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S P R I N G 2011



MISSION Children’s Hospital Foundation will fund and advocate for pediatric initiatives that improve the status of health care and the quality of life for children in our region.



S P R I N G 2011

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On the cover: Ten-year-old Megan Robertson’s multiple health issues are managed by many specialists at Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s Fredericksburg and Richmond locations. (Photo by Doug Buerlein)

am so pleased to introduce to you Children’s Hospital Foundation’s newly-redesigned magazine. In planning for the new magazine, we thought long and hard about how we wanted you to feel when it arrived in your mailbox. Of course, we wanted the magazine to be factual and informative. And we wanted to be able to feature more of the patients served by Children’s Hospital of Richmond because it is for their benefit that we work throughout the year. Above all we wanted the magazine to convey a sense of what is in our hearts as we work with children and families every day—and Young at Heart is how we feel. As you read through the magazine, I hope you will experience an increased sense of awareness about the health care needs of the children of our community. I know that many of our readers already feel a sense of commitment and dedication to our patients because you have given so generously toward their needs over the years. And without that support, our Foundation and the hospital it supports would not exist as they do today. Mostly I hope you will feel good about the work that is being done to bring the promise of a healthy future to all the children we serve. I wish you the feeling of always being Young at Heart.

As we work with children and families every day,

youngCV JGCTV is how we feel.


Chris Broughton-Spruill President Children’s Hospital Foundation



WRITER/EDITOR, Young at Heart Alissa M. Poole CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS DIRECTOR Rachel Bruni PROGRAM COORDINATOR Danielle Kocubinski Young at Heart is published by and in the interest of Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2924 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23220-1298, and is issued four times each year. For more information on articles appearing in Young at Heart, contact the Director of Public Relations at 804-249-8633 or at the above address.


Look for the della Robbia image throughout this magazine to learn how you can get involved with Children’s Hospital Foundation and make a difference in the lives of our children. For many years, the della Robbia has symbolized the compassionate care extended to so many through the hospital and supported by our Foundation.

Children’s Stories

Keep on


At just 10 years of age, Megan Robertson has already auditioned for a major motion picture, danced on stage with country singer Tim McGraw, traveled extensively in the United States and Caribbean, and been signed by a local talent agent. She’s also had open heart surgery, suffered a stroke and been seen by multiple pediatric specialists at Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR). “She’s our daredevil,” said Megan’s mom, Heather, of her daughter’s no-fear attitude and outgoing personality. Megan was born with a heart murmur, which is quite common in infants. Although Megan weighed nine pounds, five ounces at birth, when she was three months old, her pediatrician switched her to formula because he felt

she wasn’t gaining enough weight. Megan was a happy, loving baby who napped well, was not overly active and had a constant cough, which developed into a nagging chest cold after starting preschool. When the cough and murmur persisted, Megan’s pediatrician referred her to Douglas R. Allen, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist at CHoR, for further evaluation of

Born with a congenital heart defect, 10-year-old Megan Robertson still enjoys many sports and activities, including dancing, playing softball and running around with her older brother, Alec. (Photo by Doug Buerlein)

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her heart murmur. Following an echocardiogram in Dec. 2003, Dr. Allen diagnosed Megan with congestive heart failure caused by a hole between her atria and a leaky valve between her left atrium and left ventricle. He recommended surgery to repair the lesions, which was completed in May 2004 when Megan was three years old. Dr. Allen continues to follow Megan twice a year for clinical evaluations and echocardiograms. “Megan is an absolutely joyous little girl with multiple but completely manageable medical issues,” Dr. Allen said. “We consider our job to be to eliminate any physical restrictions a child may have, and she is essentially free to do just about anything.” Although Megan tires more easily than many of her peers, Heather and her husband, Alan, encourage Megan to monitor her activity rather than restricting her from participating. “Our fear has always been artificially limiting her and being overprotective,” Alan said. “I don’t want to restrict her from anything she’s capable of doing.” Two days after her heart surgery, Megan was running and racing walkers around CHoR’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She’s been on the move ever since. New Challenges During kindergarten, Megan, who had recently been complaining about joint pain, was diagnosed with a dislocated knee and elbow and continued to be bothered by sore joints. At the same time, she began suffering from migraine headaches, which her family attempted to manage with medication. In July 2007, while Megan was at summer

camp, Heather got a call that her six-year-old had lost vision in one eye. While in the emergency room, Megan suffered a minor stroke and was transferred to CHoR’s MCV Campus where she was seen by specialists in genetics, ophthalmology and neurology over the next two years. Eighteen months later, Megan was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective tissue disorder characterized by joint hypermobility, skin elasticity and tissue fragility. Megan’s Ehlers-Danlos causes her joints to be extra limber, leading to pain and dislocations, and the vessels in her brain to stretch, causing migraines. It also prevents Megan’s heart from being completely repaired as the organ keeps stretching, causing moderate residual leakage, which Dr. Allen believes may improve as Megan grows. Although the Robertsons were told Megan suffered no permanent damage from her stroke, Heather noticed that Megan, who had been reading “The Cat in the Hat” in kindergarten, struggled with the ‘at’ sound in first grade. School testing conducted by a neuropsychology specialist in early 2008 diagnosed Megan with a processing delay. Megan, now a fourth grader, continues to receive support through the school system, something Heather attributes to the presence of Megan’s neuropsychologist during school appointments. Megan’s stroke also caused some weakness on her left side. She worked with a physical therapist at CHoR’s Fredericksburg Therapy Center, where Dr. Allen and Megan’s neurologist, Dr. Jean Teasley, also hold regular clinics. “The Fredericksburg location makes my life so much easier,” commented Heather, who juggles appointments with Megan’s school and her full-time work schedule. The Robertsons,

including 17-year-old Alec, also make the trip to CHoR’s MCV Campus for follow up appointments with Megan’s pulmonologist, geneticist and rheumatologist. “The presence of so many pediatric subspecialists within one health system maximizes the quality of care for such a complex patient,” said Dr. Allen, “and ensures that all care providers are ‘in the loop’ regarding Megan’s ongoing care.” “Every doctor has a vested interest in Megan,” said Heather, who appreciates the national recognition of many of CHoR’s doctors and the compassion that has been shown to their family over the years. “They might only see her every six months, but they know her and her activities.” An Active Life Megan’s activities include hip hop and jazz dancing, riding her bike and scooter, modeling, acting and playing street hockey. Although she’s unable to play competitive sports, she participated in a youth softball league until the playing level became too active. She recently auditioned for a role in “Annie,” is counting down the days until two Nordic Spitz puppies join her family and wants to start a Foundation for sick children if her modeling and acting career takes off. “We try to never tell her no,” said Heather. “We always try to find a version of an activity that is safe for her.” At her Stafford County elementary school, Megan’s been wearing a heart monitor this year as part of a grant the school received. In the past, she used to refrain from participating in certain school activities or she would push herself too hard, resulting in exercise-induced headaches. By wearing the monitor, Megan’s able to safely join her classmates. At home, Megan said her friends know when she needs a break and will stop playing tag or other games to allow her to rest. Despite taking five different medications and needing to see multiple specialists to manage her health conditions, Megan keeps smiling and staying active. “I like going to Children’s Hospital,” Megan said, “because all the doctors and therapists are so nice. They’ve really helped me.”

Register to attend the Catwalk for Kids event benefiting pediatric cardiology at CHoR, and help other children like Megan. See page 14 for details.


Children’s Stories

Touchdown Dreams When their son, David, was 19 months old, Barbara and Brad Flynt were told he would never walk unassisted. Last fall, 13-year-old David ran 35 yards to score a touchdown for the Woolridge Wildcats, the community youth football team he has managed for the last five years, during his final game as manager.

Even though he can’t play football, as the announcer for the Woolridge Wildcats, David Flynt has been able to be part of the team and advance his dream of becoming a sports reporter. (Photo by Barbara Flynt)

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David, who has cerebral palsy, has been a patient at Children’s Hospital of Richmond for 10 years. He receives weekly physical therapy and bi-weekly occupational therapy at the Brook Road Campus, has received inpatient rehabilitation following spinal surgery and is followed by specialists at both the MCV and Brook Road Campuses. “I’ve made quite a lot of progress,” said David, who has used a walker, canes and crutches and now walks on his own. Since 2001, he has undergone four different surgeries to stretch and lengthen the muscles in both his legs and feet and to rotate his left foot. In April, he will undergo four more procedures on his right leg and foot. A fan of Redskins football and NASCAR, David beamed as he recalled visiting CHoR a few years ago to meet Chesterfield native Denny Hamlin and, with other patients, race miniature cars around a track. David still remembers that Denny wrecked, he won and that he received tickets to watch Denny’s real race at Richmond International Raceway. David, an eighth grader at Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Chesterfield County, hopes to combine his health and athletic experiences into a sports medicine or mass communications career. (As the Wildcats’ announcer for the last two seasons, David has become the voice in the press box, providing play-by-play action to fans.) In his applications to two of Chesterfield County’s high school specialty centers, David wrote, “If I’m accepted I’ll offer a unique perspective that most kids and adults will never have. Being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and coming to Children’s Hospital for therapy have taught me a lot.” As the Wildcats manager, David attended every team practice for the last five years except for the ones held on Tuesday evenings when he has physical therapy. Last fall, David dressed in number 68 to score his inspirational touchdown and receive the game ball in the season’s final football game. “I’m not one to take much publicity on myself,” David told local television station NBC-12 after his emotional touchdown, “but it did feel good to do that.” 5

Giving Back


Food Lion Begins 20th Year of Helping Children

In 2010, Food Lion supermarket’s Central Virginia stores collected more than $300,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the region’s largest donation since Food Lion began its partnership in 1991. Through a variety of companysponsored and outside events, nearly 5,000 Food Lion associates in 74 Central Virginia stores took action to help local children at Children’s Hospital of Richmond, the region’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals member hospital. “As a subsidiary of Delhaize Group, Food Lion is a purpose-driven organization,” said Frankie Marshburn, Director of Operations, Northeastern Market Region 3. “Our purpose is connecting people, enriching lives and creating a better tomorrow.” Nationwide, Food Lion has raised more than $36 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year’s record-breaking donation included funds collected through two in-store Miracle Balloon campaigns, Anthem LemonAid stands at all local stores, October’s Torch Relay, Tour de Lions (Food Lion’s charity cycling event), and its sixth annual golf tournament. In recognition of Food Lion’s record contribution, Frankie attended the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Celebration in November. He said, the event “really keeps you grounded on why you do what you do. At the end of the day, for every balloon you sell, there’s a smiling kid on the other side of that balloon.” Food Lion’s commitment to the community is also evident through its recent $1 million pledge to support Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s new Pediatric Emergency Room (see page 8).

In recognition of the 74 Central Virginia Food Lion stores’ 2010 record-breaking fundraising year, company associates Wayne Lowry, Renola Hubbard and Bryan Dandridge as well as Andy Hurst, District Manager Richmond East; Rick Winningham, District Manager King George; Lisa Hodges, District Manager Richmond North; and Frankie Marshburn, Director of Operations Northeastern Market Region 3 (pictured l-r), attended the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration last November.

“Food Lion is a part of Richmond,” Frankie commented, “and we saw a great need in the community for the Pediatric Emergency Room.” He said Food Lion plans to meet its four-year pledge by continuing and improving on its 2010 success, which may include sponsoring some new events to complement the existing ones. “Our Richmond associates are incredible,” Frankie said. “They understand their purpose and continue to rally around supporting kids.”

KIDS HELPING KIDS: Brothers Bake for a Good Cause

Jackson (far left) and Walker (far right) Barkstrom have organized four bake sales raising a total of more than $4,000 for Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Pictured with the brothers are Will Woods (second from left) and Carlton Johnson (third from left), who helped with the 2009 fundraiser.

Four years ago, Jackson and Walker Barkstrom were riding in the car when they heard a radio ad about hosting a fundraiser to benefit sick children. The brothers, who were 8 and 5 years old at the time, liked the idea and hosted their first bake sale at Libbie Market on Libbie Avenue. Since that time, they’ve sponsored three more bake sales, raising more than $4,000 for Children’s Hospital of Richmond. With help from their friends, the St. Christopher’s School students bake cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, breads and other treats for the sale where everything with the exception of one or two donated items is homemade. The sales are held once a year, with the first two in the summer and the last two moving to fall for cooler temperatures – and less melted chocolate, commented Jackson, a sixth-grader. “We’ve had an unbelievable reaction from kids and parents,” said Tina Winn, Jackson and Walker’s mom. “The boys love having the sale, and the customers get so excited to make donations.” Both boys enjoy volunteer work, donating their time to a local nursing home and completing service projects at school. Because Jackson and Walker have both also seen doctors at Children’s Hospital of Richmond, and Jackson had minor surgery at the hospital when he was younger, they liked the idea of doing something to help the young patients. “Having a bake sale is not really that hard to do,” said Walker, a fourth-grader. “Your friends can help bake, then just go somewhere and ask permission to set up and sell.” “The key to raising so much money is not putting a price on the baked goods,” Jackson said. “We tell people to pay whatever they can donate. We have sold cakes and pies for over $100.”

To learn how you or your company or organization can sponsor an event benefiting Children’s Hospital Foundation, contact Stephanie Allan at 804-228-5827 or 6


Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals works in Central Virginia with Children’s Hospital Foundation to support Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

Local Patient Selected as 2011 Virginia Champion For the second year, a Children’s Hospital of Richmond patient was selected to represent Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals across the Commonwealth as the 2011 Virginia Champion. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions Across America Program honors children from every state and Washington, D.C. who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. As ambassadors, they help raise awareness for the 17 million children treated each year at more than 170 CMN Hospitals. Fourteen-year-old Ben Millefolie, a student at Manchester Middle School in Chesterfield County, was selected for his commitment to CMN Hospitals, four years after being diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). As part of CMN Hospitals’ LemonAid event, Ben has hosted a stand for four years, serving as the event’s Richmond spokesperson for the last two years. He also has participated in the organization’s Radiothon and Miracle Treat Day events

and recorded several radio and television interviews. “It’s important that I help,” said Ben, who received his last chemotherapy treatment nearly two years ago, “because Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals gave so much to our family when I was going through treatment. We need to give back.” Throughout Ben’s year as the Virginia Champion, he will attend CMN Hospitals and Children’s Hospital Foundation events to share his experience as a patient at Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s Pediatric Oncology Clinic, the only facility offering cancer treatment exclusively to children in Central Virginia. He also will visit Washington, D.C. and Disney World with the other Champions to participate in interviews and campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of children’s hospitals.

New Look, Same Mission Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals recently introduced a new logo and added “Hospitals” to its name to clarify its purpose – to support member hospitals to aid in the advancement of health care services for children.

In Richmond, every dollar raised through CMN Hospitals’ programs directly benefits its member hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Support these retail partners and make a donation for a Miracle Balloon this spring: American Legion (April 1 to 30), Rite Aid (April 10 to May 20), Costco (May 1 to 30), Walmart/Sam’s Club (May 1 to June 11), Golden Corral (May 1 to June 30), Dairy Queen (May 1 to August 11), Carmike Cinemas (May 7 to June 3), Wawa (May 15 to June 6), and Food Lion/Bloom (June 1 to 21). Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals recently received gifts from the following organizations:

N Rite Aid - $37,561 N Wawa - $11,803 N RE/MAX Allegiance - $8,082 N Country Style Dancers - $6,362 N Torch Relay - $5,208 N Phi Mu at Virginia Commonwealth University - $5,154

N Log A Load For Kids - $4,925 N Credit Unions for Kids - $4,232 N Walmart & Richmond Times-Dispatch - $4,010 N Pediatrix Medical Group - $2,845 N Full Force Gymnastics - $1,000

Ben Millefolie, who served as the 2009 and 2010 LemonAid spokesperson, attended the event’s kick-off at the Diamond last July with Nutzy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels mascot, Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron, and C. Burke King, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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On June 30, 2010, Children’s Hospital and VCU Health System joined operations to form Children’s Hospital of Richmond. This new organization is an integrated center for pediatric services that will advance the delivery of education, research and clinical health care.

Allen Jones, VCU Creative Services

HKS Inc., Chris Cunningham Photography

Reasons for Giving


A New Day for Pediatric Emergency Care


hildren’s Hospital of Richmond’s Pediatric Emergency Room officially opened on Dec. 8 with the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon. Pictured above, Dr. Robin Foster, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Pediatric Emergency Services, attended the celebration with former emergency patients Lucie James Howlett (left) with her dad, Andy Howlett, and Jonathan Colson (right). The new ER features a dedicated entrance and radiology suite, waiting area with children’s reading center and 12 treatment rooms and is the only ER in Central Virginia offering 24-hour access to all pediatric specialists including trauma, surgery, cardiology and dental. The pediatric ER is part of VCU Medical Center, the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Central Virginia, and a portion of the child-friendly space (pictured above) is being funded through a $1 million pledge from Food Lion (see page 6).

What is a Level 1 Trauma Center? Level 1 Trauma Centers provide the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients and often provide the best chance for survival and recovery. Hospitals with this designation are required to have a full range of specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day.

Kudos Children’s Hospital of Richmond is committed to recruiting and retaining nationally-recognized clinicians, outstanding educators and innovative researchers. Congratulations to these CHoR physicians on their recent accomplishments.

Dr. Irani

Dr. Moskowitz

Dr. Pellock

Ann-Marie Irani, MD, Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, and William Moskowitz, MD, FAAP, FACC, FSCAI, Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics; Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, were selected to membership in the American Pediatric Society, the most prestigious academic honor from the American Academy of Pediatrics. John M. Pellock, MD, Professor and Chair, Division of Child Neurology, Department of Neurology, was elected President of the American Epilepsy Society. The 3,000 member society is the world’s largest organization of professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy.


On February 10, students at J.B. Fisher Elementary School in Richmond practiced proper brushing techniques on Al the Alligator with Cyndi Cline, Hospital Liaison for Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

Doug Buerlein

Foundation Establishes Endowed Positions

Dental Messages Reach Students for Fourth Year Funded by a donation from Kohl’s Department Stores, the dental outreach program coordinated through a partnership between Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) and the Virginia Department of Health – Dental Division expanded again this year, reaching more than 12,500 Head Start, kindergarten and first grade students in the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Prince George and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Richmond and Petersburg. School nurses from 84 local schools participated in last summer’s School Health Resource Day, where they received training and supplies to share with students and teachers in their respective schools. In addition, CHoR staff provided in-school instruction to students in 45 classes at 11 area schools during February’s Dental Health Month. Designed to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning health requirement, the 60-minute program focused on the importance of dental health and hygiene.

Children’s Hospital Foundation has established two $1 million endowed chairs to assist Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) in recruiting and retaining nationally-recognized specialists in our community. The chairs were established in honor of two physicians who were influential in the advancement of pediatric care in Central Virginia. The John J. Mickell, MD Endowed Chair will support a pediatric physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Dr. Mickell Unit (PICU) at CHoR while the William Tate Graham, MD Endowed Chair will support a pediatric physician in CHoR’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Mickell, who will retire in April after 32 years with the Medical College of Virginia, established Central Virginia’s first PICU in 1978. Four years later, he started a Fellowship Program for pediatricians who wanted to sub-specialize in Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Graham Dr. Graham was the founder and first medical director of the original Crippled Children’s Hospital in Richmond, which began as a free outpatient clinic to care for children with polio. The need for Dr. Graham’s services was so great that the clinic moved three times into increasingly larger spaces before settling into its own facility on Brook Road in 1928. Born in 1873 in Wythe County, Va., Dr. Graham was a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia Medical School and was the first physician in Virginia to devote himself completely to orthopaedic surgery. To learn how you can make a gift and support these endowed positions, contact Chris Broughton-Spruill, President, Children’s Hospital Foundation, at 804-228-5814.

CHoR Establishes Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic Children who have suffered head injuries can now be followed by a comprehensive team of specialists through a new Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s (CHoR) Brook Road Campus. The Tuesday afternoon clinic helps children and families through every step of the recovery process from managing neurological symptoms to addressing school and social issues. The TBI team includes physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation therapists, social workers and educational consultants. The clinic will also help address the needs of local students as Virginia works to implement new legislation concerning student-athlete concussions and the medical clearance they need to return to play. For appointments or referrals, call 804-828-CHoR (2467). For the TBI Support Group, call 804-228-5203.

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Blue Knights Add to Donation On Nov. 6, nearly 1,500 teddy bears were donated to Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) as part of the 28th annual Teddy Bear Run sponsored by the Blue Knights VA III. In December, the Blue Knights VA III delivered a check for $23,000 and a Children’s Dream Racer, a race car constructed from authentic NASCAR parts, during a tour of CHoR’s Brook Road Campus. The donation of the Children’s Dream Racer, which was announced in November and funded by Elite Contracting Group, will allow children to play video games, watch a movie or listen to music during medical treatments. The monetary donation included $20,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wray whose personal donation was inspired by participation in November’s event (see note below), $2,000 from the Blue Knights VA III, $500 from the Colonial Hog Chapter and $500 from Mr. and Mrs. William Spears, Jr.

Earlier this year, Children’s Hospital Foundation received a note from a Teddy Bear Run participant about the impact November’s ride had on his family. Following are excerpts of his note.

I have a beautiful wife and five wonderful children who make me very proud to be a father and a husband. Our family is healthy and very active in sports such as riding horses, 4-wheelers, and wakeboarding. My wife, Mary, and I both ride motorcycles, and a couple years ago we bought two Harley-Davidsons from Colonial Harley and became good friends with the General Manager. I had been told that Colonial Harley was involved in something called the “Teddy Bear Run” that consisted of over 1000 motorcycles riding to some hospital in Richmond. My wife and I decided to participate and were thinking the bike ride would be the highlight of our day. How wrong we were. When we arrived at the hospital and saw the children, our lives were changed forever. After spending a few hours at the hospital, we realized that Children’s Hospital of Richmond was providing the same kind of care as other famous hospitals you always see on TV, only here is one located right here in Virginia! On the way home I had all the same thoughts most parents have, like how lucky we are to have healthy children and how I couldn’t imagine what the parents of the children in the hospital are going through. My wife and I were so moved that we decided to make a personal $20,000 donation to the hospital. We give to many different children’s organizations, but after learning about all the great things Children’s Hospital of Richmond does, we have really focused on helping support the children and their families in need. My hope would be that more corporate owners who are in the same position as I am would support Children’s Hospital of Richmond today, knowing that if they ever need the hospital, it will be there for them tomorrow. Sincerely, L. Scott Wray President & CEO, Elite Contracting Group


Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 17th annual Bowl-A-Thon and 4th annual Battle of the Banks reunited bowlers from local companies and financial organizations who have been having fun and raising money for local children for years. Union First Market Bank returned for its fourth year with two teams organized by branch manager Ben Edgell, who raised $967 through $5 jeans day fundraisers to be the top individual fundraiser. “The generosity of teammates was great,” Ben said, “and many of them gave much more than $5.” Twenty-one Bowl-A-Thon teams, Jerziah Moore, with help from his mom, Judy, including Hill Phoenix (the top bowled for CHoR’s TCU Rollers team during fundraising team with $2,452.38), Direct February’s Bowl-A-Thon. Mail Solutions and Fifth Baptist Church, returned to compete for top score and fundraising honors, contributing to the total $10,564 collected for Children’s Hospital Foundation. Members of CHoR’s Transitional Care Unit (TCU) Bowlers team also participated in the Feb. 12 event at AMF Shrader Lanes. “Everyone is willing to give to the children,” said Pat Ewen, Manager, Service Parts, Hill Phoenix, who worked with teammates for the fourth year to collect donations from family, friends and coworkers. “Our goal every year is to do better than the last year so we’ve really got our work cut out for us next year.” This year’s event strike sponsors were Union First Market Bank and U.S. Bank.

With Our Thanks

Bowlers Strike Gold

Children’s Hospital Foundation recently received gifts from the following organizations: • Metropolitan Health Foundation, Inc. - $16,000 for the Pediatric Emergency Room • Mary W. Covey Fund - $15,000 • Massey Foundation - $15,000 • Gottwald Foundation - $12,300 • Kiwanis Club of Richmond - $7,500 for annual holiday party and May’s Bicycle Safety Program • First Community Bank - $5,000 included as part of LifeStyle Builders & Developers, Inc.’s total $70,290 donation from September’s Charity House • The Flagler Foundation - $5,000 • Durham Foundation - $4,000 • ARCET - $3,270 • Binswanger Glass Foundation - $3,000 • Mustaches for Kids Richmond - $2,500 • Cox Radio’s Rock’n Stock’nz - $2,224 from online auction held Dec. 1-17 through 96.5 KLR • Shot Glass Golf Tournament - $2,000 from September tournament in Williamsburg, Va. • West Broad Honda - $1,600 • Benjamin Dennis, Jr. Trust - $1,500 • The Gullquist and Mullin Family Foundation - $1,250 • Steel City Connection - $1,250 • Richmond BMX and Virginia Motorsports Park - $1,025 from a two-day event in October featuring youth racing and other children’s activities • Filtrona Fibertec - $1,000 • Herndon Foundation - $1,000 • Honey Foundation - $1,000 • Loyal Order of Moose Manchester – Richmond - $1,000 • National Philanthropic Trust - $1,000 • Northrup Grumman Corporation $1,000 • PPD Development - $1,000

Union First Market Bank’s two teams, organized by top individual fundraiser, Ben Edgell (back row, third from right), raised a total of $967 during their fourth year participating in the Battle of the Banks.

• The Reco Foundation - $1,000 • Throttle Kings Motorcycle Club - $1,000

For more information about participating in the 2012 Bowl-A-Thon and Battle of the Banks, contact Stephanie Allan at 804-228-5827 or

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Dancers Share Talents, Raise Funds More than 300 dancers took the stage at James River High School on Jan. 22 for the 12th annual Virginia Dance Festival organized by the Jessica Morgan School of Dance. Pictured here, the Pacific Arts Troupe, a new addition to this year’s program, performed “Splendid China,” an original contemporary piece depicting the majestic scenery of China and the people’s love for their motherland. Dancers ( front-back) Hannah Zhang, Jaye Li, Cathy Gao and Karen Hu performed with Jennifer Hwang, Tori Bice and Nadine Lin (not pictured). The festival, which has grown from 12 to 33 dance troupes, raised more than $13,000 for Children’s Hospital Foundation. This year’s program, which included a silent auction, also featured new performances by the Richmond Chinese Folk Dance Club and the Colonial Dance Club/Richmond Renaissance Dancers along with traditional and cultural favorites like ballet, Irish dance and hip hop. To see more pictures from this year’s Virginia Dance Festival, visit the Children’s Hospital Foundation Facebook page at

Gene Majestic

Love to Share

Donations Shine Bright for Holidays Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual Holiday Wishes program raised $1,865 for Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s Recreation Therapy Activity Fund, which is used to take patients on outings to the Science Museum, circus, Great Wolf Lodge, Virginia Beach and other community locations. Lambda Chi Omega National Sorority and Amelia Middle School’s National Honor Society were two of the fund’s many donors.

Lori Dawson, one of nine Carmax employees who visited CHoR’s Brook Road campus on Feb.14, presented a handmade valentine to Transitional Care Unit resident Iceis. Carmax employees, many of whom also participated in Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Bowl-A-Thon on Feb.12 (see page 11), visited patients during their elementary, middle and high school classes at the hospital. As part of the visit, Carmax also donated $500 to the Foundation.

Foundation Receives Gift to Support Pediatric Plastic Surgery The Estate of Carolyn Walters Meadows recently donated $82,465 to Children’s Hospital Foundation to support pediatric plastic surgery with an emphasis on maxillofacial and cerebral palsy. The permanently-endowed fund was established through a bequest from Mrs. Meadows in the name of Carolyn Walters Meadows, White Stone, Virginia, in memory of her nieces, Katelyn Grace Joyner and Lauren Claire Joyner, who had cerebral palsy.

Music Sales Benefit Foundation The Jason Jenkins Group led by Jason Jenkins, a Richmond native, jazz composer and bassist, is raising money for Children’s Hospital Foundation by donating proceeds from the sale of the group’s fourth album, “Scenic Roots.” CDs can be purchased at Globe Hopper Coffee Shop (2100 East Main Street), The Barrel Thief Café (5805 Patterson Avenue) and Olio Bistro (2001 West Main Street). 12




Spirit Halloween Stores raised $23,285 for the Child Life Department at Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s (CHoR) MCV Campus through in-store fundraisers last fall. Patients were also treated to a party with costumes and pumpkin painting coordinated by Spirit staff. Pictured left to right are Ray Smith, Special Project District Manager, Spirit Halloween; Leslie Wendorf, Mid-Atlantic Zone Manager, Spirit Halloween; Siri Bream, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, CHoR; Heather Kinney, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist, CHoR; Ilona Scanlon, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, CHoR; and Tom Howell, Director of Stores, Spirit Halloween.


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Residents of Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s Transitional Care Unit and patients from Children’s Feeding Program celebrated the holiday season with 46 members of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond during the Kiwanis Holiday Party on Dec. 8. The 56th annual event, held at CHoR’s Brook Road Campus, featured musical entertainment from the Sky Run band, a guitar and drum trio, and a visit from Santa, pictured here with Kyle Jenkins. The Kiwanians’ $3,500 donation funded the party and provided gifts for the 41 patients in attendance.


Vernita Jones, Recreation Therapy Manager, and Bre’aunna Gourdine shared their holiday spirit with CHoR staff and guests at the annual Transitional Care Unit “Totally Cool Ultide Carolers” holiday concert on Dec. 16. The “Santa’s Workshop” show featured musical selections from TCU residents, Recreation Therapy, Education and TCU nursing staff.

4 The 58th and final Holiday Mart presented by the Sunshine Circle


of Children’s Hospital Foundation raised $13,000 for the Foundation in November. Monies were designated for patient equipment on the Transitional Care Unit ($5,000) and uncompensated care ($8,000). Since 1921, the Sunshine Circle has been raising funds to support patient care, hospital construction projects and medical equipment purchases, donating more than $600,000 to the Foundation. Pictured, Stephanie Allan, Director of Special Events, Children’s Hospital Foundation (holding check), accepted the donation from members of the Sunshine Circle.


Members of the Junior Board of Children’s Hospital Foundation presented a check for $223,000 representing proceeds from the 2010 Annual Ball to Eleanor Goode, Chairman of the Foundation, on February 9 at the Country Club of Virginia. Pictured left to right are Kellie Hilb, Ball Co-Chair; Eleanor Goode; Lisa Makepeace, Ball Co-Chair; Kristen Goode, Junior Board President; Betsy McCray, Ball Decorations Co-Chair; and Bethan Austin, Ball Decorations Co-Chair.

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Family Fun & More


All events benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation.



Catwalk for Kids

Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving March 1-31

Children’s Hospital Foundation is partnering with Catwalk for Kids and Richmond Fashion Week to bring the best of the entertainment and fashion worlds together to help children by benefiting the pediatric cardiology department at Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR). Join designer Amy Smilovic, Founder of Tibi, for a luncheon catered by Mosaic, couture runway fashion show, stories from children treated at CHoR, a live auction of handbags and creative projects made by celebrities and patients, and a live musical performance. Tickets are $125. 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Rocketts Landing, 5000 Old Osbourne Turnpike, Richmond. Sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue & The Jefferson Hotel. Contact 804-228-5827 or for more information.


Children Fore Children Youth Golf Tournament Open to golfers between the ages of 8 and 17, the Ninth Annual Children Fore Children Golf Tournament offers a 9-hole course for children 8-10 years old and an 18-hole course for children The top finishers in the boys 14 to 17 age group 11-17. $25/person registration showed off their trophies after last year’s tournament. fee includes lunch and awards ceremony immediately following the tournament. Register by May 13. 9 a.m. shot gun start. The First Tee of Chesterfield, 6736 Hunting Creek Drive. Presented by the Senior Board of Children’s Hospital Foundation. Contact 804-228-5827 or for more information.


A portion of the proceeds for every sub sold and 100 percent of the proceeds from Jersey Mike silly bandz sales in March will be donated to the Foundation. Visit on March 28 for special meal deals as part of Make A Difference Day. Promotion available at all 12 Richmond-area locations.

Panera Bread Café Easter Egg Cookie Sales March 23-April 24 Purchase a Signature Easter Egg cookie from any Richmond-area Panera Bread Café, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will receive 25 cents for every cookie sold.

Bass Fishing Classic Saturday, April 2 Catch and release tournament for largemouth bass will award 60 percent payout of registration fees to the winners (determined by pounds and ounces) and 40 percent to Children’s Hospital Foundation. Registration is $100/boat. First flight will launch at 6:30 a.m. Osborne Landing on the James River. Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. 804-381-1624 or

15th Annual Bunny Run Saturday, April 9 Members of the Corvette Club of Richmond will bring their new and classic cars to deliver stuffed bunnies to patients at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. 1 p.m. Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Brook Road Campus, 2924 Brook Road. 804-228-5827 or


American Family Fitness

Celebrity-Am Golf Tournament

Health & Safety Day is scheduled for April 19.

Randolph-Macon College Dance Marathon Saturday, April 9 Students of Randolph-Macon College, inspired by Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s patients, will dance in their honor for 12 hours and celebrate fundraising with games, entertainment and testimonials from former and current hospital patients. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Randolph-Macon College, Brock Center, Ashland. (804) 228-5929.

Richmond Health & Safety Day Tuesday, April 19 Interactive displays teaching children ages 4-7 about dental health and wellness, personal and fire safety, and more presented by the Richmond Red Cross, Richmond Sheriff ’s Department, American Family Fitness, Richmond Ambulance Authority and others. Pre-registration is required. 10 a.m. - noon. Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Brook Road Campus, 2924 Brook Road. Sponsored by Food Lion. 804-228-5920.

Art of an Asset Class Exhibition & Charity Auction Thursday, June 9 Charity auction of artwork commissioned exclusively and donated by artists who work in the private equity industry and members of their families. London, England. Sponsored by Altius Associates.

10th Annual Anthem LemonAid July 15-17 Be a part of a miracle and help “put the squeeze” on childhood cancer in Virginia by selling lemonade. Registration and anniversary drawing contest open April 1 at 804-228-5929.

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Join American Family Fitness and former NBA star Cory Alexander at the annual Celebrity-Am Charity Golf Tournament. Alexander, after an All-American career at the University of Virginia, played for the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, and Charlotte Bobcats. Four-person teams will be paired with a celebrity golfer. Confirmed celebrities include Cory Alexander, NBA guard; Gene Alley, MLB shortstop; Aaron Brooks, NFL quarterback; Harold Deane, All-ACC point guard; Brian Marshall, MLB pitcher; Brian Mitchell, NFL running back/kick returner; Justin Orenduff, MLB pitcher; and Bryan Still, NFL wide receiver. Registration is $600 per foursome and includes 18 holes of championship golf with cart, pretournament lunch, awards dinner sponsored by Cory Alexander posed with his team, Outback Steakhouse, individual and team awards, (pictured l-r) Laura Fisher, Jenn Mott, and more. Registration deadline is June 17. Josie Smith, and Kim Harrington, at last 4-Person Captain’s Choice. 1 p.m. shot gun start. year’s tournament. Hunting Hawk Golf Course, 15201 Ashland Road, Glen Allen. Visit or contact Eric Watkins, Tournament Director, at 804-382-7663 or for more information.


Saturday, October 8 Ninth Annual American Family Fitness 5K/10K Walk/Run and Kids Mascot Mile 8:30 a.m. – Mascot Mile ( for children 5-10 years old), 9 a.m. – 10K, 9:15 a.m. – 5K. Registration for the Mascot Mile is $10 before October 1, $15 after. For the 5K/10K, $25 before October 1, $35 after. Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Brook Road Campus, 2924 Brook Road.

Friday, November 4 48th Annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball Dinner, dancing and live entertainment at the Country Club of Virginia. Black tie. Presented by the Junior Board of Children’s Hospital Foundation. or

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One Step to a New Day When children and families come to Children’s Hospital of Richmond, they are taking one step to a new day. Whether they are seeking care for short-term issues or for more extensive health care needs, all of the families served by the hospital are looking for a brighter, healthier future. Children’s Hospital Foundation helps provide that future to tens of thousands of families each year, thanks to the support of countless members of our community who believe as we do that there is no greater cause than taking care of the health care needs of children. You can make their days brighter. Please give our children the support they deserve.


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