All-star inspiration

NHL star and former U-M hockey player Steven Kampfer with his sister, Kristen.

Born with multiple heart defects and severe scoliosis, Kristin Kampfer, 25, has undergone more than 20 surgeries at U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Now a healthy, happy young woman with a blossoming career, Kristin will be honored this Thursday by her all-star brother, Steven Kampfer, a former U-M ice hockey player and current Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins.  Stanley Cup in hand, Steven will be visiting the U-M Yost Icea Arena, posing for pictures and signing autographs.  Inspired by his sister’s humble attitude, Steven has elected to donate the proceeds from photo sales to Mott.

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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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