Eventful run today (complete version)
June 18, 2016
BENEFITING: MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER
ORGANIZER: MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I am so excited to announce that this year I will be running the NYC Marathon and I am raising money for the child life team at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). A life goal of mine is to run a marathon in every city I live in (started with the LA Marathon during undergrad). This marathon is extra special because I get to fundraise for a cause I feel very connected to - the child life team at CHAM. CHAM is the children's hospital I am currently getting trained to become a pediatrician. I was the medical student who loved every rotation at each hospital I went to, but when I joined the pediatrics team at CHAM, I was filled with a deeper type of joy. I feel very blessed that I found a career that is particularly meaningful to me and that I care so much about. CHAM is such a unique place where everyone from the doctors, nurses, students, receptionists to cleaning staff are all so kind and care for the children as if they were their own.
Since opening in 2001, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore has served the most vulnerable children from the Bronx. CHAM is the only pediatric hospital in the Bronx and the largest provider of healthcare for children from the nation’s poorest urban community. CHAM is unique in serving every child regardless of the family's ability to pay. In partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, groundbreaking discoveries by CHAM investigators have led to new therapies and better outcomes for children. Each year, CHAM serves 250,000 unique patients over the course of 9,000 inpatient admissions, 65,000 emergency department visits and 2,000,000 ambulatory care visits.
I am particularly excited to be raising money for the child life team at CHAM. I wish you could see for yourself what amazing things this team is doing. During my rotations on many different units throughout the hospital, I have personally seen them make tremendous differences in the lives of these children. This team has been able to set up an integrative and palliative care service for the children, educate children about their conditions and surgeries through medical play, maintain the playrooms on each floor, set up special events like CHAM Prom, conduct art and music therapy, set up alternative therapy such as reiki, yoga and massage therapy, support social workers who help parents navigate this crazy healthcare system, and so much more.
When one of my little girls, who was essentially living in the hospital became fussy and cried to go home, they created many fun activities to help her forget that she is in the hospital. For children who spend many months in the hospital on life support, they found ways to get them outside the hospital and enjoy fresh air (an unbelievably complicated task). For the children I saw in our special genetics clinic with Williams’s Syndrome, they would bring music therapists as this particular condition is associated with a particular attraction for music and rhythm. For my teenagers who were in and out of the hospital every week with cancer related complications, they found ways to keep their mind off the cancer by setting up video games, having parties for them, bringing them their favorite books and helping coordinate classwork with their teachers. And for all the children in the hospital who are suffering from some sort of chronic illness, they set up a prom every year so the kids can dress up and dance the night away with other children who can they can relate to (swipe past the photos on the left to watch the video of one of these proms)
Unfortunately the child life services are not covered by insurance and so they rely on philanthropic donations from people like you. Please help make a difference in a sick child's life and donate to CHAM and the child life team. Please call me or send me a message if you want to find out more about the team and where the money is going to. Your money is not going to some rich hospital administrator, its going directly to help the life of a child.