Featured Corporate Partner News:
Charlotte Knights Hit a Home Run for Pediatric Patients and LCI: Project Pink
For over 20 years, the Charlotte Knights have proudly partnered with Atrium Health Foundation to support patient care initiatives across Atrium Health. The team’s most recent home run for patients took place on two special game nights at Truist Field: the inaugural Levine Children’s baseball game and the 15th Annual Pink Knights game benefiting Levine Cancer Institute Project PINK.
On July 31, players proudly wore custom jerseys designed by a patient treated at Levine Children’s, which were auctioned off in a virtual game-day auction that raised over $12,000. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Arts For Life at Levine Children’s, a nonprofit organization that brings visual art, music, and creative writing opportunities to patients and families at Levine Children’s.
Earlier in the summer, players and fans celebrated the 15th Annual “Pink Knights” game in support of Levine Cance Institute: Project PINK. Presented by the Charlotte Knights and Charlotte Radiology, the game raised over $20,000 to benefit this vital screening program, which offers life-saving mammograms and diagnostic care to uninsured women in our community at no cost to program participants.
Chick-fil-A Charlotte Hosts “Chicken For a Cure”
On June 4, Charlotte-area Chick-fil-A restaurants hosted a new fundraiser, Chicken for a Cure, donating all mobile orders to Levine Children’s Hospital. During the four-hour event, lines of customers visited 49 participating locations and ultimately helped raise $80,000 through these generous donations. Since 2017, Chick-fil-A has raised nearly $160,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital.
Levine Children’s Hospital Awarded $80,000 From PetSmart Charities to Advance Pet Therapy Program
With support from PetSmart Charities, Atrium Health Levine Children’s is launching Happy 2 Heal, a new Animal Assisted Therapy and Visitation Program for pediatric patients and their family members. Accompanied by a licensed physical therapist, Happy 2 Heal service dogs and their handlers will provide therapeutic interventions among numerous inpatient settings at Levine Children’s.
Aptar Gives Back to Levine Children’s
A global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing, and active material science solutions, Aptar stands behind numerous health and human services organizations through AptarGroup Charitable Foundation, which recently granted $25,000 to support Atrium Health Levine Children’s.
Not only was the company inspired to support Levine Children’s because of the hospital’s dedication to sick and injured children from across the region, for Aptar, the reason for giving hit closer to home. Earlier this year, representatives from Aptar’s Lincolnton facility learned that an employee’s daughter, Arie, had received life-saving care at Levine Children’s, where she spent 10 days in a medically-induced coma fighting for her life. Today, Arie’s doctors report she is healthy and thriving. In response to the care she received, AptarGroup Charitable Foundation was honored to make Levine Children’s its 2021 Partner Gift Award recipient.
Up, up, and away: Children’s Miracle Network Partner News
Publix Shoppers Become Miracle Makers for Levine Children’s
For almost 30 years, Publix associates have been empowering customers to become miracle makers for local children’s hospitals, selling coupons at the register for donations of $1 or more to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide. Levine Children’s is honored to be one such member hospital, benefiting from the generosity of Charlotte-area Publix customers. The grocery retailer’s annual campaign locally raised $69,000 to help Levine Children’s continue to provide life-saving medical care, conduct groundbreaking medical research, and support local patients and families.
Walmart and Sam’s Club Change Kids’ Health
Every child deserves the chance to live better. It’s a belief that Walmart and Sam’s Club have shared for 34 years as proud partners of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. As part of the retailers’ commitment to kids’ health, store associates are tasked with becoming miracle makers for millions of patients each year by collecting donations in-stores and online. During this year’s fundraising campaign, Charlotte-area stores rallied together to “Change Kids’ Health and Change the Future,” raising over $350,000 to benefit Levine Children’s.
Featured Opportunities to Give:
Support Our Healthcare Heroes
As Atrium Health medical workers continue to courageously and selflessly lead Atrium Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, philanthropic support for our Atrium Health Essential Needs Fund and Atrium Health Nursing Fund are more important than ever. Gifts to the Atrium Health Essential Needs Fund support important needs that have emerged in the fight against COVID-19 including: the purchase of medical equipment, such as ventilator parts and PPE; specific resources for communities of color and other historically marginalized groups; telehealth resources are being deployed to provide continuity for families who are unable to visit Atrium Health facilities in person; and temporary lodging for patient-families and caregivers. The Atrium Health Nursing Fund broadly supports the nursing profession at Atrium Health by providing nursing teams with state-of-the-art medical resources and professional development opportunities.
To learn more, contact Meghann.Kirkley@atriumhealth.org.
Give Pediatric Sickle Cell Patients Hope for a Healthy Future
Sickle cell disease affects over 100,000 individuals in the US, primarily impacting people of African American and Latino heritage with this painful lifelong disease. At Atrium Health Levine Children’s, we care for over 400 children in the North and South Carolina area, with patients ranging from birth until age 21. Our clinic provides appropriate medication, life-saving transfusions, and curative treatment.
With continued philanthropic support, Levine Children’s strives to help its sickle cell patients grow to become healthy, thriving adults who are empowered to reach their goals. To do so, they’ve created a dynamic transition program for our youth to prepare them for adulthood- providing them with education and tools to promote healthy living with this disease and to self-manage their own care. To address the medical, psychosocial, and educational needs of these patients, Levine Children’s strives to expand access to psychosocial support resources; develop novel ways to treat sickle cell pain; provide new and curative therapies; participate in clinical trials to improve treatments, and increase community awareness of sickle cell disease.
To learn more, contact Leslie.Sykes@atriumhealth.org.
Bring the Healing Power of Music to Atrium Health Union West
Music is an important part of our lives – it can play an important part in our healing process, too. Board-certified music therapists at Atrium Health work alongside doctors, nurses, and families to help patients of all ages have the best quality of life before, during, and after treatment. With additional philanthropic support, Atrium Health can establish a new medical music therapy program at its Union West campus, to be provided to patients within the emergency department, intensive care unit, neurology, oncology, cardiac care, general medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, pediatrics, and beyond.
To learn more, contact Sara.Piner@atriumhealth.org.
Integrating Behavioral Health into Pediatric Care at Levine Children’s
Atrium Health’s Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology currently provides psychological assessment, intervention, and ongoing behavioral health support to patients and families impacted by medical illness at Levine Children’s. While this care is provided within a small subset of medical specialties at Atrium Health, there is a great need to provide integrated mental health services to any child or family treated within the Levine Children’s footprint. Levine Children’s can begin to address our patients’ mental health needs with the following additions to the current care team:
- A PhD provider
- A Masters-level clinician
- A care coordinator
With the continued investment of our community, Atrium Health Levine Children’s will achieve its commitment to meet the mental health needs of every infant, child, or adolescent in our community who faces a critical or chronic medical condition. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Kellie.McGregor@atriumhealth.org.
Give the Gift of Play to Patients and Families at Levine Children’s
Atrium Health Levine Children’stakes pride in delivering exceptional family-centered and patient-focused care, bringing joy and support for patients and their families. Our work includes offering kid-friendly supplies to keep patients – and their siblings – comforted and happy during a hospital stay. Currently, Levine Children’s has the greatest need for in-kind donations of the following supplies: coloring books; crayons; play-doh (personal sized); bubbles (personal sized); matchbook cars; infant and toddler items; and Wubanubs. To make an in-kind contribution of these important items, contact Carrie.Keuten@atriumhealth.org.
Upcoming Events and Sponsorship Opportunites
- Participate in the Virtual Pink Pint Night (September 30) benefiting Levine Cancer Institute: Project Pink.
- Through September 30, become a force for good through the Shell: Fuel For Good campaign benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. Fuel up using the specially-marked “Force For Good” pumps found at local Shell stations in support of Levine Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network.
- Support Tickled PINK, a month-long fundraising initiative that kicks off October 1 to raise funds for life-saving mammograms, breast health education, and follow-up care – all provided free of charge to patients – for uninsured and underinsured women residing in Union County.
- Set the pace and choose the place for the upcoming virtual Hopebuilders 5K, our signature fundraising event for Levine Children’s Hospital, which will take place October 24-30. Learn more about sponsorship benefits here.
- (Available now!) Grab a pint of the popular Pink Robots brew at Birdsong Brewery during the month of October. This delicious berry-flavored sour ale will support Levine Cancer Institute: Project PINK with each can sold.
For more information about Corporate Partnership with Atrium Health Foundation, contact Leslie.Sykes@atriumhealth.org.