With her shock of blonde hair blowing in the wind, Mari laughs while flying down the trails on her mountain bike and has aspirations to conquer the monkey bars at her local playground. These athletic feats become all the more impressive when you consider the fact that Mari was born missing nearly all of the fingers on her right hand.
August 12, 2020
When Life Hands You COVID-19…Make a Virtual Lemonade Stand
Joe Carr is a socially connected doer and thinker so a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic was not about to stop him from launching his 5th annual Lemonade Stand Fundraiser for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. In fact, Joe and his team say in a strange twist COVID-19 might make this year of fund raising even more successful.
July 16, 2020
Kids Health Heroes Vol. 2
Kids Health Heroes is a series that highlights a few of the incredible individuals and community partners who are stepping forward to keep Gillette strong and resilient throughout this public health emergency. This post celebrates #GiveAtHomeMN donors, DAIRY QUEEN, and Home Depot. We thank all of our donors for their generous support, and invite you to join them with your contribution today.
May 7, 2020
Kids Health Heroes
Kids Health Heroes is a series that highlights a few of the incredible individuals and community partners who are stepping forward to keep Gillette strong and resilient throughout this public health emergency. This post celebrates Gillette donor Michael Owens, local restaurants and caterers, and businesses donating masks. We thank all of our donors for their generous support, and invite you to join them with your contribution today.
April 23, 2020
Creating Community from a Distance
During this time of isolation, everyone is looking for ways to stay in touch with the people and causes they care about. In the weeks ahead, we’ll be exploring new ways to connect with one another while also staying safe. Learn five easy ways you can support Gillette and create community together, from a distance.
March 26, 2020
Puppies with Purpose: The Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy
“It’s just so wonderful to watch these children get better. It’s also very rewarding to see the connection that forms between the children and my dogs. They become friends.”
February 24, 2020
Helping Gillette Families One Cup of Lemonade at a Time
Police officers, postal workers, kids and politicians are drawn to Joe Carr's lemonade stand to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Joe is a Gillette patient and uses his considerable charm and social media skills in his quest to make sure ALL kids have access to great health care.
July 31, 2019
Limb-Lengthening and the Triumphant Life of Kate Ketelhohn
The day was Christmas Eve, the year was 2003 and the Ketelhohns were resting and watching a movie in their home near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was an idyllic evening, but their youngest daughter, 8-month-old, Kate, had a slight fever. It was the type of malady that many children experience throughout their development. There was no reason to worry, until there was.
January 9, 2019
Helping Matthew Find His Voice
“It’s Matthew’s machine, but communication is a two-way street. I need to know how to use it just as well as him.” – Martha Wilson, Matthew’s mom. Learn why the most important part of this mother-son relationship is his adapted communication device.
May 30, 2018
You Can’t Buy Happiness, But You Can Buy a Bike
On Pedal in Place race day, participants jump on stationary bikes, battle it out with other teams, and race to good health—all while raising funds for kids who have cerebral palsy or other lifelong conditions. Many Gillette families say the adaptive bikes are helpful for their child's physical therapy and emotional well-being.
February 13, 2018
Help Fund Animal-Assisted Therapy at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
“I don’t think it would surprise anyone to learn that a lot of children love dogs,” says Emily DeBreto. “While we’ve had volunteers bring in therapeutic dogs at the hospital for comfort, we wanted to get our dogs more involved with the actual functional aspects of the therapy we’re providing.”
November 16, 2017
A Smile to Put the Sun Out of Business: How the Carothers Family Fights Their Happy Battles
"This kid is without a doubt my hero. I am without a doubt his biggest fan," says Ross Carothers of his son, Mikey, who has schizencephaly. Learn how the generosity of donors has supported Mikey's family and how they've given back in return.
October 12, 2017
Bon Voyage: Former British Guard to Bring Boat to Gillette Before Setting Sail
Join us at noon, Monday, May 1, as Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s favorite expat and former British royal guard, Richard Lett, will be bringing his sailboat to the hospital.
April 28, 2017