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MOTION Fall 2016 Volume 21

Meet Samantha 2017 Oklahoma City Champion Child


2017 Cham

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joe Lewallen, President Ashley Altshuler Kim Anderson Amanda Bogie, MD Kristen Bohanon Dan Boren Jeanetta Dobson David A. Elder


Christy Everest


The Quiet Philanthropist: Jenny Love Meyer


Hello to Dr. Morris Gessouroun


Goodbye to Dr. Terrence Stull


Miracle Network Dance Marathons


Wings to Fly 2017

Sarah Geiger Morris Gessouroun, MD Laurie Givens Brooke Halleran Richard Hauschild, Jr. Whitney Hooten Dan Howard Chip Keating

8-9 2017 Partners Making Miracles Award Luncheon

John Kennedy Kevin Knutson


Starlight Ball

Jenny Love Meyer


Dancing for a Miracle Wrap Up

Liz McLaughlin


Morris Family Giving

Stacy McDaniel Chris Meyers Justin Naifeh Drew Neville


Ross Plourde Susan Porter

Executive Director Kathy McCracken Assistant Director CMN Hospitals Director Jan Dunham Assistant Director Special Events/Annual Fund Director Liz Young Senior Development Director Evelyn Bollenbach

Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes, MD Michael Shelley Amy Spring Location: 6501 Broadway Ext., Suite 190 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Contact: 405.271.2260 888.229.KIDS

Vic Thate Sean Trauschke Al Warren On the Cover: Jenny Love Meyer, Children’s Cancer Patient Precious Smith and Dr.William Meyer.

BOARD OF ADVOCATES The Board of Advocates of Children’s Hospital Foundation is a statewide group of community leaders, serving as ambassadors along with our Board of Directors and many statewide volunteers. Together, we are dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of Oklahoma’s children through the mission of Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Oklahoma Country Music Superstar and star of The Voice, Blake Shelton, donated $600,000 to the Jimmy Everest Cancer Center at his recent concert tour in Oklahoma City. Pictured are Gwen Stefani, Shelton, CHF’s Evelyn Bollenbach and Dr. Ashley Baker, Jimmy Everest Cancer Center.

Bill Lance, Co-Chairman, Ada Bud Miles, Co-Chairman, Norman & Julie Miles, Norman Ann Ackerman, PhD, OKC Gerald Adams, Shawnee Mary Ellen Alexander, OKC Judy Allen, Durant Jerriann Altshuler, OKC Christopher Anoatubby, Ada Commissioner Bob Anthony, OKC Gary Batton, Durant Judy Blazek, Edmond Kurt & Brooke Bollenbach, Kingfisher Paul & Britani Bowman,Tulsa Karen Browne, OKC Web & Kristine Browne, OKC Bill Burgess, Lawton Wayne Case, Ada Wade Christensen, OKC Sean Cummings, OKC Chad Dayton, OKC Dan Donnell, MD, OKC Jana Drummond, OKC Paul & Debby Dudman, OKC Nick & Peggy Duncan, OKC Hossein Farzaneh, OKC Mary FitzSimons, OKC Russ Florence, OKC

Mike Fogarty, OKC Steve Foskin, OKC Chip Fudge, OKC EK Gaylord II, Phoenix John & Linda Gibbs, Holdenville Albert Gray, OKC Kirsten Griffin, OKC Jon Hayes, OKC Molly Helm, Enid Brent Hensley, Edmond Rep. Jeff Hickman, Woodward Johnson Hightower, OKC Sue Homsey, OKC Betty Huckabay, Yukon David Huffman, OKC Michael E. Joseph, OKC Cathy Keating, OKC Tom Kelly, OKC Ed Legako, MD, Lawton Nancy Leonard, OKC Dan Little, Madill Frank Merrick, OKC Holly Naberhaus, Lawton Xavier Neira, OKC Jason Nelson, OKC Gov. George & Donna Nigh, Edmond Kandy Norick, OKC Steve & Barbara Owens, Norman

Jason Pigott, OKC Bill Price, OKC Gene Rainbolt, OKC Steve Rasmussen, OKC Marisa Records, OKC Lana Reynolds, Seminole Marianne Rooney, OKC Teresa Rose Crook, OKC Cindy Ross, PhD, OKC Pat Schonwald, OKC Harrison Smith, PhD, OKC Alden Snipes, OKC Charles Spicer, OKC Jeff & Sally Starling, OKC Lee Anne Stone, OKC Eve Switzer, MD, Enid Suzie Symcox, OKC Betsy Thorpe, OKC Vionette Torres-Dunn, OKC Debbie Trachtenberg, OKC Jill Trauschke, OKC Keith Troop, MD, Ardmore Jeremy & Julie Tubb, OKC Rex Urice, OKC Dan Webber, OKC Don Wilber, MD, OKC Jim & Jill Williams, OKC Valerie Williams, PhD, OKC Col. Brent Wright, OKC Lee & Laura Young, Edmond Carol Zaloudek, Enid

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The quiet

Donor Spotlight

– Jenny Love Meyer

She is passionate about carrying on her family’s legacy of philanthropy, particularly to the children of Oklahoma as well as nationwide. However, she never uses the pronoun “I” when describing the efforts to raise millions of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as a national sponsor. Jenny Love Meyer, daughter of Tom and Judy Love of Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, is a team player and serves on CHF’s Board of Directors. After taking on the role of vice president of communications for the nationally-known chain where weary travelers can stop in for a meal, snacks and petro, she wondered how they could do better in raising money for this great cause. “We’ve been a national sponsor for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 18 years,” said Meyer. “It was our prior experience with Children’s Hospital Foundation that got us thinking about supporting children’s healthcare on a bigger basis with all of our locations instead of just Oklahoma locations.” Meyer and her team discussed broadening the local program during a specific month and donating a percentage of sales. They brainstormed ideas to grow the program as Love’s stores continued growth across the highways of the US. “CMNH was putting together an ad campaign around Jennifer Lopez – put your money where the miracles are. We thought this (trailer wraps) would be a great way to advertise that tag line and get the kids out there with four different children depicted on the trailer as a great way to show what the cause was all about. It was something at a time when CMNH was looking for a way to boost their advertising and what we came up with was really fun,” she said. What has drawn the Love family to CMNH/CHF? “Being affiliated with a non-profit that has high accountability, that we can trust will take care of our money plus our customer’s money was really critical,” she said. “We have a lot of confidence in what is happening within the CMNH and CHF organizations.”

Jenny Love Meyer, Rumble the OKC Thunder mascot, Chipper the Children’s Hospital mascot and two CHF kids show off the wrapped tanker truck.

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philanthropist Her model of philanthropy came from her parents. “They understand the importance of children’s health care,” she said. “They intuitively understand the gem that Children’s Hospital is for the state. They are intrinsically passionate about being able to give back to organizations. This stems from our desire as a family to give back by volunteering but also giving back financially.” Meyer is proud of the employees who show their passion as well in giving to CMNH. “It gives me a lot of pride in what our store employees do in a short amount of time – five weeks,” Meyer said. “Last year, they raised $3 million nationwide.

It’s incredible! There is obviously a lot of engagement in the cause because it is their opportunity to help others. It’s extremely gratifying as a company to know we can do something like this.” While their advertising budget is not huge, her team made the decision to figure out what they could do to make the biggest impact to the non-profits like CHF/CMNH they support. Using their strengths, Meyers says they were able to impact the organization such as wrapping the trailers for visibility. “Probably thousands of people see that trailer wrapper each week and in the in-store fundraising we do every September is the hallmark of our involvement,” she said. “Our store teams give a tremendous amount of

time whether it is hours spent selling hamburgers or burritos – just doing all sorts of fundraisers. You don’t do that just because it is something to do – these people are passionate about the cause.” After their almost 20 years of working with the staff and board at CHF and CMNH, Meyer feels like they are part of the Love’s company. “We have a relationship with them that is different from almost any other nonprofit we work with and we have lot of nonprofits we have given to. It’s different because there is so much passion and perseverance,” she said. “We are doing things together that will be amazing for children’s health care in the future.”

Welcome Dr. Gessouroun - OU Department of Pediatrics Interim Chairman and CHF Scientific Director includes funding for the biennial Patricia Price Browne Award in Medical Ethics. Mrs. Browne was a Charter Member of CHF and served as President of the foundation’s board of directors, but more than that she graced us with the spirit of devotion to Oklahoma’s children - something easy to see in Dr. Gessouroun’s service and vision.” Morris R. “Mo” Gessouroun, M.D., was named OU Department of Pediatrics Interim Chairman and CHF Scientific Director on August 11. “We are pleased to begin a new chapter of CHF with Dr. Gessouroun and pleased that he will hold the Children’s Hospital Foundation Patricia Price Browne Distinquished Chair,” said Kathy McCracken, CHF executive director. “This chair was established in 2000 to honor the late Patricia Browne and

Dr. Gessouroun was born and raised in Maryland. He is a first generation American born to refugees from World War II Europe. He is married to Cindy Gessouroun, a research nurse in the Department of Pediatrics and who has been active in multiple charitable organizations in the metropolitan area including serving as the immediate past president of board of Edmond Mobile Meals. Dr. and Mrs. Gessouroun have three children, Andrew who is graduate of OU College of Medicine and is currently an Anesthesiology resident

at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Megan who is a graphic designer in Oklahoma City and Ryan who is a medical student at OU College of Medicine. Dr. Gessouroun has been active in the community including serving on the board of Cavett Kids Foundation. Dr. Gessouroun attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Chemistry. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine at Baltimore. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Children’s Medical Center, Parkland Hospital and the University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Center. Dr. Gessouroun is board certified in Pediatrics and sub-board certified in (continued on page 16) Children’s Hospital Foundation • 3

Dr. Terrence Stull Says Goodbye after 22 Years in Oklahoma Pediatric Visionary Retires from Children’s Hospital

the foundation announced that it has established the CHF Terrence L. Stull Endowed Research Chair in Dr. Stull’s honor. This chair will be awarded to a researcher who will continue the pursuit of pediatrics research, finding cures and better treatments for children. CHF President-Elect Chip Keating presented a citation from Gov. Mary Fallin congratulating Stull for his 22 years of Oklahoma accomplishments. He also presented Stull with a commissioned, hand-painted glass art piece depicting the Children’s Atrium. Stull has been a pillar of Oklahoma’s pediatrics since he joined OUHSC Department of Pediatrics in 1994 as the Children’s Hospital Foundation Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair with a mission to improve the health of Oklahoma’s children by reinvigorating academic pediatrics at OU Health Sciences Center. CHF Past President Drew Neville was the keynote speaker, relating the history of the past 22 years and the vision that Dr. Stull forged to improve the health of Oklahoma’s children.

$2 million endowment to be used to further pediatrics research at the OU Department of Pediatrics Without the impact of Terrence Stull, M.D., at Children’s Hospital, many children and their families would still have to travel out of state for medical care. Now with the house that Stull built, children’s health care will continue to 4 • Children’s Hospital Foundation

be successful due to the principles he put into place. A humble man, Stull does not take credit for what happened in Oklahoma and instead gives accolades to others. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Oklahoma said goodbye to one of its foremost pediatrics medical visionaries. Terrence L. Stull, M.D., was honored at a farewell reception hosted by the OU Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) where

“I refer to this place as the House that Stull built,” said Neville. “When Stull took the reigns as the Scientific Director of CHF and the Department Chairman of OU Pediatrics, he walked into a department with no endowment, but tons of growth opportunity. Today, with his tremendous help, the foundation and the university now have $70 million in pediatrics endowment, the department has grown from 50 faculty to 200, and the children of Oklahoma receive care from a children’s hospital of national excellence.  It’s been a community effort, with so many partners we cannot name them all, but it was Dr. Stull who set the pace for the growth of this Oklahoma treasure, and we could not be more grateful for his leadership.”

Former Oklahoma Governors Frank Keating and George Nigh, along with First Ladies Cathy Keating and Donna Nigh, respectively, were on hand for the celebration along with 150 community leaders and representatives of pediatrics medicine. Other speakers at the farewell reception included Dr. Morris Gessouroun, the newly named interim chairman of the OU Department of Pediatrics, Bobby Thomas, Senior Administrator of the Department of Pediatrics and Kathy McCracken, executive director of Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Build it and they will come When Stull was a medical student at the University of Alabama Medical School, he wasn’t sure what area of medicine he would like to practice. As time marched on, he came to the crossroads – his decision turned to pediatrics and pediatrics infectious diseases. “It would be impossible now for me to look back and find a better alternative,” Stull said. Stull came to Oklahoma after practicing pediatrics medicine in Philadelphia. He knew he had a big challenge in front of him, starting at the bottom and building a program. “In the early years, the biggest challenge was how to move from what used to be a state-run hospital system where doctors were supported by the state to much more of a private business model,” he said. Funding primarily for education came from the state regents through the University of Oklahoma which made up approximately 4 percent of the department’s budget. The rest of the funding to build programs at Children’s Hospital had to come from other sources to attract top physicians to the state. “It became critical that the department become a tight business operation,” said Stull. “When Dr. Terry Stull came to Oklahoma 22 years ago to lead the Department of Pediatrics, he inherited a dilapidated Children’s Hospital, and a very small Pediatrics faculty. Although passionately committed to teaching

Former Oklahoma Governor Frank and First Kathy Keating (right) attended Dr. Stull’s retirement reception along with their son, Chip (far left), CHF PresidentElect. Kathy serves on the CHF Board of Advocates. the next generation of doctors in our state, most of those original faculty members were concerned primarily with caring for the indigent children of the state, and few conducted research,” said Dr. Kenneth Copeland, who also recently retired, as the CHF Milburn Endowed Chair in Pediatrics Diabetes/ Endocrinology and was chief of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Section within the Department of Pediatrics. Through his leadership, Stull successfully led a small group of devoted physicians despite dated facilities and severe funding cuts transforming into a world-class pediatrics program. Stull worked with CHF to organize a strategic plan for supporting research which has developed 16 Programs of Research that focus on cancer, genetics, diabetes, infectious disease, developmental pediatrics, pulmonology, neonatology, surgery, nephrology, gastroenterology, community pediatrics, clinical child psychology, pediatrics training, rheumatology, emergency medicine and adolescent medicine. “The CHF percentage of our budget is not huge; however the funds are focused in a way to maximize impact,” Stull said. “We’ve utilized the endowed chairs program to bring a group of highly-talented, nationally-known pediatrics leaders and then build entire programs.”

Under Stull’s direction, the department has recruited 23 CHF endowed education-research-physicians with 13 chairs in recruitment. “He is the type of leader who empowers the people that follow. He organized the department in such a way to help people accomplish what they wanted to accomplish,” said John Grunow, M.D., CHF Griffin Family Chair in Pediatrics Gastroenterology. “I found him to be a selfless man because he wasn’t trying to build a shrine for himself. In the course of doing what he has done, he has left a large legacy.” Stull is currently investigating a genomics approach to a vaccine for ear infections, the most common reason parents bring their child to the doctor. This research has been supported by Children’s Hospital Foundation and the OU College of Medicine with a national publication issued in 2016.  Stull and his wife, Dana, who is a psychiatrist, are relocating to Phoenix, Arizona. Their daughter graduated from the OU College of Medicine and is now training at the Mayo Clinic Hospital as an Ear Nose and Throat specialist. Their son is a computer software developer. “Our whole family has thrived in Oklahoma, we will stay involved in the community,” Stull said. Children’s Hospital Foundation • 5

Dance Dance Dance

Top photo: Lancaster family with Oklahoma State and Love’s representatives at Cowboython At right: Miracle kids dancing with OU students at Soonerthon

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Dance Marathons Make Significant Donations to Help Oklahoma’s Kids Miracle Network Dance Marathons is a nation-wide movement engaging university and high school students across North America. Students involved spend a year gaining leadership, teamwork, and nonprofit business experience while raising funds & interacting with children’s hospital patients and families. Students will hold a 8-12 hour event (dance marathon) where they stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in symbolic support of children served by their local CMN Hospital.

CowboyThon (Oklahoma State University) had more than 500 students put on their favorite flair and stand on their feet for 12 hours to celebrate their year-long fundraising success and symbolize miracle children and families who are treated at Children’s Hospital. This year, CowboyThon raised more than $141,000 to support research, education and outstanding medical programs. CowboyThon believes that they are one generation fighting for another and standing for those who can’t. In everything the students do, they have miracle children in mind to give them a better life and a brighter future. Next year’s event will be on February 11, 2017 at the Colvin Annex on the OSU campus. Soonerthon is a campus tradition at the University of Oklahoma. More than 2,500 students participated in this year’s event. OU students stood for 12 hours in support of kids who can’t. Many Miracle Children and families will spend more than 12 hours a week in dialysis or chemotherapy, as well as majority of nurses and doctors will stand more than 12 hours during a shift at Children’s Hospital. Soonerthon raised more than $721,000 this year while staying true to their motto, “We cannot be present in the treatment room, but we can show our support by standing in their place.” Soonerthon is a top 10 dance marathon in the country as well as the number 1 dance marathon in the Big 12. The 21st annual Soonterthon will be on March 4, 2017 at the Huston Huffman Center. We are excited to grow the Oklahoma dance marathon family as we add BronchoThon (University of Central Oklahoma) and DroverThon (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma).

Wings To Fly Run Set for March 25, 2017 It’s time to start training for the seventh annual Wings to Fly Run, sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event, held at historic Fort Reno, is set for March 25, 2017. All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to improve the health of Oklahoma’s children. Last year’s run had over 250 participants and more than $20,000 was raised. In addition to 7-Eleven, other sponsors included City of El Reno, Historic Fort Reno, OEMA, Mercy Hospital, Option One, OG&E, Westlake Ace Hardware, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Gemini Industries, BancFirst, Bogie Optical and State Farm Insurance. This family-friendly event features a 15K, a 5K and a non-competitive Miracle Mile. Race start time is 9 a.m. The 5K run is the site of the Road Runners Club of America Oklahoma State

Championship Event. Special statewide awards will be given to the top 5K finishers. The 15K is a Landrunners series race. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female runners in each age group for the 5K and 15K. The top overall male and female runners in the 5K and 15K will receive custom awards created by Oklahoma Miracle Children. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome on the 5K and Miracle Mile courses.

t-shirt, is $15. Children in strollers are free. For more information and to register for the event, visit

The run will begin at Historic Fort Reno, about 4 miles West of El Reno, Exit 119 off of I-40, and proceed down Route 66 to El Reno and back to the Historic Fort. Visitors are encouraged Presented by to explore the Historic Fort and enjoy refreshments and free entertainment. Last year’s winner Kimberly Cope was Registration fees are $30 for the 5K the First place Female Overall for the and $40 for the 15K. Miracle Mile 15k. registration, which does not include a


Golf Tourney Raises $20,000 for Jimmy Everest Cancer Center McFinn’s Pub Annual Golf Tournament celebrated its 8th year on July 16 by raising $20,400 for the Jimmy Everest Cancer Center through Children’s Hospital Foundation. More than 140 golfers, who made up 36 teams, took to the greens at the Hidden Trails Country Club Golf Course in Oklahoma City during a 4-Person Scramble Tournament. Pub owners Susie and Kenny Luttrell believe in the power of charitable giving and supporting needs right here in Oklahoma. The money raised will help with cancer treatment and care for Oklahoma’s children. Committee members, along with the Luttrells, include Larry and Janice Blaylock, Jim Evans, Randy Travis, Ron Rowe, Tony Littrell and Larry Ingleheart.

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Partners Making Miracles Awards Luncheon The Partners Making Miracles Award Luncheon is an event that celebrates the victories made possible through dedicated partners providing a healthier lives for the children of Oklahoma. On October 27, at The Embassy Suites/Oklahoma Health Center, we introduced the 2017 Oklahoma City Champion Child, Samantha Lancaster and honored individuals and companies who continue to take up the torch for Children’s Hospital Foundation and the children of Oklahoma.

2016 Partner Kickoff Award List

Volunteers of the Year: Cynthia & Chris Black

Volunteers of the Year: Chris & Cynthia Black CMN Hospitals Board Member of the Year: Rachel Klein Innovative Board Member of the Year: Catherine Divis Teen Board Member of the Year: Andrea Cook From the Heart and Over the Top: Randy & Linda Kamp Partner on the Move: Oklahoma 4-H Fundraising Event of the Year: OECU Sugar & Spurs Dr. Geoffrey Altshuler Co-Founder’s Award: Love’s Travel Stops Jean Gumerson Co-Founder’s Award: Walmart & Sam’s Club James Paul Linn Co-Founder’s Award: Soonerthon

2016 Fellowship Awards Partners Making Miracles Research Award: Rikin Shah, MD, Hematology/Oncology Partners Making Miracles Research Award: Aarthi Gunasekaran, MD, Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Partners Making Miracles Research Award: Jonathan Meyer, MD, Endocrinology Partners Making Miracles Research Award: Suraj Pratap, MD, Hematology/Oncology 8 • Children’s Hospital Foundation

James Paul Linn Co-Founder’s Award: Soonerthon

Tune Into Radiothon Nov. 9 & 10 The 15th annual KXY Loves Kids Radiothon will take place Nov. 9 & 10 from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital Atrium. Tune in to iHeart Radio online, KXY 96.1, KTOK 1000 and the KJ103 Morning Show to hear stories from our courageous Miracle Children who are treated at the Children’s Hospital. The DJ’s need your support by becoming a KXY Loves Kids Club Member by pledging to donate $15 a month. Visit for more information. Photos Clockwise: Connor Goolsby giving his best radio personality impersonation at the 2015 KXY RadioThon. 1000 KTOK Radio Host Lee Matthews, 96.1 KXY Co-Host Shawn Carey, Angel Ashley, Haley Baskeyfield, 96.1 KXY Co-Host Bill Reed and Janet from KJ103. Brooklyn and Gabe Stankewitz with Janet from KJ103 at the RadioThon.

Introducing Samantha 2017 Oklahoma City Champion Child Ten-year-old Samantha was diagnosed three years ago with Chiari Malformation, a congenital defect in her skull. Samantha was also diagnosed with Scoliosis and Syringomyelia, disorders that affect her spinal cord. Samantha underwent decompression surgery in hopes of relieving some of her symptoms including back pain, stomach migraines, numbness and dizziness. Today, Samantha’s church is a big part of her life. She was baptized June 26, 2016 and was recently accepted in the Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Chorus. Along with singing she enjoys art and swimming. She is a sweet girl who enjoys helping others. There is no cure for Samantha’s condition, but she believes that one day research doctors will discover one. Until then, she enjoys raising awareness and funds to support research and education through Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network.

Samantha with her parents in the atrium of Children’s Hospital.

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Thank You to our Sponsors!

The Children’s Hospital Foundation celebrated the 15th Starlight Ball on October 22nd, 2016 at the beautiful Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. This year’s Chairmen were Jill and Sean Trauschke. An old Vegas theme set the scene with an Elvis Wedding Chapel, complete with a photo flip book for each guest. Assorted casino games wowed the crowd of more than 357 guests. The ‘club vibe’ was a refreshing change for the Starlight Ball; as guests danced to the great sounds of Rat Pack favorites performed by DJ, Paul Paredes and the Phonophreaks Band. Dr. Terry Stull, former Children’s Hospital Foundation Scientific Director and Patricia Price Browne Endowed Research Chair; was on hand to present the Miracle Maker Award to the Henry Browne Jr. Family. Henry Browne gracefully spoke of his wife Patricia and her passion for helping children, and reminded us all of her words of wisdom, “Spend time wisely with people and projects that matter, and “work and play out of a sense of love and joy, not duty” – Patricia Price Browne. Patricia Price Browne was a driving force for Children’s Medical Research, Inc – later CHF, where she was a charter member of the board, serving 16 years. Patricia price Browne was the founder of the Starlight Ball. The Henry Browne Jr. Family accepts the Miracle Maker Award.

(L-R) Senator Greg Treat and Maressa Treat; Chip and Brittney Keating; Cathy and Governor Frank Keating; Lori and Representative Jason Nelson. 10 • Children’s Hospital Foundation

This year’s chairs, Jill and Sean Trauschke, greeted those in attendance to the Starlight Ball Las Vegas style!

The Chickasaw Nation Love’s Travel Stops Jeanetta and Everett Dobson Henry Browne Jr. Family OU Medical Center OU Physicians Jill and Sean Trauschke Laurie and Charlie Givens The Oklahoma City Thunder OG&E Central Liquor Dr. Geoffrey Altshuler Family Christy and Jim Everest Express Employment Professionals McLaughlin Family Foundation American Fidelity Foundation BancFirst The Choctaw Nation Carol and Robert Hefner Hartzog, Conger, Cason and Neville Kirsten and David Griffin OU Pediatric Emergency Medicine Lee Anne and Renzi Stone McAfee Taft OU Department of Pediatrics University of Oklahoma Foundation Vicki and Tom Blalock Bank of Oklahoma Enable Midstream Partners Mitchener and Farrand Jewelers Chip and Brittany Keating Brooke and Sean Halleran Kristine and Web Browne Monique and Justin Naifeh Mary and Colin FitzSimons Kandy and Ron Norick Jose Freede ZT Cigars Sid Clark

(L-R) John Meyer and Jenny Love Meyer; Terri and Sean Cummings.

Teen with Rare Ovarian Tumor has Excellent Cure Rate When your teenager is diagnosed with cancer, it is a frightening time for any family. Only 15 at the time, Precious Smith was diagnosed in August 2015 with an Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor. Dr. William Meyer, CHF Ben Johnson Chair, Hematology/Oncology, said that Dr. Joan Walker did Precious’ surgery to resect (remove) her tumor. “There was some initial discussion with Precious about whether to give her cycles of chemotherapy or whether the surgical resection was sufficient,” said Dr. Meyer. Germ cell tumors are a group of tumors that appear in children and adolescents. “We have had a cooperative group of research studies for children and adolescents with germ cell tumors, which are rare. They occur in less than two percent of all ovarian cancers,” said Dr. Meyer. That’s where Children’s Hospital Foundation support is imperative. “Children’s Hospital Foundation supports this type of research through funding of our program. It’s through research that we discovered various ways to treat this type of cancer.”

Dr. Meyer says that their international community, including experts in the US and experts in Europe recently pulled all of the data together for pediatric and adolescent germ cell tumor to look at how best to approach these since they are not very common. “There was some question with Precious early on, about whether chemotherapy would be of benefit for her or not. If we did not give her chemotherapy, she would have a higher risk of recurrence,” he said. A substantial portion of adolescents with completely resected germ cell tumors of the ovary will never reoccur and this would save them the effects of chemotherapy. Dr. Meyer said though that enough of the patients do develop a recurrence, the opportunity to offer a cure is much better with chemotherapy. “We talked very directly with Precious and her mother about the pluses and minuses of doing careful, ongoing observation and no chemotherapy, versus giving her four cycles of chemotherapy,” said Dr. Meyer. “This would be an easy discussion if chemotherapy didn’t have side effects. The sort of chemotherapy for germ cell tumors includes three chemotherapy agents.” The side effects could range from changes in kidney function, permanent hearing loss, small risk of causing secondary cancers and permanent lung 17-year-old Precious Smith developed a rare Ovarian germ cell tumor but after treatment at Children’s Hospital, now has an excellent chance of being cured. Precious is a senior at Putnam City North. She loves to play basketball and enjoys spending time with her sister, Serenity, and brother, Bruce. Precious attends Peoples Church and wants a future in the Army. Her ultimate career goal is to be a nurse because she wants to take care of cancer patients one day, like her wonderful nurses at Children’s Hospital took care of her.

Looking at studies on the best way for treatment for Precious Smith, Dr. William Meyer determined that chemotherapy would help deter a recurrence of the tumor. injury. None of those side effects happen in all the cases, said Dr. Meyer. “Because there is a risk for late effects of therapy with this curative three drug chemotherapy, we have continued to try and look at ways to either decrease cycles of therapy,” he said. “In some groups of patients, we have avoided chemotherapy entirely. With Precious and her tumor being completely resected, we thought chemotherapy was an option to consider.” Ultimately they decided after discussions with Precious and her family that it was best to proceed with chemotherapy to offer the best chance for survival with a substantial decrease in recurrence. Precious received four cycles of chemotherapy after her surgery and ended up tolerating those four cycles quite well. She came off of her last therapy/evaluation in January 2016. “Precious has an excellent cure rate,” Dr. Meyer said. “The vast majority of kids with ovarian germ cell tumors that we have resected are cured of their tumor and Precious has an excellent chance of being cured.”

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Special thanks to all those who helped make this year’s Dancing for a Miracle a huge success. Due to the generosity of the community and the commitment of our dancer, volunteers, sponsors and donors, the event more than $447,000. Dancing for a Miracle raises funds to help sick and injured kid. All funds raised in Oklahoma stay in Oklahoma. Ten local celebrities and their pro dance partners took their turns on stage and wowed the crowd.

Left to right: Saundra Naifeh & Darren Fernandez : 1st place; Nancy Smith & Hays Hopkins : 2nd place & People’s Choice; C.J. Aducci & Marissa Runnels: 3rd Place 12 • Children’s Hospital Foundation

Morris Family Shares a Lesson in Giving Lou & Jim Morris Donate $100,000 and 30 iPads in Grandchildren Names to Show the Value of Caring

Lou and Jim Morris recently realized they needed to do more than simply tell their young grandchildren the value of charity, instead they showed them. With that in mind, the Morris Family gave $100,000 to Children’s Hospital Foundation to benefit pediatric genetics research and 30 iPads to be used by patients throughout the hospital in the name of their two grandchildren, Ford and Hannah Brown.

“I want Ford and Hannah to grow up knowing the difference they can make in the lives of others every day but we couldn’t expect them to grasp such an important lesson unless we showed them what generosity and commitment to service looked like. With Children’s Hospital Foundation they got the chance to see kids just like themselves benefit which I think will be an experience that sticks with them for life,” said Jim Morris. In recognition of their generous $100,000 gift, the 5th Floor Conference Room at Children’s has been named the Hannah and Ford Brown Conference Room. “Genetics touches virtually every medical condition and the need for genetics knowledge is expanding. Because of supporters like the Morris Family, hundreds of Oklahoma children are receiving sophisticated treatment because of our highly trained medical genetics team. We are extremely grateful for these wonderful gifts,” said Terrence Stull, MD, former Scientific Director for Children’s Hospital Foundation. Morris has been actively involved with Children’s for several years, but it was his wife Lou who had the idea to provide iPads right before Christmas to ensure the kids staying at the hospital would be able to video chat with their loved ones over the holidays.

Lou and Jim stand in the atrium at Children’s with their grandchildren, Ford and Hannah, and Dr. Terrence Stull.

Hannah and Ford Brown stand by their namesake conference room at Children’s Hospital in recognition of their grandparents’ $100,000 gift.

Brandon Weeden Hosts Fifth Annual Swing from the Heart Golf Challenge Houston Texans’ Quarterback Brandon Weeden and wife, Melanie, partnered for the fifth time to host Swing from the Heart Golf Challenge with Children’s Hospital Foundation supporting Oklahoma’s children on June 23. The event was held at Oak Tree National in Edmond. Swing from the Heart gives Oklahomans a chance to have fun and support a great cause while enjoying time out on the greens. Through funds raised during this golf challenge, the Weedens are supporting the Brandon Weeden Research Program in Cardiac Surgery. Children’s Hospital Foundation • 13

BOK employees volunteering at family patient dinner Alana on Miracle Treat Day at the Moore Dairy Queen

iBoard members at Bleu Garden for Derby Day

iBoard Member Jens Holmboe horses around at Derby Day

Heritage Hall students served as Super Heroes to children in the clinics, handing out stickers and coloring books and assisting with craft projects.

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4-H student leaders donate 1,300 books to Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree, Dr. Marilyn Escobedo and Dr. Kris Sekar in Neonatology. They were joined by Miracle Child Mattie.

Matti on Miracle Treat Day at the Penn Square Dairy Queen Credit Union for Kids riders delivered stuffed animals and toured the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Miracle Child, Samantha at Oklahoma Employees Credit Union Sugar and Spurs event

Jenny Love Meyer, Former First Lady Kim Henry and Liz McLaughlin visit with Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller (second from right). Miller was the keynote speaker at a luncheon highlighting The Children’s Hospital’s adolescent medicine program.

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Gabe checks out the cool cars at the Tinker Federal Credit Union Miracle Car Show

Miracle Child Mattie gets a riding lesson at the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Range Round Up.

CHF’s Innovative Board serves patient family dinners as part of their community service outreach.

Dr. Gessouroun... (continued from page 3) Pediatric Critical Care. After completing residency and fellowship, Dr. Gessouroun assumed the role of Medical Director of the Pediatric ICU at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana where he remained for two years before moving on to become Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Associate Medical Director of the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital of Akron, Ohio. In 1990, Dr. Gessouroun joined the OUHSC Department of Pediatrics as Associate Professor and assumed the responsibilities of Section Chief of Pediatric Critical Care and 16 • Children’s Hospital Foundation

Medical Directorship of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital. Since arriving at OUHSC, Dr. Gessouroun has grown the Pediatric Critical Care Section from 2 FTE to its current 17 members including 9 physicians, 5 physicians’ assistants, 2 clerical support personnel and 1 research nurse. Under Dr. Gessouroun’s leadership the section has established itself as a participating center in national collaborative research through the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis (PALISI) Network. The section has participated in the training of innumerable pediatric, medicinepediatric, anesthesiology and neurosurgery residents, as well as

fellows in pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Gessouroun has the distinction of having cared for all but one of the survivors of the daycare center at the Alfred P. Murrah building bombing in 1995, as well as caring for all of the severely injured children from both major urban tornadoes that struck the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Dr. Gessouroun also serves as cochairman of the OU Medical Center Biomedical Ethics Committee and as Patient Safety Medical Director for Children’s Services for OU Physicians. Dr. Gessouroun’s leisure interests include cycling and kayaking. He and Cindy enjoy spending time with extended family whenever possible.

Brad Naifeh, Mark Helm and Al Warren experience high speed racing at Hallet Motor Racing Circuit, thanks to CMHN partner, Oklahoma Viper Club.

Amanda Daniel, 4-H member, hand stitched this quilt with names of 24 endowed chairs and the CHF logo. The quilt won first play at the Pontotoc County Fair and first place at the State Fair of Oklahoma. The quilt will be donated to CHF.

CMNH partner Enid ReMax takes a tour of the clinics and hospital.

Children’s Hospital Foundation holiday card program

Support CHF by sending holiday wishes to your friends, family members and colleagues. At the same time, you will be supporting important research projects that are helping courageous kids battle life-threatening diseases every day. We don’t print and sell boxed cards because our program is still new and we have a limited audience. Instead, we take some of the holiday rush off of your list by personalizing cards for you and mailing them from the CHF office to your list. This year’s card design entitled “Mistletoes” was designed by Lisa Nowell and models, Hartlyn and Everlee are two of our precious neonatal babies. Hartlyn and Everlee were born on July 6, 2015 and spent 19 days in the neonatal unit.

“These babies have amazing struggles and we are able to help them survive and thrive because of the support we receive from Children’s Hospital Foundation. When I first began my career 50% of these babies didn’t make it, today 95% survive,” says Dr. Marilyn B. Escobedo. With your donation of $10 per card, we will mail your holiday card(s) to your list. With your donation of $25 per card, we will mail your holiday card(s) to your list along with our 2017 Miracle Children of Oklahoma Calendar. Send your mailing list via email to the or call 405-271-2260 ext. 0. Order deadline is the first week of December.Calendars will be mailed by December 8th.

Inside Text of card (Your Name) Even the smallest of feet have the power to leave; Everlasting footprints upon this world. Let every step leave a big imprint on Our hearts this Holiday Season. In the true spirit of the holiday season, a donation has been made in your honor to Children’s Hospital Foundation By (Donor Names)

NONPROFIT ORG. US POSTAGE PAID OKLA.CITY, OK PERMIT NO. 2792 6501 Broadway Ext., Suite 190 Oklahoma City, OK 73116


OLIVER Mustang, OK

CHEYENNE Midwest City, OK



CLARA Sand Springs, OK

SKY Moore, OK

ALAN Choctaw, OK


CLOEY Oklahoma City, OK

OLIVIA Bartlesville, OK

ATTICUS Warr Acres, OK


PIPER Newalla, OK

SERGIO Oklahoma City, OK

Miracles In Motion Fall 2016  
Miracles In Motion Fall 2016