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Hope is a Powerful Medicine

Philanthropy has been part of the PHS culture since we opened our doors for business in 1990. Since formalizing our giving and volunteering by introducing the Sharing Care program, PHS has formed several valuable partnerships that serve as fantastic resources to our patients and their families.

PHS staff participating and volunteering at HopeKids Annual Suburban Adventure Fundraiser Walk/Run. For more information on the fundraiser and how you can help out visit their website @

Having a chronic illness not only impacts the child with the condition but also the entire family. HopeKids understands this challenge and strives to support these families with the message that hope can be the most powerful medicine of all. HopeKids events provides kids and parents with the opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. That invaluable connection helps families feel as though they’re not alone.

HopeKids provides ongoing events & activities and a powerful, unique support community for children with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions free of charge for the whole family. With events such as go-cart racing, football clinics with the University of Minnesota Gopher football team, private movie screenings, twins games and not to mention their annual HopeDay festival that, this year, included a petting zoo, BMX biker shows, super heroes, basketball and kickball games, a dunk-tank and inflatable bouncers, there is no shortage of fun or hope for these children, their siblings and parents.

Each spring PHS employees visit Faith’s Lodge to help clean up the grounds around the lodge and spring clean to prepare for new guests

Living with and caring for a medically-fragile child can be exhausting and dealing with the loss of a child is a heartbreaking experience that takes time, strength, support and hope to continue moving forward; for those times when you’re feeling your weakest, there is Faith’s Lodge. Faith’s Lodge provides a retreat where parents and families facing the serious illness or death of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future.

Faith’s Lodge offers families a place to reflect and regroup and hopefully leave with more hope and energy than when they arrived.  While at Faith’s Lodge families have the opportunity to spend time and connect with other parents who are in a similar situation, giving you a feeling of support and understanding.

Visit their website to learn more about the amenities and the process for applying to stay at Faith’s Lodge. With a suggested donation of only $25.00 per night, Faith’s Lodge is truly a resource to families when they are in need of a break, a getaway, support from someone who understands their situation or just some time to renew their spirit.

Coming up on September 25th is Hope Rocks, an annual event benefiting Faith’s Lodge. PHS is proud to support Faith’s Lodge as a sponsor for the second year. If you are interested in sponsoring or purchasing tickets to the event please visit the Hope Rocks website.

To learn more about how Faith’s Lodge impacts the lives of those who stay watch this video: Faith’s Lodge. A place where hope grows (warning, it’s a tear-jerker)

Have either of these organizations touched your lives? We’d love to hear your story or see photos from events you’ve attended.

Originally published: September 17, 2010