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THE DISTANCE Thanks to virtual health technologies, Camden was treated by our pediatric experts while living 250 miles from Children's Hospital Colorado. Page 7

INSIDE Your support in action Page 8 Celebrating 10 years on the Anschutz Medical Campus Page 14 One family’s mission to inspire giving across generations Page 16

Today, more than ever before, our mission of giving children healthy futures is within reach. With your help, Children’s Hospital Colorado is poised to make strategic investments in people and programs that will transform the future of pediatric medicine while promoting healthier communities across the region. Will you join us?

Visit www.courageis.org for more information Courage is… Campaign Co-Chairs

Laura Barton

Barth and Maureen Whitham

Cille and Ron Williams

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Courage is... magazine is a biannual publication of Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to advancing the mission of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Editors: Megan Lane, Michele Murray Contributors: Steve Winesett, Anna Cunningham • Design: Tim Giesen, Straightline Design Financial and other information about Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation’s purpose, programs and activities can be obtained by contacting 720-777-1700 or info@childrenscoloradofoundation.org. For a complete list of state disclosure requirements, visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/disclosures. To opt out of mailings from Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, please call 720-777-1700.



Virtual Healing

Because of donor-supported telemedicine technologies, our world-class care is no longer limited by geography, page 4

Voices OF COURAGE Read what Danielle remembers most about her time at Children’s Hospital Colorado, page 13

8 Your Support in Action

Thanks to you, our Campaign progress can be measured in leaps and bounds

11 Change Makers

Meet the donors who are transforming pediatric health care

14 A Decade of Impact

Paul Rady (left) with Dr. Max Mitchell

Celebrating 10 years on the Anschutz Medical Campus

16 Family Ties

The O’Shaughnessys inspire giving across generations

19 Life After Chemo

Patient Ambassador Anna reflects on her journey through cancer treatment www.courageis.org







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Much has been written about the unusual power that certain places have in our lives and in our memories. These places are often described as sacred.

This fall, Children’s Hospital Colorado celebrates the 10-year anniversary of one of our 16 Colorado locations, the beautiful facility our community helped to create on the Anschutz Medical Campus. This occasion got me thinking back to our former location in downtown Denver. After starting as a tent hospital in City Park in 1897, we converted a former residence at 2221 Downing Street into a “well-equipped institution with a capacity of 30 beds” in 1909. We admitted our first patients on Feb. 17, 1910. Back then, we were simply known as The Children’s Hospital. In 1917, we outgrew that house and opened our facility at 19th and Downing. We served our community there until our move to the Anschutz Medical Campus on Sept. 29, 2007. I remember one special day in particular as we prepared for our move a decade ago. Hundreds of families gathered for a time to remember, to honor and to say goodbye to a place that, to them, was clearly sacred. I suspect hundreds more visited the space individually for their own private contemplation, for this was a place full of dear memories, both joyful and tragic. A place where countless children’s lives were restored. A building that some families will always remember as the most sacred of places: the place where they said goodbye to their child for the last time. That place was not only sacred for our families. It was also sacred to those of us privileged to work there. For 90 years, it was a place where mutual love and shared courage between our community’s children and those who cared for them were on display each and every day. Today, most of our former facilities at 19th and Downing are gone. Personally, I still love driving by and seeing Tammen Hall. While the space may be gone physically, it will forever hold a special place in our hearts—a sacred place. In the next edition of the Courage is... magazine, I’ll share my reflections on the incredible things that have transpired since we started a new chapter of care on the Anschutz Medical Campus. In the meantime, take a look at page 14 to learn how our state-of-the-art hospital has transformed pediatric health care for the region’s children over the past decade — all thanks to you, our generous donors.

Steve Winesett President and CEO Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation


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First-of-its-kind Helicopter a Game Changer for Region Through a collaboration with Flight For Life® Colorado and Centura Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado recently acquired a new, state-of-the-art helicopter to serve neonatal and pediatric patients. The first-of-its-kind helicopter is uniquely configured for the tiniest patients, including equipment essential to newborn and pediatric transport. The new helicopter is a game-changer for rural areas in Colorado and beyond, where access to complex pediatric care and equipment can be scarce.

Children’s Colorado Recognized as a Top Hospital Children’s Hospital Colorado was once again recognized among the best children’s hospitals in the nation. According to U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado ranked in nine of the 10 specialty areas. Five of our pediatric specialties ranked in the top 10, including Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (No. 6), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (No. 7), Pulmonology (No. 7), Cancer (No. 8) and Diabetes & Endocrinology (No. 8). We are among only nine of 187 surveyed children’s hospitals that have five or more specialties ranked in the top 10.

New Chair to Lead Board of Trustees Laura Wright was elected Chair of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation Board of Trustees. She succeeds Immediate Past Chair Rick Stoddard. In addition, the Foundation Board recently welcomed new Trustees Steve Warnecke and Wayne Berger, and Trustee Fred Taylor was elected Vice Chair.

Heart Institute Nurse Honored by Colorado Nurses Foundation Esther Carpenter, a Cardiovascular Surgical Nurse Coordinator at Children’s Colorado, was named one of 12 recipients of the Nightingale Award, Colorado’s highest nursing honor. Recognized for her caring attitude, dedication and compassion, Esther exemplifies the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale.

Foundation Trustee Caleb F. Gates, Jr. learns about emerging technologies at the Center for Innovation's anniversary celebration.

CENTER FOR INNOVATION BRINGING NEW IDEAS TO MARKET The Children’s Colorado Center for Innovation launched just one year ago and is already seeing tremendous momentum, as evidenced by seven new patents that have been filed. The Center for Innovation provides a support system and resources for innovators to develop groundbreaking pediatric health care ideas that will enrich and save lives. At a oneyear celebration event on June 20, innovators celebrated the many ways that the Center for Innovation is already making a difference. To learn how you can get involved in changing pediatric health care through innovation, contact us at 720-777-1700.



Dr. Bettina Cuneo uses telehealth technology to conduct a diagnostic ultrasound for a pregnant mother located 250 miles away


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from a Distance Through virtual health, Children’s Hospital Colorado is breaking down geographic barriers and improving access to care Dr. Bettina Cuneo peers intently at an ultrasound image. Her patient, a pregnant mother from Grand Junction, Colo., is visibly nervous. Last week, at her 20-week ultrasound, the woman learned that her baby had a suspected heart defect. She was referred to Dr. Cuneo, a renowned fetal cardiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, for further evaluation. But this is no ordinary doctor’s appointment. Dr. Cuneo is viewing real-time ultrasound images from her clinic in Aurora, Colo., while her patient is sitting with an ultrasound technician in Grand Junction, 250 miles away. Using video conferencing technologies, Dr. Cuneo can see live imaging of the baby while an ultrasound technician on the other end of the camera performs the exam. This Children’s Colorado “virtual clinic” for fetal heart anomalies has saved expectant mothers hundreds of hours of driving time to see a specialist— not to mention countless hours of worry. It’s just one of the many ways that Children’s Colorado is transforming the way it delivers care using groundbreaking telehealth technologies.

Using telehealth technology, families everywhere can access our renowned pediatric experts

After discussing the patient’s history and concerns through the video conference line, Dr. Cuneo directs the ultrasound technician in Grand Junction to zoom in on a specific area of the baby’s heart. Dr. Cuneo adjusts the volume on her monitor, allowing her to hear the baby’s heartbeat as clearly as if she were sitting right next to the patient. She closes her eyes and listens closely, then looks directly into the video camera. “Your baby is going to be fine,” says Dr. Cuneo. Through the image on her video screen, Dr. Cuneo can see tears of relief in the mother’s eyes.

Improving Access Telehealth allows caregivers to provide health care remotely using telecommunications technology. It encompasses a wide range of digital tools and programs that support long-distance clinical care and health education. Across the world, these technologies are improving access to health care by reaching patients in their homes, schools, workplaces and local primary care practices. More than half of U.S. hospitals now have a telehealth program, according to the American Telemedicine Association. “I think of telehealth as healing from a distance,” said Dr. Cuneo. “I love that I can help to reassure someone without making them drive all the way across the Continental Divide.”

We can provide access to expert care while helping patients stay close to home where their support network lives.

- Dr. Bettina Cuneo

The growth in telehealth comes at a time when millions of Americans face challenges accessing health care. Many rural areas lack child and maternal health providers. Yet



Last year, Children's Hospital Colorado conducted






studies show that kids treated by caregivers with pediatric training and experience have far better health care outcomes. Moreover, research indicates that children and pregnant mothers who receive treatment closer to home fare better than those who have to travel long distances. Recognizing these challenges, Children’s Colorado has launched new telehealth programs that allow families throughout the world to access our pediatric experts from their local communities. Whether it’s a virtual consultation with a pediatric specialist, a smartphone app that encourages healthy behaviors, or a technology that allows a doctor to track a child’s vital signs from hundreds of miles away, families living anywhere now have unprecedented access to the expertise of one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. “Improving access is one of the greatest benefits of telemedicine,” explains Fred Thomas, Ph.D., director of telehealth at Children’s Colorado. “We’re also trying to reduce costs and barriers to receiving care while also improving outcomes.”

Philanthropy is Critical The upfront costs required to develop a new virtual health program and invest in technology can be significant, yet traditional reimbursement and funding models often don’t support telehealth programs — at least not until they are well-established. “The proof of concept has to happen first, and that’s where philanthropy is absolutely critical,” said Dr. Thomas.


With donor support, innovative programs are changing lives DIGITAL CARE HELPS YOUNG DIABETICS



Through a partnership with the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Children’s Hospital Colorado is now treating young adults with Type I diabetes from their dorm rooms. Not only can doctors monitor blood sugar and discuss treatment plans, but the program also provides a forum for fellow diabetics to connect and receive psycho-social support. Appointment no-show rates for program participants decreased from 50 percent to less than 10 percent, which ultimately leads to better outcomes and improved quality of life.

Every year, up to 20 percent of children and adolescents will experience a behavioral health issue, yet many emergency rooms lack adequate resources to treat kids in a mental

Parents of asthmatic children face daily challenges keeping track of medications and appointments as they try to prevent asthma attacks. This is why the asthma team at Children’s Colorado is piloting an adherence monitoring technology developed by Propeller Health. The technology consists of a cap for prescribed inhalers that syncs data and gives real-time feedback to providers and families about frequency of use. The data will allow parents to monitor and troubleshoot how often children are using their asthma medication and gives providers a better understanding of the child’s needs for asthma care.


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health crisis. This can lead to unnecessary inpatient admissions, costly ambulance transfers and extended wait times. To help address these challenges, Children’s Colorado piloted a tele-behavioral health program that allows emergency room teams to consult with one of our pediatric mental health professionals. Through live video interaction with Children’s Colorado experts, area emergency room staff can triage patients and develop an appropriate plan of action. Initial results show that the program significantly reduced patient transfers and wait times while also improving patient satisfaction.

Philanthropic investment has played a significant role in establishing and maintaining these programs at Children’s Colorado, where donor support is impacting thousands of lives through telehealth. One example is a telehealth partnership with a pediatric practice in Durango, Colo. Funded by philanthropy, the program allows Durango-area children who require more complex care to virtually access a pediatric specialist at Children’s Colorado. Using digital otoscopes and stethoscopes, Children’s Colorado specialists can conduct full exams on patients hundreds of miles away. The program has been a game changer for children living with chronic health conditions. “It can be extraordinarily burdensome for these children to access the pediatric specialty care they require,” said Dr. Thomas, noting that rural families often spend days commuting to and from Children’s Colorado, missing work and school and incurring costly travel expenses. “With telehealth, patients can go right down the road to see their sub-specialist instead of coming to Denver.” In its first year, the Durango telehealth partnership collectively saved 122 local families an estimated nine months in travel time and $100,000 in travel expenses. Children's Colorado continues to develop new partnerships with rural providers across the region, allowing them to more easily consult with our expert sub-specialists on complex pediatric health issues. “We're the only organization in the country that's doing the array of what we're doing,” said Dr. Thomas. “Philanthropy really gave us a leg up.” Because telehealth isn’t limited by geography, the opportunities for helping children and families are virtually boundless. “Telehealth is all about innovation and stretching the limits of what’s possible,” said Dr. Thomas. “I think this is one of the most life-altering things we do at Children’s Colorado.”

Help kids like Camden Learn how you can support telehealth technologies that help families everywhere access world-class pediatric care. Call 720-777-1700 for more information or donate online at www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/give

How Telehealth Kept a Mother


Alex Clark has experienced firsthand the life-changing power of telehealth. When she was pregnant with her second child, a boy named Camden, Alex learned that the baby had a life-threatening heart defect. Alex was informed that she would require weekly ultrasound appointments with a fetal cardiologist for the duration of her pregnancy. Alex lived in Grand Junction, Colo., and there weren’t any fetal cardiologists practicing in her community. Children’s Hospital Colorado offers the highly specialized prenatal care that she required, but the facility was an eight-hour roundtrip drive from Alex’s home. And she was already busy juggling a job as a hair stylist with the responsibilities of parenting her older son, who was a toddler at the time. Thankfully, Children’s Colorado had recently launched a telehealth partnership with St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. The program allowed Alex to meet with a fetal cardiologist at Children’s Colorado from her local doctor’s office for weekly “virtual” ultrasounds to monitor the baby. Without the telehealth clinic, Alex says she likely would have been forced to quit her job and move to Denver. “Telehealth is amazing,” said Alex. “It would have been extremely complicated for me to commute to Denver every week, so I was very appreciative.” Camden was born on Oct. 7, 2015, at Children’s Colorado. He had a pacemaker implanted at 2 days old and spent nearly a month in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Camden battled through several complications related to his heart defect, including a frightening episode at 9 months old when he went into heart failure. But today, he’s a healthy, rambunctious 20-month-old. “Everyone at Children’s Colorado was so great about helping us to stay close to home as much as possible,” said Alex. “Every day, I think about how grateful I am for the technologies that helped my son.”



LEAPS and B We launched Courage is… The Campaign to Transform Children’s Health with a bold vision to reimagine pediatric health care. Our $400 million fundraising goal was the most ambitious in our organization’s history. We’re grateful that our community has come together in unprecedented ways to transform children’s health. From the Campaign launch through May 2017, more than 150,000 donors have contributed $300 million to Children’s Hospital Colorado. This report captures a few of the ways that donors are making a difference by giving to the Courage is… Campaign. Thanks to you, we’re revolutionizing pediatric health care and treating more children in our community and around the world. Our progress to date can be measured in leaps and bounds — all because of our philanthropic partners.

THANK YOU for supporting Courage is…

the Campaign to Transform Children’s Health. Because of you, we are achieving healthier, happier futures for kids.


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HOPE BY THE NUMBERS Campaign progress through 5/31/17






150,805 DONORS

$27.6 $54.5 $48.7 $47.7 $56.4 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016




YOUR SUPPORT IN ACTION THANKS TO YOU, we are developing innovations that will change the future.

Innovation drives the future of child health. But it takes significant resources to transform an idea into a product that can transform lives. That’s where the Center for Innovation comes in. Children’s Colorado’s Center for Innovation turns concepts and “what ifs” into real-life pediatric health care innovations. Thanks to our donors, we have at least seven new patents pending for products and services that will heal and save children’s lives.

THANKS TO YOU, kids with leukemia have a new way to fight cancer. Dr. Lia Gore, Chief of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Colorado, led a globespanning team of 20 hospitals to develop a new pediatric leukemia drug that has produced widespread remissions with minimal side effects. The drug targets acute lymphoblastic leukemia — the most common form of childhood cancer. This is the first new treatment option for childhood leukemia to be FDA-approved in more than a decade. And it never would have happened without donor support.

THANKS TO YOU, kids in crisis have a place to turn. Recognizing alarming increases in child suicide rates, Children’s Colorado expanded the first comprehensive pediatric mental health program in the region. Support services can be scarce for kids facing mental illness, so our team is engaging local school districts to offer more behavioral health resources. Children's Colorado is also pursuing research initiatives to inform best practices — all while managing 42,000 mental health patient visits a year. Thanks to donors, we’re leading transformative, systemic changes for kids who need mental health services.

THANKS TO YOU, high-risk babies have hope for a healthy future. In 2012, the first baby was born at the newly opened Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children’s Colorado. Since then, we’ve overseen more than 500 deliveries of high-risk babies and completed 200+ pioneering in-utero procedures, making our fetal surgery program one of the busiest in the nation. We treat the most complex fetal anomalies with some of the best success rates in the nation. Thanks to donors, we’re able to perform life-saving interventions on the tiniest of patients, even before they’re born.

THANKS TO YOU, art is medicine at Children's Hospital Colorado. Healing goes far beyond medical care. That’s why our Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program uses the healing power of art, music, yoga and dance to help patients cope with pain and express themselves. These services aren't reimbursed by traditional insurance plans, but our donors allow us to offer art therapy free of charge to every child who walks through our doors.

With your support, the possibilities are boundless Help us write the next chapter of health and hope. Call 720-777-1700 or visit www.courageis.org to learn how you can make a transformative difference for kids.


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These generous donors are among the thousands who are transforming pediatric health care through the Courage is… Campaign.

Using data to improve decisions Courage is… Campaign co-chairs Maureen and Barth Whitham and their family made a significant investment to launch the Analytics Resource Center at Children’s Colorado. This cutting-edge program will enable Children’s Colorado to house, manage, and analyze data in exciting new ways to advance personalized medicine.

Designing a new model of care Mrs. Bea Taplin’s visionary $5 million gift will create an integrated approach to caring for the region’s children. By supporting prevention, greater virtual health capabilities and enhanced community partnerships, Mrs. Taplin is giving hundreds of thousands of children a better chance to thrive within their own communities.

Helping families facing life-limiting illnesses In honor of their beloved grandchildren, Carol McMurry and Patrick Spieles established the Tanner and Ellie Seebaum Endowed Chair for Palliative Care. Inaugural chairholder Dr. Brian Greffe played a major role in caring for Tanner (above) during his final days battling brain cancer. The gift will allow the palliative care team to provide relief to families for years to come.

Pursuing new possibilities Through the Gates Frontiers Fund, Diane Gates Wallach and John Gates made a Campaign gift of $4 million. Their generous gift supports research in the developmental origins of health and disease, cellular therapy and bone marrow transplant therapy, allowing Children’s Colorado to pursue groundbreaking new treatments and cures.

Dr. Max Mitchell (left) with Paul and Katy Rady

Giving hope to kids with heart defects In honor of their youngest daughter, Paul and Katy Rady established the Meg F. Rady and Family Chair in Congenital Cardiac Surgery. Now a thriving young woman, Meg is a longtime patient of inaugural chairholder Dr. Max Mitchell. The gift will help patients like her by supporting research and patient care for children born with heart conditions.

Supporting kids holistically Out of gratitude for the neuro-oncology care his daughter received, Dan Beekhuizen established the first Endowed Directorship in the Child Life Program. Child Life Specialists help patients and families cope with difficult diagnoses and treatments by using creative play and educational techniques. This $1 million gift allows our team to meet the emotional, psychological and social needs of patient families.

DID YOU KNOW? Since the Campaign launched, donors have established 25 new Endowed Chairs at Children’s Colorado. These gifts of $2 million or more advance pediatric health care in extraordinary ways. Read more at www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/ endowments





What was your most memorable experience at “Children’s Hospital Colorado?” When Carter was diagnosed with cancer at age 8, he had to have a blood transfusion. He looked at the IV bag and asked the nurse, ‘Is that deer blood?’ Without hesitating, the nurse replied, ‘No, it’s wolverine blood.’ It made his day! The staff always found a way to make a difficult experience a bit easier.” – Carter’s mother, Kelly


Carter, age 12, was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of leukemia in second grade. After radiation and more than three years of chemotherapy, he is now cancer-free.


The doctors there not only talk to my parents, they talk to me, too.”

– Samara Samara, age 12, has Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine.


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We found out that our care team, over their holiday vacation, was calling in to discuss research they had conducted related to our daughter’s case. The commitment of the staff is incredible and has made a world of difference for us.”

– Kailee’s father, Bryan Kailee, age 12, was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy and continues to undergo treatment at Children’s Colorado.


My most memorable experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado was recovering from heart surgery. The doctors and nurses there are smart and caring. They do everything they can to save lives.” – Danielle


I loved when my doctors and nurses would come into my room wearing funny hats and glasses to make me smile.”

Danielle, age 10, was diagnosed with a heart defect at birth and has undergone multiple heart surgeries at Children’s Colorado.

– Tyler

Tyler, age 12, was born with spina bifida and has undergone multiple surgeries at Children’s Colorado.



CELEBRATING Children's Hospital Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus Turns 10 It’s been nearly 10 years since Children’s Hospital Colorado opened the doors of its brand new hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus. It was Sept. 29, 2007 — the day an ambulance convoy carefully transferred 111 patients from our former facility in downtown Denver to a state-of-the-art, 1.45-million-square-foot building on a world-class medical campus. A decade ago, our community gave $273 million to build the new facility, and today, it’s one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation. For our longtime supporters, 10 years may seem like a relatively minor milestone. After all, Children’s Colorado has been healing kids for more than a century and now boasts 16 locations across the state and numerous care alliances with regional health systems. For a community that has continually made the health and well-being of our children a top priority, the 10-year anniversary of our new hospital is an occasion worth celebrating.

Moving Day: Sept. 29, 2007

Since moving to the Anschutz Medical Campus in 2007, the number of children who need our help has risen dramatically. Thanks to our donors, we are providing these patients with the best care, while attracting thousands of pediatric experts to an already superior team. Today, Children’s Colorado sees more, treats more and heals more kids than any other hospital in the region. Thank you for your support of Children’s Colorado. Here’s to many more decades of health, hope and healing on the Anschutz Medical Campus and beyond!


2007: The community gives more than $273 million to the Imagine the Miracles campaign, enabling Children’s Colorado to build a brand new, stateof-the-art hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

2007 2007: Children’s Colorado becomes the first freestanding pediatric hospital in the nation to implement an integrated Electronic Medical Record system.


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2007: Children’s Colorado begins expanding in the Denver Metro area, creating a care network that today includes 16 locations and 1,200+ outreach clinics across the region.



2008: Children’s Colorado celebrates its 100th birthday.

2010: Children’s Colorado breaks ground on a 10-story addition to its hospital in Aurora, Colo.




As of 2016


Total current and planned gifts donated in 2016



Up 86%*


Up 139%*



Collective statewide economic impact of the Anschutz Medical Campus’ health centers


Child health research projects underway in collaboration with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

*Figures denote percentage increase from 2007 to 2016

2014: The Heart Institute team performs its 400th heart transplant.


2013 2012: The Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health opens at Children’s Colorado to provide comprehensive specialized care for high-risk pregnancies.

Through Courage is... The Campaign to Transform Children’s Health, Children’s Colorado is transforming the future of pediatric medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus and beyond. With your continued generosity, we can help more children than we ever dreamed possible. Donate in honor of our 10-year anniversary at www.courageis.org.




The Story Continues

2017: Work begins on the new Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs, set to open in early 2019.

2015: Children’s Colorado achieves its third consecutive Magnet Recognition, a prestigious designation for nursing excellence attained by only 3 percent of U.S. hospitals.


2015: Children’s Colorado publicly launches Courage is… the Campaign to Transform Children’s Health with a fundraising goal of $400 million.



2016: The Children’s Colorado Center for Innovation launches.

2017: Children’s Colorado pediatric specialty areas once again rank among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.





The O’Shaughnessy family is making the future better for the next generation by supporting Children’s Hospital Colorado and teaching young family members about the importance of philanthropy.

O’Shaughnessy Family Inspires Giving Across Generations

n a warm fall morning, more than 60 members of the O’Shaughnessy family filed out of a tour bus in front of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Armed with stuffed animals and books to deliver to patients, the group of brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles ranged in age from 5 to 77. They had come from cities across the country to visit a hospital that their family foundation has loyally supported for more than a decade. “That was one of our smaller family gatherings,” said Dan O’Shaughnessy, whose extended family comprises more than 130 people. “It seems like there’s another O’Shaughnessy baby born almost every month!” Despite the family’s size, age range (0 to 95) and sprawling geographic locations, they all have one thing in common: a passion for philanthropy. The family has been giving back for more than 75 years through the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation. Founded in 1941 by Dan’s grandfather, I.A. O’Shaughnessy, the foundation contributes millions of dollars annually to organizations nationwide. I.A. O’Shaughnessy passed away in 1973, but his legacy of philanthropy lives on through the generosity of his foundation, which today is led by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “We’re very proud that we’re able to continue the legacy of my grandfather,” said Dan, who serves on the O’Shaughnessy Foundation’s board of directors. “His values of helping others are very much intact today.” The O’Shaughnessy Foundation is one of more than 42,000 family foundations in the United States that is making a significant philanthropic impact by granting more than $26 billion in total charitable gifts every year, according to data from the Foundation Center.


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“I think it's important to start the dialogue at a young age about how we can give back within our own communities." Sadie Shaughnessy Fourth generation family member

Starting Young Dan’s daughter, Sadie Shaughnessy, says that giving back is a core family value that was instilled from a young age. “One of my earliest memories was going out with my family over the holidays to give hats, coats and food to the homeless,” recalled Sadie. “Now I’m trying to instill those same values in my kids.” Today, Sadie serves on a granting committee for the O’Shaughnessy Foundation, which recently made a $50,000 gift to Children’s Hospital Colorado’s First 1,000 Days initiative. This innovative program aims to give young children a healthy start in life by minimizing stress and other risk factors — especially those shown to be detrimental during the first three years of life. Thanks to the O’Shaughnessy Foundation’s gift, Children’s Colorado launched a new psychosocial screening program that helps caregivers identify at-risk children and provides families with support and resources. For Sadie, the gift to Children’s Colorado was especially meaningful. Her 1-year-old son recently underwent eye surgery at the hospital.

Dan O'Shaughnessy with daughter Sadie and 1-year-old grandson Bodie, a patient at Children's Colorado

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With more than 130 family members nationwide, the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation supports charities across the country.

“Having a child in the hospital is an experience that no mother ever wants to have,” said Sadie. “His care was phenomenal and the doctors were amazing. It is great knowing that our family is giving to a place that is so worthy.”

Teach your family about giving back We’d love to show you how philanthropy makes a difference every day at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Call us at 720-777-1700 to schedule a hospital tour.

The O’Shaughnessy family has supported numerous other programs at Children’s Colorado over the years, including a significant gift in 2014 to support the Milk Lab. Children’s Colorado is one of just three hospitals in the nation with a dedicated facility to prepare, store and distribute breast milk for pre-term babies. The O’Shaughnessys’ gift allowed the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to completely renovate the Milk Lab with expanded facilities and equipment that will give these tiny patients the best possible start in life.

Fostering Engagement To help keep the family’s philanthropic spirit alive, the O’Shaughnessy Foundation recently established a Younger Generation program. Designed to encourage the founding patriarch’s core philanthropic values, this 18-month-long training program teaches younger family members about everything from grant making to board governance. Chaun Powell, who is married to fourthgeneration family member Erin Powell, completed the Younger Generation program

last year. He also serves on Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation’s Philanthropy Council. “I’m big on seeing tangible results from giving,” said Chaun. “There has to be an ROI. Having Children’s Colorado in our own backyard, you can see the magic that happens there. It’s a tangible benefit to our community.” When it comes to philanthropy, Chaun says that engaging younger generations is absolutely critical. “If you can find ways to engage the younger generation, you will see results,” said Chaun. “The O’Shaughnessy Foundation has done a tremendous job of making this a priority. We keep our values front and center so that they won’t die off.” Those core values are now trickling down to the youngest O’Shaughnessys, several of whom attended the family’s visit to Children’s Colorado last fall. Although some of these children haven’t finished kindergarten, they’re still learning about the importance of helping others. “When our family visited Children’s Colorado, we brainstormed ideas about how we could help the patients,” recalled Sadie. “One of the younger kids said, ‘I could share my Legos®!’” That’s the commitment to giving that has motivated the O’Shaughnessys for generations — and will continue to make a difference for many generations to come.

“If you can find ways to engage the younger generation, you will see results.” C  haun Powell, married to a fourth-generation O'Shaughnessy and serves on the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation Philanthropy Council


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Life After Chemo By Anna Cunningham In March 2016, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. That same month I started chemotherapy, which continued for seven months at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Since October 2016, I’ve been cancer-free. Life after chemo is different. It feels weird, because going to the hospital was my routine for so long. When people hear that a child went through chemo, most people only think about the struggle at the hospital. You wouldn’t think that getting back to your day-to-day routine would be difficult, but it really was for me. I just finished my freshman year of high school, which would be challenging in itself, but it was even more difficult since I missed most of the first term due to my cancer treatment. When I came back, it was hard. I had piles of homework. Plus, my friends had made new friends, and I struggled to get back into the loop with my peers. Now, I am finally back in the loop, and I am so happy that I can finally do many of the things that I couldn’t do before. I’m back to doing sports, which was physically impossible during chemo, and I’ve gone from mostly F’s to all A’s and B’s. School is like my new hospital. I go every day, and I get good grades like I did before. When I first finished chemo, I felt stressed out with school, sports and homework. But I also felt normal for the first time since getting cancer, which overpowered the stress. I was officially a high schooler and, finally, a normal kid. Life after chemo is different, but it’s also better — just ask any cancer survivor. I’m grateful to Children’s Colorado for helping me to get back to my normal life.





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Editor's Note: Shortly after writing this essay, Anna learned that her cancer had returned. Our thoughts are with her as she resumes treatment at Children's Colorado.



Anna is a 2017 Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation Patient Ambassador. Every year, patients are nominated for the Ambassador Program for courageously facing tremendous medical challenges while displaying strength and perseverance. Throughout the year, these ambassadors share their stories and represent Children’s Hospital Colorado at community events.


With support from donors like you, Children’s Hospital Colorado is pursuing groundbreaking new pediatric cancer treatments. Our physicianscientists envision a future when we can harness the body’s own immune system to fight cancer without the harmful side effects of chemotherapy. Learn how you can support life-saving research at www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org.



2017 Climb for Courage Supports Southern Colorado The third annual Climb for Courage stair climb race and family festival was held at Falcon Stadium at the U.S. Air Force Academy on June 24. Hundreds of climbers and more than 60 corporate and community partners stepped up in a big way to raise money for expanded access to pediatric specialty care for southern Colorado children. Thanks to generous corporate partners, led by presenting sponsor GE Johnson Construction Company, and the many climbers who fundraised, the Climb for Courage raised a record amount to help build the first comprehensive pediatric hospital in Colorado Springs.


Upcoming special events benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado

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July 22-23, 2017

August 7, 2017

September 23, 2017

Join more than 2,000 riders and 300+ volunteers on a picturesque two-day bike tour through Colorado’s high country. www.couragetours.com

The exclusive Sanctuary Golf Course hosts an annual golf tournament and cocktail reception benefiting child health research. www.childrenscoloradofoundation. org/sanctuary

This unforgettable black-tie affair includes a dinner, auction and concert by country music superstar duo Big & Rich. www.childrenscoloradofoundation. org/gala

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Colorado Donors


IMPACT with the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit

Your gift to Children’s Hospital Colorado could qualify for a 25% state tax credit. Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of several Enterprise Zones designated by the state of Colorado to encourage job creation. Colorado residents who make qualifying gifts of $250 or more to Children’s Colorado are eligible to receive a credit of up to 25% to use against their state income tax, in addition to federal and state charitable deductions. Gifts of stock qualify for a 12.5% credit.

Make your Enterprise Zone gift to Children’s Colorado today. Visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/ez or call 720-777-1700.


Only Colorado residents are eligible for Enterprise Zone tax credit. To qualify for the Enterprise Zone tax credit in 2017, you must make an outright gift (unrelated to a special event) of at least $250 to Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. The gift must be specifically designated toward our Enterprise Zone program, with no sub-designations or restrictions. Outright gifts of cash qualify for a tax credit of up to 25%; gifts of stock qualify for a 12.5% credit. Other stipulations and restrictions apply. Please consult a tax advisor for more information.

The Enterprise Zone Tax Credit reduces the state income tax you pay. That means you can increase the size of your gift – and the impact of your generosity – without increasing the net cost to you.

Anschutz Medical Campus 13123 E. 16th Avenue, Box 045 Aurora, CO 80045


Family Ties How the O'Shaughnessy family inspires giving across generations, page 16

Your Support in Action, page 8

Change Makers Meet the donors who are making a transformative difference, page 11

Thank you

www.courageis.org www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org

for your generous support of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Donate today at childrenscoloradofoundation.org/give

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Campaign magazine summer 2017  

Campaign magazine summer 2017