Employee honored with national fundraising award

Michelle Thompson, UC Davis assistant director of development, was honored with the Victoria Enmon Award at Children’s Hospitals Week last April, the national Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals conference. The Victoria Enmon Award recognizes the efforts of program directors across the country to support the Extra Life program, a fundraising program that encourages the public to play video games to raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Thompson was recognized for increasing fundraising, communications, local incentives, education and engagement for Extra Life.

Virtual Toy Drive raises over $21,000

Every hospitalized child at UC Davis Children’s Hospital were provided free toys for the holidays in 2021. Additional funds were used to provide toys, art and music supplies, treasure box prizes and giveaways during hospitalizations as well as visits to the Comprehensive Cancer Center and MIND Institute. Children who celebrated their birthday in the hospital also received gifts, thanks to the generosity of donors.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Child Champion

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN), an international nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for, and awareness of, children’s hospitals. Donations create miracles by funding medical care, research, equipment and programs that save and improve the lives of our children including this year’s local Children’s Miracle Network child champion Avery Cunha.

AveryAvery was 19 months old when she fell into a pool and nearly drowned. She was transported via helicopter to UC Davis Children’s Hospital where she spent months in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/ PCICU) and comprehensive rehabilitation. Now 5 years old, Avery has been able to live a full life. Every year, 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals identify a “champion” in each of their communities to serve as the face for children treated at their local children’s hospital.

Nurse practitioners raise funds for Make-A-Wish kids

Last May, UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center nurse practitioners Barb Goebel, Mary Zanobini and Callie Brecek participated in the Trailblaze Challenge, a 23.2-mile hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail, to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Northeastern and Central California and Northern Nevada chapter. The team raised over $17,500 and granted life-changing experiences for UC Davis pediatric patients.

NorCal AIDS Ride raises $3,000 for UC Davis Pediatric Infectious Diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is once again a beneficiary of the NorCal AIDS Cycle, an event where participants ride 38 miles, 62 miles or 100 miles to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS service providers in the Sacramento Valley and beyond.

CMN awards 14 new clinical, research grants

Fourteen grants totaling $383,029 have been awarded by Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis in 2022 to clinicians and researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Eleven grants will enhance the clinical care of children, while three grants were awarded for research directly improving the health and welfare of children.