Making spirits bright

Holiday gift donations for kids at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Every year, we are awestruck by the generosity of organizations, families and individuals who want to help the kids at Mott during the holiday season. It’s a beautiful reminder of the kindness of the human spirit.

Your donations help us bring cheer to our Little Victors year round, but this time of year, in particular, they help us make our annual “Mott Toy Shop” possible. Many of the parents of our Little Victors are reluctant to leave their child’s bedside for five minutes, let alone enough time to brave crowded stores for holiday shopping. And all too many are also feeling the weight of financial challenges. The Mott Toy Shop helps these parents still give their child a holiday experience even while spending their holiday in the hospital.

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After accident: “I was so thankful for that car seat”

Buckle Up For Life grant to help Mott program expand car seat safety education program and free car seat giveaway

carseat2Ariana Jacobs and her newborn daughter were riding in a car with a friend one winter when the car suddenly hit a patch of black ice at a stoplight, careening past oncoming traffic and straight into a tree.

Panicked, the new mom anxiously turned to look in the back seat.

 

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Helping your teen driver learn to Drive Smart

teaching teen driver
Sixty percent of all vehicle crashes are caused by distracted teenage drivers. The stakes are high – but there are a number of things parents can do to prepare their children to learn to drive and help them learn safe driving habits.

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Auvi-Q® Recall for Food Allergy Patients

Important information for parents of kids with food allergies

auvi-q recallThis week, Sanofi US issued a voluntary nationwide recall of ALL Auvi-Q® epinephrine injectors.

These injectors, like other epinephrine injectors, are used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Families of patients who currently use the Auvi-Q as their auto-injector should contact their physician immediately to arrange for a prescription to one of two alternate epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPen or Adrenaclick). University of Michigan Food Allergy Clinic patients can contact us directly at 888-229-2409.

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Our whole family was treated for cancer

When our baby was diagnosed with cancer, the medical team took care of all of us.

dominic jamisonOn the Friday our son Dominic turned 9 weeks old, he started throwing up immediately after eating. This continued on and off through out the weekend, so we took him to the pediatrician first-thing Monday. During that appointment, the doctor noticed that his head circumference seemed to be not following the normal growth curve. He sent us to a nearby hospital right away.

There they did an ultrasound and MRI, which revealed that Dominic had a brain tumor. On July 23, 2014, he underwent a seven hour tumor resection. The tumor was quite large, about 40 percent of his brain space. One week later, we learned the tumor was a rare, cancerous tumor, called a Choroid Plexus Carcinoma. We knew the road ahead of us would be a long one. Unfortunately, we just didn’t feel like the hospital we were at was a good fit for us, so we transferred Dominic’s care to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

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