Singer and songwriter, Calli, combines her passion for music and giving back by creating care kits, including her own CD, for our patients and families every holiday season. Calli says, “There is no greater feeling than lifting someone’s spirits through music… especially around the holidays!” Thank you Calli for bringing the gift of music to Packard Children’s!
High School student, Sammy, combines her passion for science and giving back by creating “Science in a Box” kits for our hospital school. Science in a Box kits provide the opportunity for our patients to conduct fun science experiments from their comfort of their hospital bed. Our little scientists were thrilled to use their kits to create slime, build lava lamps, and craft night lights.
Click here to learn more about Sammy’s story.
As an AP art student at his high school, the art cart was an important resource for Lucca during his stay at Packard Children’s. When friends and family reached out to Lucca’s mom, Suzie, asking how they could help support Lucca during his stay, she replied that they could donate art supplies to stock the Art Cart. With support from friends and family, the Lorenzi family collected more than 850 new packs of crayons, markers, paper, canvases, and other art supplies through their art supply drive!
To read more of the Lorenzi Family’s inspiring story, click here.
This Holiday season, kindergartner Stella brought the magic of the holidays to our patients and families by rallying her class to collect toys. She can’t wait to make this an annual event and hopes to expand next year’s toy drive to the entire school. Thank you for all of your hard work, Stella!
The Foley Family hosted a barbeque with family and friends in celebration of their son Jonathon. The Foleys enjoyed a “great day full of love, laughter, and tears” as they honored Jonathan while raising over $1,000 for toys and activities for patients in the hospital.
Joining her two passions - photography and helping others - high school junior, Pari, founded her own photography company as a way to give back. By donating 35% of her sales at P.S. Photography to the Children's Fund, Pari uses her artistic talent to make a positive impact on her community. As Pari says, " great pictures for a great cause!"
An exceptional artist, Shreya decided to use her passion for painting as a way to raise funds. She set up a fundraising page and asked her friends and family to donate and receive a Shreya-original painting. She raised an impressive $625, surpassing her initial goal of $500. In addition, she donated new clothes and toys.
To read more of Shreya's inspiring story, click here.
"I was born at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in 2008 and love to juggle a soccer ball (kick ups). My goal last summer was to juggle a minimum of 50,000 times as a way to raise funds for the kids at the hospital. I ended up raising $5,250 for recreational therapy!"
Click here to see more of Gabriel's inspiring story.
Stanford Rowing is raising money for the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation for Brain Matters. Connor was determined to attend & row for one of these schools, until brain cancer robbed him of the opportunity to even try. All funds raised in his memory are donated to nuero-science research.
To learn more, click here.
Brothers Jackson and Liam sure have a lot of heart! This year, they started a new family tradition of creating bags of craft supplies to donate to patients at our hospital to “make other kids happy.” Being heart patients themselves, they know how much a bag of fun activities can make your day when you’re in the hospital.
To read more of Jackson and Liam's inspiring story, click here.
"Our patients love to ride red wagons through the hospital. It's a fun way to help kids be kids," says Colette Case, director of our child life team. Thank you to McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. for lifting our patients’ spirits with your gift of new wagons and toys!
For the past four years, Brayden has donated his birthday to our hospital—quite impressive especially considering that is his whole life! Now, his little sister, Kylie, is following in his philanthropic footsteps, donating her first birthday as well.
To read more of Brayden and Kylie's inspiring story, click here.
For Giselle’s 5th birthday, she decided she wanted to raise money for “medicine that doesn’t hurt” and donate her birthday gifts to her friends with cancer. As a patient herself, she knows how receiving a small gift toy in the hospital can brighten a child’s day.
To see more of Giselle's story, click here.
To help give parents and patients a boost, Ember created Project Birthday Box, which delivers a celebration-in-a-box for families to enjoy. Thoughtfully enclosed in each kit, parents will find everything from birthday hats and glow sticks to themed plates and decorated signs.
To learn more about Project Birthday Box, click here.
Officers from the City of Seaside Police Department are going above and beyond their pledge of “Honor, Pride and Commitment” to serve children and families in their community. They launched the Heroes 4 Kids program, a community-wide effort to help families from Seaside and the Monterey Peninsula area who are receiving care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Find the rest of Seaside Police Department's story here.
As Community Service Project Leader of Fremont High school FBLA, Crystal collected activity items, organized a volunteering session with her classmates, and hosted a toy drive in her district.
"I have never felt so genuinely happy and being a part of such a wonderful project has truly inspired me to continue my efforts. I've always wanted to figure out a way to spread happiness and care toward hospitalized children, and am honored to have been given the opportunity to do so at Lucile Packard."
As a patient at our hospital, Parker knows the emotional healing that gifts of personal items, games, and more bring to kids in our care. In November, he asked friends and family to join him for a fundraiser golf tournament and dinner. Parker collected items from his Teen Wish List, as well as an inspiring $12,045 in donations on his Champions fundraising page to buy more teen-appropriate gifts for our patients!
To see more of Parker's story, click here.
"We watched her videos and found her joy and positive attitude inspiring. Makeup helped Talia to feel better about herself throughout her cancer treatment. We wanted to bring that joy to other girls diagnosed with cancer. In the fifth grade, we came up with the idea to create gift bags of beauty products for teen and pre-teen cancer patients, an age group that is often overlooked. We also raise money for gift cards for all patients, boys and girls."
Learn more at feelbeautifulmovement.org
Cyrus teamed up with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics to organize the 4th annual Kick for Kids swim event. Cyrus and his fellow swimmers raised more than $8,000, for a grand total of $21,000 since they began fundraising in 2011.
Luke, Kevin, Cuebeom, and Jason, high school students at The Harker School, formed The Florio String Quartet in hopes of using their musical talents to uplift and serve others in need.
In lieu of an entry fee, they collected donations, raising more than $2,000 for our patients and their families.
Click here to learn more about their performance.
Fourteen-year-old friends Ayla and Ana were inspired by Talia Jay Castellano, a teen Covergirl and YouTube sensation who was diagnosed with cancer. Throughout her cancer treatment, makeup helped Talia boost her confidence and lift her spirits. This inspired Ayla and Ana to start the “Feel Beautiful Movement” and collect makeup donations for teens undergoing treatment at our hospital. They partnered with Sephora and have donated hundreds of makeup kits.
For more information about the Feel Beautiful Movement, check out their website.
Jacob was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. When the holiday season came around, Jacob was not looking forward to spending Christmas in the hospital. He writes, “I was still in front line treatment and was kind of feeling sad that I had cancer, so I told my Mom and Dad I needed some inspiration in my life. They told me the best way to feel better is to help someone else feel good, so I started thinking about what I could do to make someone else happy.”
Thank you to Whole Foods Market in partnership with Stanford Athletics for hosting a 5% Community Day benefiting our hospital—five percent of all purchases supported our patients and families.
In memory of his brother Connor, 10-year-old Cameron recently organized his second Coins for Cures drive for DIPG pediatric brain cancer research. This year, he prepared a speech and spoke in every single class at his school about why cancer research is important to him.
In total, Cameron raised a whopping $6,711.88, and took one giant step forward to finding a cure. Way to go, Cameron!
As a patient at our hospital, 7-year-old Alex loved the Art volunteers who bring arts and crafts to kids who can't get to the playroom. During the holidays, Alex set up a Mistletoe Stand and raised $40 to provide more art supplies for other patients! Thank you, Alex!
In celebration of National Gymnastics Day, California Sports Center (CSC) organized its annual Cartwheel-a-thon, a full-day of cartwheeling to benefit our hospital.
Gymnasts asked friends and family to pledge a donation per cartwheel. Each of CSC’s seven locations hosted an open house with various activities, including apparel sales, bake sales, face painting, and the main event: cartwheeling. Together, the gymnasts completed a total of 53,773 cartwheels, and raised $25,512.36 for our patients and families!