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CHOG celebrates record $1.35 million in donations

The 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals broadcast celebrated a record-breaking $1,356,058 in donations for Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

The local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Celebration, which aired from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, on WRDW-TV News 12, celebrated a record-breaking $1,356,058 in donations to benefit the services and programs at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the area’s only children’s hospital.

The total represents an accumulation of all CMN Hospitals fundraisers, campaigns, and other donations in 2014 to the children’s hospital from various supporters and partners, as well as new pledges and donations raised over the weekend through a telethon.

This was the first CMN Hospitals Celebration for new Georgia Regents University President Dr. Brooks Keel.

“It has been a very exciting day of showcasing the excellent care provided to patients and families at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. I have enjoyed watching the miracle stories and hearing how the medical care right here in Augusta is saving so many young lives,” Keel said. “And to top $1 million for the first time ever … at my first telethon … is very special. Thanks to everyone for your support for the Children’s Hospital, where miracles are happening every day.”

The 154-bed CHOG is the second-largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children.

A not-for-profit, CHOG relies on community support to provide patient care services to children and families and has been a beneficiary of CMN Hospitals since 1986. About $906,000 was raised for CHOG through CMN events last year. Before this year’s record, the highest year of donations was close to $915,000 in 2013.

Fixing Ronald’s heart

11259687_10150581688584999_5830558428567303930_nThe most selfless causes are those that become personal missions.

Three Georgia Regents University physician assistant students showed the world just what selflessness means when they took it upon themselves to save the life a 15-year-old Ugandan boy named Ronald.

Ronald was born with a life-threatening condition known as congenital atrial septal defect (ASD). To truly understand the dangers of ASD, however, one must first understand the heart.

The normal human heart is separated into four chambers – the right and left atria, and the right and left ventricles, respectively. In a healthy heart, a dividing wall known as the interatrial septum prevents blood from the left atria from entering the right atria directly, forcing the blood to instead circulate through the entire heart. Ronald’s heart, however, has a small hole in its interatrial septum. As a result, the right side of his heart works much harder than necessary to compensate, resulting in an abnormal, visible heartbeat.

Sufferers of ASD often have extreme difficulty with physical exertion. In Ronald’s case, he is often unable to make the trip to school, more than a mile’s walk from his village. He is also unable to play soccer, a sport he follows religiously.

In the United States, ASD is most often treated before it becomes a threat to its victim’s health. Unfortunately, Ronald, whose family lives nine hours away from the nearest cardiologist, is in life-threatening danger.

Shelby Boggus, James Torrell, and Lauren Beatty, three GRU PA students who visited Kabale, Uganda, for their clinical rotation, met Ronald after a social worker brought him to a clinic for a checkup.

After meeting Ronald, and later meeting his family, Boggus, Torrel, and Beatty, along with their colleague Alana D’Onofrio, set up a GoFundMe campaign to pay the $30,000 surgery needed to save the boy’s life. As of June 8, the campaign had raised more than $15,000 dollars. The remaining amount was donated on June 9 by the Daniels family in honor and memory of their father, Ted Daniels.

Scheduled in July, surgeons from America, Canada, India, and South Africa will attempt to fix Ronald’s ASD at the Uganda Heart Institute.

With luck, Ronald may soon have the chance to lead a normal life.

GRU awarded CASE Bronze Circle of Excellence for IGRU Campaign

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Georgia Regents University was awarded the Bronze Circle of Excellence by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education on Wednesday in recognition of the university’s IGRU fundraising campaign. The campaign, entered in the Fundraising/Targeted Campaigns category, was recognized for its grassroots, peer-to-peer approach and overall efficiency.

The four-month campaign beat the highest prior year annual giving campaign total by more than 50 percent, raising more than $1 million in total.

Kroger fundraiser benefits NICU

Area Kroger stores raise money for Children’s Hospital of Georgia
Campaign will provide funds for NICU expansion

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Today through June 9, local Kroger stores will be asking customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are and purchase $1 Miracle Balloons to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Georgia, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

This year’s local donations will help save the lives of the hospital’s tiniest patients by helping fund an expansion of CHOG’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest level of newborn critical care.

The renovation plan includes adding four more beds to the 41-bed unit to help accommodate families like the McGahees of Athens. Their triplet girls, born more than two months early last summer, were cared for in the NICU until they were healthy enough to go home.

The 154-bed not-for-profit Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit facebook.com/GAChildrens or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/GAChildrens

All the funds raised through this campaign will go to local CMN Hospitals in the Kroger service area to improve the lives of more than 10 million children. Headquartered in Cincinnati, the supermarket retailer is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, education, health and wellness, and diversity programs.

Kroger has partnered with CMN Hospitals since 1996, raising more than $10 million for sick and injured kids. Last year, 211 Kroger stores across the South raised more than $412,000 with the CMN campaign.

The Kroger Southwest Division operates 217 stores, 211 pharmacies, and 130 fuel centers and is part of one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains serving customers in 34 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about Kroger, visit kroger.com.

 

Josh Turner concert pulls $45,000 for kids’ camps

AUGUSTA, Ga. – An acoustical performance by country music’s Josh Turner on March 18 brought in nearly $45,000 to help equip the Family Y’s Camp Lakeside to serve Children’s Hospital of Georgia patients. The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and CHOG are collaborating to ensure that children of all abilities have access to life-changing outdoor recreation and therapeutic programs. The renovated camp on Lake Thurmond in Lincoln County will be transformed from its current rustic condition to better serve children with disabilities and serious or chronic health conditions in a medically safe environment. For more information about Camp Lakeside, visit the familyy.org

 

IHOP’s 10th Pancake Day supports CHOG

AUGUSTA, Ga. – On Tuesday, March 3, area IHOP restaurants once again will be offering a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes to each guest in recognition of National Pancake Day. This family-friendly tradition – now in its 10th year – aims to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

For every short stack of ShortStack.verticalbuttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to CHOG in lieu of their meal cost. Since 2006, IHOP National Pancake Day has raised about $13 million to provide life-saving treatment, programs, and medical equipment for pediatric patients — including the nearly 100,000 children treated annually at CHOG.

“Thanks to the generosity of IHOP and its patrons through Pancake Day, we were able to purchase specialized physical therapy equipment for CHOG patients,” said Catherine Stewart, CMN Development Officer. “We raised more than $3,100 last year, and we’d like to top that this year. The weather in our area has been cold and a little dreary lately, so this is the perfect time to get over to IHOP and enjoy a stack of warm pancakes.”

Participating IHOP locations are located at: 3125 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta; 4361 Washington Road, Evans; and 180 Aiken Mall Drive, Aiken.

For more information, contact Catherine Stewart at castewart@gru.edu or by phone at 706-721-4004. To make an online donation to CHOG, visit www.IHOPpancakeday.com.

The 154-bed not-for-profit Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit facebook.com/GAChildrens or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/GAChildrens

Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at www.CMNHospitals.org.

5 tips for naming your fundraising campaign

Enticing donors to contribute to your academic mission or other laudable cause requires a deft touch, starting with selecting its name.

Make it banner-worthy, says Deb Barshafsky in Advancement at Georgia Regents University. Here are five tips she recommends to help you do that:

  1. Think big.
  2. Be authentic.
  3. Beware of crowdsourcing.
  4. Accentuate the positive.
  5. Don’t state the obvious.

Read the full commentary from Barshafsky on Ragan.com

Dance Dash on Saturday supports CHOG

AUGUSTA, Ga. – You can get some exercise and have a little fun at the inaugural Dance Dash 5K, benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in the CHOG circular drive, this 5K with a twist combines dancing, running, and walking to raise funds for the area’s only children’s hospital.

Don’t know how to dance? No problem. Instructors from Pulse Dance Center will teach steps at three stations along the route. At the finish line, participants will combine the moves they’ve learned in a flash mob dance finale.

Registration, which includes a T-shirt, is $35 and can be completed in advance through the dancedash.org website or at the event beginning at 7 a.m. Participants are encouraged to seek donations for the Children’s Hospital and turn those in at the Dash. For more information, contact Catherine Stewart at castewart@gru.edu or 706-721-4004.

Dance Dash 5K is sponsored by Coke, WRDW-TV News12, The Bradley Schools, Barney’s Pharmacy, First Bank of Georgia, and All Star Transportation.

The 154-bed not-for-profit Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit facebook.com/GAChildrens or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/GAChildrens

IGRU Campaign surpasses goal

The 2014 IGRU (I’m Giving. Are You?) Campaign went out with a bang at annual Alumni BBQ on Friday, Oct. 10 when the total amount raised was announced. The GRU community not only met but exceeded its $800,000 goal for the 2014 campaign.

Thanks to the generosity of  faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners the campaign raised $879,596!

That is more than a $128,000 increase over last year. A large part of this success comes right from the faculty and staff who contributed $300,941 – an increase of more than $88,000 over last year.

See below for more photos of the annual Alumni BBQ and the Annual Jaguar Jaunt, which took place the following morning.

Help young patients by eating at Moe’s

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Area Moe’s Southwest Grill locations will raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia this weekend through its Joey’s for Juniors event. For every $4 Joey Bag of Donuts purchase on Oct. 17-18, Moe’s will donate $2 to CHOG, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

CMNHospitalslogo_color-125x180The Joey burrito includes beans, seasoned rice, shredded cheese, pico de gallo and choice of flour or whole-grain tortilla, as well as choice of meat or organic tofu. Participating locations are:

• 3450 Wrightsboro Road, Suite D-225 at Augusta Mall (Promenade)
• 2805-C Washington Road at Washington Walk in Augusta
• 4239 Washington Road, Suite 1, in Evans
• 1500 Whiskey Road in Aiken

For more information on the fundraiser, contact Catherine Stewart at castewart@gru.edu or at 706-721-4004. You may also visit facebook.com/moesaugusta for details.

The 154-bed not-for-profit CHOG is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Last year, Moe’s raised more than $2,200 for CHOG through a one-day event.

Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual concept featuring fresh southwest fare in an engaging atmosphere in more than 550 locations in the U.S. and abroad. Founded in 2000, Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill was ranked #1 in category in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 in 2010 and is a Gold Award winner of the 2008 Consumer’s Choice in Chains Awards. For more information, visit moes.com.