Overcomes the Odds How to Keep Them Safe

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VOL.4 NO.1
the Odds
Miami Children’s
Kids and Sports
How to Keep
Them Safe
Technology for Tomorrow
is Here
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President and Chief Executive Officer
Miami Children’s Hospital
Thomas M. Rozek
Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation
Robin Reiter-Faragalli
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Miami Children’s Hospital
Marcia Diaz de Villegas
Director of Marketing & Community
Relations, Miami Children’s Hospital
Ivette R. Diaz
Rachel Perry
Contributing Writers
Ivette Diaz, Maria Moldes, Daniel Brantley,
Lauren Fox, Lori Futcher, Erin King,
Sheryl K. Montle, Beth Painter
Art Director
Teneara L. Faw
Developed by
Rene Murai, Esq.,Chairman
Robert Jordan, Vice Chairman
Deise Granado-Villar, MD, Secretary
Georgina Angones; José A. Bengochea, MD;
Peter Bermont; Evalina Bestman, PhD;
Jos´e A. Carro, MD; Miles Gilman;
Ghislain Gouraige, Jr.; Gary Gregory;
Andrew Labbie, MD; Sarah Legorburu-Selem, MD;
Juan Carlos Mas; Steven Melnick, MD, PhD;
Christian C. Patrick, MD, PhD; Gene Prescott;
Thomas M. Rozek; Moises Simpser, MD;
Mario Trueba; JoAnne Youngblut, PhD, RN;
Robin Reiter-Faragalli, Ex-Officio
Judy Weiser, Chairman
Robin Reiter-Faragalli, President
William L. Morrison, First Vice President
J. David Scheiner, Second Vice President
Mark Blank, Treasurer,
Alan Ojeda, Secretary
Donald H. Altman, MD; Neil R. Chrystal;
Tom. M. Cornish; Jesus Diaz; Manuel R. Iribar, MD;
Victor Lopez; Juan Carlos Mas; Kenneth J. Reilly;
Susan M. Sibley; Eric W. Sulzberger; Ambassador
David M. Walters; Dawn White; Teresa V-F Weintraub
Thomas M. Rozek, Ex-Officio
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Dear Friends,
Childhood is full of bumps and bruises, especially when
it comes to sports. Thankfully at Miami Children’s
Hospital, our Department of Orthopedics features highly
skilled physicians and staff including one of the only
pediatric orthopedic surgeons in South Florida
specializing in children’s sports injuries.
In this issue of Children’s Gazette, you’ll also read
about how Miami Children’s was instrumental in saving
the life of Sophia Missagia, who was born with a hole
between the two lower chambers of her heart. In an
incredibly delicate procedure, the cardiologists patched
the hole in Sophia’s heart. These internationally
recognized heart specialists are also helping children at the
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women in
Orlando, thanks to a recent partnership between the
hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital.
In addition, the hospital is the first freestanding
pediatric facility in Florida and the entire Southeast
to become a Magnet site for nurses, meaning Miami
Children’s will continue to attract and retain topnotch nurses.
From our commitment to nursing excellence to our
parent-approved care, you can be confident in the worldrenowned treatment at Miami Children’s Hospital.
Christian C. Patrick, MD, PhD
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When baby Sophia Missagia was born with a hole between the two lower chambers
of her heart, the Missagias had the choice of any hospital in the world. They chose
Miami Children’s Hospital to perform the lifesaving procedure on their daughter.
Sophia Missagia
he was not even 4 weeks old,
but Sophia Missagia was
wasting away before her
parents’ eyes. At just 3 days
old, she had been diagnosed
with a ventricular septal defect
(VSD)—a hole between the two
lower chambers of her heart.
Although her parents, Alexandra and
Evandro, were assured that the hole
was small and would heal itself with
time, she had stopped eating and
couldn’t gain weight.
Thankfully, the Missagias sought
help from the world-class pediatric
cardiology team at Miami Children’s
Hospital. On October 13, 2003,
Sophia became one of the youngest
patients to undergo a delicate
procedure to patch the hole.
Fearing the Unknown
“At 3 and a half weeks, Sophia
wasn’t eating, and yet no one knew
what was wrong,” says Alexandra.
“We had just moved to Boca Raton
from Atlanta, Georgia, and I was
beginning to think it was the worst
mistake we’d ever made to leave the
support of our family and friends in
such a difficult time.”
Sophia was given a feeding tube and
a multitude of medications, yet the
tiny infant still didn’t thrive. Believing
her problems were strictly
gastrointestinal, baby Sophia’s
physicians in Boca Raton
recommended that the Missagias seek
more specialized care.
“As a Delta Airlines employee on a
leave of absence, I could take Sophia
and fly anywhere for free,” Alexandra
emphasizes. “We were willing to go
around the globe to make sure our
daughter received the best available
care. But our doctors told us there was
no reason to go anywhere but Miami
Children’s Hospital.”
World-Class Care
Here at Home
The world-class pediatric
cardiologists at Miami Children’s
ultimately determined that the root of
Sophia’s problems was her VSD. They
found that the hole was bigger than
initially suspected, yet Sophia’s
weakened condition and the VSD
location would make the hole difficult
to close with conventional surgery.
With her parents’ consent, MCH
physicians decided to pursue another
option—a minimally invasive
procedure to patch the hole.
Successfully used in other parts of the
world, the procedure is so new that it’s
still under investigation and awaiting
FDA approval in the United States.
Sophia’s condition was getting
continually worse, and the Miami
Children’s team knew they had to gain
special approval—and fast. On Friday,
October 10, 2003 the Miami
Children’s team set to work. Their
world-renowned reputation enabled
them to acquire the AMPLATZER®
Muscular VSD Occluder and FDA
permission for emergency
compassionate use of the device on
Monday, October 13.
“At only 4 months and eight
pounds, Sophia is clearly among the
smallest and youngest patients in the
world to ever have this procedure
performed,” says Evan Zahn, MD,
board-certified pediatric interventional
cardiologist and Chief of Pediatric
Cardiology at Miami Children’s
Hospital. “It takes a highly
specialized, incredibly dedicated team
to perform these types of procedures
successfully. After the intervention,
Sophia needed only Band-Aids for her
two tiny incisions.”
A Bright Future
With this amazing procedure and the
skill of the Miami Children’s team,
Sophia experienced no pain and a
remarkably quick recovery. Her body
will grow normal heart tissue to cover
the patch—which will never need to
be replaced—sealing the hole forever.
“I believe God sent us to Florida so
that we could receive the care Sophia
would need. If we had stayed in
Atlanta, I don’t know that my baby
would have lived,” Alexandra says.
“Everyone here has been so wonderful
and supportive. My gratitude to Dr.
Zahn, the doctors and the nurses at
Miami Children’s is immeasurable.”
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Raising Active
hildren and sports. They
go together like bats and
gloves—especially in South
Florida where kids’ sporting
activities are available year round
and run the gamut from archery to
soccer to volleyball.
But where there are sports, there
are opportunities for injury. Parents
are advised to seek help from a
pediatric sports medicine specialist
should their child sustain a sports
injury because pediatric injuries are
typically very different from those
commonly seen in adults.
Quick Fact
According to the National
SAFEKIDS Campaign, more
than 1 million children are
treated each year for
sports-related injuries.
“Kids have special needs and
shouldn’t be treated as adults,” says
Stephen M. Swirsky, DO, pediatric
orthopedic surgeon on staff at Miami
Children’s Hospital and one of only a
few pediatric sports medicine
specialists in the region. “Because
children are still growing and
developing, they experience different
types of injuries when compared with
Practicing Prevention
Of course, preventing injuries is even
better. There are several steps you and
your children can take for safety’s
sake. For starters, wear sport-specific
protective gear. If your son plays
football, for example, he’ll need a
helmet, mouth guard, protective cup,
proper footwear and other body pads.
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Another key element is to always
warm up before practice or a game.
Be sure your child’s coach includes
slow stretching to lengthen players’
muscles and increase blood flow. To
prevent dehydration from the South
Florida heat, children also need to
take frequent drink breaks (every
15–20 minutes in the hottest months
of the year).
Injury Handling 101
If your child does get injured,
discuss the injury with the game
physician, trainer and coach. If
appropriate, follow the RICE
principle (see “Remember RICE”
article) until further evaluation or
intervention is initiated.
“If a child encounters something
other than a bruise, it should be
evaluated by a physician,” says Dr.
Swirsky. “Most of the time you can tell
when kids are hurt, but not always.
Some children may not tell you about
pain because they don’t want to miss
practice or a game.”
How can you tell if your child is
hurt? Look for swelling, limping or
restricted use of the injured limb—
these symptoms accompany most
injuries in the first few days. Serious
injuries are usually evident right away.
If your child does get hurt, know
that Miami Children’s is always
here to provide the special care he
or she needs.
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Meet Dr. Swirsky
Stephen M. Swirsky, DO, one of only a few pediatric
sports medicine specialists in the region, offers his
patients a rehab as well as an orthopedic
perspective to their sports injuries.
Get the Stats
A sport-by-sport breakdown
of common injuries
fractures, sprains, strains and bruises (in
knees and ankles); ACL injuries (especially in
girls); rotator cuff strains and tears; and
dental injuries
He was part of the medical staff for the
Florida Panthers and the International
Swimming Hall of Fame. He’s an athletic
trainer, physical therapist and orthopedic surgeon. He loves children (and has three of his
own). Stephen M. Swirsky, DO, pediatric
orthopedic surgeon on staff at Miami
Children’s Hospital, is bringing your children
the best in sports injury care.
Panthers hockey team and the International
Swimming Hall of Fame.
Dr. Swirsky began his medical career as a
certified athletic trainer after finishing at the
University of Florida in 1990. He worked as
the trainer for Miami Springs High School and
as a guide runner for blind athletes in the
Special Olympics while studying physical therapy at the University of Miami School of
“My background gives me a broad base to
direct my evaluation and treatment,” says Dr.
Swirsky, “because I see my patients not only
from an orthopedic perspective but also from
a rehab perspective.”
He then was employed as an athletic trainer
and physical therapist at the Cleveland Clinic
Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and was the
Chairman of the Sports Medicine Committee
in 1993. During that time, Dr. Swirsky worked
with numerous professional athletes as a
member of the medical staff of the Florida
But he wanted to learn more and his love for
children compelled him to complete medical
school at Nova Southeastern University and
enter into an orthopedic surgery residency at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. As a resident
and chief resident in orthopedic surgery, he
taught other residents and medical students.
Today Dr. Swirsky is one of Miami-Dade
County High School’s Sports Physical
Examination Physicians and the team physician for Michael Kropp High School. In addition, he’s dedicated to providing children and
young adults with excellence in sports injury
treatment right here at Miami Children’s.
To make an appointment with Dr. Swirsky, call
Miami Children’s Department of Orthopedics
at (305) 662-8366.
fractures, bruises and soft tissue strains
headaches, bruises and cuts
strains and sprains
bruises, strains, sprains and broken bones
(in knees and ankles); pulled muscles;
muscle tears; ligament (ACL) tears in
the knee); bruised internal organs;
and back injuries
Source: The National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Remember RICE
Your son is rounding the bases for a home
run. When he slides into home plate, his
ankle gets twisted.
There are several ways this story can
end—he can stay in the game and potentially cause himself more harm, or his
coach, the physician (if one is at the game)
and you can examine his injury and follow
the RICE principles if applicable.
Following RICE, particularly for minor
injuries such as strains and bruises can
alleviate pain, swelling and inflammation
and aid in healing. Teach your child the
importance of caring for an injury right
away and how to do it the RICE way. Always
remember, however, to have any injury evaluated if it’s more than a bruise or cut.
Stop playing and rest the injured area. This
is a good time to have the coach or team
physician examine the injury.
Apply a cold pack or bag of ice for 20 minutes each hour. As the swelling goes down,
you can gradually stop. (At home, a bag of
frozen veggies works well.)
Lightly wrap the injured area with an elastic
support band. Be sure to remove it frequently. The pressure from the bandage will
help to reduce swelling and protect the area
by keeping it still.
Elevate or prop up the injured area to
reduce swelling and relieve throbbing pains.
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Congratulations Miami Children’s Nurses!
iami Children’s Hospital
nurses rank among the best
in the nation for pediatric
excellence. And now there’s proof!
The hospital is the first freestanding
pediatric facility in Florida and only
the fifth children’s hospital
nationwide to achieve Magnet
designation—the nursing profession’s
highest national honor.
You Can Count On
Magnet designation is awarded to
hospitals with nursing staffs that can
demonstrate full compliance with the
rigorous quality indicators and nursing
practice standards established by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center
(ANCC). Achieving this status—
conferred to just over 100 hospitals
nationwide—requires leadership and
commitment to excellence.
“Early on we recognized that Miami
Children’s adhered to the standards
required for Magnet designation.
Documenting our practices and
achievements was a critical part of the
designation process and status was
conferred following an intensive site
Bedside Buddies
Bring Fun and
hen Ernesto Espinosa visited his
granddaughter during her
hospitalization at Miami
Children’s Hospital a few years ago, he
felt an overwhelming surge of affection
for every child he saw. “I made a vow
that the day I retired I would volunteer to
help children at the hospital,” he recalls.
Espinosa has more than made good on
that pledge. Since his retirement in 2002,
the former structural engineer has served
as part of Miami Children’s “Bedside
Buddies” team, a group of 60 dedicated
volunteers from all walks of life—college
students, homemakers, career people
and retirees—who have made a
commitment to brightening the days
of hospitalized children.
A game of Candyland with Jigar Shah, a Miami
Children’s Bedside Buddy, brightens a hospital
stay for Kaitlyn Mora, age 5.
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“Bedside Buddies is a way for our
volunteers to work directly with
children and make their stays more
enjoyable,” says Lynn Heyman,
Director of Community and Volunteer
Services at Miami Children’s.
“Volunteers don’t merely bring
visit from a Magnet survey team,” says
Jackie Gonzalez, MSN, ARNP, Vice
President/Chief Nursing Officer at
Miami Children’s.
Categories in which a hospital is
assessed as part of the review process
include the nursing staff’s clinical
competence and assessment skills, staff
education and certification levels,
cultural diversity and how effectively
the staff collaborates with other
healthcare professionals within the
organization and within the community.
Magnet designation has significant
value to facilities that achieve this
standing. The recognition reinforces
the facility’s reputation for
excellence, and Magnet hospitals
tend to draw high-quality candidates
for nursing positions.
“We are pleased to offer families
the additional peace of mind that
comes from knowing their children
are receiving care in a hospital that
is committed to nursing leadership
and excellence in patient care,”
says Gonzalez.
entertainment for children to do alone.
They sit down and play a board game
or work on a project together.”
The volunteers visit children who are
unable to go to the hospital’s playroom,
bringing along a cart filled with
interactive activities including board
games, beaded jewelry, coloring and
painting supplies, card games, arts and
crafts projects and puzzles. The program
is offered six days a week from morning
until early evening, with volunteers
working minimum two-hour shifts.
Jigar Shah, 19, a University of Miami
pre-med student, is another member of
the Bedside Buddies team. “Each time I
volunteer, I go away with a special
memory—at least one child who really
let me know I made a difference in his
or her day,” says Shah. “I can’t think of
anything better than that.”
For more information about how
you can join Bedside Buddies, contact
Lynn Heyman at (305) 666-6511,
extension 8225.
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Foundation, Inc.
ince 1952, Peacock Foundation,
Inc., has been a regular
contributor to Miami Children’s
Hospital Foundation (MCHF),
providing unrestricted funding as well
as support for both the Big Apple
Circus® Clown Care Unit and the
Health on Wheels program at MCH.
In August 2003 Peacock Foundation
made by far its biggest contribution to
date to MCHF, pledging a total of
$300,000 over three years to support
the development of the Pediatric
Human Patient Simulator Training
Program at Miami Children’s Hospital.
“The program we are
developing with support
from Peacock Foundation
will address the need for
effective, measurable
results in medical
education…and ultimately,
it will save patients’ lives.”
—Christian C. Patrick, MD, PhD,
Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice
President for Medical Affairs
Training to Treat Children
A Partnership in Caring
Pediatric patients differ significantly
from adults in their anatomy, their
reactions to medications and the types
of injuries they sustain. Through
traditional medical education,
healthcare professionals such as
emergency room doctors and
paramedics receive little hands-on
training in treating children.
The generous support of Peacock
Foundation, Inc., will enable Miami
Children’s Hospital to develop and
implement a comprehensive program
that uses the pediatric simulator to
train physicians, nurses and other
healthcare professionals as well as
professionals-in-training and the
families of our pediatric patients.
Through this program, individuals at
MCH and other community-based
medical and educational facilities in
the Greater Miami area can practice
and perfect a wide range of medical
techniques and procedures.
Practice makes perfect, and
healthcare workers need to be as close
to perfect as possible when it comes to
the care of our most precious
resource—our children.
Peacock Foundation, Inc., was
established by Henry B. Peacock, Jr. in
1947. The mission of Peacock
Foundation, Inc. is to enhance and
promote the good health and wellbeing of children, their families and
underprivileged persons in Southeast
Florida through contributions, gifts
and grants to eligible nonprofit
We at Miami Children’s Hospital
Foundation thank Peacock
Foundation, Inc., for its contributions
and dedication to the improved health
and well-being of our children.
Simulation training is gradually
replacing antiquated teaching methods
at leading medical centers throughout
the country. Miami Children’s is the
first freestanding pediatric hospital in
the southeastern United States to
acquire a pediatric simulator—a lifesize, computer-controlled mannequin
that looks and behaves like a 7-yearold child.
Reacting in real time, the simulator
can be programmed to breathe, alter
its heartbeat, modify its blood gases
and display a wide range of
symptoms that create an extremely
realistic learning environment for
residents and other medical staff.
MCH will use simulation technology
in lieu of clinical hands-on experience
wherever appropriate to ensure that
healthcare professionals and parents
or caregivers can perform routine as
well as complex procedures
confidently and safely.
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A Kid-Safe
Faster. Better.
More comfortable.
nyone who has ever had a
child undergo a CT (“CAT”)
scan will immediately
appreciate the benefits of Miami
Children’s Hospital’s latest
investment in imaging technology.
Miami Children’s is among the
first hospitals in the region to
acquire a GE LightSpeed 16-slice
CT scanner—the most advanced
and child-friendly scanner on the
market. CT scans are used to
produce cross-sectional images of
virtually every part of the body
including the brain, heart, lungs,
liver, kidney, spleen, spine and
skeletal system.
Speed and
Minimal Radiation
“Our previous technology
captured an image per second. With
the new scanner we can take 16
pictures in a half-second,” says
Nolan Altman, MD, Chief of
Radiology at Miami Children’s.
“The new technology is significantly
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faster and provides higher resolution
images, allowing us to examine
smaller areas of the body.”
Faster speed means better results
and happier patients and families.
“Sometimes we need to sedate
children to ensure that they can
remain still for the duration of a CT
scan. The speed of the new scanner
makes it possible for us to talk more
children through the procedure
without need for sedation,” Dr.
Altman says.
In addition, the new GE
LightSpeed technology produces
high-resolution, three-dimensional
images with the smallest amount of
radiation possible. When a child lies
on the table to be screened, the
technology adjusts itself to the weight
of the child, ensuring minimal
exposure to radiation.
New Home for
Imaging Services
This brand-new technology is
housed in a newly constructed wing
of the Radiology Department. The
new 10,000-square-foot wing opened
a year ago and also houses two stateof-the-art MRI machines and a
dedicated waiting area for imaging
patients—important enhancements
for a department that performs more
than 98,000 procedures annually.
MRI uses magnetism and radio
frequencies to produce diagnostic
images. This technology is often used
by neurologists to evaluate the brain
and spinal cord as well as for
orthopedic and disc problems. MRI
scans take multiple images of the
body from all directions and angles.
The new CT and MRI systems are
valuable enhancements. “This stateof-the-art technology is a great asset
in our work to care for children,”
says Dr. Altman. “It will allow us to
do more non-invasive techniques
leading to accurate diagnoses with
less trauma to our little patients—
that’s the goal we aim for every day.”
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How Strong
Are Your Child’s Bones?
Miami Children’s Hospital’s research team can help you find out.
steoporosis is not a disorder
generally associated with
children. But the so-called
“brittle-bone disease”—commonly
identified with post-menopausal
women—can affect children and
teens with specific health issues,
including kidney disease, asthma,
seizures and anorexia nervosa.
Ana Paredes, MD, a pediatric
nephrologist at Miami Children’s, is
conducting the nation’s first study of
osteoporosis in a pediatric
population. Her motivation comes
from firsthand experience with
children with chronic kidney
conditions who are at high-risk for
bone disease. Other possible risk
factors for bone loss in children
• having received a kidney, liver or
heart transplant
• growth hormone deficiency
• being immobilized (such as
being wheelchair bound)
• eating disorders
• having kidney stones
For five years, Dr. Paredes has been
using a pQCT® scanner to test the
bone density of her patients with
kidney disease. During this time, she
has observed that approximately 20
percent have osteoporosis and an
additional 35 percent have mildly
weak bones.
• cystic fibrosis
Concerned that no osteoporosis
medications are approved for use
by children, Dr. Paredes spoke with
Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals,
which manufactures a medication for
adult osteoporosis. Interested in
learning more about osteoporosis and
children, the company has provided
Dr. Paredes with an unrestricted
grant to assess the prevalence of the
disease in a pediatric population.
• collagen vascular disease (such
as lupus)
Dr. Paredes hopes to screen 100
children without risk factors and 200
• having more than two fractures
in a year
• use of prednisone (cortisone
taken internally)
• inflammatory bowel disease
children with risk factors by
September 2004.
If you would like your child to
participate in the osteoporosis study,
please call Silvia E. Huete, Clinical
Research Coordinator, at (305) 6666511, extension 4146. Participants
must be between the ages of 6 and 17
and will receive a free two-minute
bone scan. If this scan reveals bone
loss, your child will be referred to
Miami Children’s Radiology
Department for a more in-depth scan.
A Team“with Heart”
Brings Cardiac Care to Children throughout Florida
iami Children’s Hospital has
entered into a collaborative
partnership with Arnold
Palmer Hospital for Children &
Women to provide a comprehensive,
state-of-the-art cardiac program for
children throughout Florida. This is
accomplished through one program
offered at two locations.
The Orlando-based Congenital
Heart Institute at Arnold Palmer
Hospital and the Congenital Heart
Institute at Miami Children’s Hospital
includes cardiac surgery,
interventional catheterizations,
electrophysiology and cardiac
diagnostics. In addition, the
outpatient clinic at Arnold Palmer
Hospital provides prenatal
cardiology services.
“The partnership with Arnold
Palmer is a beautiful extension of
Miami Children’s mission, making it
possible for us to participate in
healing more little hearts within this
dynamic state,” says Thomas M.
Rozek, President and CEO.
The Congenital Heart Institute at
Miami Children’s continues to offer
comprehensive services in Miami,
providing care for children from
throughout the region as well as from
Central and South America and
Europe. The team continues to
demonstrate internationally recognized
leadership and innovation, and boasts
a survival rate of more than 98
percent—one of the best in the world.
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Re/Max News:
Anthony Denito from Re/Max Advance
Realty in Kendall hosted a hot air balloon
event benefiting Children’s Miracle
network (CMN).
Anthony Denito from Re/Max Advance
Realty & Friends
Marriott’s Torch Relay began its journey at Marriott’s Villas at Doral in
Miami. This year’s relay was extended to Atlanta, Georgia, (1,100
miles) and associates from South
Florida Marriott properties made
commitments to walk, run, bike or
rollerblade to raise funds for CMN.
The relay also featured a motorcycle
segment. In Dade and Broward counties all funds raised through sponsors, participants, etc.,
benefited CMN/MCH Foundation.
Kristen, one of our CMN “Miracle”
children, and her family officially
began the event with the lighting
of the torch.
A BIG thank you to all the Marriott
associates and vendors for their
efforts in coordinating this
exciting event.
Re/Max Unique Realty in Miami Lakes
hosted its annual CMN Holiday Toy Drive.
Thank you to Lynn Matos for coordinating
the toy drive.
Kristen with some of the Marriott associates
participating in the Torch Relay
Cina Tucci and George Ferretti present the check
on behalf of the Credit Unions of South Florida.
Credit Unions for Kids
Congratulations to the Credit Unions of South
Florida for another successful CMN fundraising
year. Through its second annual golf tournament
and the sale of “miracle balloons,” Credit Unions
of South Florida raised more than $14,000 for
Biltmore Run for Smiles
This year’s Run for Smiles was a real
run for the money as runners, walkers
and guests all joined together to raise
money for Miami Children’s Hospital
Foundation. Thanks to the Biltmore
Hotel and the Biltmore Fitness Center
for hosting this great event. Get your
running shoes ready for next year!
The Third Annual Hasbro Factory Toy
Sale was held in November, with a
portion of the proceeds benefiting
MCH Foundation. Shoppers were
able to do some of their holiday shopping
early, save money and help raise funds for the
Foundation. Thank you to everyone at Hasbro Latin
America for organizing the sale, which raised over
$16,000 for MCHF. We’d also like to thank Krispy
Kreme for donating doughnuts for our volunteers.
Dining for Kids
Marriott properties throughout South
Florida held a promotion over the summer benefiting CMN. Restaurants at participating properties asked their guests
to donate $1 to CMN and raised more
than $18,000!
Bruno Magli Holiday Cocktail
Costco associates from the North Miami
Beach store present Maria Moldes, CMN
Director, with a check on behalf of all
Costco locations in South Florida.
CONGRATULATIONS to Costco associates
and members for raising more than
$161,900 for CMN in 2003! Funds were
raised through a variety of activities
including the sale of miracle paper icons,
business expos and a golf tournament.
Thank you for your continued support
and friendship!
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Bruno Magli unveiled its newly remodeled
store at Bal Harbour and presented its new,
hip Resort Collection 2003 with an extraordinary evening of cocktails and holiday
shopping. Guests enjoyed the evening and
a portion of the proceeds benefited Hugs
and Kisses at Miami Children’s Hospital
Hooked on Jazz
The Children’s Brain Trust hosted “Hooked
on Jazz” featuring swingtime jazz entertainment and museum access at the IGFA
Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania.
The event raised over $20,000 to benefit
the Children’s Brain Institute at Miami
Children’s Hospital.
CMN Auction Held at Pembroke
Lakes Mall
Pembroke Lakes Mall hosted a live auction
benefiting CMN. Items available for bid at the
auction included two Carnival Cruises, a
GameWorks Party Package for 100 people,
Pembroke Lakes Mall shopping spree and a
two-night stay at the Ft. Lauderdale Marina
Marriott, just to name a few. The auction raised
more than $4,100 for CMN. Thank you to the
sponsors who donated items for the auction,
and a very special thank you to Ann Schultz,
Tina Thompson and everyone at the Pembroke
Lakes Mall for a wonderful event. Pembroke
Lakes Mall is a General Growth Properties Mall
(a national CMN sponsor).
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2003 Hall of Fame Gala
The 2003 Hall of Fame Gala Coconut Club
was a big hit. Congratulations to our
Community Council for putting on a fabulous event. We would like to thank all of
our sponsors because without them none
of this would have been possible. A very
special thank you goes to Cadillac Motor
Car Division and General Motors for their
generous donation of a new 2004 Cadillac
SRX, which was raffled that evening. Hall
of Fame raised over $200,000 for MCHF.
Upcoming Events
Gala Co-Chair Karen Henderson with John Orth
of Cadillac and Julia Heller, President of the
Community Council
Aventura Mall and American Performing Arts
Network will host the 2004 Miami’s Most
Photogenic Baby Contest. Photographs will be
taken at the mall from January 22–25. They
will be displayed at the mall February 20–22,
and the awards ceremony will be held at the
mall on February 22. For more information,
please log on to www.photogenicbaby.com.
February 27
Eckerd Toy Drive
Eckerd (a national CMN sponsor) held its annual CMN toy drive benefiting the children at
Miami Children’s Hospital. Eckerd representatives arrived with truckloads of toys and a very
special visitor, “Santa.” They distributed the toys to the children at the hospital and spread
holiday cheer. Thank you to everyone at Eckerd and their customers for always thinking of
our community’s children.
Fifth Annual South Florida Marriott Invitational
Golf Tournament at Tournament Players Club in
Heron Bay. For more information, call Maria
Moldes at (786) 268-1832.
April 3–4
Seventh Annual FIU Dance Marathon to benefit
Children’s Miracle Network. For more information, call Maria Moldes at (786) 268-1832.
April 24
Fifth Annual Hugs and Kisses Children’s
Fashion Show at the Wyndham Miami Beach
Resort, 11:30 a.m. For more information and
to reserve your seats, please contact Ivette
Diaz at (786) 268-1822.
May 21
Bristol Bank Cocktail
Bristol Bank hosted a holiday cocktail reception for the Children’s Brain Institute at
Miami Children’s Hospital. A
special thank you to President and CEO
Peter Dunbar of Bristol Bank and his team
for making this an unforgettable evening.
Charitable Giving
Jim Smith, Don Lewis, Alex Embry, Don
Robertson, Con Reagan and Pat Reagan
enjoyed the MCH Corporate Golf
MCH Corporate Golf Invitational
The 2003 MCH Corporate Golf Invitational
raised over $85,000. Thanks to the members of the planning committee for all of
their work and dedication to making this
event bigger and better each year.
A Charitable Remainder Trust Can Ease the Tax
By Bernard Dane Stein, Esquire
Burden on Pension Plan Death Benefits
It is not uncommon for an individual to
have most, if not all, of his or her assets
(other than the family home) in a
qualified retirement plan or IRA. When
the individual dies, his or her spouse
receives the interest in the plan and, more
often than not, rolls it over into an IRA.
When the surviving spouse dies, the heirs,
often the children, are shocked to learn
that what was anticipated to be a
substantial inheritance often could attract
taxes in excess of 75 percent of the value
of the IRA. When the second spouse dies,
as many as three taxes can be imposed on
the IRA. These are the estate tax, the
income tax and, depending on the size of
the estate and IRA, the generationskipping tax.
The use of a Charitable Remainder
Trust (CRT) as the beneficiary of the
death benefit can provide more after-tax
dollars for the family than if the IRA were
paid directly to family members. For
example, with a $4 million estate and $2
million IRA, a 15-year CRT with an 8
percent payout will result in an additional
$2.2 million for the beneficiaries.
Typically, the CRT is established upon
the death of the surviving spouse. The
IRA is paid to the CRT in one lump sum.
The descendant’s children or other family
Twenty second Annual Miami Children’s
Hospital Corporate Golf Invitational at the
Biltmore Hotel Golf Course. For more information contact Ann Lyons at (786) 268-1830.
June 2
Sixth Annual Publix Golf Tournament at the
PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach
Gardens. For more information, call Maria
Moldes at (786) 268-1832.
June 6
Children’s Miracle Network Telethon on WPLG
Channel 10, 12–5 p.m. For more information,
please contact Maria Moldes at (786) 2681832.
members are beneficiaries of the CRT
for a specified term. Upon expiration
of the term, the CRT is payable to a
charity, such as Miami Children’s
Hospital Foundation.
For further information, please
contact Miami Children’s Hospital
Foundation or any member of the
Heritage Society Committee.
copyright, Bernard Dane Stein, 2003.
winter 2004 Children’s Gazette
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Kids’ Korner
Laugh O
Q: Why did the dentist not accept his award?
A: It was a little plaque.
Q: Which teeth should you floss?
A: The ones you want to keep.
Q: Why do ducks make poor dentists?
What do charcoal, ashes
and lemon juice have in
Before modern toothpaste was invented,
these elements were commonly used to
clean teeth—and no, it didn’t leave a
fresh, minty taste.
A: Their bills are much too large.
“Brush ‘Em
or Lose ‘Em”
Do you know the
way to a brighter,
healthier smile?
Follow the teeth on
their amazing adventure
to find the toothbrush, and
you’ll be well on your way!
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