Thursday, November 16, 2006

Promises of Hope

I am Steve McPhail and my duaghter Grace was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when she was 10-years old. The diagnosis was made here, at the North Carolina Children's Hospital by Dr. Sandy Kim, a pediatric gastroenterologist. Shortly after the diagnosis, Grace was hospitalized for a Crohn's related complication. I thank God for this institution. It is so much more than a building, rather it is a unique environment where the care of children (and their parents) is as important as the treatment of disease. Children from all 100 counties in the state are treated here. Over 85% of these children are referred from other hospitals for diagnosis and treatment of complex disorders. NC Children's Hospital is the only true children's hospital in the state with staff in all pediatric subspecialties. Patients are treated here regardless of their ability to pay for services rendered. The state of NC covers only 8% of the operating costs of the hospital and therefore, we need your help. Please donate what you can to ensure that the hospital can meet its mission of providing family focused child centric care to each patient, contribute to new knowledge about children's diseases through cutting edge research and educate future health care providers for children. You can make a difference in the lives of the children of NC and there is nothing more important than that. Hopefully, your family will never need this hospital, but if you, your friends or anyone else ever does, you will feel as blessed as I do that this wonderful institution is here. Please do what you can to support it.


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