Harlem Globetrotters. Buckets spent more than ten minutes with Kayden, wowing him with his ball-spinning skills.


 Globetrotters Visit to Hasbro




Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts Announce Bullying Prevention as Latest “4-Safety” Program Focus
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dunkin Donuts LogoThe “4-Safety” program, a partnership between Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts that seeks to raise awareness and educate families about ways they can reduce their risk of injury and live healthier, safer lives, has announced that its spring safety topic will focus on bullying prevention.  For more information, please visit www.4-safety.org.

“The topic of bullying prevention is one that cannot be discussed enough,” said Alison Riese, MD, MPH, Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  “The ever-increasing popularity of social media, and the access kids have to these mediums on a daily basis, makes bullying more prevalent than ever.  We hope our efforts through the 4-Safety program will help more kids and their families manage it effectively.”

According to Riese, bullying consists of any aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a power imbalance. The behavior is repeated over time and can include things like: making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group. These can occur in person or electronically through email, texts, and social media. Bullying is very common in schools, with over 20 percent of students reporting being bullied on school property.

Bullying can impact a child’s mental and physical health, and those who are being bullied may suffer from depression, anxiety, loneliness, and feelings of sadness. Bullying does not just affect those who are directly involved; it affects others around the bullying as well. Those who witness bullying may have problems with depression and anxiety, and may also miss or skip school.

“The most important thing is to talk to your children,” continued Riese.  “Be involved in their everyday activities and listen to them when they try to tell you something.”

The “4-Safety” Van will be at various events throughout the area this spring, including the Rhode Island Home Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Harlem Globetrotters performance at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, to provide information about this topic to families.


 

Scrabble Ball Raises $1.1 Million for Hasbro Children's Hospital
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More than 900 guests attend hospital’s largest annual fundraiser

Scrabble Ball Finch PerformanceWith the décor of the Rhode Island Convention Center inspired by one of the world’s most popular board games, more than 900 guests came out to support the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Scrabble Ball on Saturday, March 7. Serving as the hospital’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised $1.1 million for patient care, life-saving programs, research and education.

(Right) A Musical Expression of Gratitude: John Finch performs a song during the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Scrabble Ball on Saturday, March 7 to express his gratitude for the care his eight-year old daughter, Jeannette (left) has received at the hospital.

Chaired by Edward “Ned” O. Handy, president and chief operating officer of The Washington Trust Company and his wife, Polly, the evening began with a cocktail reception before guests moved to the Ballroom, where they were greeted with remarks from Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, president and chief executive officer of Lifespan, and Margaret M. Van Bree, DrPH, MHA, the new president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“Thanks to an incredibly generous community, and everyone at the Scrabble Ball, Hasbro Children’s Hospital is home to the latest breakthroughs in technology, cutting-edge research, and more importantly, an unparalleled team of compassionate caregivers,” said Van Bree. “It is because of this support that we are able to improve the well-being of children, helping to provide them with the healthy future every child deserves.”

Following the speaking program, guests were introduced to the Finch family, watching a heartwarming video of 8-year old Jeannette Finch prior to the event’s fundraising blitz. Suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, Jeannette has been cared for at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Guests also heard from Brian and Meg Lacasse, who spoke about their son Colin’s 33-day hospital stay at birth. Suffering from meconium aspiration and lack of oxygen, Colin received extensive extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment credited with saving his life. Funds raised during the blitz will support renovations to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Family Room.

As the evening continued, guests dined on exquisite cuisine, and bid on auction items presented by Jay Beau Jones, Sirius XM “70s on 7” midday personality and WPRI-12 chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca. Among the exciting items was a trip for four to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, and a special VIP Club Seat package for six lucky fans to see Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium in July. Guests then enjoyed a performance by The Spinners, and after dessert, danced to the music mixes of DJ Twalle until midnight.

The Scrabble Ball was made possible thanks to title sponsor Hasbro, Inc., presenting sponsors Alex and Ani Charity by Design and CVS Health, signature sponsors GTECH, Toys “R” Us and The Washington Trust Company, and gold sponsors KPMG, LLP, Swarovski and Tufts Health Plan among the more than 70 sponsors who contributed to the event’s success.

Scrabble Ball Hospital leadership


Proud Leadership: Lawrence A. Aubin, chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors (far left), and his wife, Maureen Michaelwich (second from left), join Mora Babineau and Dr. Timothy Babineau, president and chief executive officer of Lifespan (far right) for the start of the 2015 Scrabble Ball to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
 

Scrabble Ball Handy


Lending their Support: The 2015 Scrabble Ball was chaired by Edward “Ned” O. Handy (speaking) and his wife Polly (left), who took a moment during the event’s speaking program to thank guests for their generosity in support of the hospital’s life-saving care and for making the night an incredible success.
 

Scrabble Ball Finch


A Night to Remember: Eight-year old Jeannette Finch and her mother, Carol, pose in front of a giant Scrabble game board prior to the start of the 2015 Scrabble Ball. Suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, Jeannette’s story was highlighted during the event for the care she’s received at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
 

Scrabble Ball Spinners


High-Energy Entertainment: The Spinners helped cap-off an exciting night that raised more than $1.1 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a performance that included the group’s timeless classic, “Working My Way Back to You.”
 



 

Team Alvimedica Launches World Heart Health Charity Tour, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Newport Hospital Named Local Beneficiaries
Monday, March 02, 2015

Led by Skipper Charlie Enright of Bristol, Team Alvimedica Calls Newport its Homeport

While the young sailors on board Team Alvimedica are racing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, they are leaving in their wake significant donations to a children’s heart health charity at each of the 10 stopover ports of this challenging global competition. The Team and its owner, medical devices company Alvimedica, are in the midst of an ambitious World Heart Health Charity Tour, a global initiative to raise funds and awareness for heart health.

Team AlvimedicaAmong the complete roster of charity recipients, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Newport Hospital have been designated as beneficiaries of the team’s stopover in its homeport of Newport, the race’s only United States stopover, which will happen from May 5 to 17.

Team Alvimedica raises the funds through an online auction its website where bids can be made on two separate once-in-a lifetime experiences on board with Team Alvimedica at each of the race’s ten stopover ports. To date, the team has already raised close to $40,000 since the start of the global race in Alicante, Spain, and at the three following stopovers in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and China.

“Following successful initiatives at the first four stops of this international race, we are pleased to now formally confirm our charity partners for the remaining six stopovers around the world,” said Dr. Cem Bozkurt, CEO of Alvimedica, the global maker of minimally-invasive medical devices.

As part of Alvimedica’s commitment and care in the field of cardiology, the program was launched with the objective to help raise heart health awareness and support local pediatric cardiac health charities around the world.

“This program is a win-win for our sailing fans that can access an amazing experience with our team while benefiting a heart health charity at the same time,” Bozkurt said. “Our sailors have fully embraced this program and find that the time they can spend in each port with children who are overcoming challenges of heart disease is a truly humbling experience.” 

The team’s young American skipper Charlie Enright, 30, of Bristol, RI, has visited with children recovering from heart disease at each stop of the race to date. Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect and affects at least 1 in every 100 children with between 20-40 percent of children affected needing surgery.

“Team Alvimedica gives us an opportunity to touch a number of local communities and it's great for us to be able to give back everywhere we go, particularly in our homeport,” said Enright. “The World Heart Health Charity Tour initiative gives us a more global perspective to appreciate what else is going on in the world as we are sailing around it.”

Team Alvimedica is the youngest entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, the world’s toughest and longest sporting event. The crew is led by Charlie Enright. Alvimedica, the European-based medical devices company, is the team’s owner. Founded in 2007, Alvimedica is a fast-growing challenger in the global field of interventional cardiology, committed to developing minimally-invasive technologies. This is the team’s first entry in the extremely challenging 39,000-mile race that began October 11, 2014 from Alicante, Spain and features stopovers in 11 ports around the world.



 

Local Rite Aid Stores Kick-Off “Miracle Balloon” Campaign to Raise Funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Six-Week Effort Runs March 8—April 25, Giving Customers an Opportunity to Support Area’s Leading Pediatric Facility

Hasbro Children’s Hospital received a special visit on February 26 when our friends from Rite Aid stores across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts came by to kick-off this year’s “Miracle Balloon” campaign. The six-week effort, which offers customers a convenient way to make donations to our hospital, begins on March 8 and runs through April 25.

John FinchNow in its ninth year, Rite Aid’s “Miracle Balloon” campaign is part of the company’s partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit that helps to raise funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals throughout the country, including Hasbro Children’s Hospital. During the campaign, Rite Aid associates encourage customers to add a donation of $1 or more to their shopping total upon checkout through the purchase of the campaign’s “Miracle Balloon” paper icon.

In 2014, the “Miracle Balloon” campaign generated $110,234 locally, bringing the overall total raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital to more than $610,000 since 2007. Money raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital by Rite Aid helps to provide critical care, purchase lifesaving equipment, fund research, and cover medical costs for uninsured or underinsured pediatric patients.

(Right) Speaking from Experience: John Finch, accompanied by his wife Carol and daughter Jeannette, speaks about the care Jeannette has received at our hospital. The young girl was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, and has undergone multiple surgeries at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. During her stays, Jeannette has benefited from programs and services that receive funding through the efforts of our CMN partners, such as Rite Aid.

“Rite Aid has become one of our most dedicated partners; we couldn’t be more appreciative of their long-standing support and the way in which their associates have embraced the hospital,” said Tracey Wallace, Vice President of Pediatric Services, Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Every dollar raised through this campaign will be instrumental in helping us continue to provide the world-class care that Hasbro Children’s Hospital is known for—I have no doubt that the community will respond generously.”

As part of this year’s “Miracle Balloon” campaign kick-off, Hasbro Children’s Hospital also honored the efforts of the top ten performing Rite Aid stores from 2014 with special plaques. The leading location was the Rite Aid on Social Street in Woonsocket, followed by the store on Newport Avenue in Rumford. Rite Aid locations in Coventry, East Providence, Middletown, Pawtucket, and Warwick were also recognized.

Tracey Wallace 

Hospital Appreciation: Tracey Wallace, Vice President of Pediatric Services for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, begins Rite Aid’s 2015 CMN “Miracle Balloon” Kick-Off Event by thanking associates for their unwavering commitment to the hospital and the children and families we care for.

John and Jeannette Finch pose with Joseph Rodrigues 

First in Class: John and Jeannette Finch pose with Joseph Rodrigues, Manager of the Rite Aid location on Social Street in Woonsocket with a special plaque created by Jeannette. Joseph’s store was recognized for being our market’s top performer during the company’s 2014 “Miracle Balloon” campaign, raising nearly $7,000. 

Representatives from Rite Aid stores  

A Group Effort: Representatives from Rite Aid stores across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts raised more than $110,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2014, making our local market one of the company’s top fundraising regions in the country. 

 

 

 

Local Walmart Associates Recognized for Supporting Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Prestigious Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Founders Award” Presented on
Behalf of All Walmart Associates for their Dedication to Helping Children

An award historically given to one individual making a profound impact on children’s hospitals was symbolically presented this year to 1.4 million Walmart and Sam’s Club associates for their fundraising efforts in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Among the 1.4 million associates are hundreds from Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts who raise funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Lacasse FamilyEach year, Walmart and Sam’s Club launch its six-week “Miracle Balloon” campaign to raise funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through the campaign, associates encourage customers to add a donation of $1 or more to their shopping total upon checkout. In 2014, the campaign raised more than $275,000 locally to support our hospital’s areas of greatest need, research, therapy programs, and life-saving medical equipment.

The Founders Award is the highest honor presented annually by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to top supporters. Past award recipients include Roy Disney, long-time senior executive for The Walt Disney Company; Bill Marriott, chairman of Marriott International; and Arnold Palmer, legendary professional golfer.

“Giving back to the community is a big part of the Walmart culture and is embraced by associates at every level of the company,” said Brenda Richmond, Personnel Coordinator in the Westerly Walmart and a member of the Walmart Good Works Committee. “I get a lot of satisfaction seeing the improvements to Hasbro Children’s Hospital that we’ve helped to make possible. We all have connections to the children and families they help.”

(Right) Helping Local Families: During the kick-off of this past year’s Walmart “Miracle Balloon” campaign, Brian and Meg Lacasse, joined by their children Emily and Colin, spoke about the impact Walmart’s fundraising had on their family during Colin’s 33-day stay at Hasbro Children’s Hospital while undergoing treatment for lack of oxygen at birth.

Recent support from Walmart and Sam’s Club has been used to renovate the Hasbro Children’s Hospital surgical suite, as well as renovations to The Izzy Family Room on the hospital’s fifth floor—a critical resource that serves as a home away from home for patient families during their hospital stay. Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club have raised more than $750 million for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“We remain extremely grateful to Walmart and its associates for making Hasbro Children’s Hospital such an important focus of their local community involvement,” said Dr. Patricia Flanagan, Interim Pediatrician-in-Chief for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “This recognition is well-deserved, not only because of the direct impact associates’ fundraising has on the lives of our young patients and their families, but also for the commitment so many have made to our hospital as volunteers.”

Walmart

Making Miracles Happen: Members of Walmart’s Market 161 Good Works Committee have been instrumental in connecting fellow associates with Hasbro Children’s Hospital and raising funds for our work through the “Miracle Balloon” campaign. Recently, 1.4 million Walmart and Sam’s Club associates—including hundreds across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts—were recognized by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with the prestigious “Founders Award.”


 

Spirit Halloween Presents Hasbro Children’s Hospital with $50,500 Donation
Monday, January 26, 2015

Funds Raised by “Spirit of Children” Program will Support Hospital’s Child Life Department

Our Child Life department welcomed some special guests on Thursday, January 22 when representatives of Spirit Halloween visited Hasbro Children’s Hospital to present us with a donation of $50,500, representing the funds raised locally through its “Spirit of Children” program.

Child life, spirit halloweenThroughout the month of October, customers who purchased their costumes and Halloween décor at local Spirit Halloween locations were given an opportunity to make a donation to our hospital. One hundred percent of the money collected benefits our Child Life department, which works to provide pediatric patients with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization through engaging in play, storytelling, arts and crafts, and music. 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.

(RIGHT) Continued Generosity: This year’s Spirit Halloween “Spirit of Children” donation brings the total raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital to more than $134,000 over the past four years.  

“This is a program our associates embrace because it gives them an opportunity to make a direct local connection and impact a cause we all care about—the well-being of children,” said Dan Mathis, Northeast Zone Manager for Spirit Halloween. “We are honored to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital; the way that Child Life is able to bring smiles to the faces of young children is truly magical.”

Since its inception in 2006, Spirit Halloween’s “Spirit of Children” program has brought smiles, laughter and a much needed escape to thousands of pediatric patients in 134 hospitals across the United States and Canada while raising more than $21 million. In Rhode Island, the program just completed its fourth year, bringing the total contributions to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to more than $134,000.

“No child comes through our doors without a bit of anxiety, so it’s important for Child Life to make the hospital as pleasant of a place as possible,” said Marianne Cooney, Manager of Child Life Services at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Spirit Halloween is an important partner of our work; their ongoing support truly helps us make a difference in the lives of children by taking their minds off why they’re at the hospital.”

Child life, spirit halloween

The Power of Child Life: After presenting our hospital with its donation, representatives from Spirit Halloween spent time with members of the Child Life team to hear about recent happenings and learn how their gift will help the department continue to provide pediatric patients with a sense of normalcy during their hospital stay.

Child life, spirit halloween

Helping to Bring Smiles to the Faces of Children: Members of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Child Life team join representatives from Spirit Halloween to celebrate the company’s $50,500 donation from its “Spirit of Children” fundraising campaign. One-hundred percent of the funds will benefit Child Life.


 

Kohl’s Cares Program Celebrates Decade of Helping Hasbro Children’s Hospital...
Thursday, January 15, 2015

...and More than $1 Million in Contributions with Continuing Support

“Kids on the Go” initiatives highlight commitment

For the last ten years, Kohl’s has been a dedicated partner of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, raising more than $1.3 million for the area’s premier pediatric facility through its Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. While the socially-conscious company’s financial generosity has been instrumental to the hospital’s Injury Prevention Center, the impact of Kohl’s support extends far beyond monetary gifts.

Kohl's commitment to Hasbro Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Throughout the country, Kohl's has raised more than $257 million through this merchandise program.

Kohls Kids on the GoOne of the initiatives, Kohl’s Cares—Kids on the Go, reached thousands of Rhode Island families in 2014. Highlighted by more than 80 community events, many of which were held at local Kohl’s stores and hundreds of safety check appointments at Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s car seat fitting station, the hospital inspected the installation of 2,479 children’s car seats. The hospital identified that just over 1,000 car seats had some level of incorrect use.

Right: Helping Families be Safe: Sgt. Josh Birrell (forefront) of the Barrington Police Department works with Officer Amy Gallant of the Massasoit Police Department during a Kohl’s Cares—Kids on the Go car seat safety check event. In 2014, thanks to support from Kohl’s, Hasbro Children’s Hospital inspected the installation of 2,479 children’s car seats, finding that just over 1,000 had some level of incorrect use.

Additionally, funds granted by Kohl’s made it possible for Hasbro Children’s Hospital to purchase and distribute 1,608 car seats to low-income parents and families during the past year. Along with receiving a car seat, families benefited from an educational meeting, learning how to properly install the seat in their vehicle and adjust its safety harness as their child grows. Following each appointment, families also took part in a brief research survey, helping the hospital further enhance the program to meet community needs. The most telling statistic revealed that just 12 percent of respondents rated their car seat knowledge as strong before their appointment versus 68 percent afterwards.

“The need for these services is huge; without the support of Kohl’s, we wouldn’t have been able to reach the number of families we helped,” said Dina Morrissey, MD, Research Associate for The Injury Prevention Center and Coordinator of Safe Kids Rhode Island. “Kohl’s is not only committed to these efforts as a company, their associates are instrumental in volunteering at the events to work directly with members of the community; this is a program that has been growing steadily for years.”

For more information about the Injury Prevention Center, or to schedule a car seat safety check, please call (401) 444-2208 or email carseat@lifespan.org.  

 

Team Hasbro Spreads Holiday Cheer During Global Day of Joy!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Employees of Hasbro, Inc. visited the patients and families of Hasbro Children’s Hospital on December 4th to spread some holiday cheer. This annual event called “global day of joy” put smiles on the faces of the children as they played games with the volunteers and received toys and games provided by Hasbro Inc.


View Video from Event

Global Day of Joy

Video and photos by AlWeemsPhoto.com



 

Rite Aid Associates Bearing Gifts Spread Holiday Cheer to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Patients
Monday, December 15, 2014

Highlighting the spirit of the holiday season and the age-old saying “It’s better to give than to receive,” two dozen Rite Aid Associates from across the Rhode Island area took to the halls of Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Thursday, December 11, giving gifts to pediatric patients of all ages.

Bearing boxes and carts chock-full of toys and games, the associates’ generosity was met with the excited twinkle of young eyes as each child was given an opportunity to select items that helped them feel the magic of the holiday season.

One boy, 5 year-old Mark Henshaw of Dighton, Massachusetts, who is scheduled to have his appendix taken out in the coming days, flashed a smile from ear to ear when given a Spider-Man action figure—his favorite superhero.

(Right) Gifts of Plenty: Rite Aid’s Jim Glass goes through just a few of the hundreds of toys brought to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for children as he selects a few gifts for his next patient visit.

“To see the happiness that today’s visit by Rite Aid associates brought to our patients and families was truly remarkable,” said Marianne Cooney, Manager of Child Life Services for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “A hospital can often be a frightening place for children, so anything we can do to normalize their experience while providing support during a stressful time makes a huge difference, and that’s exactly what today was all about.” 

Rite Aid’s holiday visit is part of the company’s corporate support and ongoing commitment to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Hasbro Children’s Hospital is a proud member. Over the course of the previous weeks, local Rite Aid stores held toy drives, giving customers and staff an opportunity to donate gifts for distribution during this special visit.

The Spirit of the Season: Jim Glass (left) and Ron Lundy of Rite Aid give 10 year-old Kendal Beffre of Providence
a doll gift set for the holidays as part of their visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on December 11.

Showing Thanks: After receiving her gift, Kendal Beffre listens as Rite Aid associates wish her a speedy recovery and a happy holiday season.

Holiday Joy: Mark Henshaw, 5, smiles for Rite Aid associates after receiving a Nerf toy and Spider-Man action figure, his favorite superhero!

 

A Group Effort: More than 20 Rite Aid associates from across Rhode Island spent the afternoon of December 11 parading through
the halls of Hasbro Children’s Hospital to give holiday gifts to patients of all ages.

 

 

 

Local RE/MAX Agents Present $7,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, December 08, 2014

RE/MAX check presentationFor the 28th consecutive year, RE/MAX agents from across Rhode Island came together to for the RE/MAX Open Charity Golf Tournament. Since 1986, the group has hosted its annual golf tournaments to raise money for patients and families of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

On Monday, December 1, Co-Broker/Owner David Iannuccilli of RE/MAX Professionals; Richard Zompa, Broker Owner of RE/MAX Preferred; and Glenn Carpenter, Agent of RE/MAX Professionals visited Hasbro Children’s Hospital to present a check for $7,000 on behalf of their fellow agents across the state.

“The inspiration behind this annual tradition began when some of our RE/MAX agents, who are also avid golfers, set out to help raise money for children’s charities,” said David Iannuccilli. “From there, the tournament has grown each year and became an integral part of the culture at RE/MAX that we look forward to each year.”

Representing just one of the many community initiatives that RE/MAX agents throughout Rhode Island participate in throughout the year, nearly 150 golfers supported Hasbro Children’s Hospital through this year’s event, enjoying a day of fun on the links at Potowomut Country Club. In total, the annual RE/MAX Open Charity Golf Tournament has raised close to $100,000 for our hospital.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing generosity of RE/MAX in Rhode Island and their dedication to the health and well-being of our patients,” said Tracey Wallace, Vice President of Pediatric Services at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “These funds will be instrumental in supporting programs that help make a hospital stay as comfortable as possible for each child and family in our care, underscoring our “All for One” promise to the community.”

Long-Standing Generosity: Since 1986, RE/MAX agents from across Rhode Island have been raising money for Hasbro Children’s Hospital through their annual charity golf tournaments. This year’s event generated $7,000, bringing the overall total raised for the hospital to nearly $100,000 since inception.

(Left to right): Tracey Wallace, Vice President of Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, accepts a check for $7,000 from David Iannuccilli, Co-Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Professionals; Richard Zompa, Broker Owner of RE/MAX Preferred; and Glenn Carpenter, Agent of RE/MAX Professionals. 

 

 

“Change 4 Kids” Campaign Led by Local Colbea Shell Gas Stations and Seasons Corner Markets Generates $15,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Colbea Shell Gas stationsWhat happens when a socially-conscious company teams up with its generous customers and vendors in support of Rhode Island’s premier pediatric hospital? The answer is simple—they raise more than $15,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Throughout the month of October, Twenty-nine Colbea Shell Gas Stations and nine Seasons Corner Markets organized its “Change 4 Kids” fundraising campaign, offering their customers a variety of ways to make donations to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The campaign was made possible by Colbea Enterprises, the parent company of participating locations, and coordinated in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The effort also received promotional assistance from Cumulus Providence.

(Right) A Look Behind the Scenes: While visiting Hasbro Children’s Hospital to present a $15,000 donation from the “Change 4 Kids” campaign, representatives of Colbea Enterprises and Cumulus Providence toured the hospital, learning more about the more than 50,000 emergency room visits handled each year. 

“We could not be more grateful for how our customers and vendors came together to make this year’s campaign an incredible success,” said Sandra Delli Carpini, marketing director for Colbea Enterprises and Seasons Corner Market. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital plays a vital role in our community by caring for children dealing with every injury and illness imaginable; we are glad to help them further their mission any way we can.”

During the “Change 4 Kids” campaign, participating locations placed collection boxes at the point of check-out to encourage customers to donate change from their purchases to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Colbea Enterprises also secured vendors to offer extra incentives such as donating $.25 cent per 20 oz Coke each Tuesdays and $.25 cents per 20 oz Pepsi each Friday.

“It is absolutely amazing to see how the contributions of so many add up when they’re supporting a cause as important as the health and well-being of our children,” said Dr. Patricia Flanagan, interim pediatrician-in-chief for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Our sincere thanks to Colbea Enterprises and everyone involved –vendors and customers alike—for demonstrating a commitment that will impact the lives of our patients.”

Seasons Corner Market

The Season of Giving: Recently, twenty-nine local Colbea Shell Gas Stations and nine Seasons Corner Markets organized their “Change 4 Kids” campaign to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital, raising $15,000 to support the area’s premier pediatric facility.

(Left to right): Myra J. Edens, RN, Administrative Director of Pediatric Patient Services, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Barbara Haynes, General Manager, Cumulus Providence; Sandra Delli Carpini, Marketing Director for Colbea Enterprises and Seasons Corner Market; Andrew R. Delli Carpini, CEO, Colbea Enterprises; Karli Blossom, Development Officer and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Program Director, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and Justin Amaral, Account Executive, Cumulus Providence.

 


 

In Time for the Holidays, Rhode Island CVS/pharmacy Locations Now Selling “Monopoly: The Ultimate Rhode Island Edition” to Benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, December 04, 2014

RI Monopoly Game NightThis holiday season, it’ll be even easier for Rhode Islanders to give the gift of one of America’s most popular and beloved board games—one featuring a special Ocean State twist. All Rhode Island CVS/pharmacy locations have now joined a select list of local retailers selling “Monopoly: The Ultimate Rhode Island Edition” to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

The game, which debuted at Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Monopoly Ball this past March, was created by Hasbro, Inc. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and 20 years of caring for a generation of kids. And, because Hasbro, Inc. had donated the special-edition product, 100 percent of all sales revenue will support pediatric care, education and research at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Much like the original Monopoly game that’s entertained generations of players, “Monopoly: The Ultimate Rhode Island Edition” is a fast-dealing property trading game that positions players against each other to acquire and develop properties. Specific to the state we call home, this special version of Monopoly includes Rhode Island-themed tokens and game spaces, and the traditional houses and hotels have been replaced with apartments and condos.

In addition to being available at all Rhode Island CVS/pharmacy locations, and through the Hasbro Children’s Hospital website at giving.lifespan.org/Buy-RI-Monopoly, customers may purchase the game at the following retail partners:

  • AIM Academy: 3355 South County Trail, East Greenwich
  • Benny’s Stores: Statewide
  • Big Blue Bug Solutions: 161 O’Connell Street, Providence
  • Eastside Marketplace: 165 Pitman Street, Providence
  • Lori’s Gift Shop at Hasbro Children’s Hospital: 593 Eddy Street, Providence
  • PawSox Store at McCoy Stadium: One Ben Mondor Way, Pawtucket
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County Breakers Gift Shop: 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport

 

National Guard Association of Rhode Island Presents Hasbro Children’s Hospital with $115,000 Donation from 2014 Air Show
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Long-standing partnership has now raised more than $2 million for the area’s premier pediatric facility

As tens of thousands of spectators descended upon the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown on May 17 and 18 for the highly-anticipated return of the Rhode Island Air Show, members of the National Guard Association of Rhode Island (NGARI) collected donations for Hasbro Children’s Hospital from guests, also choosing to donate the show’s voluntary parking contributions to the hospital.

On Tuesday, December 2, joined by his NGARI colleagues, Denis Riel presented Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a donation of $115,000 on behalf of the Association, representing funds raised during this year’s heavily-attended event.

While the flying acrobatics of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other top-performing aerial acts created life-long memories for visitors of all ages, it’s the generosity of the NGARI and attendees that will touch the lives of Rhode Island’s youngest hospital patients.

“I am honored to represent 3,500 members of the Rhode Island National Guard in presenting this donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital,” said Denis Riel, president of NGARI. “The Air Show is an event that all of our members look forward to being a part of because of how well it aligns with the core values of the Guard—to be part of our community and give back.”

For more than 20 years, the National Guard Association of Rhode Island, the non-government entity that runs the Air Show on the grounds of the Air National Guard installation, has raised money for local charities as part of the popular event. This year’s Air Show generated $214,000. As has been the long-standing commitment of NGARI, Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the Air Show’s major benefactor. Since the partnership was established, more than $2 million has been contributed to the hospital.

“We could not be more appreciative of the incredible outpouring of support shown by the National Guard Association of Rhode Island and those who attend the Air Show,” said Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “The funds raised through this long-time Rhode Island tradition help our children each and every day—I am humbled by the number of young lives and families who have benefited from this generosity over the years.”

RI National Guard Check Presentation 2014 

Giving Back to their Community: On Tuesday, December 2, members of the National Guard Association of Rhode Island continued their long-standing commitment to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, presenting the hospital with a donation of $115,000 from funds raised during this year’s Rhode Island Air Show.

(Left to right): Colonel Bob Germani (Ret.), Rhode Island Air National Guard and long-time director of the Rhode Island Air Show; Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Michael Martin, business manager, NGARI; Jen McPherson, Rhode Island Air Show liaison to Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and Denis Riel, president, NGARI.


 

$49,920 Grant Awarded to Dr. Patrick Vivier, Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The RIGHA Foundation Fund, a committee-advised fund of the RI Foundation, has awarded Patrick Vivier, MD and Hasbro Children’s Hospital a grant of $49,920 to support year two of the HCH Primary Care Initiative.  The Primary Care Initiative was created to provide a “medical home” for patients, meaning that each child is assigned to a specific physician who cares for them directly and coordinates all aspects of their individualized care. The resident physicians are organized into micro-practices where they work closely together under the supervision of a full-time physician.

This initiative was created in 2013 and was greatly impacted by the $66,000 grant generously bestowed by the Rhode Island Foundation last November. The project’s long-range goals include attracting more residents into pediatric primary care and creating a statewide provider-based network that will help meet the needs of children and families and improve the overall health of all children in the region. 

Specifically, this year’s grant will help defray costs of Vivier’s plan to implement Saturday primary care hours. Thanks to the generosity of the RI Foundation’s RIGHA Foundation Fund, the HCH clinic will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  for well-child visits, newborn initial visits, follow-up visits and sick visits.  The new program will greatly improve access to services for low-income families served by the hospital’s primary care practice. Currently, when a child is sick on the weekend, he or she must wait until  Monday or take a seat in the Emergency Department.  Saturday hours will be vital for parents who work weekdays and may not get paid for time off work.  It is also anticipated that the enhanced hours will improve continuity of care and reduce costly emergency visits.


 

Thank you, Gregg’s Restaurants for Supporting Hasbro Children's Hospital!
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Thank you to Gregg’s Restaurant for their on-going support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital through the “Giving Cake” program.  A portion of the proceeds from every “Giving Cake” sold is donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

For over seventeen years, Gregg’s Restaurant has sponsored the "Giving Cake"—a delicious four-layer chocolate peanut butter cake created by Gregg's master bakers. Each time a whole Giving Cake is purchased, $2 of the purchase price is donated to Hasbro Children's Hospital. Each slice purchased provides a 25¢ donation. Indulge someone's sweet tooth!

Bob and Bobbie Bacon of Gregg’s Restaurant stopped by the hospital today with a special treat for some of our patients, families and staff.  Don’t these cupcakes look amazing?! 

Thank you, Gregg’s Restaurants!


 




Party event raises over $15k for Hasbro Children's Hospital
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

As seen in The Coventry Courier

An annual block party fundraising event raised more than $15,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

For the third year, RE/MAX 1st Choice real estate agent Mark DeCosta brought people from the community, family and friends and RE/MAX 1st Choice agents together for a night of live entertainment, dancing, food, drink and raffles to raise funds for the children and through this fundraiser, DeCosta was able to present a $15,000 check to Hasbro last Thursday.

The inspiration behind this annual event comes from my daughter, 9-year-old Rachel, who was treated in Hasbro when she was an infant and then again recently,” he said. “Rachel wanted to do something to raise money for Hasbro not only to say thank you to the doctors for helping her when she was sick, but to also help kids who are currently patients at the hospital.”

Remax Block Party


NFL Star Stephen Gostkowski Stops by Hasbro Children’s Hospital to Visit with Patients, Sign Autographs and Bring Smiles to Children
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Through December 31, Gostkowski to match all donations, up to $10,000, made to his Kick 4 Kids Challenge campaign

He’s kicked game-winning field goals for the hometown team, but one of NFL star Stephen Gostkowski’s strongest passions remains giving back to the community. 

On Tuesday, October 28, Gostkowski made more than a few life-long fans when he stopped by Hasbro Children’s Hospital to sign autographs and spend time with patients and their families. Gostkowski has also generously created a challenge grant for donors of Hasbro Children’s Hospital through his “Kick 4 Kids” challenge campaign.

From now through December 31, Gostkowski will match all donations to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, up to a total of $10,000, made to his “Kick 4 Kids” challenge campaign, helping donor’s generosity go twice as far to help sick children. And, as an incentive to encourage increased giving, donors who contribute $100, $500 or $1,000 are eligible for special thank you gifts, while supplies last, including special “All For One” T-shirts, signed “Kick 4 Kids” challenge certificates of appreciation, and a Gostkowski autographed 8” x 10” photo or a signed football.

Kick 4 Kids Challenge 2014“Today was a special day for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, not only because our patients and their families were able to have their spirits lifted by an incredibly genuine and passionate professional athlete, but also because Stephen’s visit represents his ongoing support of our work,” said Dr. Patricia Flanagan, interim pediatrician-in-chief for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “The Kick 4 Kids challenge is a great way for our donors to leverage Stephen’s generosity so their gift can make an even greater impact on those we care for.”

As he made his way through the 4th and 5th floors of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Gostkowski was met with the bright smiles of children who, for a little while, were able to escape the fact they were at the hospital.

One young patient in particular, 14 year-old Gian Dimanna of Smithfield, asked Gostkowski if he could show him a magic card trick he’d been working to perfect. As Gian brought Gostkowski’s card, a ten of spades, to the top of the deck, the kicker was left in awe—Dimanna adding that it’s been a dream of his to “wow” a celebrity with one of his tricks.

(LEFT) The Power of a Smile: Lauren Bendheim of Barrington poses with Stephen Gostkowski for a special keepsake during the NFL star’s visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on October 28.

“It truly means a lot to me to be able to visit Hasbro Children’s Hospital and do what I can to help brighten the day for patients and their families who are going through such challenging times,” said Gostkowski. “The work being done in this hospital is absolutely amazing—I’m proud to be able to support an institution that does so much for so many.”

To make a gift to be matched, donors may click here to make a secure, online donation.

 Kick 4 Kids Challenge 2014

A True Fan: 15 year-old James Cathey of Coventry, who plays football for his school, gets a few autographs from NFL star Stephen Gostkowski during his visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. James told Stephen his goal is to make it to a Patriots game before the season ends. 


Kick 4 Kids Challenge 2014 

A Worthwhile Homework Break: Lizzy Byrnes, a junior at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Psychology, takes a break from her homework to chat with Stephen Gostkowski about her classes and goals for the future during his visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 


Kick 4 Kids Challenge 2014 

Sharing his Talent with a Star: Gian Dimanna, 14 years-old and from Smithfield, shows Stephen Gostkowski a magic card trick during the NFL star’s visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, October 28. After months perfecting his trick, Gian said it was a dream come true to “wow” a celebrity. 


Kick 4 Kids Challenge 2014 

Something to Show her Friends: 21 year-old Rajeeyan Moody of Pawtucket poses for a “selfie” with NFL kicker Stephen Gostkowski during the star’s recent visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 




Patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital Enjoy Halloween Early Thanks to “Spirit of Children” Volunteers
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spirit HalloweenGroups of Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients had a chance to enjoy Halloween a bit early this year thanks to volunteers from Spirit Halloween as part of the company’s signature “Spirit of Children” program.

On Wednesday, October 15, patients received a special treat, and a few tricks, when Spirit Halloween associates took time out of their Halloween preparation to visit the hospital and spend time with the kids.

During two heartwarming hours, patients and their families were able to escape reality and experience Halloween the way children should—complete with costumes, accessories, decorations, treats, games, and fun-filled activities. Some of the most popular costumes picked out by patients included Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the always in-demand princess costume.

Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in North America, launched its “Spirit of Children” program in 2006 to support Child Life departments in hospitals across the country. In Rhode Island alone, the program has raised more than $84,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital since inception, helping to positively impact thousands of pediatric patients and their families by providing fun and funding during the Halloween season and all year long.

[Photo-Right] No Need to be Scared: 16-month old Avery Jett, the youngest patient to participate in the Spirit Halloween celebration at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on October 15, sat patiently while Dan Mathis of Spirit Halloween painted her face. 

And, throughout the entire month of October, customers who purchase their costumes and Halloween décor at local Spirit Halloween locations will have an opportunity to make a donation to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. To locate a Spirit Halloween store in your area, please visit www.SpiritHalloween.com

Spirit Halloween 

Her Favorite Time of Year: While visiting her brother at our hospital, Isabella LaVallee, 4, was excited to have a chance to not only paint a pumpkin, but also to pick out her Halloween costume—a friendly witch!

Spirit Halloween 

 

 

A Welcome Reprieve: Kayden Watson, 3, takes a moment to appreciate his pumpkin-painting skills during the Spirit Halloween celebration at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, October 15.


 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts Launch “4-Safety” Program
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Interactive Initiative to Help Children and Families Takes to the Road

During a press conference on Thursday, October 9, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts announced the launch of a new joint initiative, the “4-Safety” program, while unveiling the program’s Community Outreach Van.

The effort, made possible thanks to the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA who have committed $1 million to Hasbro Children’s Hospital over five years, will work with families in local communities to reduce the risk of accidental injury. In Rhode Island alone, between 2007 and 2011, over one-third of child deaths were due to injuries, many of which were accidental and preventable.

Dunkin Donuts Franchisee“This program is a wonderful opportunity for us to further focus our efforts to support and improve the health and well being of those we care for outside of our hospital’s walls,” said Dr. Michael J. Mello, director of the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Dunkin’ Donuts and their franchisees have long been supporters of Hasbro Children’s Hospital; their commitment to establish this program underscores their dedication to the community.”

Beginning next weekend, the “4-Safety” program will host local events to provide safety information to children and their families through the “4-Safety” Van. Each event will focus on a timely subject, such as sports-related head injuries this fall. The first event will be held at the Dunkin’ Donuts location at 258 County Road in Barrington from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18.

[Photo-right: Dedicated to the Community: Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee, Joe Prazeres, speaks at the October 9 press conference at Hasbro Children’s Hospital to announce the new “4-Safety” program. Joe is one of a group of franchisees who have committed $1 million to our hospital over the next five years.]

The “4-Safety” Van will offer takeaways to visitors as well as 1 to 2-minute educational videos featuring expert discussions on ways to prevent, recognize, and treat injuries. The van will also be interactive, including computer tablets, patient testimonials, demonstration models, and helmet fittings.

“Head injuries can occur in any sport,” added Mello. “Which is why being aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion is critically-important.”

In addition to community outreach, the “4-Safety” program will also feature a website, www.4-safety.org, to promote safety information and initiatives, and a calendar of upcoming events. The website will permanently house all of the videos and testimonials used by the “4-Safety” Van during events.

Dunkin Donuts 4 Safety Program

(Left to right): Dr. Michael J. Mello, Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Michael Mahon, Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Donuts; Chris Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; Cliff Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; Christine Hill, Assistant Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Donuts; Guido Petrosinelli, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; Rob Batista, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Lifespan.

Dunkin Donuts 4 Safety Van 

Safety Program Set to Hit the Road: To help families in local communities reduce the risk of accidental injury through education and awareness, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts have partnered together to launch the “4-Safety” program, featuring the initiative’s Community Outreach Van.

(Left to right): Dr. Michael J. Mello, Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Dr. James Linakis, Associate Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Rob Batista, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; Guido Petrosinelli, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; Christine Hill, Assistant Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Donuts; Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; Chris Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee; and Michael Mahon, Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Donuts.

 


Annual Viti Mercedes-Benz Championship Golf Tournament Held for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, October 02, 2014

On July 5, 2014 Viti, Inc. hosted the annual Mercedes-Benz Championship Golf Tournament. The tournament funds programs with the greatest need at the hospital. This year the tournament raised $10,380 for the children and families at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Since the tournament’s inception it has raised over $40,000.

In 2011, Viti, Inc. hosted a golf tournament to benefit our children’s hospital that quickly became an annual tradition. In its first year, the championship raised $10,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Viti, Inc. has since become a faithful supporter of Hasbro Children's Hospital events – specifically our galas.

Thank you for your support!

Viti

(L-R) Michael Carroll, Timothy J. Babineau, MD, 
President, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital, 
President and
Chief Executive Officer, Lifespan and Michael Murphy

 

Thank You Depault Ace Hardware for Supporting Hasbro Children's Hospital!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Depault ACE Hardware

A big thank you to our friends at Depault ACE Hardware in Cumberland, RI for supporting Hasbro Children's Hospital during their recent Blue Bucket fundraising campaign. And thank you to all the customers who stopped in to generously help them in their fundraising efforts. Thank you from the kids and families of Hasbro Children's Hospital who benefit from your support.



 

Ivy DePew, newly-crowned Miss Rhode Island, brightens day for patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Miss Rhode Island, Ivy DePewAs Ivy DePew, the recently crowned Miss Rhode Island 2014, entered the first patient room on the fifth floor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital during her visit on Tuesday, July 8, the young eyes peering back at her couldn’t help but stare at the intricate crown upon her head. It was the exact type of conversation-starter DePew had hoped for during an opportunity to help brighten the day for ill children.
(Right: Miss Rhode Island, Ivy DePew hugs four-year-old Talon H. of Mansfield, MA)

As DePew made her way through patient rooms, spending time with dozens of children and their families, many were curious about her Miss Rhode Island experience and plans for the future. Each step along the way, the Providence native stressed the importance of a good education and that every child can grow up to become anything they’d like by always chasing their dreams.

“Having an opportunity to visit with Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients and their families was an experience I won’t soon forget,” said Ivy. “To see how determined and resilient these children are while dealing with their medical challenges was very inspiring; I couldn’t be more proud to represent Rhode Island as its Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ambassador for the next year.”

DePew, who previously held the title of Miss Providence, is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a B.A. in Sociology. She recently received her Master of Public Affairs from Brown University and hopes to one day become a member of the United States Congress.

In addition to representing Rhode Island in Atlantic City at the Miss America Competition this September, DePew will spend her year of service promoting her platform “United We Stand” in support of U.S. Military Service Members, veterans and families. She will also serve as an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Hasbro Children’s Hospital is a member. 

Miss Rhode Island, Ivy DePew

Above: Miss Rhode Island visiting with six-year-old Dakota A. of Bristol, RI 


Right: Three-year-old Debbie M. of Providence, RI is happy to see Miss Rhode Island
 

Miss Rhode Island, Ivy DePew
   
UNAP gives $10,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Monday, July 07, 2014

As seen in the Providence Business News 7/7/14

Local 5098 members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals presented more than $10,000 in items for pediatric patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on June 2 to celebrate 20 years of the UNAP Children’s Hospital Fund.

Over the past two decades, UNAP Children’s Hospital members have raised and donated more than $125,000 in “extra” supplies to ease their patients’ stay. One of UNAP’s most notable contributions was little red wagons that they purchased and converted to be used as a “fun” alternative to wheelchairs.

But the fund doesn’t just purchase activity books and stuffed animals, the nurses have also made donations towards an MRI scanner, physical-therapy equipment and other materials to improve the quality of care. The fund is run entirely by Hasbro Children’s Hospital nurses who identify the needs, raise the funds, organize the events and purchase the supplies. The fund also receives significant support from the Rhode Island Hospital UNAP. 

UNAP, Nurses, Local 5098

FROM LEFT: Malana Beese, Jennifer Mello and Helene Macedo, president of Local 5098 United Nurses and Allied Professionals,
mark 20 years of helping kids through the UNAP Children’s Hospital Fund.

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA Donate $125,580 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital through Iced Coffee Day
Friday, June 27, 2014

50 Cents for Every Cup of Iced Coffee Sold at Participating Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants
in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA on May 21st Donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all day, every day stop for coffee and baked goods, is pleased to announce that this year’s Iced Coffee Day generated $125,580 in funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  All day on May 21st, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants sold medium sizes of its famous Iced Coffee for 99 cents and donated 50 cents for every cup sold (all sizes) to The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) for the benefit of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“We are thrilled with the results of this year’s Iced Coffee Day,” said Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee and Board member of The DDBRCF. “Thanks to our loyal and generous guests, this annual promotion has generated more than $750,000 for the organization, and we are excited to use these funds to continue to make a positive impact on the hospital and its patients.”

Since the inception of this annual fundraiser in 2010, Dunkin' Donuts franchisees have raised $758,395 to benefit Hasbro Children's Hospital. The funds have resulted in tangible improvements to the facility, including the creation and production of activity books for patients and a new play area in the pediatric ambulatory clinic. The funds from the 2013 program went toward the renovation of the 6th Floor Family Room, which was unveiled in late April, and this year's proceeds will help launch a new neighborhood and family safety program in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass.

“Improving the health, safety and well-being of children and families across southeastern New England has been our top priority for the past 20 years,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., Chief of Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful to Dunkin’ Donuts and The DDBRCF for helping us expand our efforts to reach out directly to children and families right where they live—at home, at school and in their local community. This new program will have measurable benefits on children’s health for decades to come.”

The mission of Dunkin’ Donuts charitable foundation, The DDBRCF is to serve its neighborhoods by taking care of their basic needs— children's health, hunger relief and safety. The DDBRCF brings together a wide network of stakeholders, including franchisees, crew members and employees to serve their local communities.

Dunkin’ Donuts has been at the forefront in developing an innovative process for brewing iced coffee, which has set the standard for the industry. The unique process, called double brewing, uses twice the amount of coffee when making the beverage to achieve consistent flavor and freshness which is never compromised at the expense of serving it cold. The result is a smooth, rich taste sensation—iced coffee that is never bitter or watered down.

 

Dunkin' Donuts made the official check presentation to Hasbro Children's Hospital at the June 24, 2014 PawSox game, donating the proceeds from Iced Coffee Day 2014. Pediatrician-in-chief Dr. Robert Klein and former patient Grace Gallonio were there to represent Hasbro Children's Hospital as they accepted the check from the Dunkin' Donuts franchise representatives. Thank you, Dunkin' Donuts!



St. Anne’s partners with Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, June 19, 2014

 

As seen in Providence Business News...

FALL RIVER – St. Anne’s Hospital recently began a collaboration with Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a member of the Lifespan health system. Through the partnership, children and adolescents from the Fall River-New Bedford are given access to Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatric specialists in their own community, who have begun to see patients at St. Anne’s.

“We are proud to bring Hasbro Children’s Hospital specialty services to Saint Anne’s to meet the needs of children living in southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island,” said Craig A. Jesiolowski, president of Saint Anne’s Hospital, in a statement.

Jesiolowski pointed out that children with certain complex medical needs who require more advanced care would be able to travel to Hasbro, 20 miles from Fall River, rather than making the 50-mile trip to Boston.

The three Hasbro Children’s Hospital specialists who are treating patients at St. Anne’s are Dr. Pei-Chi Wu, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Carolina S. Cerezo, pediatric gastroenterologist, and Dr. James W. Ziegler, pediatric cardiologist.

St. Anne’s Hospital is Greater Fall River’s only comprehensive provider of inpatient and outpatient pediatric health services for children from infancy through young adulthood.

 

Thank you to our friends at Aim High Academy
Monday, June 16, 2014

“Thank you to our friends at Aim High Academy. They stopped by the hospital today to drop off new books for a children and make a donation to support the hospital.  Our community partners are so important to us!  Thank you everyone at Aim High Academy.”

 




Miss Rhode Island 2013 Visits Hasbro Children's Hospital with Competitors for Miss Rhode Island 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Miss Rhode Island Competitors

2013 Miss Rhode Island and the competitors for the 2014 Miss Rhode Island Pageant visited Hasbro Children's Hospital prior to their competition this weekend. All competitors raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Hasbro Children's Hospital. Thanks for visiting!


Patriots Star Julian Edelman Visits Hasbro Children’s Hospital to Spread Cheer
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Helps Kick-Off Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Coffee Day

On May 21, 50 Cents of Every Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Sold will be Donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Since joining the New England Patriots in 2009, wide receiver Julian Edelman has made quite a name for himself while emerging as one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. On Tuesday, May 20, the football star outdid himself during a visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, gaining more than a few lifelong fans in the process.

While Edelman’s visit helped brighten the day for patients on the hospital’s fifth and sixth floors, it also served to kick-off and bring attention to Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Coffee Day.

On Wednesday, May 21, guests at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA can enjoy a medium iced coffee for just 99 cents and 50 cents for every iced coffee sold that day will be donated to the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation for the of benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. (Right: Just two days before she’s to undergo heart surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, 2 year-old Jade Densmore of Woonsocket gets a hug from Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots.)

“I am so thrilled that I had the opportunity to visit the kids at Hasbro Children’s Hospital to help kick-off Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Coffee Day,” said Edelman.  “They, and their families, really inspired me and I hope everyone in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA comes out to support this great cause!”

Dunkin’ Donuts’ annual Iced Coffee Day is a critical fundraising initiative for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Since its launch in 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees have raised nearly $633,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The much-needed funds have been used to create and produce activity books for patients, install a new play area in the pediatric ambulatory clinic, and most recently, the renovation of the sixth floor Family Room, which was unveiled in April 2014. This year’s proceed will help launch a new neighborhood and family safety program.

“It was an absolute joy to see the looks on our young patients’ faces when Julian walked into their rooms—you could tell instantly they forgot they were in a hospital,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Not only was this a special day for the impact it had on our patients, it also represented the unwavering commitment that Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees and their customers have for our hospital. Iced Coffee Day raises important funds for us and we hope the community comes out in overwhelming numbers tomorrow.”




To kick-off May 21 as Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Day, where 50 cents of every iced coffee sold across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts will be donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, local franchise owners joined New England Patriot Julian Edelman for a visit to our hospital

(Left to right) Guido Petrosinelli, Chris Prazeres, Joe Prazeres, Julian Edelman, Cliff Prazeres, Pat Patriot, Rob Batista, and New England Patriots Cheerleader Brittany.

 

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman signs an autograph for Isaac Gilletly, 11, of Richmond during a visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

Cory Oliveira of Dartmouth, MA with New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman during the football star’s visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on May 20.

   

After sharing that the Patriots are her favorite team, Sabrina Beland of Pawtucket gets her photo taken with Pat Patriot, Julian Edelman and New England Patriots cheerleader Brittany. 

Making sure to take photos and sign autographs with every patient he met, Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots asked Pat Patriot and cheerleader Brittany to join him in a photo with Kaley Larkin of East Greenwich.

While New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman met with patients on our hospital’s fifth floor,
staff took a moment to get into the action with Pat Patriot and cheerleader Brittany.




Blue Angels Pilots Fly Into Hasbro Children’s Hospital to Lift the Spirits of Young Patients
Monday, May 19, 2014

From the moment the Blue Angels arrived on the fifth floor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital they knew immediately that the young eyes fixated on their flight suits had forgotten, at least for a brief time, they were ill. Had this been a tactical assignment, there’s little doubt the commanding officer would declare, “Mission complete.”

 

The May 16 hospital visit, a long-standing tradition of The Blue Angels in advance of performing at the Rhode Island Air Show, was emotional for everyone involved. After a year without the famous and heavily-attended event, the pilots were excited to return to the Ocean State and do their part to help lift the spirits of young patients.

 

“Visits like this are the best part of my job,” said Mark DeBuse, MD, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon and Blue Angels pilot. “It’s an honor to have an opportunity to interact with children who don’t feel well and do our small part to brighten their day and put a smile on their faces.”

 

While The Blue Angels are best known as the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron for their impressive aerial stunts and flying acrobatics, the highly-trained servicemen are extremely active in the community—visiting more than 50,000 young people in hospitals and schools each year. As performers, the prestigious group has flown for more than 260 million spectators since 1946.

 

“This visit made for a very special day at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; it’s difficult to put into words how much we appreciate the ongoing support of The Blue Angels and the Rhode Island Air National Guard,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Many children we treat aspire to fly planes and serve our country, and with our help, they’re able to get better to pursue those dreams.”

 

In addition to the pilots’ visit, the Rhode Island Air Show continued its commitment to Hasbro Children’s Hospital throughout the weekend. Over the show’s two days, donations for the hospital were collected from attendees at the entrance. Since 1991, these donations have raised $1.8 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Sharing a Smile: Mark DeBuse, MD, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon and Blue Angels pilot enjoys a moment with Connor Urban during his visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Friday, May 16. 

Sharing a Smile: Mark DeBuse, MD, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon and Blue Angels pilot
enjoys a moment with
Connor Urban during his visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Friday, May 16.



 

The George H. Baker Scholarship Awarded to Kelsi L. Voisin
Thursday, May 15, 2014

On Friday, May 9, Kelsi L. Voisin became the 14th person to receive The George H. Baker Scholarship Award.  Established in 2000 by Jacqueline (Jackie) Baker in memory of her late husband George, Jackie and her family annually select a Rhode Island Hospital nursing student to receive a $2,000 nursing scholarship.  

 

Kelsi is a unit secretary in the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department where she has held this position since November 2006. She has been accepted into the nursing program at Bristol Community College and will start her first semester in the fall of 2014. Her grandmother was a nurse and she would like to follow in her footsteps.

 

Nominees for this award must be a Rhode Island Hospital employee for a minimum of one full year and they must currently be pursuing an undergraduate degree or diploma.  Also, the applicant needs to submit three letters of recommendation:  one from a clinical manager, one from a peer, and one from a patient or other health care professional.  The recommendations must validate that the applicant has incorporated compassion, commitment and quality in his or her patient care.

 

Jackie Baker is a Path Tech Specialist in the Microbiology Lab and her children also work at Rhode Island Hospital.  Jason Baker is a support services coordinator and Leah Palumbo is a pediatric registered nurse. 

 

Congratulations Kelsi!

 

Kelsi L. Voisin (L), Jacqueline J. Baker and Max (Jackie's grandson).


 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital Honors 4-Year-Old Grace Gallonio as 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

East Greenwich Child to Serve as Yearlong “Champion” Ambassador after Overcoming Cancer to Highlight the Impact of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Importance of Support for Research

Though just four-years-old, Grace Gallonio of East Greenwich, R.I. spent more than her share of days and weeks at Hasbro Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer. On Tuesday, May 13, Hasbro Children’s Hospital honored the young girl as the 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion during a special ceremony at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Orms Street.

Grace was selected as the 2014 Rhode Island Champion for facing her difficult medical challenge with courage and unwavering resolve. In November 2010 at age one, Grace was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital due to complications from constipation. What doctors found shocked her entire family—Grace had cancer as the result of a sacrococcygeal teratoma tumor that had attached to her spinal cord and tailbone. Following an emergency colostomy to relieve pressure, Grace spent four weeks on a respirator in Hasbro Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit before beginning three cycles of chemotherapy and undergoing additional surgeries.

After months of treatment, Grace returned home in April 2011 to begin her journey to recovery. Today, Grace is a happy and healthy four-year-old who is now three years cancer-free.

“Before we could even come to grips with Grace’s diagnosis, she was on her way to emergency surgery and fighting for her life,” said Anthony Gallonio, Grace’s father. “We know that without Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Grace wouldn’t be here today—we’re extremely fortunate to have a hospital of this quality here in Rhode Island and will forever be grateful for the care our little girl received.”

Throughout the coming year, Grace will represent Rhode Island as a fundraising and awareness ambassador to highlight the lifesaving work of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the critical need for donated funds to support research, treatment and ongoing care. In the fall, Grace will join her fellow Champions from each state in Washington, D.C. to meet President Obama, followed by an official ambassador trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. The Champions program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS, Inc.

“There are no words more frightening to parents than hearing your child has cancer, particularly at such a young age when Grace was diagnosed,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “It’s an honor to recognize Grace for her strength and determination to overcome cancer and lead the happy, normal life that all children deserve. Her special smile lights up every room the moment she walks in; we’re so proud of her and know she’ll be an inspiration to others while representing our hospital and Rhode Island.”




Dr. Christopher Muratore (left), pediatric surgeon, Hasbro Children's Hospital, with Grace and her parents, Michelle and Anthony Gallonio.



 
The Gallonio sisters: Lila, Ava and Grace pose for a photo with Jessica Marfeo, Miss Rhode Island 


TOP RIGHT: Jessica Marfeo, Miss Rhode Island places a crown on Grace. 


 

Dunkin’ Donuts Unveils New Family Room at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Thursday, May 01, 2014

 

New Space Provides “Home Away from Home” for Patients & Parents

On April 29, Hasbro Children’s Hospital unveiled its newly remodeled Dunkin’ Donuts Family Room on the hospital’s sixth floor. The space gives families a “home away from home” during a child’s extended stay at the hospital. It features the design of Dunkin’s 2015 restaurant concept, complete with soft seating, a kitchen, Keurig machine and Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cups, computers, and a flat-screen TV.

The Dunkin’ Donuts Family Room was renovated with funds raised during Dunkin’ Donuts’ annual Iced Coffee Day in 2013. Franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., donated more than $158,000 to the hospital through the fundraiser, totaling nearly $633,000 raised since the program’s inception in 2010.

“On behalf of the leadership and staff of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, I want to express my gratitude for our amazing partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts and all that their philanthropy—and the generosity of their franchisees and guests—has made possible for the children and families in our care,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan. “The new Dunkin’ Donuts Family Room will help relieve some of the stresses of a hospital stay for families whose children are being treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, sometimes for weeks or months at a time.”

“We are so thrilled that the success of Iced Coffee Day has resulted in this beautiful space,” said Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “Thanks to our loyal guests, this annual promotion has allowed us to work with Hasbro Children’s Hospital to make tangible improvements to a facility that touches so many of our guests and their families, and we are excited to continue these efforts for years to come.”

 

Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan (center)
with Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees Charlie Coelho, Rob Batista, Joe Prazeres (holding scissors) and Bob Mongeon




Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees




Click here to view a video about the 6th floor renovations
 

Hasbro Children's Hospital and Walmart Launch & "Miracle Balloon" Fundraising Campaign
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Donations Collected during 6-Week Register Campaign to Support Hospital’s Areas of Greatest Need

On April 24, representatives from Hasbro Children’s Hospital were joined by associates from local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to kick off this year’s “Miracle Balloon” fundraising campaign. The event, held in the lower lobby of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, served to highlight the local impact of Walmart’s support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the convenient way the community can give to this year’s effort.

Running from May 1 through June 11, 2014, all local Walmart and Sam’s Club locations will help “Every child live better” by raising funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Upon checkout, customers may add a “Miracle Balloon” donation of $1 or more to their shopping total, with 100 percent of funds directly benefiting Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“I continue to be amazed and thankful for the outpouring of generosity shown by Walmart and Sam’s Club associates and customers in support of our hospital and the patients and families we care for,” said Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful not only to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals but also to benefit from the kindness of their corporate partners. This effort truly makes a difference.”

Donations made in support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital throughout the six-week campaign will help support the hospital’s areas of greatest need, directly impacting the thousands of children and families treated by Hasbro Children’s Hospital each year.

“The care provided here at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is nothing short of amazing,” said Paul Busby, Regional General Manager and VP of Operations, Walmart Region 22. “I’m honored to have the support of so many associates across Walmart and Sam’s Club who make this campaign a priority and are dedicated to giving back and helping others.”

Walmart and Sam’s Club have partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1987, raising more than $700 million for pediatric care. Each year, the funds collected help create “miracles” by supporting medical care, equipment and therapy programs that save and improve the lives of 1 in 10 children across the country.

At the conclusion of the event, Dr. Klein and Paul Busby presented associates from each local Walmart and Sam’s Club location with framed artwork—created by Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients—to express appreciation for the success of last year’s campaign.

The 2013 campaign generated more than $304,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital to support renovations to The Izzy Family Room on the hospital’s fifth floor—a critical resource that serves as a home away from home for patient families during their hospital stay. The family room was dedicated to the memory of Isabelle Marie Wohlrab (Izzy), who was diagnosed with Stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma at age 1 and earned her angel wings at 3. The project also received funding from The Izzy Foundation.



(L-R) Robert B. Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, speaks with the Lacasse family (Emily, Meg, Brian and Colin) before kicking off this year’s Walmart and Sam’s Club “Miracle Balloon” fundraising campaign. The Lacasse family was directly impacted by funds raised through the campaign during Colin’s 33-day stay at Hasbro Children’s Hospital to undergo treatment for lack of oxygen at birth. Photo by Michael Cerio.


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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





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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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


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

 

 

 

 




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


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Click here to view more photos from the event



 

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


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

 

 

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

Thank you Lite Rock 105! 

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


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




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

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



 
 



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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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





















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





























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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Grace Gallonio 



 

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

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

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

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

To learn more about Mary's story click here.

Click here to view photos from the event.






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

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

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

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

 

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







 

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





 

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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








 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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




 

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

Two-week effort benefits children with complex genetic disorders

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

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

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

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







 

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

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

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






 

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

More Than Doubling 2012 Results

 

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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


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




 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




 

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

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

 

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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



 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Annual hospital event benefits patients and families, energizes community 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 


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

 

 


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



 

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

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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



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

 


 

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

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

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


 

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

 

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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