Just like she has for the past five years, 11-year-old Israel Cavanagh of Saxtons River, Vermont, made the trip to Boston to donate dozens of new stuffed animals to our patients. Israel has dropped off her fuzzy friends ever since her sister received a stuffed bear in the medical ward while she was being treated here. That gift made a lasting impact on Israel, who buys the toys with money she's saved and with donations from her friends and family.
Another sister of a child treated here recently made a similar donation. After her little sister was diagnosed with cancer, 13-year-old Rebecca Dykes observed that many oncology patients liked to wear hats, caps and scarves. So Rebecca made some hats with her mom and started a collection drive for more. She also collected and donated bandanas and crafted them into beautiful floral arrangements.
On March 29, former Mass. Senate President Robert Travaglini gave the opening remarks at the Stem Cell Lecture in Enders Auditorium. Travaglini was a strong proponent of stem cell research while he was in office. Sean Morrison, PhD, of the University of Michigan's Center for Stem Cell Biology, gave the keynote address.
Get "good mileage" at Children's annual pledge walk, Miles for Miracles, on June 10. You'll join other Children's patients, employees, volunteers and hospital friends for this day of fun. Looking for a challenge? The seven-mile walk
is for you. The two-mile walk is perfect for those pushing
wagons or strollers. Register by calling ext. 5-6666 or visiting www.childrenshospital.org/walk.
The Spring 2007 issue of Dream magazine comes out this month, featuring stories on a Romanian orphan rescue project, organ transplant breakthroughs and more. Look for Dream in the magazine bins around the hospital or online at www.childrenshospital.org/dream.