The impact of the Foundation on our families is truly immeasurable. Those whom we are privileged to serve are usually in the midst of medical crisis which is all consuming and far reaching in all aspects of their lives; the Foundation provides some relief and joy through many avenues. Whether it is purely financial or in the form of an activity such as annual gatherings to celebrate life, the Foundation provides such a pivotal role in many lives.
–Dr. Julie Zimbelman
During a child’s illness or injury, his or her family is often faced with worrisome medical circumstances, as well as emotional and financial burdens. Many families have great need and are frequently economically disadvantaged or are under or uninsured.
With support from the community and several partnering individuals and organizations, Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation will provide services to more than 6,500 pediatric patients and their families this year.
For many of these families it means they won’t have to be apart during their child’s treatment or that their child will securely ride home in the protection of a child safety seat. It also means that many families won’t have to choose between paying their monthly rent and purchasing food for their sick child.
Throughout the year, babies in NICUs will receive precious donor human milk, children will be matched with loving companion dogs, nurses and medical support staff will participate in training and service missions and thousands of dollars will be awarded to organizations who share in our mission.
Meet the Families & Children You’ve Helped
Today, Hazel is a thriving, healthy girl who no longer relies on a myriad medical tubes thanks in-part to the support her family received from the Foundation and milk bank.
Every day, these programs support families with fragile infants who need life-saving donor human milk to survive. Each child’s illness, injury or birth condition is different, as is the support their family needs. In the face of a family’s ever-changing needs, the Foundation and its programming works to provide consistent support so fragile babies, like Hazel and her family, are hopeful and healthy.
“The doctor told us human milk is extremely beneficial because it lowers her risk of infection, and it’s easier for her underdeveloped tummy to digest. She only needed one milliliter to start, but being a preterm mother, my milk did not come in right away. We were so grateful that a mother out there had donated her milk so our baby girl could have the best possible start to life.” – Jessica
“Normal kids can walk across the street for a play date. Zach can’t do that. His best friend is BFG. When we are outside, instead of people staring at his chair, they focus on the dog. It’s a different conversation starter; it’s a better conversation starter.” – Jessica
Abigail spent the next 64 days in the neonatal intensive care unit fighting for her life. Sierra was unable to return to work, which meant a loss of income and a struggle to pay bills and added medical expenses. Her husband Joel, a mechanic, worked 60 hours a week just to make ends meet. In their time of need, RMCHF stepped in to offer financial support that helped pay for groceries and infant respite care so Sierra could focus completely on the health and well-being of her baby and herself. Today, Abigail is a thriving, healthy baby girl thanks in-part to the support her family received.
Every day, The Foundation receives requests on behalf of families like Abigail’s, who are going through heartbreaking medical diagnoses or life-altering experiences. Each child’s illness, injury or birth condition is different, as is the support their family needs when the unthinkable happens. In the face of a family’s ever-changing needs, the Foundation and its programming provides consistent support to foster hopeful and healthy families.
“Words cannot express how thankful my husband and I are to receive support. It is programs like these that give us relief and much needed help. No one plans to have a child early therefore you are never really ready for the challenges in the NICU and after. Thank you with all our hearts.” – Sierra
“Snowflake fits so well into our family. She is such a blessing and truly my little girl’s best friend!” – Angela
“Being introduced to Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation has helped tremendously. Being able to juggle medical bills has allowed us to survive and live with everything else.” – Brooke
“Just one less thing in the list of worries or stresses. For going through a hard journey, it’s as good as it can be, so you feel blessed. You feel like you’re being watched over and helped and taken care of.” – Sarah
Your gift makes a difference
The dollars that go to RMCHF go directly to patients and their families and that sets this foundation apart from others where it’s not for the bricks and the mortar and the equipment. It’s really for the families and the patients. - Dr. Steve Leonard