Sofia’s Lemonade Stand

Sofia Joslin, a seven year Patterson Park native and daughter of child life manager Shannon Joslin, has raised an incredible amount of money to support the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. Sofia decided that the day her neighborhood was having a large scale yard sale day (3 blocks long), she would use the opportunity to help give back to kids who may not be as fortunate as herself.

Sofia (left) and her friend pose with their lemonade stand they used for their donation to UMCH

From there, Sofia gathered up her friends and they began to play a part in the process as well. Sofia and her friends sold all of their lemonade and raised $250 which made all the effort she put in a positive experience.

After the fundraiser’s huge success, Sofia was determined to donate toys  of all different diversities to the Children’s Hospital.

She sought help from her parents who were quick to remind her there are all types of kids at the hospital: she needed to find toys that both girls and boys of different ages would like. The family headed to Target to maximize the most they could out of $250.

Staying true to her word Sofia went shopping and stuck to the basics. She set out to get dolls, craft kits amongst other items for girls, and Legos and cars for the boys.

After Sofia and her family purchased the toys, they were collected in UMCH’s red wagon and transported to the hospital. Sofia got to see her work go full circle when her parents took her down to the hospital to deliver the toys in person.

Following such a positive turn out, Sofia’s neighborhood wants to ensure that this is not a one-time donation. Inspired by the children’s involvement and by UMCH’s great care, adults in the neighborhood would like to make this a tradition and make even bigger donations going forward.

Many thanks to Sofia, her family and neighbors! Your continued support of the Children’s Hospital ensures we have the resources available to make every patient’s stay comfortable and fun.

 

Learn more about the Child Life Program and meet the team.  http://www.umm.edu/childlife

Interested in giving to the Children’s Hospital? Here’s how you can help. http://www.umm.edu/programs/childrens/services/child-life/how-to-help

 

 

Seven-Year-Old Leukemia Patient Raises $1,800 to “Find A Cure for Cancer”

By Chris Lindsley
UMMC Blog Editor

Seven-year-old Brasen VonMoose-Lemin had the idea to set up a lemonade stand to help “his” hospital. What he didn’t have were any limitations on what his fundraiser for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) could accomplish. “I want to help find a cure for childhood cancer,” he said.

Brasen has battled leukemia since 2008, and has grown close to the doctors and staff at UMCH. After seeing information about a fundraiser for Johns Hopkins, he said “my hospital needs one of these.”

What started off as a lemonade stand selling brownies turned into a full-scale fundraiser with donations from local businesses that raised more than $1,800 for UMCH, which he presented to pediatric oncologist Dr. Teresa York.

“Brasen had the money he raised in a bag, and asked me to guess how much was there,” Dr. York said. “I guessed $250. He then broke into a big smile and said, “I’ve raised more than EIGHTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS.” I could not believe it. What a wonderful gift and insight he has at such a young age.”

Said Brasen about the contents of his paper bag. “I never saw so much money before.”

Brasen’s treatments are going well, and his attitude and outlook have inspired Dr. York and other members of his care team.

“Brasen is an inspiration to all of us with his courage and strength,” said Dr. York. “I am amazed at his dedication to fighting leukemia, his will to live and how his fight has touched so many lives.”

His mother Cherie said she wasn’t surprised when Brasen mentioned his fundraising idea.

“He likes helping others, and he doesn’t want other kids to go through what he has,” Cherie said. “He wants to continue to have an annual fundraiser every year until there is a cure for childhood cancer.”

For his part, Brasen says simply, “I don’t think about my problems when helping others.”

“Hike the Park for Parkinson’s” on September 4 to Support Parkinson’s Research

By Stacey Mann
Executive Director, Promises for Parkinson’s

“Dad, did you have too much coffee this morning?”, I hesitantly inquired. Something was wrong – he knew it and I knew it. But he ended the conversation quickly, “Yeah, something like that.”

A month went by before I noticed it again. Three more months went by and finally the diagnosis came. Even though we had an inclination of what it could be, hearing the words “Parkinson’s disease” made us all stop and reevaluate.

That was almost five years ago. Each day, Parkinson’s poses a new challenge for my father, as it does for over one million Americans. Building model rockets for his grandchildren, creating beautiful furniture out of pieces of wood and capturing the world around him in breathtaking photographs have all been shelved due to Parkinson’s.

Determined to help my father with his battle, I began researching Parkinson’s. I had no idea that Parkinson’s affects more people in the United States than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and ALS combined. Why could I not find walks and runs supporting Parkinson’s? Where were the silver ribbons on people’s lapels? Something needed to be done. Something that would bring hope to my father — take the camera and woodworking tools from the shelves and put them back into his hands — remove the fear that he was now seen only as someone with Parkinson’s, instead of the incredible man he is.

Summoning the courage and strength I inherited from my father, I began the journey that is Promises for Parkinson’s. A non-profit dedicated to bringing hope to Parkinson’s disease patients, Promises for Parkinson’s supports scientific research that aims for a cure and a better way of life for those living with the disease by planning various public events that incite others to help make a difference.

I am excited about our first big event: Hike the Park for Parkinson’s. I feel that we will make a positive impact on the lives of those living with Parkinson’s. Hike the Park for Parkinson’s is set to take place on September 4, 2010 in Oregon Ridge Park. Participate with us in one of two ways. Hike the James Campbell trail, a 2.9 mile trek including the famous Oregon Ridge ski slope or register as a Loop Walker, which takes you around a paved, fairly flat .5 mile path. Special activities on hike day include motivating music, artists painting scenes of the day and a children’s area with carnival style games and prizes. Promises for Parkinson’s is proud to donate the proceeds raised by Hike the Park for Parkinson’s to Maryland’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center.

Join us, won’t you? Register to hike today by visiting www.hikethepark.org and help me conquer Parkinson’s disease one hiking boot at a time!

Orioles’ Brian Roberts Hosts 5th Baseball Bash on August 22

By Chris Lindsley
Blog Editor

In 2006, Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts wanted to create a unique family-friendly event to benefit the University of Maryland Hospital for Children (UMHC). Roberts, who had open-heart surgery as a child, is passionate about giving back to kids, and has been a regular visitor to UMHC throughout his Orioles career.

The event he created is Brian’s Baseball Bash, and he is hosting his fifth Bash on August 22 at Dave & Buster’s in the Arundel Mills Mall. Attendees get to mingle with Brian, other Orioles’ players and local sports stars while enjoying a night of games, great food and silent auction. What makes it stand out from other such events, though, is Brian’s passion for the event, and the cause.

On the family focus: “A lot of the events really feature adults raising money. I wanted to do something with our love for the kids and passion for the hospital that involved families, that families could do together.”

On his desire to interact with attendees: “The best part is that you get to have personal interaction with anybody that comes to the Bash and wants to come up and say hi. Most of the time I sign autographs for a long, long time and take pictures and try to communicate with the people that are taking time out of their day and taking money out of their pocket to support this event.”

On having raised $450,000 at previous Bashes: “It’s amazing to think that people would give their own money to something that has my name on it and supports the [UM Hospital for Children]. It really is humbling; I never would have thought I’d be in a position to be able to do something like that.”

Tickets to this year’s Bash are available here, or call Whitney Reeves at 410-328-3637.