Passion in action
"The world is only a better place if you make it one," says Beth Terrana, Children's Hospital Trust board member. "It doesn't happen all by itself."
Someone who acts on what she believes, Terrana also knows how to achieve results. Most recently senior vice president for Fidelity Investments, she earned a reputation as one of the top portfolio managers for several Fidelity funds. This sharp-minded executive is now bringing her commitment and skills to the philanthropy arena.
Terrana's current focus is to lead a team of high-level volunteers in raising capital support for the first major expansion of the hospital's clinical facilities in 20 years. The team's goal of $20 million will contribute to an 11-story addition to the main hospital, significantly adding to Children's capacity to care for more patients, accommodate new technologies and offer more comfortable, private space for patient families.
"Children's desperately needs new ICU beds, operating rooms, imaging capability and cardiac space," says Terrana. "The hospital is bursting at the seams, and the volume and level of acuity of the patients are increasing every year. There are times when children who need the expertise of Children's Hospital are turned away because of space. That is a tragedy."
Children's Hospital Boston is in the early stage of a comprehensive fund-raising campaign, with a working goal of $200 million. Over the next five years, Cause for Wonder, the campaign for Children's Hospital Boston, will help generate enthusiasm for the hospital's broad plans to advance its vital mission on behalf of pediatric patients, and offer meaningful opportunities for donors to help in new and exciting ways.
The wonder each child inspires in the staff at Children's, and the awe the institution's scientists and world-class clinicians evoke in grateful family members, is the spirit of this ambitious campaign. Charitable gifts to the Cause for Wonder campaign create new opportunities to care for more children who need the best that medical science can provide, and will accelerate the translation of laboratory research into novel treatments for diseases. Campaign contributions will also help Children's train tomorrow's pediatric leaders and bring care and services to children in our urban communities.
Please join us in this historic and wondrous endeavor. To learn more about opportunities for campaign giving, please call the Children's Hospital Trust at (617) 355-6890 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few years ago, Terrana had the privilege of observing a cardiac catheterization procedure performed by James Lock, MD, cardiologist-in-chief. The patient was a teenage girl whose lifelong heart problems left her barely enough energy to walk. "Her quality of life wasn't good," recalls Terrana. "If she had come to Children's five or six years earlier, her life may have been totally different. We have to remember how incredibly fortunate we are to have the nation's best pediatric hospital in our backyard, and that it is a resource not just for Boston, but for the world."
An awareness of Children's global impact—in both patient care and research—is what makes Terrana passionate about her team's efforts. She sees the work the team does as an opportunity for what she calls "transformational philanthropy." She explains: "What we do today can help change the course of pediatric care. The possibilities for improving care and the hospital experience for children and families are infinite, and anyone can help. I invite you to help, and together we can make a difference
Every gift to Children's Hospital Boston benefits young patients and families who need healing and hope. Through patient care, laboratory research, graduate medical education and community outreach, the staff at Children's work to bring health to children everywhere—toward a future when illness and injury will not get in the way of a child's dreams.
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