The late Richard Thomas, pictured above with his granddaughters, Sarah (left) and Emily (right).

The late Richard Thomas, pictured above with his granddaughters, Sarah (left) and Emily (right), established the Thomas Center for Down Syndrome so that kids like Emily can receive the best coordinated and comprehensive care.

Partnership Matters

A Grandparent's Love

Jane and Richard Thomas wanted the best care for their granddaughter, Emily, who was born with Down syndrome in 1995. 

Twenty-five years later, their legacy continues to help us improve outcomes through the Emily Ann Hayes Research Fund and the establishment of the Thomas Center for Down Syndrome

Before he passed away, Richard gave a gift to support educational services at the center. He was honored posthumously at our Dinner with Champions, where Sally Hayes, Emily’s mom, accepted an award on her late father’s behalf.

Raising Awareness, Delivering Hope 

Daryl and Betsy Boudreaux gave a gift to our HLH Center of Excellence in honor of their daughter, Adalida.Daryl and Betsy Boudreaux established the Texas-based nonprofit Angel Adalida in memory of their daughter, who passed away from HLH, a rare immune system disorder. 

Devastated by the unexpected loss, they knew they wanted to help families like theirs. After learning that our HLH Center of Excellence is the national leader in innovation and care, they decided to invest in a research project led by Michael Jordan, MD, one of our physician scientists. The nonprofit hosted their first Two Step for Adalida and raised $65,000. 

“With the promise of the work being done there, combined with the support they offer families, we knew it was the right fit,” Daryl shares. 

Because we’re the nation’s leader in treating HLH, Daryl and Betsy Boudreaux gave a gift to our HLH Center of Excellence in honor of their daughter, Adalida.

Working Together to Overcome Congenital Heart Disease

Mom and daughter. When we partner with organizations that share our vision, great things happen. And thanks to our 80-year collaboration with the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati (CHAOC), we’re helping kids live longer, healthier lives with the ultimate goal of overcoming congenital heart disease. 

Support from CHAOC has fueled research and enhanced technology that helps us improve outcomes for children with even the most complex heart conditions. And because of these advances in care, not only are we saving more kids born with heart defects, they’re also thriving well into adulthood. 

"It takes everyone for these outcomes to be improved—care providers, patients and families and benefactors,” explains Terry Karageorges, president of CHAOC. “We’ve seen that collaboration creates innovation faster.”

When their daughter Callie was facing a life-threatening heart condition, Carolyn and Terry Karageorges turned to our nationally-ranked Heart Institute. Because of the care she received, Terry became involved with CHAOC which has been supporting our cardiac program for more than 70 years. 

Collaboration Expands Care for Kids in Crisis

The Maxon Foundation helps us remotely train community providers.The demand for pediatric mental health services far outweighs the capacity for care, especially in rural communities. With the help of the Maxon Foundation (U.S. Bank, N.A., Trustee), we’re tackling this critical need by bringing mental healthcare to children in their home town via video consults.

Committed to improving access to services, the Maxon Foundation has helped us launch and expand a mental health education program for primary care providers throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. With the foundation’s support, we’re using the latest technology to link our experts with community providers and support proper diagnosis and treatment.

The program empowers community providers with the skills and knowledge to address and treat mental and behavioral health concerns so they can better meet patients’ needs, keeping care close to home.

The Maxon Foundation helps us remotely train community providers to better care for their patients' mental health needs.

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