I’m a volunteer on the board of Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics and a very fortunate mother of two healthy, happy teenage children. Aside from a few stitches and a broken bone or two, typical of active kids, my family has never really needed much from the American Family Children’s Hospital.
The reality is most of us, gratefully may never need our children’s hospital. Yet, I’m passionate about supporting our children’s hospital because when you do need it, you REALLY need it. I remember thinking when the doctor stitched my son’s lip back together after an unfortunate run in with a whiffle bat, thank goodness I’m here! Thank goodness I have this amazing hospital filled with incredible people who want nothing more than to make my child better – and that was just for a few stitches.
When a child is injured or sick, the experience can be wholly consuming for a family. It can take all of their strength, energy and resources. But when a family needs this hospital’s care, their focus can and should be on their child and there is comfort in knowing he is getting the best, most advanced care available anywhere.
That care is all possible because we have amazing doctors, nurses, care teams, administrators and YOU. It’s all possible because we live in such a unique community. A community that supports the things that make us better, stronger. A community that is there for those who need us.
Wisconsin is a unique and special place. Here, civic responsibility is synonymous with being from the Badger state. We passionately protect the natural beauty that surrounds us and it doesn’t matter where you went to school, everyone is a Badger. In fact, we live in a state that is home to the only professional football team owned by the community. Here in Wisconsin, we take being a community, pretty seriously!
Like all great treasures of Wisconsin, the American Family Children’s Hospital requires the stewardship and nurturing of its community. No matter how you support our children’s hospital – with your time, your talent or your treasure – all gifts, great or small, make a difference. Together we can all make an indelible difference in lives of patients at our very special, very needed American Family Children’s Hospital.