St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
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For over 65 days, Theo called St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital home.
Theo was diagnosed with primary cervical Neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that presented as a tumor reaching from the base of his skull to his collarbone. At only two days old, the tumor started collapsing Theo’s airway and compromising his ability to breathe, resulting in an emergent nine-hour surgery. After two more significant surgeries correcting the damages from the tumor, countless procedures and scans, Theo was finally able to take his first breath of fresh air just after turning two months old.
To say Theo fought to be here is an understatement, but thanks to the compassionate care at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, he was able to go home. At over a year old, he is smiling, laughing, and loving life.
Theo’s family was so grateful for their care, they started a fundraising page and helped raise over $800 in toys and monetary donations to help make life easier for other children in the hospital.
Hosting your own personal fundraising page is a fun and easy way to raise money to make a difference for patients and families at St. Joseph’s Hospitals.
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A hospital stay can create anxiety both for patients and their loved ones; but thanks to generous $85,000 grant funded by the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary, a beautiful Serenity Garden was renovated to help patients, visitors, and team members find tranquility during difficult times. On August 5, 2019, Auxiliary and team members participated in the blessing of this new and serene space, during which Sara Naumowich, president of St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, remarked on the beauty of the garden and thanked the Auxiliary for the continued efforts in supporting St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. The space was completely overhauled with new plumbing, electrical, and lighting, and the garden contains a beautiful new water fountain, a river of blue mosaic tile, umbrellas, and lush landscaping for enhanced opportunities for relaxation and social gathering.
“I want to thank the team members,” said Women’s Hospital Auxiliary president Patti Balchon. “Were it not for your support of our fundraising sales, we would not be able to do so many things for you, the hospital and the patients.”
The 31st Annual Georgette’s Holiday Fashion show will be held Friday, November 22, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Tampa. This year’s show, sponsored by Avery Construction, will help purchase new Neonatal Intensive Care Giraffe Incubators for St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital.
To ensure babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit receive the highest quality care for any and all complications–such as prematurity, cardiac problems, respiratory issues, digestive disorders and the inability to maintain proper body heat—our medical team is focused on providing the pinnacle of care, which often relies on state-of-the-art technologies like the Giraffe Incubator.
With your support, the Fashion show will help fund the replacement of 6 of the 76 Giraffe Incubators needed. These incubators will provide infants as early as 23 weeks of gestation the most advanced equipment available for the best chance of survival.
Many of our sponsors use this as an opportunity to host employees and clients for a holiday office party, or just as a great girls-day-out. Availability won’t last long, so make your reservation today!
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher and 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell presented a $20,000 donation to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. A portion of the funds was used to purchase 10 GAEMS personal gaming systems equipped with Xbox and PlayStation consoles, per Blake’s request. Blake is an avid gamer himself and was inspired to donate the gaming technology as a way to give back to the kids in the community.
During the visit, Blake spent time playing video games with pediatric patients, answering questions about his love for video games and baseball.
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St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital treats thousands of Tampa Bay’s children every year. Whether they arrive by ambulance or are undergoing cancer treatment, they receive the finest medical treatment, emotional support, and loving care available. But they have other special needs – play and distraction from their illness.
The community came together for the annual, month-long Christmas in July donation drive and raised over $130,000 in monetary and toy donations for the extraordinary children at St. Joe’s. The grand finale on July 26 included event coverage by on-air personalities Jen Epstein from Fox 13, Danielle from Magic 94.9, and guest appearances from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s UnMonsters. The day could not be complete without Santa and his elves, who arrived for a day of excitement and holiday spirit, bringing joy and comfort to all.
Thank you to presenting sponsor, Dex Imaging, and everyone who provided donations that will continue to keep up the spirits of St. Joe’s kids all year long!