Charlotte's Journey Home

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I Promise to Blog Again…In the Meantime, Can You Help “Charlotte’s” Hospital?

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A message from this once and future blogger. Not exactly a word from our sponsor, but a word about what we sponsor and what we are most grateful for.

As most of you know, when Charlotte was 6 months old I joined the Children’s Service Board of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In helping the CSB raise millions of dollars over the past 7+ years, I have been fulfilling our commitment to give back to the hospital and doctors that saved Charlotte’s life. When you see pictures of Charlotte today, or have the chance to visit with her, it is hard to remember that she was gravely ill and that in her 49-day hospital stay there were several times that we were not sure she’d see her first birthday, let alone be planning for her ninth.

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As a member of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Service Board, I am committed to ensuring that the hospital is a caring “second home” for kids during a hospital stay. Thanks to fundraising events such as the Gold Coast Fashion Award Show, the Children’s Service Board is only $50,000 away from reaching our $3 million commitment to pediatric surgery.  Your generous support and partnership help make it possible for Lurie Children’s Pediatric Surgery Specialists to focus exclusively on healing the smallest members of our community—our funds have enabled recruiting, retention of a dedicated interpreter, and much more.  

I hope that as the year ends you will consider giving a meaningful gift to Lurie Children’s and help the Children’s Service Board meet its goal.  No amount is too small. This year, it’s doubly important for me—I’ll be chairing our signature event for the next two years and want to be able to focus on whatever our new mission will be.  I’m a bit nervous about this new endeavor and promise to blog about it as part of Charlotte’s journey–she’ll be in attendance on September 19 (and you can be, too!).

The Children’s Service Board and Lurie Children’s strive to make Chicago the healthiest place in the nation for kids. Our specialists are capitalizing on their proximity to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Rehab Institute of Chicago, and Prentice Women’s Hospital to advance research to keep our kids healthy–research into congenital heart defects, pediatric cancer, simulated surgery, and much, much more. The more learn about the hospital, the more passionate I am. And if you’d like to learn more, or tour our amazing facility, just let me know.

Philippe and I thank you for your support throughout Charlotte’s journey—it has meant so much and will continue to mean a lot as she faces the inevitable challenges and further surgeries in her life. And I thank you for considering my request.

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Author: Culture Bean

I am a mother, a pre-published children's author, and a published academic. I am also a "mommy blogger," though I hate the term. My passions are reading and writing. As a professor, I strive to help my students think critically about the media and culture with which they engage. I've started this blog because it's time I put my money where my mouth is!

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