Document 68932

The Cleft Lip/Palate and Vascular
Anomalies teams provide a very visual
representation of how Arkansas Children’s
Hospital changes children's lives.
Pictured: The Cleft team, which has been
functioning at ACH for more than
20 years, sees 75 new patients each year.
ACH patient Tanner Keeling, of Jerusalem, represented
Arkansas in the Children’s Miracle Network Foresters
Champions Across America program in March.
Pictured: The Keeling family took planes, subways
and buses in their adventure with the Children’s
Miracle Network Champions program. The plane
trip was a first for Tanner (front, left) and his
brother, Mason, who traveled with mom and dad,
April and David Tanner. Prior to one of several
flights, the family posed with two of their flight
The first year of the B98.5 Radiothon was a huge
success. Radio staff shared patient, family and
caregiver stories, and listeners opened their hearts
and pocketbooks and made generous donations.
Pictured: The B98.5 Radiothon went multi-media
one morning when Jason Harper with KATV in
Little Rock showed up. The two stations broadcast simultaneously as Harper and B98’s Scott
Thrower both interviewed ACH respiratory
therapist Ben Downs who was using Harper to
demonstrate a special piece of equipment for
cystic fibrosis patients.
President and Chief Executive Officer: Jonathan Bates, M.D.
Medical Director: Bonnie Taylor, M.D.
President, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute: Richard F. Jacobs, M.D.
President, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation: John E. Bel
Editor: Chris McCreight
Design: Lori Howard Barlow, The Graphic Design Shop, Inc.
Photographer: Kelley Cooper
Contributors: Alyssa Anderson
is published by Arkansas Children Hospital Foundation for friends of ACH.
800 Marshall Street, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591.
(501) 364-1476 • FAX (501) 364-3644 • TDD (hearing imparired) 364-1184
Harry C. Erwin III, Chairman
Pat McClelland, Vice Chairman
Tom Baxter, Secretary
Dorsey Jackson, Treasurer
Michael Vollers, M.D., Chief of Staff
John Bale Jr., Past Chairman
Susan Adam
Gregory E. Barnes
Jonathan Bates, M.D., President & CEO
Julie Bull
Ron Clark
Haskell Dickinson
M. Edward Drilling
Debra Fiser, M.D.
J. French Hill
Judge Marion Humphrey
Michael Joshua
Diane Mackey
Scott Mason
Barbara Moore
Beverly Morrow
Dan Nabholz
Skip Rutherford
Mark Saviers
Philip Schmidt
Robert L. Shults
Christopher E. Smith, M.D.
Bonnie Taylor, M.D.
Everett Tucker III
Rick Watkins
Charles B. Whiteside III
I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.
Ron Clark, Chairman
Jonathan Bates, M.D.,
Vice-Chairman for Finance & Admin.
Debra Fiser, M.D., Vice-Chairman for Research
Robert Porter, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer
Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., President
Kanwaljeet "Sunny" Anand, M.B.B.S., D.Phil
LaDonna Bornhoft
Kathy Counce
Dale Dawson
M. Edward Drilling
James Gaston
Ellen Gray
Tommy Hillman
Roger Rank, Ph.D.
E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Mark Saviers
Robert Shults
I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.
Jonathan Bates, M.D., Chairman
Charles B. Whiteside III, Vice Chairman
John E. Bel, President
John Bale, Jr.
Jackie Barker
Gregory E. Barnes
Tom Baxter
Frances Buchanan
Larcie Burnett
William Clark
James Cobb
Robert G. Cress
Michael Cronkhite
Don Edmondson
Harry C. Erwin III
Robin George
Barnett Grace
Barbara Hanna
Anne Hickman
Ray Hobbs
Ross Honea
Diane Mackey
Jim McClelland
Julia Peck Mobley
Bobby J. Neill
Jeffrey Nolan
Robert Porter, M.D.
Sara M. Richardson
Vicki Saviers
Philip Schmidt
Witt Stephens, Jr.
Sue Trotter
Tami Underwood
Tom Womack
Cleft Lip/Palate and Vascular Anomalies Teams:
Dramatically Changing Children’s Lives
■ By Alyssa Anderson
iracles happen every day at Arkansas Children’s
Hospital, but the miracles performed by the Cleft
Lip/Palate and Vascular Anomalies teams provide
a very visual representation of how ACH changes
children’s lives.
Cleft lip/palate is one of the most common birth
defects in the United States, occurring once in about
every 750 births. A cleft is an opening that results from
the failure of two sides of the upper lip or palate to
grow together during the early weeks of pregnancy.
Vascular anomalies are divided into two major
types: hemangiomas and vascular malformations.
Hemangiomas are the most common benign tumors of
infants and children, usually developing in the first few
weeks of life. Vascular malformations are abnormally
developed vessels that can occur in any of the blood
or lymphatic vessels.
“We’re one of three leading Vascular Anomalies
teams in the United States. Kids come here from all
over the world, and there are days when I don’t see
any patients from Arkansas,” says Dr. Lisa Buckmiller,
clinical director of the Vascular Anomalies team and
director of the Cleft Lip/Palate team at Arkansas
Children’s Hospital, and assistant professor in the
Department of Otolaryngology at the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Buckmiller describes her job as “the best in
the world.”
“I am blessed. If anybody could say that there was
a more fulfilling job out there, I would question that,”
Buckmiller says. “We have patients and families who
come to us all the time, and they are just so grateful.
They can’t believe it takes an hour surgery to fix something that they’ve worried over for years. Other patients
have lifelong conditions that cannot be cured, but they
know we understand their problems and that we’re going
to do everything conceivable to give them the best
care possible.”
Buckmiller says that one of the best things about both
Cleft Lip/Palate and Vascular Anomalies teams is their
multidisciplinary approach to patient care. The Vascular
Anomalies team includes specialists from ENT, pathology,
radiology, dermatology, orthopedics, nursing and hematology/oncology. Cleft patients require several different
types of reconstructive surgeries, as well as help with
their teeth, growth, nutrition, hearing and speech and
other specialties.
“Both of our teams present a very coordinated flow to
patient care,” Buckmiller says. “It’s kind of like one-stop
shopping. You get everything you need in one place.”
Buckmiller encourages families to e-mail her at
[email protected] if they have questions or if
they know a child who might need the services of
Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Cleft Lip/Palate or Vascular
Anomalies teams. Families can also call (501) 364-7546.
“I just want families to know that we’re here and
we’re available and we’re easily accessible,” she says. “We
can treat almost every problem, and if we can’t, I will do
my best to find somebody who can help them out.”
These dramatic before and after pictures are an example of the miracles performed by the Cleft Lip/Palate and
Vascular Anomalies teams at ACH. Pictured are Juliana Sexton (left), and Savannah Rye (right).
Meet Champion Child
Tanner Keeling
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a healthy, active 4-year-old who loves soccer and T-ball.
come along to give a better chance to babies with oxyTanner’s experience is just one of many stories that
gen deprivation at birth. Tanner Keeling of Jerusalem,
illustrate the importance of research at Arkansas Children's
Ark., was the first in Arkansas to undergo the cuttingHospital, and that’s one of the reasons he was chosen as
edge treatment that changed the course of his life.
this year’s Champion Child from ACH.
Not breathing at birth, Tanner had to be delivered by
Champions are selected by children’s hospitals affiliatc-section after a failed attempt at natural delivery. Birth
ed with Children’s Miracle Network to act as ambassadors
asphyxia, a lack of oxygen at birth, as well as seizures
to the media and the public. They represent the millions
and a dangerously low heart rate, led to brain injury that
of other children treated annually in children’s hospitals
put him at significant risk for mental retardation, cerebral
across North America.
palsy and epilepsy. Minutes after his birth, Tanner’s parIn March, Tanner joined other Champions and their
ents were informed of an international research study at
families from across the
Arkansas Children’s
United States and Canada on
Hospital, led by Dr.
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tologist at ACH and assomeet with national leaders.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16: Flew on an airplane for
the first time. We went and played games and when
we got out it was dark and we went to sleep.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17: We went on a bus to the
Lincoln Memorial and took group pictures... Our bus
driver took us around town and told us a lot about
Washington, D.C.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18: Went to the White House and
took pictures... Went to Air and Space Museum...
SATURDAY, MARCH 19: Went to the zoo and saw
the pandas along with many other animals. Then to
the airport, to Coronado [resort at Disney] and
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Schneider [CMN co-founders]. Then we got to meet
Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and
Goofy. Then on to Magic Kingdom, where we spent
the rest of the day and night.
MONDAY, MARCH 21: Went to Animal Kingdom and
went to MGM Studios.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22: Went to a talk with Montel
Williams... Went swimming at Coronado Springs
Hotel — saw an alligator on the way to the pool...
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Clinical Trials at ACH and ACHRI
Ensuring the Safety and Effectiveness
of Drugs Used to Treat Children
A nurse monitors the blood pressure of a patient in the
Pediatric Clinical Research Unit during her participation
in a research study. The unit is located in the hospital and
provides patients and families with a safe and convenient
place to participate in clinical trials.
linical trials are certainly nothing new in
the world of health care; however, clinical trials
testing medicines in children, rather than adults,
are relatively new.
Until the latter half of the 1990s, medical
research was conducted primarily with adult
participants, and many medicines were not tested
adequately in children before they were used.
Because children are not miniature adults, adult
treatments may not always work the same way in
children. In 1998 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with the Department
of Health and Human Services, issued the pediatric
rule. The pediatric rule authorized the FDA to
require studies to assess the safety and effectiveness of certain drugs and biological products used
in pediatric patients.
“Clinical trials allow us to scrutinize new
medicines in a controlled setting to determine if
they are safe and effective for children. We plan to
expand the scope of clinical trials conducted at the
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute,”
says Thomas Wells, M.D., medical director of the
Pediatric Clinical Research Unit and associate
professor of pediatric medicine, University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine,
who was recently named the director of clinical
trials for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research
Institute (ACHRI). “Our team of physicians,
pharmacists, nurses and other talented research
professionals will continue to be leaders in the
effort to study newly developed medicines and
medical devices that will be used to treat common
and rare medical conditions in children.”
The place where many of the pediatric clinical
trials happen is the Pediatric Clinical Research Unit
Continued on page 9
Leaving a Legacy of Helping Kids
No one can predict what challenges lie ahead for the next generation of children. By including
Arkansas Children’s Hospital in your estate plan through a will, real estate, life insurance, stock,
trust or IRA, you can be sure that Children’s will remain a vital resource for youngsters who will
need our care and compassion tomorrow and into the future.
Sample Wording for a Will
Listed below are suggested wordings for bequests to
Arkansas Children’s Hospital that may assist you and
your attorney. There are many different ways to include
ACH in your estate planning. Please feel free to have
your attorney contact the Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Foundation office at (501) 364-1472 if he or she has
questions concerning more detailed gift arrangements.
1. Specific Bequest of a Certain Sum or Percentage
(a) “I give and bequeath the sum of $[insert amount] to
the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, Inc., or its
successor organization.”
(b) “I give and bequeath [insert number] % of my estate
to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, Inc., or
its successor organization.”
2. Bequests of Percentage of Residuary Estate
(a) “I give, devise, and bequeath all the rest, residue,
and remainder of my property and estate, of whatever
kind and wherever situated, to the following persons and
institutions in the following respective proportions:”
(1) “I give, devise, and bequeath [insert number] % of
my said residuary estate to the Arkansas Children’s
Hospital Foundation, Inc., or its successor organization;”
(2) “...[here put other residuary bequests]”
3. Specific Bequests of Real Estate
(a) “I give, devise, and bequeath the following specifically described real property situated in [insert County
name] County, Arkansas, to the Arkansas Children’s
Hospital Foundation, Inc., or its successor organization:
[here provide legal description of real property]”
4. Residual Bequest as a Memorial for Deceased
Spouse for the Restricted Purpose of one of the
Hospital’s Programs.
(a) “I give, devise, and bequeath all of the rest, residue,
and remainder of my property and estate of whatever
kind and wherever situated, to the Arkansas Children’s
Hospital Foundation, Inc., or its successor organization,
in memory of my deceased [husband/wife], [insert
deceased’s name], for the restricted purpose of supporting
the [insert type or name of program; i.e. Cancer, Child
Life] research and treatment efforts at the hospital.”
Above, Harry Wesbrook (left) and David Hardke
present a check for $632,245 to Ashley Coldiron,
senior vice president of the ACH Foundation, on behalf
of Emma Roach. Hardke is the nephew of the late
Roach and president of the
Bank of Hazen, and Westbrook is a friend of the family. Emma and her husband, Harvey, are pictured
at left, around the time of
their marriage in 1990. Mrs.
Roach made the generous
donation to Arkansas
Children’s Hospital through
a gift of her estate.
Carl Crowe, Jr., attorney,
(left) and John Simpson,
M.D., executor for the
Patrick Earl Dunahoo
estate, accept thank you
plaques from Ashley
Coldiron, senior vice
president of the ACH
Foundation. Dunahoo’s
estate gift to Arkansas
Children’s Hospital
totaled $553,035.
Buckmiller Becomes Second Recipient of the Benjamin
and Milton Waner, M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
r. Lisa Buckmiller recently was honored as the
second recipient of the Benjamin and Milton Waner,
M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Facial Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Milton Waner, the first
chairholder, attended
Buckmiller’s investiture
“I could think of no
better candidate, no more
able candidate, to take over
the reins of this chair than
Lisa Buckmiller,” began
Waner, who now practices
at Beth Israel Medical
Center and St. Luke’s
Roosevelt Hospital Center
in New York. “From the
minute I watched her pick
up the scalpel and operate,
I realized she had the ability, she had the talent. There
Dr. Milton Waner, who first
is an art and a science to
medicine, and Lisa has both
held the Chair in Pediatric
of those.”
Facial Plastic and ReconAn endowed chair
structive Surgery, attended
creates a fund set aside in
Dr. Buckmiller's investiture
perpetuity with the earnings
dedicated to the support of
the chairholder. Buckmiller said this chair goes a long
way in helping her team members provide the best
care they can for children with vascular anomalies.
“As you can imagine, a child born with this deformity requires several specialists to be able to treat each
portion of that deformity in the best way possible,”
Buckmiller began. “We have two well-established and
leading teams — vascular anomalies and cleft lip/palate
— in our department and in our hospital. I’m very
proud of both of them.”
Buckmiller serves as clinical director of the Vascular
Anomalies team and director of the Cleft Lip/Palate
team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She also is an
assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology
at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In
addition to her duties at ACH and UAMS, Buckmiller
takes mission trips several times a year, even using her
own vacation time, to share her talents with children in
the world who do not have access to medical care.
The Endowed Chair in Pediatric Facial Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery was made possible by a generous
donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Above, Dr. Buckmiller is joined by (from left): Dr.
Jonathan Bates, president and CEO of ACH; Dr.Albert
Reece, dean of the UAMS College of Medicine; Pat
McClelland, vice chairman of the ACH Board of
Directors; and Dr. I. Dodd Wilson, chancellor of UAMS.
Dr. Buckmiller with her parents, Gretchen and Gary
ACH Becomes a Smoke-Free Campus
n April 22, 2005, Arkansas Children’s Hospital became a tobacco- and smoke-free
campus. Believing any use of tobacco is harmful to children, ACH joins a growing number
of organizations that have eliminated tobacco and smoking on their campuses.
This initiative is in support of the ACH mission to enhance, sustain and restore the
health and development of children and to create and maintain a healthy environment for
employees, physicians, families and visitors. The initiative was developed prior to the 2005
Arkansas State Legislature’s bill to require all hospital campuses to be tobacco- and smokefree, and ACH has been consulting with other hospitals to help them go through the
ACH began this transition by making the campus tobacco- and smoke-free for employees on November 18, 2004, in conjunction with the Great American Smoke-out. ACH has
programs in place to support staff in their efforts to quit smoking.
ACH Board
Beverly Morrow
TLM Management, Inc.
Pine Bluff
Continued from page 6
(PCRU). The PCRU was established at Arkansas
Children’s Hospital in the early 1990s, in response to
the increased need for pediatric clinical trials. In
2004, ACHRI’s capacity to conduct clinical research
was greatly enhanced with the expansion of the
PCRU. The 4,000-square-foot unit, located within the
hospital, accommodates research subjects in an area
that is safe and convenient for the research subject,
family members, investigators and other research
personnel. More than 500 children visit the PCRU
each year to participate in clinical trials.
ACHRI currently has 25 researchers actively
conducting clinical trials at ACH. The improved PCRU
provides the needed facilities for most clinical trial
research activities such as an area for sample collection, a small wet lab, meeting space, work areas and
a family waiting area. It also offers a state-of-the-art
research sleep unit dedicated to sleep research.
Clinical trials are conducted in phases. Phase I
trials are done to determine safety and dosing,
document how a drug is metabolized and excreted,
and identify acute side effects. Usually, a small
number of patients is used in Phase I trials.
Phase II trials include more children who have the
disease or condition that the product potentially
could treat. In Phase II trials, researchers seek to
gather further safety data and preliminary evidence of
the drug’s beneficial effects (efficacy). If the Phase II
trials indicate that the drug may be effective — and the
risks are considered acceptable, given the observed efficacy and the severity of the disease — the drug moves
to Phase III.
In Phase III trials, the drug is studied in a larger
number of patients with the disease. This phase further
tests the product’s effectiveness, monitors side effects,
and, in some cases, compares the product’s effects to a
standard treatment, if one is already available. As more
and more participants are tested over longer periods of
time, the less common side effects are more likely to be
Phase IV trials are more commonly known as postmarketing trials. These studies are conducted after a
product is already approved and on the market to find
out more about the treatment’s long-term risks, benefits
and optimal use.
Clinical trials are conducted by qualified investigators
under strict guidance of the FDA. Any hospital that
carries out research with people, including ACH/ACHRI,
has an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This board
reviews all new studies to make sure the patient’s rights
and welfare are protected.
“We are very excited about the future and success of
clinical trials research on the ACHRI and ACH campuses
with the expansion of the PCRU and the addition of Dr.
Wells to the team,” says Richard F. Jacobs, MD, president of ACHRI.
Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB
Miracle Day 2005
t was a day when the word “miracle” was often
repeated, as Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates gathered for their annual Miracle Day at Arkansas Children’s
Associates were welcomed as part of the “Miracle
Team” at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and they received
t-shirts displaying that theme.
Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Jacobs, president of the
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI),
talked with the group about the role of research at ACH
and how Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB funds have supported the
Research Institute in recent years.
Jacobs discussed the importance of research efforts at
ACHRI and how those efforts translate into care at the
“I know that you have heard many times that Arkansas
Children’s Hospital is a place where miracles happen
every day, and that is so true,” said Jacobs. “At ACHRI,
we like to say that research is where miracles begin.”
After hearing from Dr. Jacobs, the group heard from
representatives of Wal-Mart and CMN, and then met ACH
patient Austin Dunn and his parents, Sherrill and Steve,
who are both Wal-Mart employees.
Austin, 6, has been a regular patient with many specialists at ACH since he was just a few weeks old.
After saying “hi” to everyone gathered, Austin left the
stage to take up his post at the photo area, where he had
his picture taken with all of the winners of Goal Buster,
Banner and Associate of the Year awards.
After announcing all of the individual awards, members
of the CMN staff shared perhaps the biggest miracle event
of the day — the presentation of the total amount raised
by all Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB locations in our market.
Associates and generous members of their communities
raised $1,108,040 in 2004.
The miracle of this $1 million-plus gift is that most of
the money was raised $1 at a time.
Pictured with Arkansas Children’s
Hospital patient Austin Dunn, of Bella
Vista, are Wal-Mart Distribution Center
#8098 (Bentonville) associates: (Back
row, from left): Ben Ratsachak, Trish
Bigham, Sue Nielson and Travis Loftin.
(Middle row): Judy Hefner, Sharleen Belt,
Brent Hansen, Hazel Luedke and Steve
Byrom. (Front row): Helen Blair, Lisa
Pyeatt and Loretta DePriest. The #8098
location raised $134,694, making it the
number one fundraising location in
Arkansas and in the entire United States!
Dr. Richard Jacobs,
president of the
Arkansas Children’s
Hospital Research
Institute, sported a
Wal-Mart vest while
talking with Miracle
Day attendees
about research at
Showing off the
banner representing their 2004
donation of
$20,239, are
#8266 (Sherwood)
associates (from
left): Teresa
McPheeters, Karla
Ramsey and
Parker Smith with
ACH patient
Austin Dunn.
Children’s Miracle Network
National Sponsors
Part of the Miracle Team
rkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a proud
member of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids by raising
funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.
Children’s Miracle Network funds raised in Arkansas,
north Louisiana, east Texas and east Oklahoma benefit
National sponsors for CMN raise money at the local
level with fundraising activities led by employees and
supported by members of the community. The combined efforts of these sponsors help the caregivers at
ACH provide care, love and hope for patients and their
families. For their recent Children’s Miracle Network
fundraising campaign supporting Arkansas Children's
Hospital, we thank the following national sponsors:
Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Associates
Will Golf 4 Kids
Log A Load For Kids
Credit Unions for Kids
Will Fish 4 Kids
Charity Challenge of Champions
Kiwanis and Key Club
Goody’s Family Clothing
ACE Hardware
Love’s Country Stores
Carmike Cinemas
Eckerd Drug
Valero Energy Corp.
Phi Mu Sorority
Rite Aid
Cooper Tire
General Growth Properties
Marriott International
Wal-Mart Distribution Center #6018 (Searcy) associates were honored for raising $93,261. Back row (from left): Flynn Hopkins,
Susan Holt, Lisa Ayers, Gerald Trammell, Daniel Torres and Misty
Boshell. Front row, kneeling (from left): Adam Meredith, Steve
Gunter and Laura Saunders, and ACH patient Austin Dunn.
Church’s Chicken
Laidlaw Education Services
USA Gymnastics
Combined Federal Campaign
Auntie Anne’s
Dairy Queen
Sigma Chi Fraternity
American Legion
Sara Lee Direct
Sara Lee Direct
“The employee volunteers at our CMN national
sponsor locations believe in our hospital and the importance of having our specialized services available to all
children,” says Jennifer Selig, CMN director for Arkansas
Children's Hospital. “Their grassroots efforts add up
quickly and in 2004 resulted in a total donation of more
than $2.5 million.”
Talk About Miracles!
radio announcers Scott Thrower, Jeff
Matthews, Steve Medley and Becky Rogers wrapped up
their first Champions for Children Radiothon by announcing a final tally of $186,821. The finale of the Radiothon
came after broadcasting live from the ACH lobby for 12
hours each day, February 14-16.
During the Radiothon, B98.5 talent interviewed ACH
patients, families, donors and caregivers and encouraged
listeners to phone in donations. The final donation
amount included $6,000 raised by the station through an
online auction and $17,000 raised prior to the Radiothon
by more than 130 individuals and groups who signed up
to be “Change Angels.” Change Angels collected donations
of change from friends, family and co-workers in the
weeks leading up to the Radiothon.
“B98 did an absolutely amazing job during this first
annual Radiothon,” says Carissa Wagnon, senior community development coordinator with the ACH Foundation.
“We can’t say thanks enough to the listeners, volunteers,
kids, families and caregivers who shared their time with
us. Special thanks also to all the departments in the hospital that collaborated with us. And most of all, we thank
everyone at Citadel Broadcasting and B98.5. Without
them, none of this would have been possible — they truly
made miracles happen!”
Sponsors for the event included presenting sponsor
Wendy’s, Change Angels sponsors Lander’s and TruService
Federal Credit Union, phone bank sponsor Southwest
Produce, and cell phone sponsor Cricket Wireless.
The B98 crew
of (from left)
Jeff Matthews,
Becky Rogers,
Steve Medley
and Scott
Thrower could
not keep their
seats as they
waited for the
unveiling of the Radiothon total. (They were all kept
in the dark about the amount.) Top, the “check”
unveiled by Charlie Whiteside, ACH and ACH
Foundation board member, and Randy Cain, B98
program director, while ACH CEO Dr. Jonathan Bates
looked on, was $186,000 — a figure far beyond
anyone’s expectations.
Patient Zach Brogg of Alma, who stopped by with his
mom to do a Radiothon interview, also was recruited
to work the phones. Scott Thrower (standing) and
Randy Cain, B98’s program director, shared some
laughs with Zach while he waited for a listener to call
in a pledge.
The B98 Radiothon was a constant beehive of activity
during the three days of the live broadcast. Here two
parents interview with Jeff Matthews while Scott Thrower
and Angela Parker work on pumping up the phone bank
B98’s afternoon
and midday talent, Becky Rogers
and Steve Medley,
met and talked
with many ACH
patients during
the Radiothon,
including cancer
patient Mattie
Medlock of Atkins.
4 Kids
ndividuals who participated in the 2005 Will Fish 4
Kids Tournament April 17 and 18 weren’t just fishing for a
good time — they were raising money for children. The
14th annual fishing tournament brought in more than
$95,000, all benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)
through Children’s Miracle Network. The funds from this
year’s event are designated to the Dental Clinic at ACH.
It was a record-setting year for the Will Fish event,
with 114 boats and more than 200 anglers participating.
Wal-Mart vendors and Wal-Mart associates, along with 40
professional anglers currently fishing the FLW Outdoors
tournament trail, competed for prizes while raising funds
for ACH. Even fishing legend Hank Parker came out of
retirement to fish for the kids.
“This tournament is about making a difference for the
kids,” says volunteer Tammy Cox with Pure Fishing. “It’s
great to work with an organization like ACH where you
can see that difference being made every day, and it
reaches right into our own communities.”
The winning anglers were Neil Duthie and Kellogg’s
pro Jim Tutt, with a total weight of 16 pounds, 1 ounce.
The team also won the Big Bass Trophy with a 9-pound,
11-ounce catch of the day.
Charlie Evans, executive vice president and COO of
FLW Outdoors, talks to Trevor Brunson about the fish
he and his dad caught during the Will Fish 4 Kids
tournament. The fish is in the bag Trevor is holding.
Displaying the record-setting Will Fish 4 Kids check
are, from left: Tammy Cox, sales promotional
manager for Pure Fishing; Tammy Cox, community
development coordinator with the ACH Foundation;
Charlie Evans, executive vice president and COO of
FLW Outdoors; and Bill Kerr, vice president and
divisional merchandise manager of sporting goods
for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Corporate Partners
rkansas Children’s Hospital is thankful for the
many Corporate Partners who give of their time
and money each year.
Corporate Partners give to the hospital in a
variety of ways. Some hold employee campaigns.
Others use cause-marketing promotions, such as
Exxon’s Pumping Miracles campaign. Some may
donate goods and services to the hospital.
However our Corporate Partners choose to give
to ACH, it is appreciated.
If you know a company that may be interested
in becoming an ACH Corporate Partner, contact
Carissa Wagnon at 501-364-1250 or
[email protected] .
Kohl’s stores in Arkansas raise money for ACH through
the sale of plush toys and books throughout the year.
In addition to providing funds for Community
Outreach projects and services, Kohl’s welcomes ACH
Community Outreach programs into its front yard.
Here, Kohl’s customers participate in an ACH
Community Outreach Safety Day at the Fayetteville
Kohl’s store. Be on the lookout for more great Kohl’s
Cares for Kids items in your neighborhood Kohl’s store.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends events held January-May.
Special Events
• Faulkner County with Smokehouse Barbeque, $8,500
• Keegan’s Birthday Bash for Cash, $8,100
• Northwest Arkansas, Membership Drive, 30 new
• Jefferson County, Garden Party, $9,500
• Paragould, KDRS Radiothon, $12,000
• Faulkner County, KHPQ Radiothon, $5,500
• Carroll County, KTHS Radiothon, $32,000
• Harrison, KHOZ Radiothon, $31,000
• Garland County, Splash of Red, $34,000
Kampaign for Kids
Kampaign for Kids is a corporate campaign
organized by Circle of Friends chapters and community
• Harrison, $51,000
Delisa Cooper (left) and Dawnette King manage the phones
during the KTHS Radiothon in Berryville. The event was
organized by community volunteers who have now formed
a Carroll County chapter of Circle of Friends. The group had
a goal of $10,000 and raised more than $32,000.
Phone Phrenzy
Phone Phrenzy is an event often organized by Circle of
Friends chapters. Volunteers gather for an evening of food, fun
and phoning on behalf of the patients at Arkansas Children’s
Hospital. All callers are encouraged to contact only friends and
family — no cold calling is allowed.
• Paragould, $5,100
• Spring River, $7,500
• River Delta, $3,000
• Batesville, $9,400
• Collegiate Phone Phrenzy events in Circle of Friends
communities: University of Arkansas, University of Central
Arkansas, Arkansas Tech University and the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock: $20,000
Kids Caring for Kids
Through the Kids Caring for Kids program, students learn
math, spelling and reading, along with the value of helping
others. Participants are rewarded with prizes based on the
money they raise. Circle of Friends chapters work with schools
in their communities to organize these programs.
• Paragould, $11,000
• Central Arkansas, $3,500
The Garland County chapter’s Splash of Red party
was a great success, highlighted by the exciting live
auction of a desk used and autographed by former
President Bill Clinton.After much heated bidding, at
times among several family members, the desk went
for $4,700. Chairman of the event, Margaret Henry,
second from right, introduced the honorary chairs of
the event, the Tillman family (from left): Ann,
Brittany, Madison, Alayna and Nick. Brittany is an
ACH patient.
New Chapter Development
Circle of Friends proudly welcomes the two newest chapters, Carroll County and Batesville. If you have friends or family
in either of these areas, let them know about these groups.
Circle of Friends chapters are made up of enthusiastic committed volunteers. If you or someone you know would like to
join one of these energetic groups, please contact Circle of
Friends director Cristy Holland Sowell at 501-364-1865 or
[email protected]
for a Cause
ive nights of calling during this year’s Committee for
the Future Phone-A-Thon in March brought in more than
$103,000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
The event raised funds in support of the ACH
Emergency Room and Trauma Center and was coordinated by Committee for the Future, a volunteer organization
of young professionals from Pulaski County.
More than 160 volunteers dedicated their time during
the five evenings to calling and encouraging support for
the hospital. Volunteers placed calls to donors who had
previously made gifts to the hospital and asked for their
renewed support. Many callers even brought in preevent pledges from family, friends and co-workers. The
callers, recruited from 26 local businesses, worked in
teams of 5-15 callers per team.
The team from Delta Trust, which raised $9,710 in
pledges in one evening, was the overall winning team.
The top caller overall was Fred Eason with Delta Trust,
who individually raised $3,250.
Special thanks to the event committee: Bryan Hill,
chair; Jacqueline Bolding, Erin Parker and Ashley
Sandage. Also thanks to SBC in downtown Little Rock,
which generously provided the room, phones and phone
lines for the entire event.
Phone-A-Thon Teams:
Bank of America
Capital Bank
Catholic High School
CDI Contractors
Clear Mountain Spring Water
Cromwell Architects
Deloitte & Touche
Delta Trust
Discount Imaging
Friday Eldredge & Clark
Griffin Leggett
Maverick Transportation
McClelland Engineers
Metropolitan National Bank
Mitchell Williams Selig Gates
& Woodyard
Moore Stephens Frost
Morgan Keegan
Mount St. Mary’s Academy
National Bank of Arkansas
Phi Alpha Delta Legal FraternityUALR
Rose Law Firm
Transamerica Worksite Marketing
Wright Lindsey & Jennings
Auxiliary Announces 2004 Donation
Scott Mason (middle), the ACH Auxiliary president,
presented a check for $279,000 to John Bel (left), ACH
Foundation president, and Scott Gordon, COO of the
hospital. The funds represent the Auxiliary’s fundraising
efforts in 2004 and have been designated for support of
an MRI, palliative care, operating support, the Good
Mourning program and the Auxiliary endowment.
Tributes Always
a Perfect Fit
lease remember the children at Arkansas Children’s
Hospital the next time you have a need to honor or memorialize someone.
Honor gifts can be made for any and all occasions. A
tribute gift is a great way to show you remembered that
person on his or her special day. Birthdays, anniversaries
and other special occasions can be remembered in a way
that provides the gift of hope and healing to our most precious resource...our children.
A tribute gift also offers a special way to express your
sympathy and condolences.
Simply send your check or credit card information in the
envelope provided in this magazine or mail to: ACH
Foundation, 800 Marshall St., Slot 661, Little Rock, AR
72202. You may also make a tribute gift online at Let us know for whom and for what
occasion the gift is made and we’ll send an acknowledgment to the appropriate person or persons.
Your tribute/honor gift enables Arkansas Children’s
Hospital to continue providing CARE, LOVE and HOPE to
our children throughout the years.
Osmond Surprises ACH Donor
During a visit to Arkansas in April, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) co-founder Marie
Osmond helped Teresa McFeeters sell paper miracle balloons at the SAM’S CLUB in
Sherwood. Miracle balloons are a popular fundraising tool at Wal-Mart, SAM’S CLUB and
other CMN national sponsor locations. Osmond’s visit to Arkansas was part of a nationwide
tour to bring attention to the work of the 170 children’s hospitals that are a part of CMN,
and to national sponsors like Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB, which raise money for their local
CMN hospitals. McFeeters was honored by Osmond for being the top miracle balloon seller at
the Sherwood SAM’S location.Wal-Mart/SAM'S CLUB raised $1,108,040 in 2004 for support
of pediatric medical care of children.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation
800 Marshall Street/Slot 661
Little Rock, AR 72202-3591
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