Dear friends, family, and Hopkins Kids' supporters:
Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page!
While this is my third year raising money for Team Hopkins Kids, it is my first, I'm incredibly proud to say, as a registered nurse and employee of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
Born and raised in Maryland, I grew up with The Johns Hopkins Hospital in my backyard. Though always aware of its presence and purpose in my community, I admit I don't think I truly appreciated its value until I had the chance to witness the incredible art of medicine that occurs here up close.
Like many locals who are fortunate enough not to need frequent hospital services, it was initially hard for me to comprehend the sheer depth of hope and healing that Johns Hopkins Children's Center provides to patients and families - from here in Maryland to all over the world.
The warmth, kindness, and compassion that flows so seamlessly with continuity of care. The love that each employee has for the work that they do, the empathy they have for their patients, and the immense amount of effort that goes into providing the highest quality of care.
It wasn't until four years ago, when I began a volunteer role with the Department of Child Life, that I really started to grasp the magic that happens within these walls every day. Amidst the pain and sadness that comes with illness and injury, I've witnessed smiles, laughter, joy, and gratitude. Because Johns Hopkins Children's Center treats not just pediatric patients, but whole families holistically. It is not just about physical healing, but psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
I've walked these halls with pride as a volunteer, a nursing student, a nurse assistant, and now a registered nurse, endlessly in awe of the resilience of children, and the generosity of others. My colleagues here are nothing short of incredible. With the relentless challenges of the pandemic, they've continued to persevere, self-sacrificing to provide world class care and hope to humanity.
Please help me to ensure that this care will continue for years to come, as I raise money for my new unit: Bloomberg 4N, the Pediatric ICU. The money I raise should go to supporting patients and families, as well as all members of the healthcare team. Hopefully to keep us safe with protective equipment, to fund the new PICU playroom, to purchase toys and games to help children cope, to support life-saving research, and to keep much-needed services up-and-running for the more than 100,000 patients seen at the Children's Center each year.
Together we can make a difference! Thank you so much!
P.S. Please take a moment to flip through my gallery of some of the special *physical* gifts that patients have given me through the years. I hope they make you smile. :)