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Donors Give More than $423 Million to Support Children’s Health

Wednesday, Jan 9 2019


Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation Concludes Largest-Ever Fundraising Campaign

AURORA, Colo. (Jan. 9, 2019) — Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation has been partnering with the community on a fundraising initiative, called Courage is…The Campaign to Transform Children’s Health, to support Children’s Hospital Colorado. Today, the Foundation announced that the community has donated more than $423 million to the Courage is…Campaign, significantly exceeding the Campaign’s $400 million fundraising goal, the most ambitious in the organization’s history.

“As we celebrate donors’ belief in this campaign and look forward to what’s next, one thing is certain: the role of philanthropic partners in changing kids’ lives is more important than ever,” said Barth Whitham, Campaign Co-Chair with his wife, Maureen Whitham, and Chair of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Board of Directors. “Transforming children’s health is possible because of our donors’ tireless commitment, their awe-inspiring generosity, and their confidence that together, we can create a better world for children.”

The Courage is…Campaign, which concluded on Dec. 31, 2018, was truly a regional, national, and even an international fundraising effort, with gifts from more than 200,000 donors, enough to fill the seats of every major sports stadium in Colorado. Giving enables Children’s Colorado to treat every child who needs care, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Philanthropic support also makes treating the whole family possible, including mission-focused services that aren’t covered by insurance. Donor-supported partnerships with schools, local public health agencies, and community organizations build capacity to support children’s health where they live, work and play. Donations support everything from research, innovation and clinical care to population health and regional growth across Colorado and into states, such as Wyoming and New Mexico.

Along with the Whithams, the Campaign was led by Co-Chairs Laura Barton, Foundation Trustee, member of the Children’s Colorado Board of Directors, and the 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist in Colorado, and Ron Williams, Honorary Lifetime Member of the Children’s Colorado Board of Directors, and his wife, Cille Williams.

Over the course of the Campaign, donors changed the lives of countless children, including those who reached extraordinary milestones, such as:

  • Eleven-year-old Maya, who has a rare immune disorder and was able to go to school for the first time in three years;
  • Markus, 14, who completed a stadium stair climb – Climb for Courage in Colorado Springs - with his new prosthesis after overcoming bone cancer; and
  • Ten-year-old Kaley, who, with Children’s Colorado corporate partner King Soopers and City Market, launched Kaley’s Kupcakes, custom cupcakes sold in King Soopers and City Market stores throughout Colorado to raise money for the hospital.

“The work of improving children’s health is far from over, and we look forward to continuing to partner with generous donors who believe in our transformative work,” said Jennifer Roe Darling, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation President and CEO. “The community has demonstrated through the Courage is…Campaign that the kids and families we serve can count on our supporters every step of the way. Like us, our donors will not rest until all families have the answers they need. Every gift makes a difference, and we are extremely grateful.”

Community support remains critical for helping patients and families and for solving ongoing medical challenges:

  • The most common form of childhood cancer now has a better survival rate than ever, but it often leaves lasting side effects, which Children’s Colorado care givers are working to reduce or eliminate.
  • Children’s Colorado physician-scientists helped develop the first medication to treat a form of cystic fibrosis, and these researchers want to discover a cure for every child with this condition. 
  • The hospital is a leading institution caring for children with mental health issues, and Children’s Colorado needs more resources to meet this growing crisis.

To learn how you can support Children’s Colorado, visit today.

Media Contact:
Erin Bodine, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation
Office: 720-777-1788
Mobile: 720-470-2965

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