Kids Day

Every dollar given helps support the hospital’s needs

Volunteers will be out on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, to sell Kids Day newspapers in hopes of raising more than a half-million dollars for Valley Children’s Hospital.
Volunteers will be out on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, to sell Kids Day newspapers in hopes of raising more than a half-million dollars for Valley Children’s Hospital. Fresno Bee file

It might not seem like the money you spent today buying this Kids Day special publication could do a lot of good. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the money goes a long way toward helping the more than 1.3 million children who have access to Valley Children’s Hospital.

The dollars spent are put into The Children’s Fund, which allocates resources when and where they are needed most at the hospital. Here’s what last year’s money helped do:

▪  Provide a record volume of nearly 350,000 inpatient and outpatient visits.

▪  Offer innovative treatments, such as the painless MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) device that allows orthopedic surgeons to straighten a young child’s spine in a gradual and noninvasive way.

▪  Offer spiritual care to patients, families and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

▪  Support nearly 120,000 patient visits to the hospital’s Emergency Department.

▪  Expand the minimally invasive pediatric interventional radiology services to diagnose and treat disease.

▪  Continue enrollment in the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program, which provides needed risk assessments, screening and follow-up plans to the growing number of pediatric cancer survivors in the Valley.

Valley Children’s Hospital, which started in Fresno in 1952, is today on a 50-acre campus in Madera with a medical staff of more than 550 physicians. It serves children and patients from an area that covers 11 counties and more than 45,000 square miles.

In the 29 years that Kids Day has been around, more than $7.3 million has been raised through the annual Kids Day event that is a joint effort of The Fresno Bee and ABC30 (KFSN, Channel 30.1).

The goal this year is the loftiest ever at raising $550,000. That would top the record of $545,546.40 collected last year.

Todd Suntrapak Valley Children’s Hospital president and chief executive officer, calls this Kids Day the biggest yet.

“It’s so important in continuing to support our mission and bringing world-class pediatric healthcare to the Central Valley. Last year, Valley Children’s had 120,000 visits to the ER alone, making us the busiest pediatric facility of its kind in the entire state,” Suntrapak says. “Funds raised today help us to support the growing need for this level of care in our community. And these funds also helped us support almost 350,000 inpatient and outpatient visits in the last year alone.”

Support for the annual event starts with thousands of volunteers lining streets and roads with stacks of newspapers to sell in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings, Merced and Mariposa counties.

Tom Cullinan, publisher and president of The Fresno Bee, is proud the newspaper has partnered with Valley Children’s Hospital for 29 years to produce the special section. He’s equally proud to be a part of the thousands of dedicated organizations, businesses, volunteers and Valley residents that have participated to support the hospital and the health-care services they provide for all the children in the Valley.

“The past two years, we have raised more than a million dollars collectively for Valley Children’s Hospital, and our goal this year is to make it three consecutive years of breaking the half-million-dollar mark,” Cullinan says. “I’m confident that with the support of our volunteers and generous Valley residents, we can achieve this all-time high in contributions. Whether you participate as a group or individual, we thank you for your support and ask for your help to make our 29th year our best year yet.”

ABC30 has been a partner in the project since its inception. Dan Adams KFSN’s president and general manager, is glad the station is continuing that tradition.

“ABC30 could not be more excited to be a part of Kids Day again this year. This Valley-wide event makes it easy for thousands of people to participate and help the children in our community,” Adams says. “It only takes $1 to make a difference and ensure that Valley Children’s Hospital can continue to provide state-of-the-art care to sick and injured children.

“I am looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish this year.”

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

After Party

A celebration will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at River Park Shopping Center in Fresno. This family friendly event will include carnival games, photos with George (Valley Children’s mascot) and other entertainment.

Valley Children’s facts, figures

Here is what your dollar contributes toward every year:

  • Unique patients: 139,474, up more than 10 percent from 2014
  • Outpatient visits: 333,352 outpatient visits
  • Emergency Department visits: 118,298
  • Surgeries performed: 12,348
  • Inpatient cases: 13,692
  • Diapers: 500,342
  • Baby wipes: 810,960
  • Baby bottles: 169,920
  • Pacifiers: 23,000
  • Cups of coffee sold at on-site Starbucks: 43,052

How to help

Text KIDSDAY to 41444 to donate in any amount, or go online to donate@valleychildrens.org

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