Tag Archives: Beaumont Children’s Hospital

College Basketball Coaches Make a Special Visit

13 Jun

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A few weeks ago ten college basketball coaches visited patients and cancer survivors at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. According to all the participants and the smiles on the children’s faces, the visit was better than any medicine. The event was partnership between Beaumont Children’s Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Thanks to Coach Greg Kampe of Oakland University whose idea turned into an impactful event.

Coaches included:  Steve Alford – University of California, Los Angeles, Rick Barnes – University of Tennessee, John Beilein – University of Michigan, John Calipari – University of Kentucky, Bob Huggins – West Virginia University, Tom Izzo – Michigan State University, Greg Kampe – Oakland University, Sean Miller – University of Arizona, Josh Pastner – University of Memphis and  Roy Williams – University of North Carolina.

“This was a ten person team united against fighting cancer, ” said Tom Izzo, Michigan State University.

View the actual visit here.

 

 

 

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Oh Baby!

24 Apr

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Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Michigan hosts the best Baby Fairs. Last week the site was Royal Oak, Mich. where more than 500 new parents or parent-to-be attended mini-classes and educational forums on everything baby.  Danialle Karmanos, of the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth, inspired many new moms talking about natural childbirth.I had the opportunity to highlight the event on Fox2. If you live in the Detroit area, visit this week’s fair at Beaumont Hospital Troy on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Cuddle Up!

7 Nov

jpeg Meterologist Chuck Gadica visited Beaumont’s Children Hospital the other day to read to the children. He brought along his book “Tommy Starts Something Big.” In the book, Tommy’s bear is called Cuddles. Tommy realizes that Cuddles can bring happiness to others. He asks his Aunt Suzi to make more bears, so he can give the bear to special people who might need to cuddle. Gadica created the fun phrase “Cuddle Alert” to describe cold days and nights in his weather forecasts. He came with  Grace Centers of Hope who help needy children with their Hands of Hope Center.

Cuddle up all!

 

Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids

13 Jul

 

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Hey Detroit Tiger fans, I had the opportunity to attend the 13th Annual Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids baseball challenge at Comerica Park last week. The event benefits Don Bosco Hall, a non-profit that helps youth and their families with crisis management and counseling. This event invites 450 youths to participate in several baseball activities and meet Tiger great Willie Horton. (I’m with Willie in the photo above.)

Beaumont Children’s Hospital sponsored the event, and I attended as a representative.  The smiles and the swings were great!

Go Tigers! Go Beaumont!

 

The No-Show 5K

4 Apr

 

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I just received a clever fundraising invitation in the mail. It’s for the “No-Show 5K Run.” As the invitation states, this non-event raises funds for the Bottomless Toy Chest, which provides crafts and activities for pediatric cancer patients in Michigan hospitals. You don’t have to show up, and you don’t have to run or walk with hundreds of people. You just can feel great by donating to these hospitals who help children with cancer — Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Helen De Vos Children’s Hospital, St. John Van Elslander Cancer Center and Sparrow Hospital.

I just might not show up!

 

Mascot Gathering

12 Mar

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Some of Motown’s favorite mascots helped Beau the Bear celebrate his 5th birthday. Beau is the mascot of Beaumont Children’s Hospital.

Hooper (Detroit Pistons), Little Caesar (Pizza), Champ (Detroit Sports Commission) Rocky Raven (Royal Oak High School) Nessie (St. Andrew’s Society)  and some furry friends from the Detroit Zoo all took part in the festivities.

Hooper (lower photos) high fives me and did cartwheels and flips to everyone’s amazement.  The children were all smiles!

Here are some wonderful clips from the party.

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/24937023/beaumont-hospitals-beau-the-bear-celebrates-5th-birthday-with-kids

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20140310/NEWS20/303100030/Beaumont-Children-s-Hospital-celebrates-fifth-birthday-w-video-

Do you have a favorite mascot?

Detroit 2 Nepal

3 Aug

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There may not be a direct flight from Motown to Nepal, but there’s a strong connection. Thanks to the work of  Richard Keidan, M.D.

Dr. Richard Keidan first travelled to Nepal on vacation, and he became enamored with the people and the county. He observed that the Khotang District was cut off from roads and communication, without power, without waste management (toilets) and without clean drinking water and with very limited access to health care and educational opportunities.

After seeing the significant needs in this region and the amazing determination of the people,  he founded the D2N: Detroit2Nepal Foundation. Its mission is to improve public health, health care, and educational opportunities for children in this remote Himalayan district. The Foundation works directly with people in the village and the projects are initiated by the Nepalese.

According to Dr. Keidan, “This approach creates jobs for community members and also allows them to learn how to manage these projects.”

On Sunday, August 25 at the Birmingham Bike Festival, there will be a parade at 1 p.m. to raise funds for D2N and the Miracle Fund at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Dr. Charles Main, Beaumont’s Chief of Pediatric Oncology will serve as the Grand Marshal. Dr. Main will be retiring after a 50-year medical career. The parade will also honor Alexandra Graham, a 16-year-old who lost her fight with bone cancer. The parade is titled Miles4Alex.

To donate funds, please visit the D2N website and to register for the parade go to www.crowdrise.com/miles4alex

Free Pancakes for a Great Cause

2 Feb

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Don’t miss out on National Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 5th. All IHOP restaurants across the county will be serving free pancakes. In return IHOP requests that guests consider a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Beaumont Children’s Hospital is a designated Children’s Miracle Network hospital. All of the donations raised locally stays in the community to fund Beaumont’s exceptional pediatric programs  and provide treatment scholarships for families with limited resources. Some of the locations around town include: Royal Oak, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Roseville  and Birmingham. This is certainly a program to flip over.

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