All it takes is $1 to do serious good for children in need.
Purchasing the special Kids Day newspaper Tuesday makes you part of a massive annual fundraising campaign that helps children recover from illness or injury at the nonprofit Valley Children’s Hospital just north of Fresno or at a growing number of clinics operated by Valley Children’s Healthcare throughout the Central Valley and Central Coast.
Valley Children’s helps thousands of kids heal every year.
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Data from fiscal year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017) provides a glimpse of the most recent life-saving work:
▪ 241,378 hospital visits
▪ 12,180 surgeries and procedures
▪ 12,371 who returned home from a hospital stay
▪ 119,650 emergency department visits
More than $8.6 million has been raised over the past 30 years for Valley Children’s thanks to the generosity of people who purchase Kids Day papers from a fleet of volunteers posted on street corners throughout the Valley. Kids Day records continue to be broken, with more than $630,000 raised last year. This year’s goal is $650,000.
Here are some new Valley Children’s facilities, equipment, programs and awards to be proud of:
▪ New outpatient facilities, including a center in Clovis (set to open late spring), Eagle Oaks Specialty Care Center in Bakersfield (to open in October), Pelandale Specialty Care Center in Modesto (to open early next year), and a center in Fowler in partnership with Adventist Health (to open spring 2019).
▪ A X-ray system that makes higher quality 3-D images more safely for children with scoliosis and other spinal deformities by emitting less radiation than traditional machines.
▪ A Young Adult and Transitional Care Center, which helps pediatric patients transition to adult providers.
▪ George’s Pass, a program that helps staff more quickly identify patients with autism so they can take into account special needs as those children are treated and transported around the hospital.
▪ U.S. News & World Report again recognized Valley Children’s as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country. It was ranked in three specialties: pediatric orthopedics, pediatric diabetes & endocrinology, and pediatric gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery.
▪ Accolades from several other organizations, including awards applauding a positive workplace, support of military families and having strong information technology systems.
None of this would be possible without the generous acts of time and dedication we receive from the communities up and down the Valley.
Todd Suntrapak, president and CEO of Valley Children’s Healthcare
“None of this would be possible without the generous acts of time and dedication we receive from the communities up and down the Valley,” said Valley Children’s president and chief executive officer Todd Suntrapak about Kids Day. “We’re expecting a record number of volunteers from all over the Valley and we couldn’t be more excited or thankful!”
Kids Day 2018
When: Tuesday, March 6.
What: One of the main fund-raising efforts of the year for Valley Children’s Hospital. Special editions of The Bee will be hawked on street corners for $1, with all proceeds going to the hospital.
Who: The Bee and ABC 30 are the major partners supporting Kids Day.