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December 2016

Littleton brothers get surprise trip to Disneyland



DENVER — Since 2008, the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation has been giving.

With programs like the Stink Bug Project, Milk Bank and Patient and Family Assistance, tens of thousands of children and their families receive much needed help.

“Any family that has a patient who is being treated for a pediatric disorder, sometimes they are terminal patients, often times they are kids who have chronic illnesses,” said Luanne Williams, The Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation executive director.

And with all the giving the foundation has done, somebody has got to receive.

And who better than 6-year-old twin brothers Beau and Brody.

“Beau and Brody have had a lot of medical issues and problems over the years,” Williams said.

Those issues include epilepsy, kidney illness and hearing problems. Now they live in a loving and safe home provided by Stefanie and Todd.

And the icing on the cake? The entire family will be going to Disneyland on an all-expenses-paid vacation, thanks to the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation and the nonprofit Ginny’s Kids.

With the love of their mom and dad, Beau and Brody will have a pretty good shot at life, not to mention throwing Mickey Mouse into the mix.

View full story via Fox 31 Denver here.

Prison-trained puppy helps little girl overcome anxiety


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A young Colorado girl struggling emotionally after her battle with cancer has found hope thanks to a local program.

Aviana, 3, was diagnosed with leukemia last year.

After a long battle, she’s in remission, but the traumatic memories remain.

Now, Colorado’s Stink Bug Project is trying to help. It has matched a prison-trained puppy named Oakley with Aviana to help with her emotional stress.

The Stink Bug program matches dogs trained by prison inmates in Canon City with families who have a child diagnosed with a serious medical condition.

This year, the program has placed more than 20 dogs with adoptive families.


View full story via Fox 31 Denver here.

Press Release from Academy of Pediatrics on Donor Human Milk

New American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations Aim to Ensure Safe Donor Human Milk Available for High Risk Infants Who Need it


A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports using donor human milk to help boost the health of small, preterm babies when needed, but calls for screening, pasteurization and distribution through established donor milk banks to ensure safety.

The policy statement in the January 2017 Pediatrics, “Donor Human Milk for the High-Risk Infant: Preparation, Safety, and UsageOptions in the U.S.” (published online Dec. 19), advises against using Internet-based or informal human milk sharing. These sources of human milk carry the risk of bacterial or viral contamination, or exposure to medications, drugs, herbs or other substances.


Welcome Abby!

abby-caseLet’s get to know our newest donor relations coordinator, Abby!

Abby is a Denver native, a doula, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She recently moved here from Oregon where she lived for the past ten years. She enjoys going to see live music, doing Barre3 classes, bowling, and spending time with her family and friends. She has an *almost* two-year old son, who keeps her on her toes and makes her laugh on a regular basis.

She loves working with families and is so thrilled to be working with the Mothers’ Milk Bank to help connect donors who are seeking to donate their milk to help babies in need. Abby graduated from Birthingway College of Midwifery with a certificate in Lactation Consultation, completed over 300 clinical practicum hours working with moms and babies, and volunteered at the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank in Portland.



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