With the overwhelming support from residents and businesses in Winchester, Tenn., family and friends of Landyn Stratham successfully coordinated a community toy drive and delivered over 1,200 toys to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
Four-year-old Landyn spent many days in Children’s Hospital as he was battling cancer. His family saw first hand the compassion of the staff as they decorated his room for the holidays, brought gifts to distract him from his difficult times and provide food for the family. Landyn fought hard through it all, but lost his battle earlier this year.
In remembrance of Landyn, the staff at the hospital and all the patients, Landyn’s family decided to brighten the holidays for other brave superheroes who are enduring their own medical battles. The community came together and the family not only surprised the staff with their visit to the hospital but also delivered five stretchers full of toys.
“We are so grateful for the hard work and dedication of Landyn’s family to coordinate the toy drive and for the support of the entire community to rally around the family during this holiday season,” said Lois Simpson, Children’s Hospital Child Life Specialist. “This generosity will certainly make the holidays very bright for our patients and their families.”
For more information on Landyn’s story and the toy drive, visit Christmas from Landyn and Levi on Facebook.
On Monday, members of Tennessee Donor Services, Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem and Erlanger honored organ donor, Allen Janohosky and his mother, Jean, during a Floragraph (floral portrait) Ceremony at the Baroness Hospital.
Jean’s visit to Erlanger was the first in 12 years since her 17 year-old-son passed away after a car accident and became an organ donor. As Jean reunited with individuals who were with her on that day, she had many memories of her son and the genuine love and care her entire family received by Erlanger staff and Tennessee Donor Services during such a difficult time in their lives.
Jean and other participants during the ceremony put the final touches on Allen’s floragraph. Viewers of the New Year’s Day Rose Parade may be able to spot the very same Floragraph on the Donate Life float as one of Allen’s organ recipients, Jimmy Lynch, participates on a ride of a lifetime. This year’s float honors the many relationships between the organ recipients and the donor families. For over 10 years, Allen’s family and Jimmy have remained close.
Also in attendance at Monday’s Floragraph Ceremony was former U.S. Acting Surgeon General Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu who spoke about the importance of organ donation and the significant impact Erlanger has made in supporting families during organ donation.
Dr. Moritsugu understands the work and dedication it takes to help a family through organ donation. He lost both his wife and daughter in separate car accidents. Both became organ and cornea donors – and Dr. Moritsugu became a dedicated advocate for organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Founders of the Christian Bryant Foundation recently honored Christian Bryant’s birthday, November 22, by donating 20 iPads and protective cases to patients at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
Christian’s parents, Robyn and Chris, along with sister Bailey Bryant stopped by Children’s Hospital to visit some of the children and talk to family members who are benefiting from the foundation’s donations.
Karlie Mathis, a 12-year-old who is receiving medical treatment at the center, received one of the iPads and is anxious to reap the benefits of connecting with family and friends or working on projects while she is away from home and school.
In the summer of 2011, Girls Preparatory School senior and cross county athlete Christian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She and her family spent many days at the hospital through testing and chemotherapy treatments fighting to stay well and make it through remission. Sadly, Christian passed away less than a year later. But, thanks to her family’s support to Children’s Hospital, her legacy still lives on.
Children’s Hospital representatives are extremely grateful for the Bryant’s generosity to provide support to its departments and the families whose love ones are treated at the hospital. The memory of Christian will remain forever on the forefront as they continue to care for children who fight for their life everyday. For more information on how you can support the Christian Bryant Foundation’s iPad donations and other projects the family has created, please visit www.thechristianbryantfoundation.com.
CU Direct, the nation’s leading provider of lending, automotive and strategic solutions to the credit union industry, is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a special contest that will end with one of the nation’s Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital receiving a $20,000 donation from CU Direct. All area credit unions and the general public are invited to visit www.cudirect.com/cudirect20 and cast their vote for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
Contest participants can vote once per day through December 22. The hospital with the most votes will be announced on December 23rd and will receive $20,000 from CU Direct. The credit union with the most votes toward the winning hospital will be invited to co-present the $20,000 check from CU Direct to the winning hospital in early 2015.
“CU Direct has been a wonderful partner over the last 10 years, offering not only financial support for our member children’s hospitals but volunteers that serve on both local and national committees,” remarked Joe Dearborn, senior director of the Credit Unions for Kids program. “CU Direct exemplifies the people helping people philosophy of the credit union movement.”
CU Direct’s President and CEO, Tony Boutelle, says his entire company is excited about continuing to support CMN Hospitals.
“As we reflect on 20 years in business, we want to give back to a non-profit that’s been near and dear to the CU Direct family for the past decade,” said Boutelle. “We’re excited to let our customers and the credit union community help decide which Children’s Miracle Network Hospital will receive the donation.”
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is one of 170 CMN Hospitals that receives donations from many local businesses who are CMN Hospitals partners. Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need the most—typically for purchasing lifesaving equipment, supporting top therapy programs and providing charitable care. For more information on the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals visit: www.CMNHospitals.org.
The Scenic City Camaro Club raised $2,350 for T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger during this year’s Pledge Cruise. Participants met in Chattanooga, Tenn. and cruised to the Cherohala Skyway, “Tail of the Dragon,” and ended at the SCCC “Stateline Cruise-in” at Gateway Mall in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Awards were presented to participants who raised the most pledges/donations and to clubs with the most participants. Door prize drawings were also available during stops along the drive. Organizers would like to thank this year’s sponsors: Mountain View Chevrolet, Shoppes at Homestead, and Joe’s Auto Glass, for their support. For more information on the Scenic City Camaro Club, please visit www.sceniccitycamaroclub.com or call 423-243-0051.
Head over to the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, November 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for Erlanger Health Fair Day, and take care of your health while enjoying the market festivities.
Over two dozen Erlanger departments and physician practices will be on hand to answer health questions and schedule office appointments for you on the spot. Health information and free health screenings will also be available, including blood pressure checks, pharmacy medicine reviews, and screenings for memory, glucose levels, and carbon monoxide levels.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger will offer thumb casting and decorating for the kids, and members of Erlanger’s LIFE FORCE crew will be on site. A miniature model of the da Vinci Xi, Erlanger’s newest surgical robot, will also make its debut at the Chattanooga Market, showcasing the region’s latest robotic surgical capabilities.
In one month, the Ringgold, Ga. Costco raised more than $36,300 for T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger by hosting several fundraising events for their customers and employees. This outstanding accomplishment is $9,500 more than last year’s donation and recognized as the most funds raised as a single warehouse for a children’s hospital in Tennessee.
Each year during the month of May, Costco participates in the annual drive by raising funds through silent auctions and other events. But the majority of the funds are raised by asking one simple question: Would you like to make a donation to the Children’s Hospital Network Hospitals?
“At Costco your cashier may ask you several questions like how are you today, would you care for a box, did you find everything you need,” said Ethan Patton, Ringgold, Ga. Costco cashier. “But, by adding one more question, Costco was able to raise over $36,300 through the charity of our customers.”
From the photo lab to the tire center to the front cash registers, every Costco employee asked if their members would like to help make a difference in a child’s life through the Miracle Balloon sales.
“The balloons were gathered and hung from every available surface on the front registers,” said Patton. “Every May, we all know that we are going to see a sea of yellow every day at work representing the love and compassion of our community.”
“We are so proud of the work Costco associates have done to raise money for our region’s only Children’s Hospital,” said Rebecca Brinkley, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Coordinator for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. “More importantly it is Costco’s customers who also see the need and support the hospital through their contributions. This year’s donation will make a huge difference in enhancing the services we provide to sick and injured children every day.”
Since 1988, Costco’s participation in CMN Hospitals has expanded along with the growth of the company, raising money more than $211 million for affiliated children’s hospitals in every community where Costco warehouses are located. Currently, 580 warehouses in 100 markets participate in a fundraising campaign for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.