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Click here for more information about Informational fliers for new and expectant mothers
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Informational fliers for new and expectant mothers
Your support will help provide new fiveSMART poster and informational fliers to educate families on the importance of starting healthy and active lifestyles at a young age to prevent obesity and related health problems later in childhood. *Your gift will be matched*

$5.00 

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iPad app
Child life specialists and physical therapists have learned that using technology with children can be a great motivator. iPad apps are one of the many diversions used to distract children during difficult procedures or entertain a patient or sibling during a long day of treatment.

$5.00 

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Tiny pacifier
Nurses know that a calm, comfortable baby heals faster and goes home sooner. Help promote healing and growing for a critically-ill child by providing a tiny pacifier specially designed for a premature infant.

$5.00 

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Children's book
Storytime is an important part of the day for children, particularly those spending their time in the hospital. Books help offer a momentary sense of relief to children as they escape to magical lands and other imaginative places through stories.

$10.00 

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CTA card for a family in need
Lurie Children's provides more care to children insured by Medicaid than any other hospital in Illinois. Every day, our care teams help provide a wide variety of assistance to our patients and families facing financial difficulties. Help alleviate the transportation costs associated with hospital visits by helping to provide a CTA card for one family.

$10.00 

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Arts and crafts supplies
Arts and crafts supplies are used widely throughout the hospital, for general activities in clinic waiting rooms, programs in our Family Life Center and special projects with our art therapists. For a hospitalized child, art projects not only help pass the time, but can make their hospital stay a more positive experience, giving them opportunities for creativity, engagement and self-expression.

$15.00 

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WubbaNub
The WubbaNub Plush Toy Pacifier is designed to give babies comfort with a unique combination of a cute plush toy and hospital grade pacifier. The addition of a soft, bean-filled animal friend not only provides simulation for small fingers but also positioning support for the pacifier. Your support can help provide one WubbaNub for an infant in Lurie Children's Heart Center.

$15.00 

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Board game
For a child in the hospital, play helps to relax enough to express feelings or fears about medical experiences. Your gift can help supply a board game in the hospital's Family Life Center to help encourage playtime and interaction with other children in order to minimize the stresses that may be caused by a hospital visit.

$20.00 

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Bike helmet
Wearing a helmet is the most important action to keep a child safe while bicycling. Helmets reduce the risk of cycling-related traumatic head injuries by 80%, and they reduce the risk of injuries to the upper and mid-face by 65%. Ensure children in Chicago are kept safe by helping to provide bike helmets as part of the hospital's Play it Safe with Kohl's program.

$25.00 

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Comfort doll
The Snoedel, or "NICU doll" is used to comfort hospitalized babies that are required to be physically separated from their parents. After "wearing" the blanket doll, parents place it in the incubator with baby, soothing their child through nature's most powerful aromatherapy - their mother or father's scent.

$25.00 

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Gift card for teens
Gift cards are a simple and convenient way to brighten a kid's day. They allow us to cater to our patients' wide variety of needs and interests, so that we can offer meaningful and creative distractions for kids of all ages and abilities.

$25.00 

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Holiday gift cards for families
Gift cards to local stores can help parents with financial needs still provide holiday celebrations for their families. Through our Partners with Parents program, your donation can help provide one family with the resources they need to make the holidays special for their children.

$25.00 

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Products for hospital salon
Volunteer hairstylists frequently come to cut and style our patients' and their families' hair in our salon and also at patient bedsides. Our salon also serves as a massage space for parents when professional massage therapists come to visit. Your gift can help ensure that the salon stays properly equipped for our patients and families.

$25.00 

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Video game
Video games have proven to be an effective pain management tool for children facing illness as well as a means of entertainment during a lengthy hospital stay.

$30.00 

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A birthday celebration
As a child, remember how much anticipation there was leading up to your birthday? From the presents to the celebrations with friends and family, there was so much excitement surrounding the day. You can make it just as special for a child spending their day in the hospital by helping to support all the necessities for a fun and memorable birthday celebration.

$50.00 

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Books for parent/baby library
Give parents the opportunity to read to their infant by supporting the NICU's sharing library. Many babies are too fragile to be held. The library's books give parents other ways to bond with their child by reading to them or describing characters or pictures in a story.

$50.00 

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Parking for a patient family
For families with a child in the hospital for a lengthy period of time, visits to and from the hospital can start to add up. Your support can ensure a family is able to spend quality time with their child while not having to worry about transportation costs piling up.

$50.00 

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At-home comforts
Simple decorations including wall art, bulletin boards or areas to display personal artifacts turn a sterile medical environment into a place of calm, comfort and healing. And when a child is comfortable, they can heal faster.

$100.00 

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Grocery gift card for family in need
Medical bills can often take a significant financial toll on patient families. Allow a family to focus on the medical needs of their child rather than day-to-day expenses by helping to cover one week of grocery costs.

$100.00 

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Health-focused activity at Chicago Public Schools
Your support will help provide a health-focused activity at one Chicago Public School, such as seeds and equipment for a school garden, a healthy cooking class or equipment to encourage physical activity! *Your gift will be matched*

$100.00 

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Pain management/distraction tools
Doctors, nurses and child life specialists at Lurie Children's are skilled in the art of distraction to counteract fear and manage pain during hospital treatments and procedures. From bubble blowing and games to special rewards, these positive distractions help reduce the need for pain medication, alleviate stress and contribute to better outcomes for kids.

$100.00 

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Toy for the hospital treasure chest
Small gifts and prizes are always needed to help raise the spirits of a hospitalized child or to help celebrate a birthday or holiday during a hospital stay. Your gift will ensure that our patients undergoing cancer treatment have a selection of small gifts and toys to make their time at the hospital a little more comforting.

$100.00 

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Toys
Small gifts and prizes are always needed to help raise the spirits of a sick child, or to celebrate a birthday or holiday during a hospital stay. In addition, our closed-circuit, interactive television station, Skylight TV, hosts several in-house television game shows each week, adhering to the philosophy that "everybody's a winner," creating a daily demand for small prizes.

$100.00 

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Instrument for music therapy
The hospital setting can be a new, unfamiliar and sometimes frightening world for children. Lurie Children's understands these feelings and works to protect a child's physical and emotional health and well-being. Caregivers have seen how music therapy has shown to help children express feelings, minimize stress, alleviate pain and decrease recovery time.

$125.00 

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Skylight TV
Skylight TV is Lurie Children's very own in-house television station that broadcasts interactive, educational and artistic programs directly to the bedside. Favorites, including "Story Time with Dot" and "Body Parts Bingo," give children the opportunity to utilize their creative senses, have fun and participate in programs from the comfort of their rooms.

$135.00 

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Garden Play program
Nature has the ability to create a sense of calm, relaxation and peace. For Lurie Children's patients and families, it provides a much needed escape from hospitalization. During sessions of our hands-on Garden Play program, participants learn how to care for plants native to other countries and cultures.

$150.00 

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Health education for children
With your support, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) will have the opportunity to bring its public health message, 5,4,3,2,1 Go! Jr. to 30 at-risk 3 to 5 year olds, providing them with fun and engaging ways to make healthy eating and physical exercise part of their daily routine. *Your gift will be matched*

$150.00 

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Pet therapy
When a child is hospitalized and separated from familiar surroundings, the distance from siblings, friends and even family pets can cause additional stress and interfere with healing. The loving affection from our pet therapy program canine friends instantly lifts the moods of our kids, creating a special moment of relief during challenging times.

$200.00 

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Scrapbooking materials for NICU families
Just like baby books might help new parents remember and celebrate moments in their child's life, scrapbooks for parents of infants in our NICU help them experience and remember milestones in their journey. The process can also help parents find some respite and a creative outlet for expression during a challenging time.

$200.00 

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Social work
At Lurie Children's, we recognize that a sick child and his or her family require a special level of care and attention that goes beyond the boundaries of physical healing. Our social work program has forever changed our capacity to address the special needs of children and their families, helping them to find stability during an incredibly difficult time in their lives.

$200.00 

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Comfort tools for patients with autism
A trip to the hospital can be especially stressful for a child with autism spectrum disorder. Our hospital's child life specialists work closely with these patients, using specially-designed sensory devices like noise-cancelling headphones or distraction techniques to help them prepare for medical procedures, cope with their illness and give voice to their feelings.

$250.00 

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KidSTAR simulation training
Lurie Children's KidSTAR simulation lab provides Heart Center physicians and nurses a risk-free, hands-on practice of important skills and procedures. Simulation sessions allow caregivers to practice performing delicate procedures that require a great deal of skill. Your gift will provide 3 hours of Heart Center team training in the KidSTAR simulation lab.

$250.00 

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Classroom supplies
Every day our school services staff provides individualized reading and math lessons to our young patients whose medical conditions require long absences from school. Important educational supplies - including textbooks, computers and other classroom essentials - are needed to create an interactive and effective space for learning and teaching.

$275.00 

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Lurie Children's Prom Night
Every spring for one very special night, our high school-age patients who are unable to attend their own prom will be treated to a day of pampering and a night of fun and dancing. Your support will provide one teen with all of the elements needed to make this a night to remember including formalwear, silk corsages and more.

$400.00 

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NICU comfort plan
To help equip families for the reality of life at home with a fragile newborn, child life therapists and NICU nurses work with families to create a unique comfort plan. In addition to books, comfort toys and blankets, the NICU team provides resources from practical medical guidance to training in integrative medicine practices.

$450.00 

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Continuing education for nurses
At Lurie Children's, our nurses say it's all about the kids and our families say it's all about the nurses. You can support the growth and education of our incredible Heart Center nurses. By providing funding for training sessions and continuing education you are helping our nurses be more prepared to provide the best care for our patients and families.

$500.00 

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Education for nurses
Our nurses strive to be premier providers of pediatric nursing care and experts in the art and science of healing and caring. Support the growth and education of our incredible care providers by providing funding for our nurses to attend training sessions and educational programs that will prepare them even more to provide the best care for our patients and families.

$500.00 

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Hippo Snug Seat
When a child is in a body cast or attached to medical equipment, parents are unable to use most infant or child car seats to get their child home safely. Specially-designed car seats provided through the Pedersen Family Learning Center make it possible for parents to safely transport their child home from the hospital, to follow-up appointments and for use in daily life.

$500.00 

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Honor your caregiver (Cancer & Blood Disorders)
Pay tribute to a special doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional who made a difference in your hospital stay or visit. Your contribution will be directed to your honoree's specific area of greatest need. Honored caregivers will receive a custom lapel pin to wear proudly.

$500.00 

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Honor your caregiver (Heart Center)
Pay tribute to a special doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional who made a difference in your hospital stay or visit. Your contribution will be directed to your honoree's specific area of greatest need. Honored caregivers will receive a custom lapel pin to wear proudly.

$500.00 

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Honor your caregiver (NICU)
Pay tribute to a special doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional who made a difference in your hospital stay or visit. Your contribution will be directed to your honoree's specific area of greatest need. Honored caregivers will receive a custom lapel pin to wear proudly.

$500.00 

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Interfaith Chapel supplies for one month
In the Anne Searle Bent Interfaith Chapel, patients and families receive spiritual care from our board-certified chaplains. Your donation can help provide them with the resources (prayer mats, rosaries, crosses, prayer books) to assist with the rituals and sacraments of different faith groups, fostering a healing spirit throughout the hospital.

$500.00 

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Wellness champion at a Chicago Public School
Help advance health and wellness activities and improve the environment at a Chicago Public School by supporting a Wellness Champion whose role is to encourage healthier eating and more physical activity throughout the school day. *Your gift will be matched*

$500.00 

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Happiest Baby on the Block materials
Imagine a parent's anxiety if their baby is coming home with complex medical equipment, monitors or special needs. To help our parents feel more comfortable, our caregivers teach methods from the nationally-recognized Happiest Baby on the Block series to help them learn the skills to soothe even the most delicate newborn.

$600.00 

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Molecular oncology initiative
Advances in technology have created an explosion of data that can be used to personalize cancer treatment. Our multidisciplinary Molecular Oncology and Bioinformatics Program will enable caregivers to analyze each patient's tumor at the most basic level of DNA and RNA and perform an in-depth analysis of the data to provide a comprehensive molecular profile.

$700.00 

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Cardiac neurodevelopmental support
Today, the survival rate for children treated at Lurie Children's for congenital heart disease is 98% - the second highest of any pediatric hospital in the nation. To maximize the quality of life for these kids, individualized testing is required to develop personalized strategies with families and schools to give each child the best possible opportunity for academic and social success.

$750.00 

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Interpreting services
At Lurie Children's, the Interpreting Services program provides the bridge between limited English proficiency or hearing-impaired patients and our medical staff, and helps ensure we provide the highest quality, culturally appropriate care regardless of the patient's and family's English ability. Your gift will support interpreting services for 25 families throughout the year.

$780.00 

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Bereavement support
The Heartlight bereavement program allows Lurie Children's to extend support to every grieving family, regardless of where they live, their experience at the hospital or their individual support systems. Heartlight remains one of the few bereavement support programs in the Chicago area for families who have lost a child and provides support not only for parents but for siblings and other family members.

$850.00 

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Breastfeeding support and resources
When babies are born prematurely, they often lack the ability to nurse and feed effectively. Our Certified Lactation Specialists and Counselors work in collaboration with Developmental Specialists to teach NICU babies and their mothers the strategies and skills needed to latch on and swallow.

$1,000.00 

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Neonatal play group
In the NICU, many babies' hospital stays can last several months. These tiny patients soon grow out of their isolettes and need opportunities for developmentally-appropriate play and growth like any other baby. To meet these unique needs, help support a special play group for the NICU that will rely on uniquely made play equipment.

$1,000.00 

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iPads for learning
The Get Well Network, Lurie Children's interactive patient care system, lets the hospital connect with each patient at a one-on-one level and educate families about their child's condition and treatment. Because the NICU rooms don't have televisions, funding is needed to purchase iPads and Get Well Network licenses so our NICU families have access to these important resources.

$1,400.00 

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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for a family in need
When a child experiences cardiac arrest at home, an automated external defibrillator (AED) can sometimes be the only lifesaving tool for a family. AEDs are portable electronic devices that can detect and treat a child's potentially life-threatening irregular heart beat.

$1,500.00 

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Fellowship Program
Lurie Children's remains committed to supporting and training the next generation of academic-minded pediatric cancer specialists through our three-year, accredited fellowship program. The first two years consist of hands-on clinical training. The third year of the fellowship is devoted to a year-long research project of their choosing with guidance from our faculty.

$1,569.00 

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Research to help babies with prenatally-diagnosed conditions
At Lurie Children's, we often can begin caring for patients even before birth. Our Institute of Fetal Health works closely with obstetricians, maternal-fetal physicians and pediatricians to care for more than 300 pregnant women a year. Advancements in this field are rapidly progressing and we are committed to remaining at the forefront of fetal care.

$2,000.00 

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Patient Emergency Fund
Every day, our care teams help provide financial relief to our patients and families in need by assisting with rent, utilities and sibling needs, among other necessities. The Patient Emergency Fund gives us the means to lift one burden from a family's shoulders, allowing them to focus on being present for their child facing illness.

$2,500.00 

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Safe passages for kids in low-income neighborhoods
The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) provides residents with a Neighborhood Walkability Assessment Tool to review and improve conditions such as sidewalk infrastructure, driver behavior and crime and violence to provide a safer walking and biking environment in their neighborhoods. *Your gift will be matched*

$2,500.00 

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Train tomorrow's leaders
Today's alarming drop in physicians entering the field of pediatric cardiology has resulted in too few specialists to meet growing demands. Fellowships in the Division of Cardiology address this problem and offer the best hope for future patients and their families by nurturing physicians and researchers early in their careers.

$2,500.00 

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Baby Care Connect
After birth, it is common for mothers to remain hospitalized while their babies receive treatment at Lurie Children's. Through Baby Care Connect, moms who are hospitalized are able to visit with their infants through live video, allowing them to participate in family-centered rounds and discussions with their baby's care team.

$3,000.00 

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Pediatric Oncology Clinical Trial
Each year, approximately 250 newly-diagnosed cancer patients seek the expertise of Lurie Children's nationally-ranked Division of Hematology, Oncology, Neuro-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation. Part of our commitment involves advancements in treatment and therapies with the potential to save children's lives. Our clinical research team ensures each patient has access to, and are enrolled in, the newest clinical trials.

$4,200.00 

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Advance cardiology research
The Heart Center at Lurie Children's has built the first biologic repository of cardiac tissues harvested from children undergoing open heart surgery. Under the direction of physician scientist, Dr. Conrad Epting, current and future investigators can utilize this unique resource to support translational research aimed at improving outcomes for children with congenital heart disease.

$5,000.00