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I Carry the Weight of Other People's Sick Children

Galina Nemirovsky | Posted 09.15.2016 | Parents
Galina Nemirovsky

The IV bag hangs from a plastic seahorse suspended on a steel pole. A life-saving poison slowly drips through the plastic tube into the thin, fragile ...

Friends and Family Make it Happen

Alexis Buryk | Posted 09.06.2016 | Impact
Alexis Buryk

I have people in my life who make it amazing, both family and friends. And there is an African proverb that says, "if you want to go fast, go alone, i...

5 Ways + 1 You can Help a Caregiver this Month

Valerie Sobel | Posted 11.15.2016 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

Day in and day out, 90 million family caregivers in the United States fulfill a vital role on their loved one's care team. No one else is in a better position to provide comfort and support, to advocate on behalf of the patient, and to ensure continuity of care.

How to Help When a Child is in the Hospital

Melissa Kaye | Posted 09.01.2016 | Parents
Melissa Kaye

So, in this case, a friend's child is in the Intensive Care Unit at a nearby hospital, in serious condition after a very brief illness. There are pets and other children to care for. Here are my best suggestions.

Food Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project and our community of Daily Givers supported projects that strengthen our food supply by caring for bees, helping people find culturally-relevant ways to access and enjoy vegan food, encouraging people grow food and teaching people healthier ways to cook.

I'm Making a Difference by Improving Hospital Care for Kids

Leanne Joyce | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Leanne Joyce

I am the 14-year-old Founder and President of Positive Impact for Kids. My 501(c)(3) non-profit strives to improve the lives of hospitalized children ...

Why Sick Kids Should Be Allowed at Daycare

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Parents want me to find a way to make the little fever or the last bit of diarrhea go away (which I can't do, sadly) because until it does, they can't go to work. For me as a doctor, it's kind of nuts -- and not the best use of anyone's time, let alone health care dollars.

The Only Way I Know How To Celebrate My Dying Daughter's Birthday

Maria Kefalas | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Maria Kefalas

It's hard not to be angry and bitter when people ask, "So, what are you doing for your daughter's birthday?" So, for now, I will keep writing and selling cupcakes.

15 Dos and Don'ts for Helping a Friend With a Sick Child in the Hospital

Dr. Karin Luise | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karin Luise

People often forget to check in on the parents. They are struggling with exhaustion, confusion and fear. Be there for them by being present to their struggle. Just listen -- they know you cannot fix things. They just need love.

A Public Apology To The Mothers Of Sick Children Whom I Doubted

Claire Zulkey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

That's where I was for much of last month. Learning many lessons. Cleaning up bodily fluids. Spending a lot of money on Gatorade and Pedialyte. And sending mental apologies to that mom whom I once doubted, because being at work is infinitely better than all this gross nonsense.

King Henry Is Not Amused

Monica Bielanko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Monica Bielanko

He stares at me, along with the photographer and three preschool teachers, as I jiggle the damn stuffed lamb and make it bite my face and bleat and all the while he's firing The Stink Eye at me but it's not even a stink eye so much as it's unimpressed boredom and a tinge of... Is that disdain?

Helping Eva Feel Like a Regular Little Girl

Anita Nakou | Posted 05.27.2013 | Impact
Anita Nakou

Two days after our twins' premature birth, we found out that our little Eva had severe congenital heart abnormalities. When the hospital staff told me, I could feel my own heart just sink. Our world had changed in an instant, but we didn't have time to catch our breath.

Daring to Dream on Staten Island

Scott Blakeman | Posted 10.03.2012 | New York
Scott Blakeman

"What higher mission is there in life than helping an injured child?" asked Elissa Montanti yesterday at the ribbon cutting for the Dare To Dream House on Staten Island.

When Parents Know More Than Doctors

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.11.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

A heart-breaking tale that will have you hugging your children and, I suspect, second guessing your doctor then next time your own child gets sick.

My Newest Father-Son Bonding Experience: The Stomach Flu

Jim Higley | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Jim Higley

My most recent father-son bonding memory happened quite by surprise. In fact, when I went to bed last night, I never dreamed of the special experience waiting before I even hit my REM sleep.

An Open Letter To Pediatricians

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

Going to a doctor we don't usually see is, according to our regular doctor, akin to taking our son to a back-alley quack who practices medicine with a dull knife and a lighter.

Toddler Loses Limbs When Infection Worsens During 5-Hour ER Wait: You Can Help

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

December, with all of its holiday spirit, shouldn't be a tough month for a 2-year-old. For Malyia Jeffers, however, it started with a feverish, fiv...

WATCH: 9-Year-Old Girl Gives Her Own Birthday Toys To Sick Children

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Nine-year-old Riley Norris came up with an idea one day on her drive to school. According to CNN, she asked her mom if she could donate her birthday p...

Paul Bussiere's R2D2 Delights Sick Children At Eastern Maine Medical Center

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Maine resident Paul Bussiere brought 'Star Wars' character R2D2 to life for children in the pediatric ward of his local hospital. Local news station ...

Mario Bros. Marathon Raises Money For Children's Foundation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Since Friday at 11:00 a.m., a bunch of dudes have been playing Mario Bros. Must be a slow news day, right? In fact, these lifelong friends and video g...

Hiltons Open Their Home To Sick Kids

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Paris, Nikki and Kathy Hilton welcomed children from the Starlight Children's Foundation into their Bel-Air estate this weekend for a day of Duck Duck...

My October "Vacation"

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

Loose bowl movements, smashed birthday cake and the Bubonic Plague -- just another month the life of the Princeling.

Alternative Medicine Supplements Hospitals' Care For Sick Kids | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Some of the nation's top hospitals are embracing alternative medicine to supplement traditional healing. Are we onto something? Danny Hauser made nat...

Leading Healthcare Change: No Room for Politics as Usual

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Klatsky

We are facing incredibly difficult decisions, but policies implemented today will help us to live healthier, longer lives, while also saving billions of dollars.

Peaceful Revolution: When Did It Get So Hard To Be A Mom?

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

Ten years ago, we didn't worry about sending a peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into school with our children, and we didn't medicate our eight year olds to get them through the school day.