MN Organizations Supporting Children With Medical Needs
As Give to the Max Day approaches, we wanted to take a moment to recognize all the amazing work that non-profit organizations we partner with throughout the year are doing. Below, see each organization PHS works with, how we’re involved with them, and what you can do if you’d like to get involved. On November 14, don’t forget to give what you’re able to the organization you stand by.
Camp Odayin – Camp Odayin provides camp experiences for young people with heart disease and their family. PHS has provided oxygen and bus bags for campers in the past and was involved in their Have a Heart Benefit. You can help send a camper to Camp Odayin by donating here.
Children’s Hospital – PHS gets involved with a few Children’s Hospital events throughout the year, including being BINGO callers at the Star Studio. We also volunteer at the Baby Steps 3k and sponsor a room at the Minneapolis location.
Children’s Lighthouse – Children’s Lighthouse is working to build the first children’s hospice and respite care facility in Minnesota. To help support this cause, PHS is involved in the Home Run Gala and also sponsors the Children’s Lighthouse Music Festival. There are many ways to give –check them out here.
Design Wise Medical – This organization creates child-appropriate health products, allowing them to live life to the fullest – a mission PHS stands strongly behind. Thanks to their innovation, our patients have the opportunity to use products created specifically to them.
Faith’s Lodge – Faith’s Lodge provides a place for parents and families to face the serious illness or loss of a child at their lodge in Dansbury, Wisconsin. Each year, PHS volunteers do spring cleaning at the lodge and rock out at their event Hope Rocks. To check out how to you can donate, volunteer or stay up to date, visit here.
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare – Have you pledged to cure pity yet? Check out their commitment to moving attitudes forward here. PHS is proud to be a room sponsor at Gillette. Learn more about donating or getting involved here.
HopeKids – Recognizing that life goes on for the whole family even in the face of a life-threatening medical condition, HopeKids provides events for families whose children face a serious medical diagnosis. Each year we participate in the HopeKids 5k, Coleberry Golf Tournament and Hope Day Festival so kids can keep being kids. You can help fund the activities HopeKids puts on here.
Memorial Blood Centers – Twice a year, PHS hosts a blood drive at the office through Memorial Blood Centers (MBC). There are many ways to get involved with the MBC, including signing up to donate blood at one of their locations, volunteering, or donating financially. See the opportunities here.
Miracle League – PHS staff buddy with athletes who have cognitive and/or physical challenges to play a games of baseball in leagues across the metro. In addition to Miracle League, the West Metro has iCANhoop – a program that buddies volunteers with basketball players in a clinic setting.
Miracles of Mitch Foundation – The Miracles of Mitch Foundation was formed after a nine-year old boy with cancer made a pinky promise with his dad to help other children with cancer. PHS volunteered at the MiracleKids Triathlon for the first time in 2013 and can’t wait to get involved again in 2014. See ways to help or their website.
Ronald McDonald House – Understanding the hardship a family goes through when a child is in the hospital, PHS volunteers go to the Ronald McDonald houses in the metro to make dinner for families with Cooks for Kids. Donate or find out how to get involved here.
Spare Key – To help families bounce and not break, Spare Key provides mortgage and rental payments for families whose child is in the hospital for an extended period of time. This year, for Give to the Max Day, Spare Key is hoping to break a record during their Bowl to the Max event. Check out how to get involved in the day or donate here.
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) – By participating in the Mitochondrial Walk (a fundraising walk held across the nation), PHS was able to support the UMDF – an organization that promotes research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders and provide support for those affected.
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital – PHS sponsors a room at Amplatz for families to use. We’re also huge fans of the video staff and patients of Unit 5 recently made to Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave” – have you seen it? Check it out here and get inspired.
If you have any questions about these organizations, don’t hesitate to contact the PHS Sharing Care Coordinator, Joe Volner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published: October 29, 2013