Author: cyndibassel


Southwest Airlines Donates $675,000 to Children´s Charities Benefiting Children in Local and International Destinations

Southwest Airlines will donate $675,000 to children´s charities benefiting children in local and international destinations.  At this year´s 30th Annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament, the airline added two donation recipients in addition to Ronald McDonald House Charities to include St. Jude Children´s Research Hospital and Children´s Medical Center of Dallas.  The LUV Classic was founded in 1985 by Southwest Airlines President Emeritus Colleen Barrett. The event has since grown to be ranked as one of Dallas´ top charity golf tournaments by the Dallas Business Journal, donating more than $15 million since its inception.

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Celebrating 50 Years, NorthPark Honors Cancer Patients

Children’s Medical Center Foundation is honored to celebrate in the Fiftieth Anniversary activities of NorthPark Center.  Recognizing Cancer Awareness Month, NorthPark Center is providing NorthPark Gold for the purchase of “Milestone Gifts” for the patients of the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Patrick Leavey, Pediatric Oncologist, along with patients Reese Skelte, 5, and Julissa Garcia, 9, recently stopped by NorthPark for a shopping spree at the Disney Store and LEGO store to select Milestone Gifts for young cancer patients who reach an important marker or clear a hurdle, such as the end of chemotherapy, transition back to school, or celebrate a birthday in the hospital. The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders houses one of the largest pediatric hematology-oncology programs in the U.S.

Since first opening their doors in 1965 the NorthPark Center has been passionate about giving back to the community — raising awareness and greatly needed funds for many worthy causes that serve others. To celebrate their fiftieth anniversary they chose to donate to 50 different local organizations that embody the ideal of making Dallas great.  We are so grateful to partner with NorthPark in making life better for children.



The 25th Annual Children Helping Children Tennis Tournament

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While summer is still in full swing, we’re gearing up for a Fall of exciting fundraisers and events.  The 25th Annual Children Helping Children Junior Singles Tennis Tournament will be held September 26-27 at High Point Tennis Center in Plano.  In addition, this year marks the 2nd annual Men’s and Women’s “King and Queen of the Court” tournament on Monday, September 7, also at High Point Tennis Center.

The Tournaments were started by Pam and Ken Sumrow to honor their son Clint who was diagnosed at age 5 and treated for cancer at Children’s.  Today, Clint is a UT grad, married and active in the tennis community.  The September activities help show young athletes how they can help make a difference while inspiring their competitive spirit to play a great game. This events support the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center.  A world-class pediatric treatment center, it is  recognized for exceptional clinical care, academic excellence, and leadership in research for pediatric cancer.

Please login to to enter to play and fundraise, or share this info with a youth or adult tennis player that may have interest in participating.  The deadline for registration is September 13th 2015; come out and enjoy the activities while knowing that your support is helping to save lives.

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Red Balloon Run & Ride Gets Going this Weekend

It’s that time of year again! On Saturday, the 2015 Red Balloon Run & Ride will occur and benefit Children’s Medical Center Foundation. The signature event is a familyRed Balloon Run & Ride friendly fun run, walk, and cycling event held at Children’s Medical Center Plano. Participants are encouraged to raise at least $100 to benefit the program, service, clinic, or research center of their choice at Children’s. As of this morning, more than 5,000 registered participants have raised $400,000 so far…and counting!

Children’s Medical Center Foundation relies on the generosity of our region to provide world-class care to each child who walks through our doors. We are grateful for the participation of so many families, friends, and neighbors in this event. Year-after-year it amazes me how truly dedicated the DFW area is to making lives better for children.

If you’re interested in participating in the Run & Ride on Saturday, it’s not too late to register! Simply visit our website for more information. If you are unable to participate, we hope you join us in cheering on our runners and riders. On behalf of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation, we thank you for your contributions and hope to see you on Saturday!


Register Today!

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Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

As much as I love my field of work, our goal as healthcare professionals is to do everything in our power to keep patients out of the hospital. I was honored to be able to attend a “Matters of the Heart” Symposium yesterday, hosted by former first Lady Laura Bush and the National Advisory Board Chair Lee Ann White.

The Symposium featured four Doctors who specialize in cardiac medicine, and who specifically spoke about how Heart Disease can affect women. The tone of the symposium was one of hope, and focused on preventative medicine and the gender specific new treatments in the field. Advances in this field mean more time with family and friends.

This event reminded me that it is important to take a step back and realize that this disease affects all of us, and that when we come together, solutions and hope begin to drive out fear.

A huge thank you to the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health –  for all of the research and funding that has been provided for continued education and the developments in the field of women’s health.


Children’s receives $425,000 from PetSmart to Expand Pet Therapy Program

On January 21st Children’s accepted a $425,000 donation from PetSmart to expand our Pet Therapy program for the next five years. The therapy program is a fully integrated part of patient care.

The donation helped with the purchase of two new therapy dogs, Van and Blair. The two fluffy additions will visit patients undergoing various types of treatment as well as prior to going into surgery. Not only is the joy the children receive from the dogs a blessing, but Children’s knows that pet interaction has real therapeutic effect. 


This partnership is the beginning of a journey to raise a $5 million endowment to ensure we are able to continually bring happiness and health to the lives of the children we serve. Children’s is grateful to be involved with such wonderful partners who help bring such joy to the lives of our patients. 



Christmas is for Children Radiothon

It’s that time of the year again…

In light of the holidays, this coming weekend, December 11-12, Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network are partnering with CBS Radio stations for the 9th annual “Christmas is for Children Radiothon.”

During this two-day live broadcast from inside the hospital, radio personalities will meet with patients and their families, share heart-warming stories, and of course, encourage listeners to support Children’s and it’s patients however possible.

Last year we reached a record breaking total of $1,032,881 from both the English and Spanish Radiothons, and we appreciate the continued support this year.  The Children’s Medical Center Foundation is grateful for everyone who participates in making life better for children, especially during the holidays. After all, this time of the year is truly special for children.

Find out how you can help by visiting: and don’t forget to tune in to 98.7 for the wonderful stories this weekend.

Happy Holidays!


Friends of the Food Allergy Center Annual Reception

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The annual Fall gathering of the Friends of the Food Allergy Center of Children’s Medical Center was held in the Pecan Room at Old Parkland on Wednesday evening.  Dr. Drew Bird talked about cutting-edge clinical research and quality care.  Third grader, Jack Quinn, entertained the group with his fondest memories at the Food Allergy Summer Camp – five days of summer fun that kids with food allergies can attend without fear that they will have an allergic reaction to the food they eat.  Now in its fourth year, it was the nation’s first overnight camp for children with food allergies.

To Join the Friends of the Food Allergy Center, phone 214.456.8360

Junior League of Collin County

The Junior League of Collin County Donates $10,000 to Children’s Medical Center at Legacy

This week, The Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) announced a donation of $10,000 to Children’s Medical Center at Legacy to go towards its reading program. The gift was one of two big donations by the JLCC this year, with the other being a $30,000 donation to The Samaritan Inn for a library in its homeless shelter. The organization has raised an impressive total of $429,012 between June 2013 and June 2014.

The Children’s Medical Center Foundation is grateful for not only this generous monetary donation, but for the countless volunteer hours given by JLCC members to Children’s at Legacy. Community donations from organizations like Junior League of Collin County are imperative to the livelihood of Children’s Medical Center, and we are so very appreciative of their support.

As a member of The Junior League of Dallas, I am proud to stand by these women who have given back to the North Texas community in such a generous fashion.


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La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas

This week, La Fiesta held its annual celebration of  La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, a weeklong event honoring the history of Texas and the Park Cities. This weekend, La Fiesta will host its formal gala and presentation honoring the 2014 Duchesses and Escorts.

Established in 1986, La Fiesta is a non-profit organization supporting ongoing maintenance for the Park Cities Heritage House. Since 1986, more than $6,300,000 has been returned to our community.

Congratulations to the wonderful class of 2014 Duchesses and Escorts. A huge thanks to the volunteers who work tirelessly to support this Park Cities Festival to meet the community needs. It is great to see the La Fiesta flags flying during this La Fiesta week.

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