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ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CONTENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Pat McClelland, Chairman M. Edward Drilling, Vice Chairman Tom Baxter, Secretary Dorsey Jackson, Treasurer Michele Moss, M.D., Chief of Staff ACH Burn Center: Saving a Life Harry C. Erwin III, Past Chairman Jonathan Bates, M.D., President & CEO John Bale, Jr. Eduardo Ochoa, M.D. Ron Clark Stan Roberts Sue Cooper Skip Rutherford Cody Thomas, a 9-year-old Haskell Dickinson Mark Saviers Paul R. Hart Philip Schmidt boy from Malvern, was J. French Hill Robert L. Shults caught in an explosion at a Judge Marion Humphrey Bonnie Taylor, M.D. Richard F. Jacobs, M.D. Everett Tucker III bonfire, which resulted in 65 Michael Joshua Rick Watkins percent of his body being Diane Mackey Charles B. Whiteside III Barbara Moore Kim Williams covered with third degree Beverly Morrow I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. burns. Cody and his family Cody Thomas visits with occupational therapist Mandy overcame the painful experi- Yelvington recently at ACH. Cody visits ACH regularly for ence with help from the ACH therapy as he recovers from his burns. burn center. ACH RESEARCH INSTITUTE Ron Clark, Chairman Jonathan Bates, M.D., Vice Chairman for Finance & Admin. Child Life and Debra Fiser, M.D., Vice Chairman for Research Education Department: Robert Porter, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., President Soothing Kanwaljeet “Sunny” Anand, Tommy Hillman M.B.B.S., D.Phil Roger Rank, Ph.D. M. Edward Drilling Mark Saviers James Gaston Fears Robert Shults Ellen Gray I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. The ACH child life and educa- ACH FOUNDATION tion (CLE) department works Jonathan Bates, M.D., Chairman with both parents and children Charles B. Whiteside III, Vice Chairman John E. Bel, President to provide understanding about medical procedures. Child life Pat Allen Ross Honea John Bale, Jr. Beverly Keener specialists also use medical play, Tom Baxter Mark Larsen the hospital school program Frances Buchanan Diane Mackey William Clark Mark McCaslin and the pet therapy program to James Cobb Jim McClelland make a child’s stay at ACH as Dale Cook Jeffrey Nolan Robert G. Cress Robert Porter, M.D. normal as possible. Don Edmondson Sara M. Richardson A volunteer in the CLE department works with her therapy dog Harry C. Erwin III Vicki Saviers to cheer up a patient. The T.A.I.L.S. (Therapeutic Animal Robin George Philip Schmidt Miracle Barbara Hanna Witt Stephens, Jr. Intervention Lifts Spirits) program allows patients to interact Anne Hickman Marianne Thompson with trained therapy dogs. Bryan Hill Sue Trotter Ray Hobbs Tom Womack Ball The ACH Auxiliary presented ACHiever Staff Editor: Chris McCreight its inaugural Miracle Ball on Design: December 2. The sell-out Lori Barlow, The Graphic Design Shop, Inc. event was an elegant affair. Photographers: Kelley Cooper, ACH Foundation Staff Children’s Hall on the ACH Contributors: campus was all spiffed up on the Alyssa Anderson, Kila Owens, Phaedra Yount outside, giving just a hint of the elegant transformation that awaited THE ACHIEVER Miracle Ball guests on the inside. is published by Arkansas Children Hospital Foundation for friends of ACH. The car on display is the 2007 800 Marshall St., Slot 661, Toyota Yaris that North Point Little Rock, AR 72202-3591 (501) 364-1476 • FAX (501) 364-3644 Toyota donated for the live auction. TDD (hearing imparired) 364-1184 www.archildrens.org PATIENTS AND FAMILIES WE HAVE KNOWN ACH Burn Center Instrumental in Saving 9-year-old Child Kila Owens M any 9-year-old boys have heroes like Superman and Spiderman. Cody Thomas, of Malvern, has a real-life hero — his dad, Randy Wellman. On May 21, 2006, Cody’s parents had a bonfire party to cele- brate his mom’s birthday. Someone poured gasoline on the fire and Cody was caught in the explosion. As Cody ran in a panic across the yard, his dad caught him and put out the flames — a selfless act that saved Cody’s life. The family rushed Cody to a nearby medical center. Within 40 minutes, he was on an Arkansas Children’s Hospital helicop- ter, headed to Little Rock for treatment. For two weeks, Cody was kept in a medically induced coma in the ACH burn center while people across the world prayed for his recovery. “The worst part of the entire ordeal was not hearing his Thanks to the help of ACH burn center staff members and the sup- voice for those first two weeks,” says Crystal Wellman, Cody’s port of family and friends, Cody Thomas can enjoy just being a kid. mother. “All we could do was wait and pray.” For Cody, the worst part of being in the hospital was “being away from my sisters.” Eventually, Cody’s condition improved. He remained in the physical therapy clinic in Malvern three days a week and, due burn center for the next five months, where doctors focused on to his busy schedule, is currently home schooled. healing Cody’s body, which had been covered with third degree Because of his experience at the ACH burn center, Cody burns. He underwent nine surgeries during his time at ACH. wants to help his peers in any way possible. He has volun- His main physician, Dr. Bill Hickerson*, became a friend to teered to be an Arkansas Firefighters Association spokesman, Cody in his time of need. a position that will allow him to educate other children about According to Cody, Dr. Hickerson is “awesome.” the dangers of fire. Crystal agrees. “Dr. Hickerson is wonderful with his Cody, with the help of his parents, also raised money to patients,” she says. “He understands them, and he talks to them. collect teddy bears for ACH patients. Cody collected 175 He gained Cody’s trust, and even when Cody wouldn’t open up teddy bears and delivered them to the hospital during the to anyone else, he always opened up to Dr. Hickerson.” 2006 Festival of Stars toy donation drive. For Cody, the While in the burn center, Cody battled nightmares and reason for collecting teddy bears was simple: “We did it for depression. For his parents, dealing with Cody’s illness was an ACH and the kids who need it.” emotional rollercoaster, as well. Cody and his family are grateful for the excellent care they “It has really been a learning experience,” says Randy received — and continue to receive — in the ACH burn Wellman. “Facing this has shown us how strong we can be for center. our child and our family. It certainly made it easier that the “At ACH, it really is all about the kids,” says Randy. “You workers in the burn center cared so much about Cody.” can see how all of these people — the nurses, the doctors, Another step in Cody’s healing was attending Camp the workers — care so much for each child. We were treated Saving a Life Sunshine, a free camp for children who have been severely wonderfully at the burn center, and we feel lucky that such an burned. At the camp, kids can fish, swim, play games and amazing institution is right in our back yard.” have fun in a setting that is comfortable and accepting. The ACH burn center is the only burn center in Arkansas Although he was only able to go for a few hours, Cody felt and treats both children and adults. For more information, blessed to have an opportunity to meet peers with experiences please visit: www.archildrens.org. similar to his. Cody was released from ACH in October, but he returns * Bill Hickerson, M.D., is medical director of the ACH burn center and regularly for visits that monitor his progress. He also visits a professor, department of surgery at UAMS College of Medicine. 3 HOSPITAL NEWS Child Life and Education Department Brings Understanding to Young Patients Kila Owens A child life specialist explains an upcoming procedure to a patient while showing pictures of exactly what equipment he can expect to see S ome people choose their professions based on pay, work hours or training. Most of the child life and education (CLE) employees at during his stay at ACH. Arkansas Children’s Hospital chose their profession based on an entirely different reason — a personal life experience. One of those experiences was that of Gloriane Kabat, director of the CLE department. use music or crafts as a means of coping with hospitalization. All play- “When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I had to be admitted into a hospi- rooms are designated “no owie” zones, meaning no medical procedures tal,” Kabat says. “I was scared during my medical procedures, and I did- take place there. “We feel play is very important to the children,” says n’t understand why I was there or what was happening. There was no Kabat. “Children learn and cope with their surroundings through play, one for me to play with, and there was absolutely nothing for me to do.” and if the kids are doing what they want to do, it helps promote recovery.” The experience made an impression on Kabat and later, while in col- Another activity promoted by the CLE department is medical play, lege, she saw a television program about the emergence of child life which is used to alleviate a child’s medical fears. Depending on the age of departments in children’s hospitals across the country. She quickly the child, real or fake medical equipment is used to perform procedures changed her major and upon graduating, moved to Arkansas to work at on dolls. ACH. The mission of the CLE department is to help ACH patients under- EDUCATION stand and cope with their hospital stays. The services of the CLE depart- In addition to play, the CLE department has four teachers on staff ment are very cost effective therapies for hospitalized children. Because to keep patients up-to-date on their studies. The hospital school, which the services are free and no insurance reimbursement is received, the serves patients from 3 years to 12th grade, provides a normal routine department relies heavily on philanthropy. for the students while also giving them an outlet for creativity and Child life specialists explain medical procedures and provide therapeu- productivity. tic opportunities to explore the hospital environment. They help children Special attention is given to those patients whose hospital stays will cope with emotions and illness through play, education, pre-ops, family exceed 10 days, who have special educational needs, who have chronic ill- support and the T.A.I.L.S. (Therapeutic Animal Intervention Lifts Spirits) nesses and visit the hospital frequently, or who have missed school prior program. to hospitalization. Mandy Staggs has been a child life specialist at ACH for seven years. Most of the child life specialists in the CLE department are given a PRE-OPS and FAMILY SUPPORT “unit” — an area of the hospital they routinely cover. Staggs’ unit is the Pre-admittance visits are a way for child life specialists to ease a heart center, and her familiarity with the area shows when she enters. She patient’s fears. Pre-admittance visits, or pre-ops, as they are sometimes knows the names and stories of her assigned patients and shares a special called, are scheduled for incoming patients. During the pre-op, a child life bond with those she works with every day — doctors, nurses, social specialist will gently discuss the upcoming procedure with the patient. workers and nutritionists. According to Staggs, “The most rewarding The specialist will then show the patient and his or her parents pic- thing about being a child life specialist is the moment a kid smiles and tures of medical equipment. With each picture comes an explanation of you see that they are happy. And you know you helped them understand how the instruments will be used in the patient’s procedure and the level what’s going on. You removed the fear and replaced it with happiness. of pain to expect. In addition, pre-op visits include a tour of the area in That’s the best part of the job.” which the child will be staying and an opportunity for the child to visit with other people who will be instrumental to the procedure, such as a PLAY surgeon or an anesthesiologist. One way that Kabat, Staggs and the other CLE staff members help Child life specialists also provide support to parents and siblings of patients at ACH is through play. There are activity rooms located patients. For parents who need help with behavior management or other throughout the hospital, as well as an outdoor play court in Camp overall parenting issues, the CLE department can provide counsel and Wannaplay, the main playroom located on the third floor of the hospital. tips. Child life specialists can also prepare siblings for visiting a brother or The playrooms are staffed by patient activity specialists, and children sister in the hospital or for an impending death. have the opportunity to engage in expressive arts, which allows them to Continued on page 13 4 RESEARCH Autism Research at ACHRI Striving to Change Hopelessness to Hope Phaedra Yount metabolism in many autistic chil- dren and whether this interven- A ccording to Lisa Jansen, “One of life’s most difficult tion will improve aspects of their behavior. David has completed the clinical trial. His metabolic blows is to find out your child profile and behavior improved has a disability. Ours was while participating in the study, autism.” She recalls the exact and he continues to take the sup- moment she received her 4- plements. year-old son David’s diagnosis. “Autism and the spectrum It was March 15, 2005. She disorders that make up these says: “There it was in black devastating changes in a child are and white written at the top of certainly multi-factorial and con- his medical chart: Autism. stitute many possible complex ‘What now?’ we thought. Our interactions that affect the nerv- perfect child autistic? Our ous system,” says Dr. Richard F. world fell apart.” Jacobs*, president of ACHRI. Each year, one in 166 chil- “Dr. James’ research is unlocking dren is diagnosed with autism, important questions to show that a developmental disability a subpopulation of these chil- characterized by social interac- David Jansen, a 6-year-old who was diagnosed with autism, recently dren have disorders in the ability tion and language impairment participated in a study by Dr. Jill James at ACHRI. to detoxify potentially damaging accompanied by social with- substances created by their bod- drawal and repetitive behaviors. Boys are four times more likely than ies. Although the cause or causes remain unknown at this time, girls to have autism. The disorder appears to have increased tenfold this research shows great promise for some children with autism.” over the last 15 years. Although both genetic and environmental fac- Since David began receiving the supplements, he has become tors are believed to contribute to the development of autism, no one more social, and his verbal skills have increased. His mother sees knows the cause of the disability. him smile more frequently. “I will be eternally grateful to Jill for Prior to David’s diagnosis he had genetic testing, developmental giving me the opportunity to see something I thought I would testing and multiple lab and neurology tests. never see,” says Jansen. Jansen says, “The doctors kept saying, ‘He is a complicated puzzle.’” Although each autistic child is a unique challenge, it is clinical She began searching for answers. She wants David to be given every research such as that happening at ACHRI that gives hope to opportunity to lead a normal life. She learned about the research of parents of children with autism. James’ research is supported by Dr. Jill James* at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Arkansas Institute (ACHRI). James is the director of the Metabolic Genomics Biosciences Institute, the Children’s University Medical Group and Laboratory at ACHRI. Her research is focused on the understanding by private donations made through the ACH Foundation. of the metabolic and genetic factors that may be involved in the Today, 6-year-old David attends school. He is affectionate and development of autism. loving toward people he knows. When he sees others give praise to Recent evidence from James’ laboratory suggests autism may a fellow student, he too will often show praise to the student near- involve inherited metabolic irregularities that secondarily affect neuro- est him. Despite autism, his mother says, “He is perfect to me.” logic and immunologic function during prenatal and postnatal devel- opment. If proven correct, this model supports the possibility that *Jill James, Ph.D., is director of the ACHRI Metabolic Genomics Laboratory, professor of normalization of the metabolic imbalance with targeted intervention pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine and a member of the Arkansas Center for Birth Defects strategies could potentially improve symptoms and arrest the progres- Research and Prevention. sion into autism. *Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., FAAP, is president of ACHRI, physician in pediatric infectious Earlier this year, David participated in a clinical trial at ACHRI disease at ACH, the Horace C. Cabe Professor of Pediatrics and the interim chairman of the directed by James. The purpose of the study is to determine whether department of pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine. targeted nutritional supplementation will improve the abnormal 5 HOSPITAL NEWS ACH & UAMS Agreement to Improve Statewide Access to Pediatric Subspecialty Care A statewide collaborative agreement between Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics was recently approved by the ACH Board of Directors and the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. This very exciting and important agreement will have a profound effect on how care is provided to children and families throughout the state. The agreement will allow the two institutions to improve access to pediatric subspecialty care, support the education and training of UAMS medical students and residents, and strengthen and expand the current regional clinics. ACH already serves patients and families through statewide programs such as transportation, after hours resource line, train- ing of pediatricians and community outreach, but the needs are so much greater. This agreement will enhance the ability to bring care closer to home for many patients. “We’re responding to requests from referring physicians around the state asking for an increased presence in pediatric subspecialty care,” says Jonathan Bates, M.D., president and chief executive officer of ACH. “By making our services available The Center for Children is a 40,000-square-foot, two- around the state, thousands of families will not have to make the story building, scheduled to open sometime in the spring of long trip to Little Rock for their child’s initial evaluation or clinic 2007. The building will house the Schmieding visits for follow-up medical attention.” Developmental Center, the Schmieding Kids First program Services now provided off the ACH campus by ACH or the and various regional clinics, all previously located in UAMS Department of Pediatrics will become components of Fayetteville and Springdale. this statewide working collaborative. The Schmieding Developmental Center provides medical The first project will be the UAMS/ACH Center for Children and neuropsychological assessments for children with devel- in Lowell. The other UAMS College of Medicine Department opmental disorders. of Pediatrics regional clinics, located in El Dorado, Fort Smith, Schmieding Kids First is a comprehensive, early-interven- Harrison, Helena/West Helena, Jonesboro, Mountain View and tion program for infants and young children with medical Texarkana, will be known as the UAMS Department of conditions and developmental delays. UAMS operates 11 Pediatrics and ACH regional clinics. Kids First centers across the state. The Springdale location “This collaboration between UAMS and Arkansas Children’s serves 58 children, and the program is expected to grow Hospital will allow us to create a statewide system of health care once relocated to the new facility. accessibility for children needing subspecialty and developmental Nearly 14,000 patients from northwest Arkansas were care,” said Debra Fiser, M.D., dean of the UAMS College of treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital during 2006, and this Medicine. extension of services in Lowell is expected to improve the flow of appointments in Little Rock. Physicians who are faculty of the UAMS Department of Pediatrics and practice at Arkansas Children’s Hospital will commute to the Center for Children on a rotating basis, The Center for Children — a collaboration both weekly and monthly. Some faculty and other staff members will reside in Lowell or nearby communities. between UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Pediatric subspecialty services offered at the center will Hospital — will create a statewide system of include adolescent medicine, allergy, cardiology, endocrinolo- health care accessibility for children needing gy, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology subspecialty and developmental care. and rheumatology. 6 HOSPITAL NEWS Festival of Stars Brings Donations, Performances to ACH Sandy Burrow (left), of ACH’s volunteer services department, presents Kevin Hayes with a certificate during Festival of Stars. Each individual or group who donated toys received a special certificate of thanks. T he 2006 Festival of Stars, held December 14-16 in the ACH lobby, was a great success. Festival of Stars is an annual celebration during which individuals and organizations are invited to deliver their holiday donations to the hospital. The event fea- tured a live remote each day by B98.5, and more than 1,102 individuals from 53 Generosity of groups performed holiday music for donors ensures patients and guests. A “stuff the truck” promotion was held to encourage people that every child to make enough donations to fill a Toyota Tundra provided by North Point in the hospital Toyota. gets a gift. During the three days of Festival of Stars, ACH collected more than $65,000 worth of toys and other gifts for children. Special thanks to B98.5, North Point Toyota and all who performed Kevin Hayes (left) and his grandmother visit with B98’s Jeff or donated during Festival of Stars. Matthews during their trip to ACH to drop off toy donations. Newly Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation Elected Tributes Offer Alternative to Traditional Gifts Arkansas Children’s Hospital M emorial and honor gifts are a way to honor the memory of a loved one or cherished friend, to Pat Allen recognize special occasions such as birthdays or Siloam Springs anniversaries, or simply to send best wishes, all Arkansas Children’s while helping patients at ACH. Hospital Foundation If you would like to make a memorial or honor gift to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, complete the form in the enclosed envelope or mail to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Your gift will Richard F. Jacobs, M.D. provide hope and healing to our most precious ACHRI President, resource – our children. Interim Chair, UAMS Dept. of Pediatrics Little Rock Dale Cook President-elect, ACH Auxiliary Little Rock 7 DONORS Charitable Remainder Trust Allows Couple to Support Children’s Hospital and Save on Taxes Alyssa Anderson W hen Mary and Al Gartside bought 100 acres of land in northwest Arkansas in 1960, they had no idea what a huge investment their purchase was. But as the years passed, the land appreciated considerably, and in 1995 they asked their broker at AG Edwards how they could save on taxes if they sold the land. That was when the Gartsides decided to establish a charita- ble remainder trust and make Arkansas Children’s Hospital one of three beneficiaries. A charitable remainder trust is an arrangement in which money, securities or other assets are Angela and her husband, Robert Hensley, now live in Tulsa where transferred to a trust that then pays the donor an income for she works as a nuclear medicine technician. life or for a period of years. The trust can also pay an income to another beneficiary of the donor’s choosing. At the death of the surviving beneficiary, the remaining principal in the trust Mary says what she remembers most about the experience goes to a charity such as ACH. was that someone from ACH called Angela’s family to see if “Our choice of Children’s Hospital for the charity was due they needed financial help. to our granddaughter Angela being cared for there when she “Our son and family didn’t need it because their insurance was 18 months old,” says Mary Gartside. “She was a very sick was adequate to take care of the expenses, but what impressed baby.” me was that Angela would have been cared for even if her Angela, who is now 30, had serious kidney problems as a parents had not been able to pay,” Mary says. “That was our baby and was referred to a reason for wanting Children’s Hospital in our trust.” urologist in Rogers. Al Gartside is a native of Rogers, and Mary was born and “The Rogers urologist raised in southwest Arkansas. The couple met at the University wanted to wait a few years of Arkansas but not until they both had graduated. At the to do surgery because time, Mary was working in a lab for the U.S. Department of Angela was so small,” Mary Agriculture, and Al had come back to visit his professors. says, “but fortunately, the The Gartsides moved to Rogers in the early 1950s. Both doctor he had trained worked as school teachers, but Al’s interest was in farming, so under, Dr. John Redman, he gave up his job as a junior high science teacher to pursue a pediatric urologist at his love. They raised two sons, Brian, who now lives in Arkansas Children’s Fayetteville, and Phil, who lives in Seattle. The Gartsides have Hospital, was there during four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. the time the X-rays were After her surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Angela made. When Dr. Redman thrived. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma This photo of Mary and Al returned to Little Rock, he Gartsides’ granddaughter Angela School of Nuclear Medicine and is now working as a nuclear called my son and said medicine technician in Tulsa. was taken the day she left Angela needed to be operat- Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The ed on immediately. He oper- Mary says others who are struggling with what to do with care Angela received at ACH was highly appreciated assets should consider a charitable remain- ated a few days later and der trust. She also says they should consider supporting the inspiration for the Gartsides’ corrected the problem.” gift to the hospital. Arkansas Children’s Hospital because “the hospital does so many things to help children.” 8 DONORS ‘I would like to Give, but...’ D o you wish you could do more to make a difference in the lives of children treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital but don’t feel it’s an option for you at this time? Maybe it is. If you would like Concern: I would like to give, but I want to make sure I take care of my children and grandchildren. Giving Opportunity: to make a contribution to ACH but have one of the concerns below, we may have a giving opportunity that’s right for you. Charitable Lead Trust Details: A charitable lead trust is an arrangement in which an income-producing asset is transferred to a trust, which Concern: then pays an annual income to a charity such as Arkansas I would give more if I had more income. Children’s Hospital for a specified period. The asset reverts to Giving Opportunity: family members at the end of the period. ■ Assets are passed to family members while avoiding or drastically reducing Charitable Gift Annuity gift and/or estate taxes. Details: A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you ■ Reduces the size of your taxable estate and keeps property in the family. and a charity such as Arkansas Children’s Hospital, whereby the charity agrees to make fixed payments to you for your life Concern: in exchange for a charitable contribution. I would like to give, but I don’t want to disrupt my lifestyle. ■ Guaranteed, fixed income for life. ■ Fixed rate of payment, based on age, is established when annuity Giving Opportunity: contract is signed. Rate of payment is greater for older donors. ■ Payout is much higher than most guaranteed investments such as Retained Life Estate Details: You can give any personal residence, vacation home, farm CDs, money market accounts or savings accounts. or ranch to a charity like Arkansas Children’s Hospital and reserve ■ Current and future savings on income taxes. use of that property for life (or a term of years) and/or the lifetime ■ You have the option of deferring payout until a later date when of another resident beneficiary. income is needed, which means a higher payout and larger income ■ The retained life estate arrangement provides the benefits of income and tax deduction (a great option for relatively younger donors). estate tax savings on a gift of a significant asset without disruption of lifestyle. ■ This option is especially attractive if you intend to leave the asset to the Concern: charity anyway. I’d give more, but my holdings are concentrated in highly appreciated, low yield stock. Concern: I just don’t feel I’m able to give at this time. Giving Opportunity: Giving Opportunity: Charitable Remainder Trust Testamentary Gift Details: A charitable remainder trust is an arrangement in Details: A testamentary gift is a gift that is deferred until after which money, securities, real estate or other marketable proper- your lifetime. ty is irrevocably transferred to a trust that will then pay you an ■ Gift can be a bequest in a will or a revocable trust. income for life or for a period of years of your choosing (but ■ Gift could also be made through beneficiary designation, payable on death not more than 20). At death, or at the end of the specified account or other contract (i.e. life insurance, retirement funds/IRAs, most number of years, the remaining value in the trust is trans- financial accounts). Beneficiary designation is a simple way to make a signif- ferred to a charity like Arkansas Children’s Hospital. icant gift. ■ Assets are sold tax-free in the trust (i.e. no capital gains tax due on ■ The most tax efficient testamentary gifts are through retirement appreciated property contributed to a trust). funds/IRAs. Why? Retirement funds/IRAs are tax disadvantaged at death ■ You choose the payout rate; minimum of 5%. Usually the rate because they may be subject to both estate tax and income tax when dis- selected is 5-7%. tributed to beneficiaries. ■ You receive an immediate income tax deduction, which can be car- ried over for up to five years, within the limitations of the law. ■ The trust can pay an income to another beneficiary of your choice. For more information on these giving opportunities, or to discuss additional ■ Certain trust types allow additional contributions to be made. giving options, contact Mary Starr Ross at 501-364-5308. Please consult your tax and/or legal advisor before making a gift. 9 AUXILIARY GROUPS Miracle Ball M embers of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and the ACH Foundation proved recently that they could transform a very plain meeting room into an elegant ball- room worthy of guests in evening attire, gourmet dining and fine musical entertainment. They also proved that they are flexible and have a sense of humor. The inaugural Miracle Ball, a joint project of the Auxiliary and the Foundation, jokingly became “the fanciest tailgate party ever,” as organizers tried to juggle presenting an ele- gant black tie ball on the same night the Arkansas Razorbacks were playing in the SEC championship football game. A discreet bank of televisions by the restrooms and sev- eral by the bar were not enough to satisfy the hardcore fans when the game got particularly exciting, so the audiovisual PHOTO BY INVITING ARKANSAS team scrambled to get the game on two 12-foot screens by From left: Mark Saviers, ACH and ACH Research Institute board the stage. Suddenly, 360 elegantly clad people were watching member; Vicki Saviers, ACH Foundation board member; Dr. Sally the football game while eating their gourmet meal catered by Bates; and Dr. Jonathan Bates, ACH president and CEO. Capers. Once the game finished (sadly, with a loss by Arkansas), the evening got back on track with a welcome by Auxiliary preparation for the hospital’s approaching centennial, the and hospital officials, a live auction and entertainment by Auxiliary wanted to create an elegant way to focus on the lega- Hunter Sullivan and his Swing Band. cy of miraculous care at ACH; and so, the Miracle Ball was In 2006, the ACH Auxiliary celebrated its 40th year. In born. celebration of the volunteer group’s long history, and in The Miracle Ball was held at ACH on December 2. Auxiliary members felt it was important to host the new event on the ACH campus — providing an opportunity to invite their dear- est friends into their home. Sold out months before its December date, the Miracle Ball was a grand success, attended by many friends of the hospital as well as community leaders. Frances Buchanan, an Auxiliary member and ACH Foundation board member, served as the Miracle Ball liaison. Elizabeth Campbell and Carol Stephens served as co-chairs. Cindy Murphy chaired the live auction and Rebecca McDowell the silent auction. A great deal of the ball’s financial success can be credited to the early support of event sponsors, including the lead spon- sors The Stephens Group and the Stella Boyle Smith Trust. Presenting sponsors included North Point Toyota, American Airlines and Mary Healey’s. Glazer’s Distributors of Arkansas was a premier sponsor. The Miracle Ball was so well received, it will become an annual event. The 2006 ball net proceeds of $175,000 will go ACHF board member Ray Hobbs and wife Debbie, of Rogers, with toward the creation of an endowed chair to support the child ACH Foundation president John Bel (right). maltreatment program at ACH. 10 (The Fanciest Tailgate Party Ever) Promoted as having “the looks of a matinee idol and the chops of Bobby Darin,” Hunter Sullivan and his swing band got Miracle Ball guests out of their chairs and onto the dance floor with new interpretations of old standards. Children’s Hall on the ACH campus was transformed from a rather dull meeting space to an elegant ballroom featuring red Auxiliary president Sue Cooper was one of several spotters during the Miracle carpeting, red and white table settings, dozens and dozens of Ball live auction. Live auction items included a trip for two to the Grammys, a red roses in silver vases, a stage and dance floor—everything Barry Thomas painting, a Chicago trip to get a custom-made Oxxford suit, a bathed in soft red and lavender lighting. party at the home of Cindy and Chip Murphy, a Patek Philippe watch, a 2007 Toyota Yaris and four business-class tickets to Europe on American Airlines. Special Thanks Auxiliary Partners Presenting Sponsors Early in the evening, most eyes were on the Razorback game being shown at the back of the room. Premiere Sponsor 11 AUXILIARY GROUPS LR Firefighters and Santa Bring Joy to Local Children Two children visit with Santa Claus at Breakfast with Santa. All proceeds from the event benefited ACH. O n a windy, December day, Santa Claus arrived on the ACH campus in a big red fire truck. As he walked into More than 600 people attended the event, and more than $8,300 was raised for ACH. Breakfast with Santa was made pos- Children’s Hall, the room crackled with electricity and sible by Friday, Eldredge & Clark and Wright, Lindsey, Jennings. excitement. Children cheered, parents clapped and everyone All of the food was generously donated by IHOP and Simply clamored to get in line to have their picture taken with jolly the Best Catering. ol’ St. Nick. The event was presented by Committee for the Future, an The Breakfast with Santa event featured a meal of pan- organization of young professionals and community leaders in cakes, eggs, sausage and fruit, cooked and served by mem- the central Arkansas area who support Arkansas Children’s bers of the Little Rock Fire Department for parents and Hospital through fundraising, education and community projects. kids. The children in attendance also had the opportunity to Volunteers from Committee for the Future, Kohl’s and create crafts, call the North Pole, shop at the North Pole Target assisted at the event. Outlet Store and enjoy festive music. Santa hands out candy as he enters Children’s Hall on the ACH Members of the Little Rock Fire Department carefully prepare pan- Campus. He arrived at the event on a fire truck, courtesy of the Little cakes for Breakfast with Santa guests. Rock Fire Department. Young Artists Help Bring Succcess to Holiday Card Project The ACH Auxiliary completed its annual Holiday Card Project in December. It was the most successful year in the project’s 40-year history, with an estimated total of $92,000. Ten young artists and the 2006 featured artist, most of whom are pictured here, were introduced and recognized for their contri- butions to the project at a special event in November. In just another month or two, the Auxiliary will begin work- ing on the 2007 project and will be looking for new art. If you know a budding young artist who has been an ACH patient, encourage him or her to work on a holiday masterpiece. For information about how to participate in the 2007 project, contact Robin Rhoades, 501-364-1491. 12 AUXILIARY GROUPS Circle of Friends Roundup Circle of Friends events held October-December 2006. Special Events ■ Arkansas River Valley, Breakfast with Santa, $7,000 Mrs. Johnson’s first grade class at Lake Hamilton Primary in ■ Arkansas River Valley, Chocolates for Children, $400 Hot Springs raised $667, the most money in the Garland County ■ Faulkner County, Morning with Santa, $1,300 Circle of Friends sponsored fundraiser, “Light Up a Life at ■ Harrison, Breakfast with Santa, $2,200 ACH.” Students at the school raised money by selling Christmas ■ Jefferson County, Breakfast with Santa, $560 tree light paper icons for $1 each. ■ Jefferson County, Pine Bluff Board of Realtors Holiday Auction, $11,500 ■ Jonesboro, Bowl-a-Ween, $440 others. Other activities include trike-, bike- or walk-a-thons or ■ Jonesboro, Tour of Homes, $5,000 multi-school challenge events. Circle of Friends chapters work ■ Lawrence County, Kuts for Kids, $400 with schools in their communities to organize these programs. ■ Magnolia, Breakfast with Santa, $1,450 ■ Blytheville, Hat Day with Blytheville Primary School, $355 ■ Magnolia, Tips for Tots, $500 ■ Garland County, “Light up a Life at ACH” with Lake Hamilton Primary School, $5,694 Kampaign for Kids ■ Garland County, Sticker Sale competition between Kampaign for Kids is a corporate campaign organized Lakeside and Lake Hamilton High Schools, $19,200 by Circle of Friends chapters and community volunteers. ■ Jonesboro, $32,086 Circle of Friends members work to promote children’s health through education, advocacy and fundraising for Arkansas Kids Caring for Kids Children’s Hospital, the state’s only pediatric medical facility. Through the Kids Caring for Kids program, students Circle of Friends chapters are scattered all over Arkansas. If you participate in fundraising events that combine learning are interested in joining a group, please contact Anne McMains, math, spelling and reading along with the value of helping at 501-364-5307. HOSPITAL PROGRAMS Continued from page 4 T.A.I.L.S. the patients receive donated gifts. Other celebrations are held for patients The T.A.I.L.S. (Therapeutic Animal Intervention Lifts Spirits) who reach milestones in their recovery. program is another way the CLE department attempts to bring joy “We have last treatment parties for children who are undergoing to patients’ lives. T.A.I.L.S. is a program that allows patients the chemotherapy, and we have congratulations parties for kids who are being opportunity to interact with trained therapy dogs. These interac- released after being at ACH for a while,” says Kabat. tions often result in reduced anxiety and pain and a more positive The CLE team also tries to make the holidays feel as normal as possi- outlook on the hospital experience. “T.A.I.L.S. is a great program ble. On Easter, each child receives a gift bag. On Christmas, Santa visits because the kids just light up when they get the chance to play with each child’s room, delivering stockings and good cheer to the patients. a dog, even if it is for a short time,” says Kabat. “We are always The CLE department at ACH is a vital part of any patient’s visit. From trying to recruit more dogs for this program because it is a hit with the pre-op to the playroom, Kabat and her team focus on bringing happi- the patients.” ness and understanding to each patient. And hopefully, a little fun. “People ask me all the time, ‘How do you do it, working with sick kids OTHER CLE ACTIVITIES every day?’” Staggs says. “I tell them, ‘At ACH, there are so many more In addition to the programs mentioned, the CLE department happy times than sad. The happy times make it worth the sad times.’” plans celebrations for patients, including birthday parties at which 13 CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK Local Credit Union Donates $80,000 to ACH A rkansas Federal Credit Union (AFCU) recently donated $80,000 to ACH. Half of the money was raised by employees AFCU President/CEO Larry Biernacki laughs with customers during a fundraiser for ACH. The fundraiser featured Biernacki and members through payroll deductions, a golf tournament, a taped to a chair, unable to be released until he raised a certain two-week long silent auction and several denim weeks. amount of money for ACH. AFCU’s board of directors voted to match the money raised by employ- As a member of ees and members. As a member of Credit Union for Credit Union for Kids, a national sponsor of Children’s Kids, AFCU has Miracle Network, Arkansas Federal Credit Union has contributed more contributed than $250,000 to ACH since 1998. more than “Arkansas Federal Credit Union is proud to support the mission of $250,000 to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to pro- ACH since 1998. vide a place of care, love and hope to the children of Arkansas,” says Larry Biernacki, AFCU president and CEO. Hank’s Donates Fine Piece of Furniture to NICU Employees from the home office of Hank’s Fine Furniture in Sherwood gathered at ACH in December to present their 2006 donation to staff members of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Each year, a portion of the profits from Hank’s month-long annual anniversary sale in June are donated to area children’s hospitals in the markets Hank’s Furniture serves, including Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Alabama and Florida. This year’s donation to ACH was used to purchase an Omnibed incubator, a radiant warmer that mimics a womb, allowing a premature baby to grow and progress as it would in-utero. 14 GIVING Thanks The following individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations held fundraising events or made special gifts to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital during the last to You! quarter. The time, talents and true acts of generosity from these special people help us in our mission to provide care, love and hope to patients and families. Ace Hardware Corporation in Maumelle held two special sales in 2006, raising $21,300 to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The Arkansas Pontiac Association held its annual car show on September 30 in Maumelle. The association’s donation of $5,000 will support the ACH clinical nutrition department. An employee campaign at Bale Chevrolet raised $2,600 for ACH. The hematology/oncology unit at ACH received a donation of $3,300 from the Herman Brown Foundation Golf Classic held in Searcy. The foundation was founded in honor of Lyon College Phi Mu sorority members dance the night away during Herman Brown, Jr., who lost his battle with cancer in 2001. their annual Dance Marathon to benefit ACH. Kappa Delta sorority held its annual football run on October 28 raising $11,377. This year, the sorority also held a putt-putt tournament to raise money for ACH. A check was presented Phi Mu-Epsilon Rho at Lyon College in Batesville, held its during half-time at the Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Monroe game. annual Dance Marathon in October. Sorority members collect- ed pledges from students, parents and businesses to dance the Kohl’s employees from stores in Benton, Conway, Little Rock night away. They also held spaghetti suppers and had card- and Sherwood volunteered at ACH events during the holiday stock sales to raise money for the event. The group raised season, and Kohl’s Department Stores will donate a gift of $9,290 for ACH. $3,500 to the hospital in their honor. Students at Sparkman schools raised more than $1,500 for Students in the Lake Hamilton Middle School FBLA raised ACH in October. Sparkman Elementary held a walk-a- $1,000 by selling cookie dough and homemade treats. The thon, and Sparkman High School held a hat day. donation is designated to the ACH PULSE (Pediatric Understanding and Learning through Simulation Education) The Swampriders Motorcycle Club held two roadblocks Center, which is devoted to educating pediatric caregivers at the Arkadelphia Wal-Mart and a party in Prescott to raise through hands-on learning and practice with life-like robots. $5,794 for ACH. ACH received a $5,000 grant from the Million Dollar For three days in December, Sissy’s Log Cabin in Pine Bluff Round Table (MDRT) Foundation in Park Ridge, Ill. The held a “Where Wishes Become Miracles” event, donating a grant is in support of ACH’s dental program, to help establish percentage of its proceeds from that time to ACH. The pro- a new mobile dental clinic for special needs patients living in motion resulted in a gift of $5,000. rural communities. ACH’s grant application was endorsed by Hot Springs MDRT member Mack Koonce. Two jeans days and the annual “Truckin’ for a Cure” employee campaign were held at J.B. Hunt Transport in Lowell, The Old Town Cruisers car club held its annual car show resulting in a contribution of $15,508 that will be designated benefiting ACH in September, raising $5,300. to Angel One® Transport, uncompensated care and pastoral care. 15 Barbara Hanna (middle), ACH Foundation board member from Fort Smith, with Sam and Frances Buchanan at the 2006 Miracle Ball. Frances is also an ACH Foundation board member and served as the 2006 Miracle Ball liaison. Miracle Ball 2007 — Save the Date Sold out months before its December date, Children’s Hall on the ACH campus. The the 2006 Miracle Ball was a grand success 2007 event, chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Charles and was attended by many friends of the H. Murphy III, will be another elegant hospital as well as community leaders. evening of gourmet dining, live and silent Please make plans to attend the 2007 auctions and dancing. For ticket and Miracle Ball on Saturday, December 1, at sponsorship information, contact Robin Rhoades, 501-364-1491. Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation Nonprofit 800 Marshall Street/Slot 661 Organization Little Rock, AR 72202-3591 U.S. POSTAGE PAID Little Rock, AR Address Service Requested Permit No. 1441 If you receive more than one copy of The ACHiever, please pass the extras along to a friend. Please write to us if you wish to have your name removed from the list to receive the ACHiever magazine from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation in the future. Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, ACHiever magazine, 800 Marshall St., Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202.
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