Gifts honor caregivers for National Nurses’ Week
AURORA, CO. (May 4, 2020) – As the region’s only nonprofit pediatric hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) is on the front lines of responding to COVID-19. In honor of National Nurses’ Week, donations from the community that are made from May 5-12 to the Caregiver Emergency Relief Fund will be matched to have triple the impact in support of our nurses and caregivers. Generous donors, including the Barton Family Fund, Cindy and Dale Francescon, and the Stapleton family, have contributed to this triple match for a total of $230,000.
The Children’s Colorado health care team needs extra support and resources to navigate the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 and deliver the world-class pediatric care that we provide every day. Donations to the Caregiver Emergency Relief Fund can provide resiliency resources, personal protective equipment and other critical tools to keep our caregivers safe and healthy in mind, body and spirit. When donors from the community make a gift, they send a strong message of support to our heroic nurses and caregivers.
During this triple match:
- A gift of $100 becomes $300 and can provide 30 bottles of hand sanitizer
- A gift of $250 becomes $750 and can provide child-care help for caregivers
- A gift of $500 becomes $1,500 and can provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for 75 caregivers
Now, more than ever, it’s important to celebrate, appreciate and support our health care workers at Children’s Colorado. Our caregivers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing care 24/7 for the patients who depend on us to treat their illnesses and injuries, including the following kids whose nurses made a big difference in their care:
- Elizabeth: Last summer, Elizabeth was vacationing in Florida when a grease fire started in the kitchen. Elizabeth suffered severe burns on her arms and legs. Elizabeth’s family brought her home and went straight to the Children’s Colorado Burn Clinic, where an expert team provided exceptional care that helped Elizabeth to heal both inside and out. Elizabeth credits her caregivers with helping her to live as normal a life as possible following her accident. “The nurses are exceptional,” she says. “I look forward to going to the hospital for every visit. People are happy and kind, and I can tell they want the best for me.”
- Hannia: For weeks, Hannia felt sick and lethargic. By the time she came to Children’s Colorado, she could barely walk from the pain and exhaustion. Hannia was diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic, incurable autoimmune disease. Hannia was immediately put on steroids, and she began doing regular infusions at Children’s Colorado to help calm her immune system. Three years later, she still has flare-ups that cause her severe pain, but she manages her condition with strength, a positive attitude and encouragement from her care team. “The nurses at the infusion center are so nice to me, and they always remember me when I get there,” she says.
- LaShawn: LaShawn was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease. When his liver and kidneys started rapidly failing at age 15, doctors were in a race against time to save his life. He needed a liver and kidney transplant from the same donor and had about a one in a million chance of finding a successful match. But in 2019, a possible match was found, and LaShawn received a kidney and liver transplant from the same donor. The transplant was a success, and LaShawn is now thriving. “My dialysis nurses were great, and I love them all,” he says. “I had to get dialysis three times a week, and they cared so much and made sure I was comfortable when I was not feeling well. They made me feel like family on the visits when my parents were not around.”
NOTE FOR MEDIA: Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Roe Darling is available to discuss urgent philanthropic needs in support of the hospital’s critical mission.
Erin Bodine, Media Relations