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Built for Kids

Built for Kids

Help Light the Way for Kids

One in five young people in the U.S. have a mental health disorder, and in Kansas City over 40 percent of those kids don’t get the help they need. That’s why Children’s Mercy launched Illuminate, a 5-year, $275 million plan, to address this youth mental health crisis through early intervention, equitable access, expanded services and research. We need your help. Learn how you can help light the path forward.

Aisha holds baby Wisdom. They are outdoors.

Fetal Health Center and NICU: Wisdom and Aisha's Story

Aisha’s faith, family and incredible care team at the Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center at Children’s Mercy carried her through three weeks of painful early labor, an emergency C-section delivery, and another three weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with her third son, Wisdom. Read their story.

Meet Wisdom and Aisha

Ready for Respite: Renovated Ronald McDonald House Opens.

“The support kids get from family is as – or more – important than the medicine we give them,” says Dr. Brad Warady. That’s why the expansion and upgrade of the Ronald McDonald House within our hospital is imperative to those we serve. See the beautifully renovated rooms (now 10 of them!), laundry facilities, kitchen and bathrooms that can help keep loved ones close as their child receives treatment, and why some families call it a “sacred space.”
See the updated space.

View the new space
A young girl rides in a small car designed to look like an ambulance. Text reads: Dream Big Family Fest + Walk.

Join Dream Big Day

The largest family-friendly fundraiser of the year is almost here! Join us and raise funds to bring hope and answers to patients and their families.

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Portrait photos of Daysha Lewis and Stacey Daniels-Young, PhD, are positioned next to each other. Daysha (left) is wearing a magenta top. Dr. Daniels-Young is wearing a stripped shirt with a collar and a red blazer.

Community Advisory Board Members Lead Research Efforts Impacting their Communities

Since its inception, Community Advisory Board (CAB) members have collaborated with researchers at every step in the research process. Their role continues to grow as two CAB members officially join a study team. 

Learn more about their role