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Important note for parents: The number of flu cases diagnosed at Children's Mercy continues to rise, and we continue to see respiratory viruses, too, which are easily spread. To provide a safe environment for patients, families, visitors and staff members, visitor restrictions for children 12 and younger will go into effect Jan. 18 for inpatient units at Children's Mercy and Children's Mercy...
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Visitor restrictions for inpatient units to begin January 18

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As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we want to thank all who gathered in our chapel to share their own personal perspectives and powerful voices in honor of Dr. King. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' "
“We pursue research projects where there are no options for kids; that’s pretty tough because we’re going on almost knowing nothing. In a sense, we’re led by children and their families.”

Read about what drew world-renowned cancer researcher Tom Curran to Kansas City ("The concentration of artistic talent here is really amazing.”) and the future he sees for the Children's Research Institute...
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KC Business Journal: Children's Mercy research boss creates options when kids have none

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After beating stage 5 kidney cancer, this remarkable 6-year-old simply wanted to help other kids!

“I don’t know how we would have gotten through everything without Child Life,” said Grace’s mom, Mara. “They made us feel like, no matter what, they would be by our side and we were going to be okay. Our family mantra has been to ‘fight cancer with grace.’ Our Grace did just that! We are so...
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Fox 4 'Pay It Forward' honors 6-year-old Grace, who donated birthday gifts to fellow patients

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Look at this philanthropic cutie! Thank you, Charlie, for donating toy tools, Play Doh and other items for the patients and families at Children's Mercy. We appreciate your enthusiasm to give back! #ThankfulThursday
Our volunteers make positive impacts on our patients and are also strong community advocates. We are so thankful for our January Volunteers of the Month. #ThankfulThursday

EDEN BROOKS is our Youth Volunteer of the Month. Eden, a patient at Children’s Mercy, has been collecting bandannas for other children to wear while they fight cancer. Not only does she collect bandannas, she sells her own...
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Looking for a unique way to make your birthday party stand out? Our birthday party program makes it easy to have fun and give back to your community! Learn more and sign up at childrensmercy.org/smallchange
As winter weather approaches, you may be surprised to learn about a reason kids are being sent to our Burn Unit: frostbite.

Here's important information for parents to know and share.

Kitchens, candles - even frostbite - can send kids to the Burn Unit

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"He pushed me to my max potential." From sidelined to being selected to play in a very big game. See how physical therapist Michael helped Raytown South's Marcus get back on the football field. GOOD LUCK, Marcus!!!

Fox 4: Student athlete battles back from injury to earn spot at Blue-Grey All-Star Game

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Chronic pain in kids is so confusing that even scientists who truly understand it use metaphors to explain it. When the original trigger for the pain has ceased, but pain signals continue to be transmitted, it’s like a broken alarm clock.

Read about Comfort Ability, an innovative pain management workshop, through two candid recaps from a mother and daughter, and find details for the next...
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Comfort Ability: When answers are elusive

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CHAMP is a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team that has been built to meet the needs of some of our Heart Center's most complex patients: babies who are born with single ventricle heart disease and are in the critical inter-stage period between the first and second stages of surgery. See why this team is among KC's biggest healthcare technology stories in 2016:

KC Business Journal's Year in Review: Biggest biotech breakthroughs

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Hannah, 7, is fascinated with the doctors and nurses at Children's Mercy. Hannah wanted to donate money so she made a bank and saved. When she had saved up $99, EPC Real Estate matched it. Hannah raised a total of $310 and chose to donate her money to purchasing Sugar Bears for the NICU babies. And to top it off, EPC also donated toys to the patients at Children’s Mercy. Thank you, Hannah and...
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Thank you, ScriptPro for your gift of toys to the children at Children's Mercy. You definitely made their day! #ThankfulThursday
A special thank you to Triumph Construction Supply for their gift to support the Department of Cardiology at Children's Mercy. We appreciate your gift to help our kiddos in the Ward Family Heart Center. #ThankfulThursday
CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Pacicca!! Dr. Pacicca is an orthopedic surgeon and part of our Sports Medicine team. She was selected by local physicians as a Top Doctor for this month's issue of 435 Magazine:

Dr. Donna Pacicca named a Top Doctor in 435 Magazine

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Today is the last day to sign up for the Center for Sports Medicine at Children's Mercy Baseball Forum. This annual event is designed for baseball parents, coaches and players. Experts will share insights on protecting baseball arms and performance. It's free but registration is required. Sign up now: childrensmercy.org/baseballforum.
Melissa's note was the perfect start to the new year! You met Sawyer during Inside Pediatrics, and you have to read her mom's fantastic update: "Sawyer received her gift of life on 12-21-15 after what felt like a forever wait, with many ups and downs," Melissa wrote. "Today, a little over a year post transplant, she is a happy, energetic, healthy 2 year old girl. 2016 has brought us so many...
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As we reflect on 2016, we can't thank you enough - our donors, volunteers and friends - for your passionate commitment to our community’s children. In the past year alone, generous philanthropic support has made possible many milestones – including more than half a million visits to our outpatient clinics, emergency and urgent care centers, more than 20,000 surgeries and nearly 65,000...
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“We had no option for these patients except to feel bad for them and say, ‘I’m sorry, but you really need to strictly avoid the food.'" Now Children's Mercy can offer children oral immunotherapy, which one magazine says is a top new treatment in 2016:

435 Magazine: KC brims with new and improved healthcare techniques and treatments

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Thank you, Multivac associates, for choosing Children's Mercy as one of the recipients of your Spirit of Giving 2016. We appreciate your generosity and wish you a very happy New Year! #ThankfulThursday