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Franciscan Family Night

Once a month, Franciscan Hospital for Children has “Family Night.” They provide dinner, and then a special group comes to do an activity with the kids after they eat. They bring anyone and everyone – including collecting the babies who are alone and bringing them down in the strollers just for a change of scenery…

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Thomas The Train

Franciscan Hospital for Children had a 3-year-old inpatient for seven months, who spent most of his days all alone. . He received treatment every night and did so – alone – from his stroller watching his favorite show – Thomas the Train. They only had 1 Thomas the Train DVD – he had to watch…

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Molly’s Story

After a difficult pregnancy and threat of a miscarriage, Molly’s parents had no clue about the challenges they would face their new baby arrived. Molly was born prematurely at 27 weeks weighing less than 2 pounds. She had trouble with the basic instincts that would keep her alive, such as breathing and eating. Her tiny,…

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Jake’s Story

What started out as a typical cold, developed into much more than that for 9-year-old Jake. This active skateboarder and skier woke up one day to find himself unable to lift his head, neck, or arm. Jake developed a severe case of pneumonia, which later became Atypical Transverse Myelitis – a neurological disorder caused by…

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Theresa’s Story

Theresa’s father did what most parents of an 11-year-old complaining of pain does. He told her to go lie down and rest until the pain in her jaw and neck felt better. “I made sure she was comfortable and went downstairs to print some photos off the computer. A few minutes later, I heard moaning…

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Helpful Online Shopping Security Resources

We are one week away from the busiest time of year for E-Commerce sites. The best advice to keeping yourself safe online is to trust your gut. If you have any doubt about an online retailer, don’t make a purchase before doing your homework. Here are several online government resources designed to make online shopping…

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Brooke’s Story

Fourteen-year-old Brooke was walking home from an afternoon with her cousin when a car swerved off the road and struck her on the sidewalk. Brooke’s cousin started searching for Brooke – who was thrown 50 feet into the nearby woods – while trying to call 9-1-1 and Brooke’s mother. Brooke survived the initial impact of…

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Connor’s Story

It was a typical evening for 8th grader Conor until he suddenly became very dizzy and nauseous, and unable to speak or walk. Conor has a non-verbal learning disorder (NLD), a movement disorder, a dysfluency and speech issue, and a history of seizures, so these sudden symptoms were extremely alarming to his family. Conor was…

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Emma’s Story

Senior year is tough for most high school students with the pressures college applications process and graduation. For 17-year-old Emma, this was a serious time of struggle. Her psychiatrist tried to help her through the anxiety, sadness, and hopelessness that she was feeling. Emma was afraid, angry, and confused, which led her doctor to believe…

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They WON’T Be Home for Christmas

Think back and remember the thrill of Christmas morning at age 5. Many children have never been able to experience Christmas from anywhere other than their hospital bed Franciscan Hospital for Children has five children right now who have spent every Christmas of their lives in the hospital. They vary in age from 1-6. That…

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