meg, a child life specialist at children’s hospital, provides support to patients.
children’s national medical center never ceases to amaze me — their stellar team provides exceptional care and service for countless brave little patients that are need medical treatment. along with some of the best doctors in the world, children’s has amazing support staff and specialists that aid in child care. on an average day, 60-80 children have surgical procedures at children’s national medical center. child life specialists are available to provide psychological preparation and emotional support before, during and after procedures. the specialists are outstanding + compassionate people, trained to help children and their families understand and cope with illness, treatment and hospitalization. additionally, child life specialists employ fun therapeutic play with patients that help to de-mystify surgery and make “playing doctor” a true learning experience. watching meg with the patients and their families in the moments leading up to surgery was inspiring — bravo to her and all the amazing people who devote their lives to improving care for sick children!
children’s national + united medical center = improved pediatric care.
earlier this week children’s national medical center hosted a very fun event at united medical center to celebrate the new forthcoming pediatric emergency department — made possible in large part by an amazing $11 million grant from the DC government. the event was a wonderful opportunity to introduce the community to the nurses + staff, and everyone had a great time.
“it’s wise to be well” focused on educating parents through information on children’s health, from identifying flu symptoms and ear infections, to basic injury prevention, healthy eating + exercise practices, as well as free car seat checks! the tents were set up in the hospital parking lot, alongside the community farmers’ market, complete with balloons, awesome music, snacks, great give-a-aways, and face painting for the kids! as always, i had a great time documenting another fabulously fun event for children’s national medical center — enjoy!
arabian nights to benefit the children.
the 2010 children’s ball :: andrew w. mellon auditorium – washington, dc.
this weekend children’s national medical center hosted their annual signature gala at the andrew w. mellon auditorium in washington, dc. the 2010 arabian nights children’s ball delighted over 700 guests with an incredible evening of food, wine, dancing, and fundraising!
the evening’s personable host, bret baier, anchor of special report with bret baier on fox news channel, welcomed guests and introduced edwin zechman, jr – president + CEO of children’s national medical center who thanked the event’s sponsor, washington area lexus dealers. the evening’s presenters also included dr. kurt newman and joseph e. robert who again recognized the amazing $150M gift from the government of abu dhabi with a special presentation to omar al shamsi, deputy chief of mission for the sheikh zayed institute for pediatric surgical innovation.
norah o’donnell, chief washington correspondent, MSNBC, co-hosted a live (and lively!) auction with bret baier, followed by the music from the outstanding mood swings band, dancing + an after hours lounge with dj d-mac.
the children’s ball was absolutely fantastic and i’m so thrilled to continue working with the incredible team at children’s national medical center, as well as the amazing philanthropists that give to such a worthy cause.
my great friend + amazing photographer jessi ringer was also there covering the evening – you can check out her work here.
miss america + credit unions come together for children’s miracle network.
juri valdov, chairman, credit union miracle day, inc.
last week the atrium at children’s national medical center was a very exciting place – dozens of patients participated in an awesome event to decorate piggy banks and hang out with 2010 miss america! the lovely caressa cameron serves as a goodwill ambassador for children’s miracle network – an international non-profit serving hundreds of children’s hospitals, and the official platform for the miss america organization. the kids loved meeting her, posing for photos with her and the crown, and she even helped decorate and play games with everyone. during the program following the arts + crafts she also spoke on behalf of the organization and what it means to her to be able to work with the children.
in addition to celebrating the children, the event commemorated the absolutely amazing $923,000 raised by the 2010 credit union cherry blossom run. credit unions have sponsored the run since 2002, and contributed over $4m for children’s hospitals nationwide. on sunday april 11 over 15,000 runners took to the streets of dc, marking the 37th year of a great tradition.
lead partner PSCU financial services presented one of last year’s auctioned piggy banks to juri valdov.
a voice for children.
design house :: washington, dc.
last night children’s national medical center welcomed circle of care members to the 3rd annual dc design house benefitting the foundation. the evening began with self tours of the spectacular home – designers were available to discuss their renovations and inspiration, and cocktails and delicious food were served poolside by ridgewells catering. following the reception, the program featured friends, family and doctors speaking on behalf of the child health advocacy institute.
it was truly a gorgeous evening and a superb event – enjoy!
a birthday celebration at children’s hospital.
earlier this week i photographed the most wonderful birthday party for joe robert at CNMC! the kids call him “mr. joe” and they were delighted to surprise him in the art center at children’s national medical center with a fantastic party – complete with cupcakes, bubbles, silly string, noise makers, hand-made cards, a super banner, and of course, their smiling faces!
joe robert is an amazing man and one of hospital’s great philanthropists, as well as a cancer survivor. as part of the celebration, the kids helped joe make his own BEADS necklace – an awesome arts project where patients make beaded necklaces that pay tribute to their treatments. BEADS stands for Bravery, Endurance, Achievement, Determination, Strength – qualities which abound here at CNMC in not only the patients, but in all of the doctors, staff, volunteers and donors that come together to treat and care for the children. every time i have the opportunity to visit CNMC and work with this amazing group of people i am touched and inspired beyond words.
razing money for cancer.
CNMC patients help ambassador yousef al otaiba prep for his half a million dollar shave.
last week i photographed another fantastic event at children’s national medical center in dc – be brave & shave. this great initiative has generated a strong buzz (literally) and raised almost $750,000 in the first year! on friday afternoon, the united arab emirates ambassador to the united states, yousef al otaiba, shaved his head in support of the hospital’s cancer programs. the ambassador raised over $274,000 in donations, and then matched that amount for an amazing grand total of almost $550,000!
the best part of the event was that some of the children participated in the shave – rubbing shaving cream on the ambassador’s head and helping him towel off! one very special patient, a cancer survivor named carston, spoke about his experiences at CNMC and his special bead necklace symbolizing his journey to recovery. he even presented the ambassador and his girlfriend, abeer shoukry with beaded necklaces of their own! inspiring.
united arab emirates ambassador yousef al otaiba.
carston speaks about his treatment + experiences at CNMC.