This will be my 10th Walk for Boston Children's Hospital! Most of you have supported me every year, every step of the way and for that I am profoundly grateful. As you all know I'm very proud to work here - it is an incredible place with an incredible mission. I see miracles everyday and I know how important philanthropy is to making those miracles happen. These are a few of the areas your money supports:
- We're the #1 pediatric research hospital in the country - NIH funds a lot of our "safe" research but your dollars allow us to do cutting edge research - the kind that changes the world.
- 1 out of 3 Boston Children's patients are covered by Medicaid;making Children's the state's largest provider of health care to kids covered by Medicaid. We lost $120M in expense cost - you're support helps us cover that loss.
- Patient family services are critical to the health of our patients and families. Your support funds our child life services, art and music therapy, Paw Prints program where dogs come to the bedside, Clowns and much, much more. I have seen how important these programs are to a child's recovery.
- Boston Children's trains more pediatricians than any other institution - you help fund them.
I could go on and on but I'll stop here. I ask for your support once again to fund these and many other life saving programs. And as always, I thank you for your generosity. Carola