SmallWorld Perfect Match

Healing, Teaching, Discovering
Spring 2012
Perfect Match
Ollie Green’s sickle cell disease cured after getting a
rare bone marrow transplant from a non-relative donor
Civil rights icon
Ruby Bridges visits on
MLK, Jr. Day
Voodoo Bayou Ball
casts a spell
CHNOLA’s rehabilitation
program receives
Children’s Hospital’s mission is to provide
comprehensive pediatric healthcare which recognizes
the special needs of children through excellence and
the continuous improvement of patient care, education,
research, child advocacy and management.
Mrs. George Villere, Chairman
A. Whitfield Huguley, IV, Vice Chairman
William L. Mimeles, Treasurer
Mrs. Julie Livaudais George, Secretary
Mrs. Norman Sullivan, Jr., Past Chair
Brian Barkemeyer, M.D.
Kenneth H. Beer
Allan Bissinger
Ralph O. Brennan
Elwood F. Cahill, Jr.
Philip deV. Claverie
Mrs. Katie Andry Crosby
Kyle France
Stephen Hales, M.D.
Mrs. E. Douglas Johnson, Jr.
Mrs. Francis Lauricella
Joseph M. Nadell, M.D.
John Y. Pearce
Anthony Recasner, Ph.D.
Elliot C. Roberts, Sr.
Alan M. Robson, M.D.
Everett J. Williams, Ph.D.
Steve Worley
Armand LeGardeur
Honorary Life Member
Annette Figueroa, MD
Parenting Center Advisory Board
Kathleen Robert
Guild President
Steve Worley, President and CEO
Alan Robson, MD, Senior Vice President
and Medical Director
Brian Landry, Vice President of Marketing
Small World is published by the Public Affairs Department of
Children’s Hospital, 200 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, LA
70118, (504) 896-9373.
Editor: Chris Price
Contributing Writer: Christopher Snizik
Photos: Michael Palumbo, Chris Price and Christopher Snizik
Production: Paula Chin-Lai Hom Graphic Design
Printing: MPress Printing
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12 Perfect Match
Ollie Green gets a bone marrow transplant from a non-relative
donor in hopes of curing his sickle cell disease
15 Ruby Bridges visits on MLK, Jr. Day
New Orleans civil rights icon shares message of hope
16 Sugarplum on Voodoo Bayou
4 From the President’s Desk
Children’s Hospital’s gets CARF accreditation
6 Medical Director’s Message
Pediatric medicine must taste good to be effective
Hospital News & Events
5 Doctors’ Notes
7 Meet Our New Docs
10 Out & About
18 Helping Hands
8 Under the Microscope
RIC news, discoveries & projects
9 Family Focus
The Parenting Center on Facebook
23 Small World Gallery
Patient artwork on display
On the Cover: Dr. Lolie Yu, director of Children’s Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology department, bone marrow transplant program director and
professor of pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans, with bone marrow transplant patient Ollie Green. Photo by Mike Palumbo.
From the President’s Desk
Steve Worley, President and CEO
Children’s Hospital receives CARF accreditation
Rehabilitation Program recognized for ongoing innovation and
standards of performance
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has granted
Children’s Hospital a three-year accreditation to the hospital’s Rehabilitation Program. CARF
officially recognizes health and human service providers as having met standards for quality of
service. The accreditation process applies sets of standards to service areas and business practices
during an on-site survey.
CARF accreditation provides a visible symbol that assures the public of a provider’s
commitment to continually enhance the quality of services and programs with a focus on
the satisfaction of the persons served. Rehabilitation programs earning CARF accreditation
are recognized for their ongoing innovation and continued conformance to the standards of
With the CARF accreditation we will continue to grow our Rehabilitation Program,
accepting those patients who previously were directed to CARF-accredited facilities by their
insurers. The standards for performance and management
will guide our performance improvement and give
us concrete goals going forward.
“CARF accreditation provides a visible symbol that
assures the public of a provider’s commitment to
continually enhance the quality of services and programs
with a focus on the satisfaction of the persons served.”
Nicholls State University student Linsey
Rogers is studying to be an occupational
therapist, influenced by her treatment in
Children’s Hospital’s Rehabilitation Program
following a near-fatal automobile accident.
Paramedics had to cut away the smashed driver’s
side of Linsey’s Toyota Camry before they could
get to her. When they did, she was unresponsive
and not breathing. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered her pelvis was cracked in five places, and the bones in her left leg were
broken; she had a collapsed lung, severe brain injury and required a respirator to breathe. After a month in a coma she awoke. When she did, she
thought she was in New York City, the year was 1836 and the president was George Washington. She was immediately transferred to Children’s
Hospital for rehabilitative therapy, where she would have to re-learn how to eat, talk, hold herself upright and go to the bathroom.
“I thought there was no way she would be able to come back,” her mom, Natalie LeBoeuf, said. At first, her doctors told us to expect her to be
a vegetable for the rest of her life. “That’s what they told us to expect.”
Natalie said Linsey started making progress once she was transferred to Children’s. “She reached one milestone, then another and another
really fast.”
Soon, Linsey returned to school. Although she has to spend more time studying, her grades never slipped and she graduated at the top of her
class at South Terrebonne High School, and is now majoring in biology at Nicholls.
“There were things I didn’t think I’d be able to do that I’m doing today,” Linsey said. “My therapist helped me get to where I am today. When
I think about how far I’ve come, I’m amazed. I think it’s a miracle,” she said. “I’m so thankful that I want to dedicate my career to helping others.”
“I’m so impressed with Children’s Hospital,” Natalie said. “The therapists brought her back. I tell everyone to come here,” she said. “It’s a
special place.”
Children’s Hospital opened in 1955, as the 50-bed, $1.2 million Crippled Children’s Hospital, a rehabilitation hospital for children recovering
from polio. Today, Children’s Hospital serves as the Gulf South’s leading pediatric medical center, and is dedicated to providing the very best
healthcare possible in an atmosphere of love and concern for the whole child. We’re proud of our history and our place as one of America’s premier
pediatric rehabilitation centers.
Doctors’ Notes
News From Children’s Hospital
ENT Executives
Michael Hagmann, MD, and Larry Simon, MD, were elected
president and vice president, respectively, of the Greater New Orleans
ENT Society.
NOCAC receives $4,700 Walmart grant
Doctors’ Anniversaries
Several Children’s Hospital physicians marked a milestone
anniversary in 2011. On behalf of all the families we serve, thank you.
35 YEARS (1976)
John M. Church, MD
John O. Edmunds, MD
Burr D. Ilgenfritz, MD
Joseph Nadell, MD
30 YEARS (1981)
Martin Claiborne III, MD
Richard P. LeBoeuf, MD
Stephen D. Levine, MD
Edwin C. Lin, MD
Gordon Nutik, MD
25 YEARS (1986)
John Barbara III, MD
James Bennett, MD
H. Sprague Eustis, Jr., MD
John E. Firestone, MD
William L. Gill, MD
Yves Lacassie, MD
Dolleen Licciardi, MD
Howard J. Osofsky, MD
Anthony J. Palazzo, MD
Demarcus D. Smith, DDS
Aluizio Stopa, MD
Lolie Yu, MD
20 YEARS (1991)
Diane DeFrance, MD
Samir El-Dahr, MD
Russell Steele, MD
Harold Stopes, MD
15 YEARS (1996)
Wanda B. Augillard, DDS
Erin E. Boh, MD
Jonathan C. Boraski, MD
Sonseeahray Bridges, Jr., MD
Joseph Caspi, MD
R. Patrick Cecola, MD
Edward L. Donaldson, Jr., DDS
Reita Lawrence, MD
Piotr Olejniczak, MD
10 YEARS (2001)
Christopher Babycos, MD
Carmen Begue, MD
Ralph R. Chesson, Jr., MD
Cary A. Culbertson, MD
Wendi DeFrank, MD
Jill Donaldson, DDS
Annette A. Figueroa, MD
Wendy S. Gervais, MD
Michael Heller, Jr., MD
Laura K. Hogue, DDS
Gina Johnston, MD
Janine Lissard, MD
Antoinette Logarbo, MD
Jason D. Parker, DDS
Teresa M. Perkins, DMD
Tanya Reed, MD
Diane M. Sinclair, MD
5 YEARS (2006)
Susan Abdalian, MD
Maria Bautista, MD
Minnie Buis, MD
Sean M. Collins, MD
Jaime Dorotan, MD
Joseph Gonzales, MD
Herbert W. Marks, Jr., MD
Kenneth Paris, MD
Raymond Poirrier, DDS
Steffan Sernich, MD
Olivier Thelin, MD
Russell Van Dyke, MD
Stacie LeBlanc, director of the Audrey Hepburn Children
At Risk Evaluation (CARE) Center at Children’s Hospital and
New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center (NOCAC), explains
the interview room to Derrick Edwards, manager of the New
Orleans Tchoupitoulas Walmart, and Alexandra Hazlaris,
program support coordinator at The Children’s Advocacy
Centers of Louisiana. The NOCAC received $4,700 as part
of a Walmart Associates’ Choice foundation grant to The
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana to help ensure child
victims of sexual abuse receive quality services from their local
CAC. All 480 employees at the Tchoupitoulas Walmart will be
educated with specific skills in recognizing, reacting, reporting
and preventing child sexual abuse.
Did You Know?
In 2011, Children’s Hospital
recorded 194,339 patient visits, with
children coming from all 64 parishes
in Louisiana, 44 states and two foreign
countries. In all, 59,403 children received
care through our hospital.
Medical Director’s Message
Alan Robson, MD, Medical Director
Taste of medicine may equal effectiveness
Children aged six years and older who require oral medications can be trained to take and
swallow pills. However, oral medications for younger children must be in liquid form. It has been
shown that palatability of such medications has a significant effect on the families’ adherence
to the prescribed regime. In a carefully controlled trial, one-third of patients did not complete
the prescribed course of cefuroxime which has an unpleasant taste, compared to only 15 percent
who were treated with the more palatable cefuroxime axetil. This is not surprising. All mothers
are familiar with their baby’s facial contortions when fed an unpleasant medicine or bitter food.
The response is a protective mechanism. A bitter taste helps us to detect potentially dangerous
substances which should not be consumed. Conversely a sweet taste identifies a high energy food
and is readily accepted by most babies. It is not certain whether newborn babies can identify
different flavors, but experiments in man and in other primates suggest that they can.
Drug companies are very aware of the importance of palatability and typically have used
sugar to disguise the bad taste of certain drugs. This approach has drawn criticism because
of the obesity issue in modern society. Artificial sweeteners have been used in place of sugar.
Unfortunately these compounds may have adverse side effects too. Micro-encapsulation has been
studied as an alternate way to disguise the flavor of some drugs. It is unclear whether this process
will become a standard approach.
One of the important functions of a pediatrician
is to treat infections. When deciding which drug to
prescribe the doctor takes into consideration sensitivities
of the infecting organism as well as cost. The physician
must not, however, ignore the palatability of the drug. If
there is poor adherence to the prescription it may result
in costly re-treatment or cause organism resistance to
the antibiotic.
“The goals of this study are to educate the public about
symptoms that may indicate the existence of a brain
tumor, as well as to assist physicians about what steps
to take if they suspect a child might have such a tumor.”
Medicines containing potassium salts represent another problem area. Potassium is used in oral rehydration fluids but in a
concentration which is tolerated. Patients who are being treated with certain diuretics may require supplemental potassium. I have
tasted most of these products and have yet to find one that is tolerable. One option is to use Morton’s Lite Salt (50 percent sodium
and 50 percent potassium chloride) or No-Salt (100 percent potassium chloride) in place of regular salt on a patient’s food. Be careful
to follow instructions since high levels of potassium can be dangerous.
My mother used bad tasting medicine to good effect. If either I or one of my siblings felt too ill to go to school, she would dose
us with “Fenning’s Fever Cure.” It was the most foul tasting medicine that caused your mouth to pucker. If we were willing to take
this treatment she knew we were ill and should stay at home. I will never forget that awful taste.
Ideally there should be a trial of home medicines before a patient is discharged from the hospital to home. If the patient refuses
to take the medicine, the physician should consider using an alternative, more palatable drug. The family should be involved in this
process especially if there is no alternative to a medicine with a bad taste or aftertaste. Advice should be given about techniques to
disguise the bad taste. The other important issue to discuss is what to do if the patient spits out some or all of the medicine.
To quote from an article on the subject: “An essential component of pediatric drug adherence is family involvement in the
choice of treatment. A patient centered approach involves effective communication and partnership between the child, parents
and professionals. Open discussions around issues such as taste, formulation and dosing schedule can influence the selection of an
appropriate antibiotic and the success of treatment.”
In summary, doctors need to be more aware of the importance of taste when prescribing medicines for young children. There
needs to be a family/patient/professional partnership with effective communication if there is to be a successful implementation of a
treatment regime.
Meet Our New Docs
Children’s Hospital welcomes these new members of the medical staff:
Anita Jeyakumar, MD, ENT
Lorna Seybolt, MD, Infectious Diseases
Medical School: Meharry Medical College;
Nashville, Tenn.
Residency: University of Rochester; Rochester, N.Y.
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland
Medical School: University of Connecticut;
Farmington, Conn.
Residency: Maine Medical Center; Portland, Maine
Fellowship: Boston Medical Center; Boston
Caroline Straatmann, MD, Nephrology
Ewa Wasilewska, MD, Radiology
Medical School: LSU Health Sciences Center,
Residency: LSU Health Sciences Center,
New Orleans
Fellowship: LSU Health Sciences Center,
New Orleans
Medical School: Medical University of Gdansk;
Gdansk, Poland
Residency: Tulane University; New Orleans
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston; Boston
Under the Microscope
RIC news, discoveries & projects
Baxter Healthcare Study
Based on a survey conducted by the Immune Deficiency
Foundation (IDF), the prevalence of Primary Immunodeficiency
Disease (PIDD or PI) is believed to be about 1 in 1,200 in the
United States. People with PI have immune systems that are
not working properly because their bodies do not make enough
antibodies. These antibodies are also called immunoglobulins, and
are found in the blood. Because they are important for fighting
infections, people who do not have enough antibodies develop
certain types of infections, including upper respiratory infections
and gastrointestinal tract infections. These infections can be life
threatening for patients with very low levels of immunoglobulin, or
more mild in other cases.
People with PI need replacement therapy with immunoglobulin
products to help prevent or decrease the severity of infections.
When immunoglobulin replacement therapy was first used in
patients with immune deficiency, it was given by injection into a
muscle. However, starting in 1981, most patients have been given
their immunoglobulin replacement therapy intravenously. Therapy
delivered through IV usually requires that a patient stay in clinic
while the treatment is being given which increases the amount of
time spent away from school or work, as well as increasing the cost
of treatment.
Treating people with PI by infusing the immunoglobulin under
the skin, or subcutaneously (SC), has become increasingly popular
worldwide. One benefit of subcutaneous therapy is that after
training by healthcare professionals, SC infusions can be performed
by the patients at home. This not only increases some patient’s
comfort and independence, but can reduce the cost and amount of
time spent away from school or work. However, typically only small
amounts of immunoglobulin can be given at a time. As a result,
patients must have many separate injections every one or two weeks,
and sometimes they must have several injection sites at each visit. If
too large a volume is given at a single injection site, it may result in
significant pain or swelling at the site of injection.
A clinical trial being conducted by Dr. Ken Paris at Children’s
Hospital hopes to make SC infusions even better for patients
by increasing the amount of immunoglobulin that can be given
subcutaneously, thereby helping patients to go longer periods
of time without needing another infusion. This investigational
research study utilizes a protein, called recombinant human
hyaluronidase, which will be injected before the immunoglobulin
infusion. This protein temporarily changes the gel-like substance,
called hyaluronan, found between the cells of our skin. The
temporary effect of hyaluronidase will allow the skin to
accommodate larger amounts of immunoglobulin when it is infused
subcutaneously and may minimize the pain or swelling that can
otherwise occur. The hyaluronan in the skin is restored within 24
hours, leaving no noticeable changes.
Approximately 60 subjects will take part in this study at sites
all over the United States. We expect to enroll four subjects at
Children’s Hospital. Research studies like this are an integral part
of the Allergy and Immunology Division at LSU Health Sciences
Center and Children’s Hospital, which are part of the Jeffrey Modell
Foundation Center Network (JMCN). This network of immunology
referral centers is comprised of more than 75 funded Diagnostic and
Research Centers worldwide. The physicians and staff at our Jeffrey
Modell Diagnostic Center here in New Orleans care for children
and adults from across the Gulf Coast who have PI.
Family Focus
Talking to teens and ’tweens about social media
Social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, have become the
preferred method of communication for all age groups. But while
today’s teens and ’tweens may be more media savvy than previous
generations, their lack of maturity and life experience can quickly
get them into trouble with these new social venues. Parents have a
responsibility to ensure their child’s online safety. These tips, provided
by the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Parenting Center at
Children’s Hospital, will help parents stay in control of their children’s
ever-expanding digital world.
Social Responsibility
Responsible use of social networking means no gossiping,
spreading rumors, bullying or damaging someone’s reputation. Let
children know there are potential consequences for this kind of
behavior, ranging from minor punishment to legal action. Warn your
child that if they feel threatened by someone or uncomfortable because
of something online, they should tell an adult because they could end
up preventing themselves or someone else from becoming a victim.
Educate yourself
It is imperative that parents understand the social media platforms
their children use. If you don’t have one already, set up a profile for
yourself and “friend” your kids. See who they are interacting with and
what they are discussing. Periodically check their social networking
profiles for inappropriate content, friends, messages and images. Be
transparent and let your kids know what you are doing.
Discuss potential pitfalls
For all ages, emphasize that everything sent over the Internet
or a cell phone can be shared with the entire world, so it is important
they use good judgment in posting/sending messages and pictures. A
simplistic rule like: “Do not disclose personal information online” is
also not enough. Remember that once information is posted online,
it can’t be taken back. Even if you delete the information from a site,
older versions exist on other people’s computers.
Establish parameters
Set clear rules and guidelines for your child’s social media use,
and let them know that their use of technology is a privilege. Ensure
they set the highest privacy settings on social media sites, and keep
the computer in a public part of your home, such as the family room
or kitchen, so that you can monitor them. Set times when social media
and Internet use is allowed, and restrict access after bedtime. Also,
charge mobile devices and laptops in a set, public part of your home so
that it will be easy to monitor the devices.
Help your child choose positive networks and groups to
participate in online. Being indiscriminate in who is in your network
increases the risk of giving an unknown person access. Your child
should know the people in his or her friend group in real life. Many
more people could see your information than you intend, including
teachers, employers, the police, the college they might want to apply to
next year, the job they might want to apply for in
five years — and strangers, some of whom could
be dangerous.
Age limits for social media
If you think your child is too young to understand what a sexual
predator is and how they might be at risk, then he’s too young for
social networking. You have to be willing and able to talk about
sexuality and what dangers you might be inviting into your home if
you allow your child access to chat rooms, bulletin boards and social
networking. If adults are not able to talk about sex with teens, then
how do we expect teens to be comfortable reporting that someone is an
online danger?
Technology is part of our lives, and while
it’s important to understand the dangers to
your kids and how you can lessen the risks, it’s
unrealistic to ban access altogether. Connecting
with friends online is the whole point of social
networking. It’s a great way for teens to keep in
touch, and your supervision and involvement can
insure they learn how to do so in a safe way.
For more information about raising children in the 21st century, contact The Parenting Center
at Children’s Hospital at
Watch for timely parenting topics presented by
The Parenting Center staff on WWL-TV every Tuesday
morning at 8:50 a.m. Topics can be found under
Parenting Resources at
Out & About
Children’s Hospital Events & Celebrations
UL New Orleans Bowl Visit
Children’s Hospital Telethon June 2-3
The 29th annual Children’s Hospital Telethon will air live on WDSU
NewsChannel 6 on June 2-3. The broadcast will air Saturday from 2-7 p.m. and will
resume on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Gulf South region generously opened their hearts and wallets in support
of last year’s Telethon, raising a record amount of more than $1.74 million. Since
1984, the annual event has brought in more than $20 million to Children’s Hospital.
Money raised is used to ensure the most advanced medical and surgical
equipment is always available and that no child is turned away because of their
family’s inability to pay for services.
Football players from the University of
Louisiana and San Diego State University
visited patients at Children’s Hospital before
they squared-off in the 2011 New Orleans
Bowl. Both groups took just over an hour to
visit with many of the young patients, bringing
a few moments of relief to children spending
their holidays in the hospital.
“To have my seniors come to my city and
do this and be here amongst the kids and see us
put a smile on their faces, it was very successful
and also a blessing,” said Cajun senior defensive
end and New Orleans native Tyrell Gaddies. “I
like to smile, and I had fun.”
LSU BCS Championship Visit
Nearly 30 LSU football players joined coach Les Miles to visit Children’s Hospital to lift the spirits of the children and their parents. Each
patient was presented with a miniature BCS football signed by Coach Miles and his players.
“It’s really great to take a break from the football side of things and see these kids,” said freshman punter Brad Wing. “It really means a lot to
them for us to come in and talk to them. It’s great for the whole community and we just love doing it. Coach Miles stresses to us the importance of
events like this, and we all gain a lot from the experience.”
Junior wide receiver Russell Shepard noted the strength of children fighting to overcome serious illnesses. “These kids are strong-willed, and
they inspire us in so many ways,” Shepard said. “To come to this hospital and see what these kids are going through makes us realize how fortunate
we are. It humbles us, and it forces us to count our blessings.”
Calendar of Events
Will Ferrell crowned Bacchus XLIV
Will Ferrell finished filming his latest movie, “The Campaign,” the Thursday before
Mardi Gras, and jumped into Carnival festivities the next day when he was crowned
Bacchus XLIV at Children’s Hospital.
“Thank you, thank you very much for this. I can’t wait to turn it into a necklace,”
Ferrell said as he accepted the king’s plaque from Bacchus Executive Director Owen
“This is such an honor for me,” Ferrell said, upon being crowned by patient Boo
Maddox. “This is my first Mardi Gras.
To be, not only here, but to be part of
the Bacchus organization. To be King.
The King. Hail me.”
Ferrell, father of three boys, 8, 5
and 3, threw hundreds of doubloons
and took photos with patients, family
members and hospital staff. He said the
visit to CHNOLA was “the most special
component” of his reign.
The Krewe of Thoth made two visits to the hospital. Just before parade season, the
“Thoth March” brought Krewe members to Children’s. Costumed members handed out
stuffed animals and beads to patients on every floor, including the clinic and ER. Thoth,
known as the Krewe of Shut-ins for their practice of parading past more than a dozen
Uptown institutions serving the seriously ill or handicapped, began their Sunday parade
right in front of Children’s Hospital.
Run Forrest Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. registration &
packet pick up, Bubba Gump Restaurant
Rite Aid Golf Classic
10 a.m., English Turn Golf &
Country Club
ALLFAX Pre-Party
6-11 p.m., Southport Hall
ALLFAX Specialties Golf Classic
11 a.m. registration
11-12 Italian-American Fishing Rodeo
Thoth 2012
Memorial Service 5-7 p.m., auditorium
Breton Sound Marina
Walmart Golf Tournament
10 a.m., Carter Plantation
Chevron Children’s Hospital
Volleyball Tournament
3 p.m., Coconut Beach, Kenner
Children’s Hospital Telethon
2-7 p.m., WDSU NewsChannel 6
Children’s Hospital Telethon
6 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,
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or the past 11 years, Ollie Green has had to
worry about debilitating pain attacking his body at
a moment’s notice. But now, his pain has gone away
forever. Ollie underwent a bone marrow transplant
(BMT) on Feb. 24 in hopes of curing his sickle
cell disease. It is the first time Children’s Hospital
performed a BMT from an unrelated donor for a
sickle cell patient. On April 3, a blood test proved his
blood cells were 100 percent healthy; his sickle cell
disease was cured.
“Man, this is a good day,” Ollie said, flashing his
smile. “I’m so glad to be through with sickle cell.”
Ollie’s first memory of dealing with his disease
was when he was five years old. “I missed my mom’s
birthday,” said the 16-year-old from New Iberia, La.
“Then I missed Mother’s Day and my birthday. I
missed everything because I was in the hospital.”
Feeling No Pain
16-year-old Ollie Green’s sickle cell disease was cured after
receiving a rare bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor
Sickle cell is an inherited disease in which normal, disc-shaped red blood cells, which take blood to every part of the
body, break into fragile crescents that resemble a sickle, a curved blade used to cut crops like wheat. Sickled cells often get
caught in and block blood flow, causing severe pain crises and potential damage to organs, muscles and bones. In addition to
bouts of pain, which may last for hours or even days, in the hands, feet, belly, back or chest, it can lead to infections, anemia
and stroke. People with sickle cell disease often have anemia, caused by a shortage of red blood cells, which makes them weak
and tired. The only physical sign might be a pale or washed-out look and skin and the whites of their eyes may have a yellow
look of jaundice.
Ollie’s crises occurred as often as four times a month with pain so bad he would be hospitalized for two weeks at a time.
It has caused him to miss school and the activities most youngsters take for granted. However, on a recent weekend trip
home, he got to experience something he longed to do – play basketball with friends.
“It felt so good to go out and play and not worry about the pain coming,” Ollie
said. “I haven’t been able to do anything strenuous, so that’s what I was looking
forward to most.”
Ollie’s mother, Tanya said she’s so excited about her son being cured that she’s
ready to be jumping and running beside him. “For years, there was nothing I could
do to ease his pain,” said Tanya Green. “It was so stressful and frustrating, being his
mother and not being able to do anything. He’s had dose after dose of morphine to
deal with the pain. It doesn’t take it away, but helps him cope. This bone marrow
transplant is really going to make a life difference for us.
“To see him out there now doing all the things that kids are supposed to be
“It felt so good to go
out and play and not
worry about the pain
coming. I haven’t been
able to do anything
strenuous, so that’s
what I was looking
forward to most.”
Ollie Green
doing is a dream come true. Even though he’s my oldest, he’s my baby, and it hurt me
to see him hurting. Hopefully now he’ll have a ‘more normal life.’”
For the past several years, Ollie has endured an eight-hour blood transfusion
every 21 days to manage the effects of his disease. When the Green family was told
in spring 2011 that a BMT might cure Ollie, his family members, including two
sisters, were tested to see if they could donate marrow. Unfortunately, the results
were negative. Seven months later, doctors found an anonymous donor whose
marrow was a perfect match.
“We were hoping that Ollie would get this transplant and it would take care
of all of the pain he has,” said Dr. Lolie Yu, director of Children’s Hospital’s
Hematology/Oncology department, bone marrow transplant program director and
professor of pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans. “It went just
Normal red blood cells are disc shaped for easy
oxygen delivery through the blood stream, but
sickle cells break apart and clog blood flow,
leading to debilitating pain.
as we had hoped.”
Yu said Ollie’s transplant is rare because sickle cell patients often have difficulty
finding a donor whose blood marrow matches. “More than 50,000 people have had
bone marrow transplants from unrelated donors to treat leukemia, lymphoma, and
other diseases, but there have been around 100 sickle cell patients in the United
States who have undergone this procedure with an unrelated donor,” she said.
“This transplant is riskier than with related donors, but we found a perfect
match. Ollie has met all of the benchmarks he was supposed to have met by now,” she
said. “This is really exciting. He will soon be on his way to living life like a teenager.”
In the past, sickle cell patients often died from organ failure between 20 and
40 years old, but with better understanding and management of the disease, today
patients can live into their 50s or beyond. Recent medical research has found
that bone marrow or stem cell transplants can cure sickle cell anemia. However,
transplants are not an option for most patients because of the difficulty in finding
well-matched donors. Tanya Green said she hopes Ollie’s experience will prompt
Common symptoms of
Sickle Cell Disease
Attacks of pain
Delayed growth and puberty
Excessive thirst
Frequent urination
Rapid heart rate
Ulcers on the lower legs
(in adolescents and adults)
Yellowing of the eyes and skin
Poor eyesight/blindness
Skin ulcers
more people, especially African-Americans (about one in 12 African-Americans has
sickle cell trait) to register as donors.
Ollie was admitted to Children’s Hospital on Feb. 15, and had to stay
there until he recovered from the transplant. Because his associated radiation/
chemotherapy treatment reduced his ability to fight infection, he had to stay in
isolation for nearly a month. To help him keep in touch with friends and family
in New Iberia, Ollie’s parents bought him a mobile phone with face-to-face
“Man, this is a
good day, I’m so
glad to be through
with sickle cell.”
messaging. “It was tough to be in New Orleans and not be part of Carnival,”
Ollie said as he entered the hospital, “but I’m looking forward to being finished
with sickle cell and being able to play.”
As he prepared for the five-hour transplant, similar to a blood transfusion,
he described his feelings as akin to pre-game jitters before a football game. “I’m
a little nervous,” he said, “but really excited to be through with sickle cell.”
By mid-March Ollie had passed all of the major medical hurdles patients
face after a transplant and was preparing to be discharged from the hospital.
He was a nervous about going out in public because his hair was falling out
due to his treatment, but he wanted to post a photo update on Facebook to let
his friends know he was getting out of the hospital. As soon as a camera was
presented, he told the photographer to stop because he had to straighten his
hair before he took his photo. A smile spread across his face as he ran his hand
along his bare scalp. The room burst into laughter and an easiness settled at
seeing Ollie so free spirited in light of all he’s been through.
“We were hoping that Ollie would get this
transplant and it would take care of all of the
pain he has. It went just as we had hoped.”
Dr. Lolie Yu
Ollie will still have to receive frequent check-ups to ensure his immune
system returns to proper health. He and Tanya will stay at the Ronald
McDonald House in New Orleans until he is cleared to return home.
For now, Ollie is thinking about life after sickle cell disease, and potential
athletic success.
“It’s unfortunate that some sickle cell patients suffer through this as much
as he has, but he’s got a very positive attitude and tremendous support from his
mom and dad,” Dr. Yu said. “We’re all praying and wishing him the best.”
To keep current on Ollie’s progress, log on to www.facebook/chnola for
updates and photographs.
Common associated
complications include:
Acute chest syndrome
Blindness/vision impairment
Brain and nervous system symptoms
and stroke
Disease of many body systems
Drug (narcotic) abuse
Hemolytic crisis
Living the Dream
Ruby Bridges visits on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Patient Meghan LeBlanc and
Ruby Bridges Hall
Top: Norman Rockwell’s The
Problem We All Live With, which
depicts the 1960 integration of
New Orleans public schools.
On Martin Luther King Day, Children’s Hospital was blessed to be visited by Ruby Nell Bridges
Hall. Ruby moved with her parents to New Orleans at the age of 4. In 1960, when she was 6 years old,
her parents responded to a call from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) and volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans school system. Her
father initially was reluctant, but her mother felt strongly that the move was needed not only to give her
own daughter a better education, but to “take this step forward ... for all African-American children.”
She was the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. She
attended William Frantz Elementary School at 3811 N. Galvez St.
The court-ordered first day of integrated schools in New Orleans, November 14, 1960, was
commemorated by Norman Rockwell in the painting The Problem We All Live With. In 1997, Bridges
recalled to PBS NewsHour her memory of the first day of school, “Driving up I could see the crowd, but
living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside
of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at
Mardi Gras.”
On the 50th anniversary of the integration former United States Deputy Marshal Charles Burks,
who escorted Ruby to school, said of Ruby, “She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t
whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier, and we’re all very proud of her.”
She is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote “the
values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences.” Describing the mission of the group,
she says, “racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.”
Sugarplum Ball co-chairs Erin Luetkemeier and Holly Gordon with host Gregor Fox; Voodoo Doll Allison Stuart; Dr. Keith and Mary Perrin, Children’s Hospital’s
vice president of operations; Children’s Hospital President & CEO Steve Worley, Board Chair Fran Villere and Sugarplum honoree, restaurateur Ralph Brennan; a
view of the home and gardens; David and Dottie Haydel with committee members Maria Huete and Nadia Haik; a voodoo spirit aerialist; and George Villere.
Big Fun on the Bayou
The 31st annual Sugarplum Ball, Voodoo Bayou Ball, was held Friday, March 16. Gregor Fox graciously opened his home to Children’s
Hospital and a sell-out crowd of 683 guests. The house and grounds of the First Street mansion, the former home of novelist Anne Rice, were
festively decorated with a Louisiana swamp theme.
Sugarplum Ball co-chairs Erin Luetkemeier and Holly Gordon, along with their committee, prepared for the last 10 months to ensure the ball
would generate funds and awareness for the hospital’s emergency transport program. With ambulance, fixed wing and the only pediatric medical
helicopter in Louisiana, the transport team is able to quickly reach sick and injured children, carrying them to the hospital where they can benefit
from the services CHNOLA provides.
Restaurateur Ralph Brennan, a member of the hospital board of trustees for the past 19 years – chairman in 2002 – was honored at this year’s
gala. During his leadership, the hospital has benefitted from his vast business background, and he has played vital roles with acquisitions and
changes that the board has faced.
Thank you to everyone involved in making the Voodoo Bayou Ball a smashing success and for your support of Louisiana’s only full-service
medical center designed specifically for children.
Helping Hands
Building a healthy future for kids.
Kids Fund raises $843,187 for
construction of new surgery suites
November 1, 2011 – February 29, 2012
Dwan Abadie
Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs
Sidney Joseph Duet
Toby & Jenny Lafont
Capt. Vernon Ajubita
Andrew & Laura Stegen
John Bettes Dunlap, Jr.
Frank & Arden Dalia
Ruby Grady Ashley
James J. Dorsey
Brenda King
Sheila Smith
Sean Dunlap
Dale & Karen Dunlap
Cyrus Lloyd Barker
Betty S. Barnes
Gabriel Joseph Erwin
Kelly & Karen Beers
Sheila Falgoust & Family
Joycelyn Haydel
Jake Morgan
Harold & Jean Nelson
Scott & Selena Nelson
Christy Brown Russo
Kelly Sanders
James Bascle
Roy & Sandra LeBlanc
Audrey Mae Beale
Jeff Beale
Hannah Grace Binder
The Binder Family
Mary Bjorklund
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P.
Schomaker, Sr.
The 2011 Kids Fund Campaign raised $843,187
to help complete construction of two new surgery
suites. The new operating rooms are furnished with
state-of-the art equipment, affording surgeons the
opportunity to perform more complex surgeries.
The suites both feature advanced laparoscopes and
endoscopes that make performing certain procedures
considerably less invasive. Honorary Life Board
Member Armand LeGardeur chaired the campaign,
while psychologist John Courtney led the Physicians
Campaign. Children’s Hospital is grateful to all who
supported the campaign.
Scott Blackwell
Bessie P. Gray
Marjorie D. Boehmer
Erika Boehmer
William Bradley
Terrye Schwartz
Rita Marion McDonald Buettner
Linda B. Baudoin
Gerald J. Celino
Lance & Kathleen Cordes
Mickey & Sue Marcello
Sylvia A. Phillips
Dr. Elmo Cerise
Alexander Navarro
Gwendolyn Stevens Chandler
Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Hebert
Dr. Jack E. Chappuis
Andrew & Laura Stegen
Mo’s Pizza Fest celebrates
10 years of giving
The 10th annual Mo’s Pizza Fest brought food,
fun and music to Westwego. The fundraiser, which
benefits Children’s Hospital and the Westwego police
and fire departments, was a great success thanks to
the tireless effort of Jeff and Lisa Arcemont and the
entire staff at Mo’s Pizza. Festival goers enjoyed pizza
and other treats while listening to the eclectic mix of
live music provided by Foret Tradition, No Idea, The
Top Cats and MoJeaux.
Charles Joseph (“C.J.”) Christina
Albert Adams
Nicholas Compagno, Sr.
Michael & JoAnn Tusa & Family
Charles Dean Cook
Augie Leopold
LeeAnne Leopold
Emile A. Corne, Sr.
ADG Wealth Management Group
Roselyn Barrios
Jay & Debbie Crawford
Doctors Imaging Services, LLC
David & Patty Folse
Terry Grelle & Frankie
Dick H. Piner, Jr.
Raymond Raspino, Sr.
Ronald & Janet Schnell
Friends at Versatech
Gertrude P. Corona
Denise Noonan
Dennis Arthur Cross
Sam & Melanie Zurik
Stella de Mickan
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P.
Schomaker, Sr.
John Shaughnessy (“Shawn”) Dubuisson
Pete, Di & Claire Faccini
Audrey Dysart
Claire Austin
Anne Catherine Roth Everard
Mabel C. Everard
Karen Falanga
Cami Dahmer
Daniel J. Falanga
Loyce Schillesci
Lena Cotogno Ferran
Brooks & Cameron Magee
Mary Alida France
Edwin J. France, Jr.
Stanley H. Fried
Perry & Marilyn Brown
Warren Lewis (“Bud”) Gaiennie
Toby Lafont
Linda Heard
The Asia Baptist Church
Maunsel White Hickey
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Sontheimer
Robert E. (“Bob”) Holthus
Sadie M. Marcello
John Michael Howell
Charles Allen
The Eikel Family
Peragine & Lorio, LLC
Rainbow Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Service Chevrolet, Inc.
William Speaks
StoneEagle Group
Carlie Meyer Kahn
Perry & Marilyn Brown
Win & Anne Chadwick
Jim & Pat Diefenthal
Steve & Myra Foster
Sam & Melanie Zurik
Audrey Kling Kroeper
Ronald & Joyce Rhodes
Bernard J. Kullman, II
Perry & Marilyn Brown
Piero Larrea
Fred & Barbara Mattingly
Dr. Thomas G. Latour, Sr.
Ken & Marilyn Theriot
Rear Admiral David Lauth
Jack & Dee Villarrubia
Gerard Michael (“Jerry”) LeBlanc
Ken & Marilyn Theriot
Shelby Leonhard
Scott, Claire, Alex & Zach Petty
Fred Liebkeman
Linda L. Slatten
Berdina Nicks
Judy Bonano
Anne Pence Little
The Calendar Girls
Brennan Nicole Passons
Larry & Connie Guillot
Ray A. Liuzza
Daniel P. Bourgeois
John & Kathy Burkhardt
Burrus Investment Group
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Chouest, Sr.
Bob Cisneros
Mark & Stacy Glago
Frank J. Oliveri, III
Jack & Virginia Panno
Ronald Pincus
Michael & Brenda Romain
Children of Gladys Ruffino
Jim Ryder
Donald A. Siegel
The Tranchina Family
The Wagner Family
Tony Welch
Colleen Wright
The Zulli Family
Richard Pasternak
Arthur & Ellen Cohen
John A. Lloyd
Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent &
Protective Association
Casimir E. Makuch
Allen Hollander
Janet Jagoda
Lois A. Makuch
Mary K. Makuch
Shirley Mangiapane
Chrestia, Staub & Pierce
Joseph & Susan Frisard
Jeffrey Maniscalco
Roy & Sandra LeBlanc
James Anthony March
Mikel & Judy Bonano
Albert Joseph Martin, Sr.
Lawrence & Connie Guillot
Antoinette M. Martin
Connie Guillot
Regina Niemeyer Martin
Sadie M. Marcello
Richard Francis McCloskey, Jr.
Mikel & Judy Bonano
Travis McKee
Toby & Jenny Lafont
Elda Katherine Meyers
Lloyd J. Meyers
Eloyce Adolph Morreale
Craig, Suzanne, Adair & Avrill
John Paul Mosca
Sadie M. Marcello
Thelma Plaisance Patin Muller
Ricky & Glenda Chiasson
Jerry & Eileen Daul
Kenneth & Barbara Domangue
Jerry & Carol Filo
Marshall & Diane Hebert & Family
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Jordan
Walter Muller
Chris & Bonnie Plaisance
Keith & Melanie Plaisance
Randy & Karen Valence
The Wakeley Family
Dr. John L. Niklaus
Frank & Arden Dalia
Preston Louis Pellegrin
Ellendale Ladies Golf Association
Elizabeth Geary (“Betty”) Petagna
Betty S. Barnes & Beth
Roland J. Pitre, Sr.
Toby Lafont & Family
Lucie Mae Poche
Laure L. Mineo
Joseph A. Pourciau
Frank & Arden Dalia
Helen LaVerne Pry
Toby Lafont
Wilbur Resig
Andrew & Laura Stegen
Tracey Coleman (“Sonny”) Rials
Gator Supply Company
Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Robbins
Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Smietana
Hannah Elizabeth Rich
Carl & Lauren Livermore
Mildred L. Rogers
Claire Austin & Family
Judith Bookman Rudman
The Calabrese Family
Joe & Rita Cohen
Jason & Marla Feld
Angelle T. Flanagan
Jere R. Glaser
Buddy & Puddin McNamara
Winston Wendt Purvis
Jerome J. Reso, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. David M. Rubenstein
Mr. & Mrs. Arnold J. Schwartz
Alan & Dale Singer
Harold & Sue Singer
Todd Snyder
Buffy Southern
Dee Trahan
Sandra S. Weil
Myles Wilkinson
Sophie Julia Salmond
Colleagues, Friends, Family &
Elizabeth A. Stein
Kateri Schomaker
Charlenne Adolph
Joy C. Boudreaux
Elaine Sconza
Yvonne Allinder
Biloxi Regional Medical CenterLabor & Delivery
Billy & Lauren Poynot
Charles Villarrubia
Will & Eleonore Villarrubia
Keith & Janice Wolff & Family
Thomas Emmett Sedberry
Dave, Lucy & Chris Richard
Lam-Chau So Chun
Yvonne Lam
Kendall Oliver Springman
Steven & Ronlyn Fleury
Henry N. Stall
David Glascoff
Peggy Stall Glascoff
Else Stall
Grace Mae (“Gracie”) Tompkins
Automotive Service Association of
Greater New Orleans
Vern Baxter
Sam & Noelle Clesi
Geiling Service, Inc.
Eugenie L. Kearney
Jan N. Key
Steve & Fran Lacour
Robert & Conchetta Lavene
Ellen Levitov
Jude McGovern
Christopher Rayle
Michael & JoAnne Rayle
Patrick Rayle
Stephen Rayle
Charlie & Jeanette Stiegler
Val & Michelle Vogel
George H. Toye
Judy Arnemann
Charlotte C. Montgomery
William R. Walker, Jr.
Christine Zazulak
Salome (“Sally”) Vosburgh Westbrook
Steve & Lisa Lemen
Cornelius Dee White, III
Alexander Navarro
Lauralee Michelle Widmer
Dorothy DelBuono
Eleanor Wiltz
Robbie M. Thibodeaux
Julia Christine Winkler
Herb & Linda Deslatte
Amelia Jobe Wright
Anita V. Bertuccini
Dana Zeibert
Claire Austin
Nov. 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012
Children’s Hospital Bass Classic
sets new record On Saturday, March 3, More than 400
fishermen in 202 boats participated in the 2nd
annual Children’s Hospital Bass Classic at
Doiron’s Landing in Stephensville, La., which
raised nearly $70,000 to help fund ongoing
operations of the hospital’s emergency
transport helicopter. Anglers Cliff Crochet
and Tyson Mire won the tournament with
five bass weighing in at more than 21 pounds
and took home the $12,500 first prize in this
catch-and-release tourney, while Tracy and
Josh Son won the big bass contest’s $1,250
first prize for their 7.3 pound lunker.
On Thursday, March 1, fishermen enjoyed
Cabela’s, the tournament’s presenting
sponsor, pre-party, which featured great
food, beer, soft drinks, and a terrific array
of prizes. Children’s Hospital would like to
thank tourney host and Cabela’s Marketing
Manager Christine Pocorello and Classic
Chair Gary Cross, Cabela’s, the Baton Rouge
Airport, Ralow Services, ORGS, Jefferson
Auto Service, Mockler Beverage Company
and Buquet Distributing Company for their
generous support of the event.
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Abaunza
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Herschel Abbott, Jr.
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Dr. & Mrs. Kent Andrews
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Archdiocese of New Orleans
Davis Contract Draperies
Artcraft Bedding and Draperies
Davis Contract Draperies
Jim Ashbee
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Associated Office Systems
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Westervelt T. Ballard
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Kathy Barbier
Karen Daigle
Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Beery
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Hilton Bell
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Belle Vie Living Center
Davis Contract Draperies
Bennett & Liss
Davis Contract Draperies
Darryl & Corinne Berger
Roger H. Ogden
Gayle M. Cohen
Esther Rosenberg
Bockman Forbes Glasgow Architecture & Design
Davis Contract Draperies
Brent House Hotel
Davis Contract Draperies
Roger Coleman & Sara Staines
Fred & Jen Cervantes
Hillary M. Clark
Nicola M. Mena
Steven Murray
Beth Ann Simno
Denise A. Staines
Reynaldo E. Torres
Margaret A. Westerhof
Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Brinson
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Coleman
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Ashley Brown
Cassandra Brown
Colonial Oaks
Davis Contract Draperies
Brittany Brown
Cassandra Brown
Robert Comeaux & Family
Gene Pereira, Jr.
Chad Brown
Cassandra Brown
Construction Masters, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Christian Brown
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. William Conway
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Scott Buckland & Aimee DeAngelo
LA 501st Bast Alpha Garrison
Angus R. Cooper, II
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Burke
Alan & Arlene Philipson
John T. Cooper, III
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Cangelosi Ward General Contractors
Davis Contract Draperies
Core Construction
Davis Contract Draperies
Cannon Medical, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
The Cousins Family
Mary L. Glidden
Capital One Corporate Design Facility
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Crawford
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Carlo Capomazza
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Keith Crawford
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Carbine
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Anita Cripple
Susana Ybarzabal
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Bollinger
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Lucretia Bono
Karen Daigle
IHOP helps batter pediatric illnesses
Patients Sophia Liriano and Adam Linebarger
celebrated IHOP National Pancake Day with Miss
Louisiana Hope Anderson, New Orleans Voodoo
players Skyler Green and Marlon Favorite, Voodoo
Dolls Brittany Warden and Danielle Linn, and
WDSU’s Rosa Flores. All whipped up and served
pancakes at the Metairie location. IHOP gave away
free short stacks of pancakes to customers who
donated what they would have paid for the free
pancakes, or more, to the Children’s Miracle Network
hospital in their community. Donations made in area
IHOPs came to Children’s Hospital, New Orleans’
only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. During
the past five years, IHOP has given away more than
10 million buttermilk pancakes and helped raise $5.35
million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Steve Cassiani
Stuart Services
Dr. & Mrs. Murat Celebi
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Chartier General Contractor
Davis Contract Draperies
JPMorgan Chase
Davis Contract Draperies
Chevron Business & Real Estate Services
Davis Contract Draperies
Children’s Hospital – Administration
Davis Contract Draperies
Children’s Hospital – Calhoun Campus
Davis Contract Draperies
Children’s Hospital – CICU
Paul Lewandowski
Genevieve Loveall & Family
Children’s Hospital – Housekeeping
Davis Contract Draperies
Children’s Hospital – Occupational Therapy
Paul Lewandowski
Genevieve Loveall & Family
Chrestia Staub Pierce Design Services
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Christerson
Shirley O’Dwyer
Christian Brothers School
Davis Contract Draperies
Dr. & Mrs. John Church
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Mr. & Mrs. Rutledge Clement
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Michael F. Curran
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Rhett Currier
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Brayton Daigle
Chad & Carrie Daigle
Linda Dalton
Karen Daigle
Dameron Pierson
Davis Contract Draperies
Decatur Hotel Corporation
Davis Contract Draperies
Justine Demolle
Kellie Dykes
M.D. Descant, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Mrs. Verne M. DiCristina
Kelly Touchy
Marilyn V. Dittmann
John T. Cooper, III
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Scott Dittmann
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Todd Dittmann
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Donahue Favret
Davis Contract Draperies
Dousay’s Draperies
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. David Duggins
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Dr. & Mrs. Charles Heidingsfelder
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Dayna Leaman
John T. Cooper, III
JE Dunn South Central, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Mrs. Theo Heller
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. George R. Leaman
Patrick Dunne
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Dave & Clydella Hentschel
Mrs. Samuel M. Rosamond
Dana & Laurie Leaman
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
EDG, Inc.
KMI Fabricators, Inc.
Dr. & Mrs. Chesley Hines
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Ekistics, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Mrs. Neal D. Hobson
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Anne Elam
Loyola Law School – Student Bar
Sharon Hoffman
Karen Daigle
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
John T. Cooper, III
Marilyn V. Dittmann
Scott Dittmann
Dana & Laurie Leaman
Mr. & Mrs. George R. Leaman
Marie R. Scallan
Ellis Construction
Davis Contract Draperies
Kevin Ericksen
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fabacher
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Roy Fausset
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. D. Blair Favrot
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. John Fay
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Finger
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Debbie Fisher
Billy & Janie Rippner
Ann Fitzhugh
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. R. Tucker Fitzhugh
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Flower
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Flower, III
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Rose Fowler
Nancy B. Daley
Dr. Cynthia G. Fowler
Tom Holman
Monica L. Robert
Hotel Provincial
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Hudson
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Huguley
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Iberia Bank
Davis Contract Draperies
Dr. & Mrs. Burr Ilgenfritz
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Interior Concepts, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
International House
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. James Irvin
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Bradley Johnson
Gene B. Johnson
Dr. & Mrs. Calvin Johnson
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Mr. & Mrs. E. Douglas Johnson
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Pat Johnson
Karen Daigle
Mr. & Mrs. Hans Jonassen
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Dr. & Mrs. Marc Friedman
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Susan Jumonville
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mrs. Gore Friedrichs
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Karcher Construction
Davis Contract Draperies
Dr. & Mrs. Harold Fusilier, Jr.
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Claudia Kelleher
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. William Gahagan
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. John Koerner, III
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Perry Gisclair
Clara C. Brady
Golden Meadow Lions Club
Kuhlmann Design Group, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Global Green
Davis Contract Draperies
Gootee Construction, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Lena Graziano
Joe Accardo
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust
Davis Contract Draperies
Gulf Island
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. C. Peck Hayne
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Brittany Hebert
The Simoneaux Family
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Kuhner
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Cheryl Labatut
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
The Laborde Family
Norm & Betty Sullivan
Mr. & Mrs. John P. Laborde
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Mr. & Mrs. James Lapeyre
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Claire Leaman
John T. Cooper, III
Dana & Laurie Leaman
John T. Cooper, III
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Leaman
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Leaman, Jr.
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Carol Sue Lemmond & Family
Gene Pereira, Jr.
The Lemoine Company
Davis Contract Draperies
Paul Lewandowski
Michael & Eleanor Loveall
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Lind
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. T.J. Locke
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Phyllis Loubier
Rita Fogelman
Barry & Tammy Loveall
Michael & Eleanor Loveall
Manning Architects
Davis Contract Draperies
Mapp Construction
Davis Contract Draperies
MCC Services
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Henry McCall
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mentz Construction
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. R. King Milling
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
William & Gabrielle Mimeles
Hannah, Sydney, Helen & David
Montgomery Roth
Davis Contract Draperies
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Davis Contract Draperies
Scott Mouledous Contruction
Davis Contract Draperies
Joern & Babette Mueller-Grote
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. John Musser
Alan & Arlene Philipson
F.H. Myers
Davis Contract Draperies
Elizabeth Nalty
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Debbie Nash
Karen Daigle
Stan Brock’s
Black & Gold
Long-time Saints
lineman Stan Brock
will bring a host of
former Saints players to
Bridgeside Marina in
Grand Isle on Friday, May 4, and Saturday,
May 5, for a cast and blast tournament,
presented by the Louisiana Charter Boat
Association (LCBA). Each 3-man team will be
matched with a former Saints player.
Friday’s events include a skeet shooting
competition at 10 a.m., and a party featuring
great food, drink, a silent auction, and music
by the Kyle Turley Band will round out the
day beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday’s fishing
tournament culminates with the 3 p.m.
weigh-in, followed by a party with former
Saints players, food and beer. Skeet shooting
teams may register for $750 per team.
Individuals wishing to join the fun may do so
for $2 per target (50 target minimum). Fishing
teams may register for $1,000 per team with
the boats being provided by the LCBA.
Italian American Fishing Rodeo
set for May 11-12
The 6th Annual Italian American Fishing
Rodeo will be held at the Breton Sound
Marina. Organizers Robbie Rabb and
Allen Catoire promise to surpass last year’s
extraordinarily successful rodeo. A Captain’s
Party will be held at the marina on Friday
night featuring great food, beer and soft
drinks. The tourney offers prizes for first,
second and third place redfish, speckled trout,
white trout, flounder, sheepshead and drum
in the adult division, and first place in the
children’s division. Entry for adults is $35; $15
for non-fishing participants; kids under 15
free. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
To download a registration form, go to
Newell & Shawn Normand
Dan & Claudette Cravett
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Nunes
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Children’s Hospital Guild holds most
successful bingo on record
The Children’s Hospital Guild celebrated the
Carnival season with its most prominent fundraiser,
the Mardi Gras Mambo Bingo, February 14 at the
Pontchartrain Center. Bingo chairs Debbie Albert,
Virginia Eckholdt, Susan Graham and Joann
Wisdom oversaw the most successful bingo to date.
Nearly 360 Guild members and their friends
played Mardi Gras krewe-sponsored bingo games
called by Zach Strief of the New Orleans Saints.
Attendees also took chances on a festive parade of
prizes and a purple, green and gold adorned money
Olympian Builders
Davis Contract Draperies
Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Todd
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. John L. Ochsner
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Mary Grace Trahan
Joe Accardo
Shirley O’Dwyer & Family
Gene Pereira, Jr.
Timothy Trapolin
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Dr. & Mrs. Lincoln Paine
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Camille Truax
Susan Truax
Mr. & Mrs. David G. Perlis
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Marie Truax
Susan Truax
Jim Perrier
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Noah Truax
Susan Truax
Sue Peters
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Eli W. Tullis
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Edmund Philipson
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Turner Universal
Davis Contract Draperies
Plaquemines Parish School Board
Davis Contract Draperies
University of New Orleans – Facility Services
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Preaus
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Alice R. Vales
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Sarah Rabin
Jake & Gayle Cohen
Esther Rosenberg
Goldie & S. Harold Singer
Vince VanderMaarel
Michael & Eleanor Loveall
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Randall
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Pete Vicari General Contractor
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Redmon
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. George Villere
Claiborne & Jeanie Perrilliat
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Funds raised from the Bingo will go toward The
Guild’s recent pledge of $250,000 for the building of
two new surgical suites at Children’s Hospital. This
two-year pledge will enable Children’s Hospital to
continue to uphold its mission of bringing superior
care to the area’s children.
Mr. & Mrs. Newton Reynolds
Alan & Arlene Philipson
To help reach this goal, The Guild would like to
extend an invitation to join. Membership dues are
$20 per year, and members receive discounts to all
Guild-sponsored activities and luncheons.
St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Davis Contract Draperies
Membership forms can be found on the
Volunteering page on or by calling
the Children’s Hospital Public Affairs Department at
(504) 896-9373.
Mr. & Mrs. James Roddy
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Vernon D. Saint
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
St. Bernard Parish School Board
Davis Contract Draperies
Satterfield & Pontikes
Davis Contract Draperies
Marie R. Scallan
Paul J. Leaman, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Andy Schroeder
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Dr. & Mrs. Pravin Shah
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Richard Simmons
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Sue Singer
Esther Rosenberg
Annette Smason
Goldie & S. Harold Singer
Mrs. Charles A. Snyder
Jimmy & Pixie Reiss
Stephen Sontheimer
Louise Glickman
Else Stall
Mr. & Mrs. Allen S. Carman, Jr.
Mrs. Lester Junge
Verges Rome Architects
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. St. Denis Villere, Jr.
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. St. Denis Villere, III
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Voelkel McWilliams Construction
Davis Contract Draperies
Dr. & Mrs. Sudhanva Wadgaonkar
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. R. Preston Wailes
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mrs. Paul Westervelt
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Whann
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Whitney Holding Corporation
Davis Contract Draperies
McKenzie Wild
Dan & Claudette Craven
Dr. & Mrs. Claude Williams, III
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Dr. & Mrs. Claude Williams, IV
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Nancy F. Willis
Billy & Janie Rippner
Wisznia Architecture
Davis Contract Draperies
Mr. & Mrs. John Wogan
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Woodrow Wilson Construction Co., Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Josie Stanga
Joe Accardo
Woodward Design & Build
Davis Contract Draperies
Stewart Enterprises, Inc.
Davis Contract Draperies
Xavier University – Administration/Facilities
Davis Contract Draperies
Connie Stokes
Ruth Davidson
Mr. & Mrs. George Young
Alan & Arlene Philipson
Nancy Talbot
Fran Talbot
patient inspirations
acryllic on paper
Mark Woodruff, 8
medical mask
beads on mask
Mariah I. Sullen, 6
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lly Georg
Rosie Ho
Tropical on paper
glitter on paper
Kaylan Dunn, 12
God’s Love
acrylic on paper
KeKe Parker, 12
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