Connecticut Children’s Foundation Blog

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation Blog contains the latest division news, patient success stories and featured events. Check back regularly to see what our donors, patients and care providers have been doing.

Telemedicine Provides Lifeline for Pediatric Patients During Pandemic

Categories: Donor Story, Medical Center News, Patient Families
Telemedicine is not only providing critical treatment to pediatric patients as close to home as possible—in this case, in their homes—it is transforming how Connecticut Children’s is delivering medical care across the region to kids like Alexandra, a 17-year-old from Danbury. Alexandra’s Journey Alexandra was the first baby born in Danbury Hospital, an event celebrated …

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Lemonade Stand Spells Sweet Success for Young Fundraisers

Categories: Donor Story
When 4-year-old Jenna and 2-year-old James Laufer wanted to set up a lemonade stand in 2011, their mom, Jill Gelfenbien, was game, with one condition: They had to use their profits to benefit others. They talked about places that impact the lives of kids, and Connecticut Children’s was chosen as the beneficiary of the first …

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Cancer Battle + Math and Lemonade Add Up to Sweet Outcome

Categories: Patient Families
Morgan Bjarno was a sophomore in high school when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a fast-growing type of blood cancer that tried to de-rail her high school career. It was April 2013 when Morgan received her diagnosis at Connecticut Children’s, where she underwent two years of cancer treatment. It was during her …

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Can’t Stop Their Why; Quinnipiac University’s Virtual Dance Marathon

Categories: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Events
After eight successful years and raising more than $1 million, Quinnipiac University (QU) students were not going to let the current COVID-19 pandemic ruin their 9th Annual QTHON Dance Marathon benefiting Connecticut Children’s, their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. QTHON is a yearlong fundraising effort leading up to an unforgettable 12-hour dance marathon to support …

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New Clinic Shines Light on Lupus

Categories: Medical Center News
Christian Peoples, patient, with Barbara Edelheit, MD, (left) and Sherene Mason, MD
Lupus is a sneaky disease. That’s why it’s often referred to as “The Great Imitator.” An autoimmune disorder, it can mimic many other conditions and can affect any system or organ in the body. That makes it both difficult to diagnose and challenging to treat. Kids with lupus may be shuttled from one specialist to …

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