Mott supporters take to the streets

Braving humid conditions, a group of four cyclists recently rode from Traverse City to Chelsea as part of the 24th annual Make-A-Wish charity bike ride. With the C.S. Mott logo emblazoned upon their backs, the group traveled more than 300 miles over the course of three days in steamy July.

The team was lead by Neal Blatt, M.D., Ph.D., as Assistant Professor in Pediatric Nephrology, and included four other cyclists: Chrysta Lienczewski and Christopher Tallman, clinical research coordinators in Nephrology and Urology, along with Pat Ward and Jeff Crause, members of the Ann Arbor community.

Proceeds from their ride support the activities of the Michigan Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. This year, the U-M team raised over $10,000 of the $1.8 million that was raised by the more than 850 cyclists participated in the three day ride.

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Heart on the mound

As he visited C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital recently, tiny feet followed in Tyler Brennan’s large footsteps. Hopeful parents followed closely behind him.

Tyler is a role model for the group of children gathered at Mott to meet him.  A source of comfort for worried parents, he is an inspiration. To the surgeons and staff at Mott who have come to know him, he is a pioneer.

Tyler was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital birth defect occurring when parts of the left side of the heart do not completely develop.

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A Grateful Family

Ask Megan and Nick Demeester who saved their son Riley’s life, and they will tell you about a long list of people.

It has been over four years since Riley’s birth and long hospitaliza­tion at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and yet the De­meesters still have a strong appreciation for each person who helped make Riley the healthy boy he is today.

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Steal a peek at the football-themed play area in our new hospital!

With the opening of the Mott building just 5 months away, we thought we would take you through one of the areas we’re very excited about. Join us on a virtual tour through each of the nine “zones” of the new game-day themed play area located on the 8th floor of the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital!

The space was designed as a place for patients, parents and siblings to unwind and have some fun. Playful activity can be very beneficial for little ones during the healing process, and we’re sure this new space will bring smiles to patients and families’ for years to come.

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Allowing families to stay close to their children in our new hospital

Ronald McDonald House

New Ronald McDonald House allows families to be steps away from their children

When the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital opens this November, families with critically ill children will be able to find a place to rest at the new Ronald McDonald House within C.S. Mott. The new facility is one of only five such Ronald McDonald Houses within a children’s hospital in the world. It will be located on the 10th floor of the hospital, just steps away from the hospital’s intensive care units.

While the current Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor that is currently just around the corner from the hospital will continue to serve more than 600 families annually, these new accommodations will provide a short-term stay option for families of our most critically ill children, many of whom were not expecting to have their child admitted and need a place to stay while they make plans and work with the medical team to learn about their child’s condition and treatment plan. The new Ronald McDonald House within the hospital will have 12 private bedrooms with private bathrooms and a shared common space, all designed to feel as much like home as possible.

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Sweet inspiration behind Gracie’s Fund for leukemia research

Gracie's battle with cancer inspired The Original Murdick’s Fudge of Mackinac Island to support Gracie's Fund for leukemia research at Mott Children's Hospital.

At age four, Gracie Irish was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

“My husband and I were in complete shock,” says Gracie’s mom, Amy Irish. “We were numb.”

After sharing news of Gracie’s diagnosis, friends of the Irish family recommended they visit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for treatment.  Acting on the recommendation, Gracie was airlifted from their hometown hospital to Mott by U-M’s Survival Flight crew.

Amy remembers this first interaction with U-M staff vividly.

“I was sobbing at this moment and a member of the flight crew immediately came over to reassure me,” she says. “He said, ‘don’t worry, she’s going to a great place – my own son was treated at Mott and is now a successful college student.’  It gave me a sense of hope from the very start.”

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