Patient care. Research. Community Care.
Our annual report on philanthropy highlights our brightest moments in each of these areas in 2011. We’re grateful to you for making this work possible, and hope you’ll enjoy reading about the people we touched, and the advances we made––together.

life-saving care: Alex Katz

Alex (right, with brother Jesse) came to Children's for a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Now 17, his cancer is in remission and he's eager to take back his life.

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innovation: Elie Madden

Elie's family travelled from Ireland for surgery to connect her esophagus to her stomach, a technique only available at Children’s.

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research: Zebrafish

Tiny zebrafish are helping Children’s researchers unlock medicine’s most perplexing questions. Generous gifts, including from the Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú of Mexico—are helping speed the pace of discovery.

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Thank you to our patients for sharing their stories, and to our many donors who help make their milestones possible.

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ahead in 2012

Here are just a few of the many initiatives we're working on:

Clinical Innovation

  • Sickle cell disease––using gene therapy to cure the disorder
  • Leukemia––boosting immune recovery after chemotherapy
  • Melanoma––testing a promising drug for late-stage disease
  • Brain cancer––12-center trial for a simple urine test to detect recurrence
  • Urinary reflux––developing a saliva test to distinguish patients at risk of kidney disease


  • Drugs to target autism's core symptoms
  • Expanding minimally invasive surgery for quicker recovery

Family-centered care

  • Renovating the Fegan building
  • Mobile wayfinding-concierge app
  • Improving our phone system for faster service