Bringing Light to Little Ones

Illuminate Dr. Bear when you donate to Children’s National Hospital this holiday season.

Article by Erica Moody

Photography by Children’s National Hospital Foundation

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

The D.C. region is home to one of the best pediatric hospitals in the country (number five, according to U.S. News & World Report) — and once again, you can “Light Up Dr. Bear” this holiday season with your tax-deductible donation to Children’s National Hospital. The Dr. Bear campaign, which ran in 2018 and 2019, is coming out of hibernation to return this year. Every time a donation is received this November or December, 4-foot-tall bears placed throughout the hospital will light up.

There are approximately 300 children currently receiving treatment at Children’s National —and  many of them will have to spend the winter holidays in a hospital bed. Seeing the bears around them light up is a small way to bring a smile to brave patients and their families. 

Each donation, whether it’s $10 or $10,000, goes directly to crucial areas including research, specialized equipment designed for pint-sized patients,  and/or care for patients regardless of their families’ insurance status or ability to pay. The aim is for every child to receive exceptional, specialized care. Nearly every two minutes, a Children’s National representative says, a family in crisis turns to them for answers. These families are, understandably, scared because their child is suffering.

Thanks to donations, the hospital is able to offer art, pet, and music therapies to encourage patients to express themselves, feel joy, and just be kids during difficult times. Gifts help the hospital achieve a child-centered environment that’s not intimidating for patients; thoughtful touches include procedure walk-throughs using dolls and help with homework.

With its groundbreaking pediatric research and innovation campus, Children’s National is at the forefront of making discoveries to improve children’s health and ultimately save lives. Philanthropy is a big part of what keeps those innovations going.

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