With nearly a half-million e-cards received from all over the world, our kids felt the love.

Friends Around the Globe Send Smiles

Instead of a bow and arrow, Cupid arrived at our doors with a leash and a wagging tail. This past Valentine’s Day, one of our facility dogs, Leica, brought joy to kids who were in the hospital by delivering e-cards. 

This year, a record-breaking number of valentines arrived from all 50 states, 130 countries and six continents! We also received nearly $27,000 in donations to support all the little hearts relying on our care. 

Elliot, 3, giggled as Leica’s handler gave him a sweet note with a game to play, illustrated by our friends at Kolar Design. Leica continued on her route, successful in her mission to spread more love. 

“It means everything to see your child happy and smiling,” Elliot’s mom, Leah, said. “It brings comfort to know that you have so many people rallying around you.”

Cincinnati Children's Partners with Flying Pig Marathon 

Crossing the finish line. This year, the Flying Pig Marathon welcomed Cincinnati Children’s as a charitable partner. Runners, walkers, relay members and anyone participating in the weekend’s events were able to choose us as their fundraising beneficiary.

We were also pleased to partner to bring you the Flying Pig Kid’s Marathon: Cincinnati Children’s 26th Mile. This fitness program for school-age kids helps children run a total of 26.2 miles, in small increments. Everyone gathers to finish their final mile together and cross the official Flying Pig Finish line, instilling a sense of accomplishment and pride while feeding healthy habits.

Funds raised from the Flying Pig will help advance research discovery, provide care for all families in the region—regardless of their ability to pay—and help us care for each individual and family who walks through our doors. 

Tennis For Charity Is Ace Partner

Cincinnati Children’s is celebrating a 45-year-long match with Tennis For Charity. The medical center has grown since Tennis for Charity’s first donation in 1974, and the partnership is as strong as ever.

Tennis for Charity supports our Cancer Survivorship Center, which helps us provide lifelong care for pediatric cancer survivors. As medical advances help more kids beat cancer, the need for long-term care—and research to improve outcomes—also grows. The effects of the disease and treatment on the body can create later health problems, including an increased risk for heart, lung and 
kidney disease; intellectual challenges; fertility issues; or secondary cancers.

In February, the organization continued its winning streak with another donation, bringing their total giving to the medical center to $8.9 million, making it one of our longest and most generous partnerships.