For more than 50 years, readers of The Washington Post have played an instrumental role in providing healing, hope, and compassion for every child who comes to Children's National Medical Center in need of care. Washington Post columnists John Kelly, Bob Levey, and before them Bill Gold, used their daily columns as a platform to raise money for Children's National, one of the nation's leading pediatric hospitals.
All of the money that is raised goes to help the "uncompensated care" fund. This includes helping families who cannot afford to pay and providing social workers for vulnerable children. No patient from the Washington area is ever turned away from Children's.
As a specialty hospital, Children’s cares for children with complex needs who require highly specialized, comprehensive and often expensive care. That's why it's so important that money be raised to defray the costs of this vital "uncompensated care."
Read the stories of Children's Hospital patients as told by Post columnist John Kelly in this year's campaign:
- A healthy fundraising for Children's Hospital - January 13, 2012
We made a remarkable push in the last few days of this year’s fundraising campaign for Children’s National Medical Center. We raised a very respectable amount: $327,861.32.
- How Riverdale's Essex family could be your family - January 5, 2012
Every single nightmare you ever had as a parent — that your child would pull a pot of boiling water from the stove, stick his finger in an electrical socket, find a loaded gun in a playmate’s house, wriggle from your grasp and run into a busy street — was crystallized for Craig and Antoinette Essex in a horrible instant on April 13, 2008.
- A tradition of giving to Children's Hospital - December 28, 2011
The Washington Post campaign to raise money for Children's National goes back to the 1940s. Columnist John Kelly talks about the history of the project and the generosity of his readers.
- Plastic surgeon sees things from the patient's parent's side - December 26, 2011
Nico's parents are both physicians. But seeing what it is like for their child to be wheeled away from them into the operating room--instead of being on the receiving end waiting in the OR for the patient--gave them an entirely new perspective.
- Baby of homeless family finds help with seizures at Children’s Hospital - December 20, 2011
Ashley and Gregory Williams named their son Seven to represent the Biblical creation story. Seven is a lucky number, Gregory said. Soon, Seven would need God and luck.
- A new gadget helps heart patients at Children's National - December 19, 2011
When she was born, some of the vessels around Tiffany Chisley’s heart were missing; others sent blood in the wrong direction. After countless open heart surgeries, Tiffany needed a new valve to be placed in her heart. But instead of open heart surgery, she elected to have a Melody valve inserted--a relatively new procedure that would cut the number of future surgeries needed.
- Children's National Medical Center deals with life-threatening problem in teen's brain - December 12, 2011
Kathryn Phillips was 13 years old in November 2010 when a blood clot exploded in her brain.
- With help of Children’s Hospital, a couple welcome their daughter into the world- December 7, 2011
Plans for Erin Mosley's complicated delivery got sped into action by an early arrival.
- High-risk birth at Children's Hospital requires skilled team - December 6, 2011
Mary Donofrio is a fetal cardiologist, expert in the ways tiny hearts work and the ways they sometimes don't. She’s also director of something called the complex fetal delivery team at Children’s National Medical Center, and when she learned about the baby Silver Spring couple Erin and Andrew Mosley were expecting, she knew the word “complex” applied.
- At Children’s Hospital, changed for the better by serious illness - November 30, 2011
Angelo admits he was changed by his brush with death two years ago when he was 15. "I wasn’t interested in school at all before my sickness, but after it, I just felt like I owed something to someone," he said. "I think I’m better off now. Everything that happened, it seemed horrible at the time, but looking back at it, I’d definitely not be as happy as I am now."
- With help of Children's Hospital, Maryland boy without femurs forges ahead - November 29, 2011
Roberto Deeds-Fuentes is a plucky 3-year old who was born without femur bones, the longest bones in the human body. But it doesn’t slow him down, especially now that he's learned to walk thanks to the wonderful care at Children’s National.
- A thankful family - November 23, 2011
The Mosby family will gather around their table this holiday--in a house they almost lost, with two sons they almost lost to life-threatening conditions. "We live in an absolute state of thankfulness," says mom Janet.
- A special child among many - November 21, 2011
Micah was born with a host of challenges--she had her first open heart surgery at just 15 days old. Micah also has Down syndrome. For now at least there’s a port for a feeding tube in her stomach, and she’s never far from an oxygen tank. And yet Thursday mornings are a time to forget all that. "It’s okay to throw you around and be silly," her physical therapist Catherine says as she sits Micah atop a stability ball. "She’s probably like one of the most resilient kids I’ve known."
- At Children’s Hospital, doctors save boy with rare genetic disorder - November 16, 2011
When Jackson was helicoptered in to Children’s National Medical Center in February, doctors weren’t sure what was wrong with him, but they knew this 3-year-old boy was very sick. After tests and consultations, they finally diagnosed him with an extremely rare genetic disorder; Jackson is one of fewer than three dozen people in the world known to suffer from the disease.
- At Children’s National Medical Center, a little girl keeps her spirit, and her life - November 13, 2011
The slight swelling on 3-year-old Zoie's left side didn't subside in the two weeks her pediatrician was monintoring it. After ordering X-rays, soon Zoie was on her way to Children's National Medical Center. Doctors suspected something called a Wilms tumor: a cancer growing on Zoie’s kidney.
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