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Champions in Action

Together, our love will reach beyond the walls of Children’s Mercy. Learn more about how our community of champions are making an impact.

Taking on sickle cell disease

The African American Advancement (A3) employee resource group at Children’s Mercy created a fundraising page and participated in the hospital’s annual Dream Big Day to fund sickle cell research and programs for community members with sickle cell disease. As a disease that predominately affects African American communities, it was a natural fit with the group’s mission.

Patient’s mom donates her birthday

“My one wish is for no child to ever have to endure pediatric cancer, so I’m giving back to a cause that’s close to my heart.”

Emma’s mom, Lauren, shared that wish when she decided to turn her birthday celebration into a virtual fundraiser to support the Children’s Mercy Oncology team.

Austie Strong annual golf fundraiser

The annual Austie Strong Golf Tournament is a community fundraiser started by the Durbin family after their son, Austin, was diagnosed with cancer. In addition to raise funds and awareness for research initiatives at Children’s Mercy, this popular tournament is also a celebration of Austin’s strength and the strength of families dealing with childhood cancer.


Defeating cancer one step at a time

Children’s Mercy oncology nurse, Danny Loental, sees children battling pediatric cancer every day. Each year, he sets a goal to raise $10,000 at the annual Dream Big Day to support research to find answers for the children and families he cares for. 

Cake, ice cream and a fundraiser, too!

After their 3-year-old son lost his battle with brain cancer in 2007, parents Bill and Jill began to search for ways to remember Cade and give back to Children’s Mercy. Then, it clicked: a birthday party that is also a fundraiser to make a difference for others!

Helping kids find their way

Members of the CM Pride employee resource group hosted a bingo fundraiser event at local restaurant, Hamburger Mary’s, to support LGBTQIA patients and their families. The bingo event is one of several CM Pride organizes to advocate and raise funds for patients at Children's Mercy.