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We know the way a disease expresses itself in a child is different from the way it expresses in an adult. The manifestation of a disease is also different between children and different at each stage of a child’s development. From our smallest patients to young adults, each stage of a child’s development requires its own health care expertise, equipment and understanding.

Despite this fact, children, particularly those with rare diseases, have been a neglected population in medical research. In fact, the National Institute of Health dedicates only five percent of its annual extramural research budget to pediatric research. 

Children Should Not Have to Wait for Life-changing Treatments

As a leading pediatric teaching hospital, Children’s Mercy is at a unique advantage to change the current research paradigm and improve the future for children … now!

Data from ongoing surveys by the National Science Foundation (NSF) show that federal agencies provided only 44 percent of the $86 billion spent on basic research in 2015. The federal share, which topped 70 percent throughout the 1960s and 70s, stood at 61 percent as recently as 2004 before falling below 50 percent in 2013. 

“One of the great things about coming to Kansas City is it is it is such a great family and community-based environment, and there is a great tradition of philanthropic support for Children’s Mercy. For research, that is critical. When you study a rare pediatric disease, you have trouble getting grants because the number of patients involved is small. When you argue the impact on patients and families is enormous, that doesn’t cut it when it comes to the competitive grant process. So it’s essential to fund the initial research process with philanthropic dollars. I call those golden dollars because they allow us to work on the most important opportunities for our kids.”
-- Dr. Tom Curran, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Children's Research Institute

Support Research that Helps Kids Like Kit

Kits Final ChemoIn 2017, Kit turned 5 years old, and she celebrated her first chemo-free summer in more than two years. Since age 3, she has endured more than 20 spinal taps, multiple blood transfusions, surgeries and dozens of hospital admissions. She spent 859 days undergoing chemotherapy. Kit doesn’t remember life without chemo.

Thankfully, scientific investigation and personalized medicine helped save Kit’s life. But what if she and her family didn’t have to lose that time while she struggled through heart-wrenching pain? What if childhood diseases like the acute lymphoblastic leukemia that invaded Kit’s tiny body were eliminated and children didn’t have to suffer at all? What if her family never had to say, “She’s still not out of the woods” and wonder and worry every single day? 

To learn more about supporting research at Children’s Mercy, contact Shanelle Varone, Senior Administrative Director, Department of Philanthropy, at (816) 302-0005.

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Costo Estimado de los Servicios Médicos
Basándose en esta recomendación de tratamiento inicial, el personal de Evaluaciones preparará un costo estimado de los servicios médicos que detalle los cargos estimados para los recursos del hospital y los médicos involucrados en el plan de atención tentativo de su hijo. De ser posible, le proporcionaremos información con respecto a cualquier costo adicional potencial como, por ejemplo, suministros y equipo médico, artículos de farmacia o terapia para pacientes ambulatorios. Si se les solicita, el personal también puede asesorarle con respecto a la disponibilidad y los costos asociados con el hotel o el alojamiento temporal en Kansas City Missouri, como también de transporte en y por los alrededores de la ciudad.


  • El costo estimado de los servicios médicos NO es un convenio de precio en paquete, ni representa los costos reales de la evaluación diagnóstica y el tratamiento subsiguiente.
  • El plan de atención propuesto puede cambiar una vez que su hijo haya sido examinado en el CMH y puede cambiar incluso durante el proceso de tratamiento en sí. El costo estimado de los servicios médicos será revisado de acuerdo con las recomendaciones de tratamiento del médico y cualquier cambio que se aplique.

Es fundamental que usted comprenda que el CMH y los médicos y el personal de la Clínica trabajan como equipo para proporcionarles a usted y su familia la información médica y financiera más correcta posible.

Sin embargo, en la mayoría de los casos, es imposible identificar todos los factores que pueden afectar el diagnóstico y las recomendaciones de tratamiento subsiguientes de su hijo, o entender la complejidad de la enfermedad o condición, hasta que un médico del CMH examine a su hijo.

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