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Published On 07/24/2013

The Urban Child Institute advocates for healthier children

In 2005, Le Bonheur Children’s publicly announced it was embarking upon a capital campaign to build a new hospital. The Urban Child Institute immediately stepped up to the plate and made one of the first and the largest single gift for the new facility’s construction. When asked about the institute’s transformational $25 million donation that helped kick off the campaign, Cashman shrugs and his hands wave off the question. “We don’t need recognition for that,” he says matter of factly. “The Institute will do anything we can that helps Le Bonheur.”  Read more...

Life-changing event prompts gift that impacts future generations

Amy and Bill Rhodes understand exactly what it means to have a world-class children’s hospital located in their hometown. Both their pre-teen son and teenage daughter have been patients at Le Bonheur, and their daughter receives ongoing care here for epilepsy.

“You wake up one morning and everyone’s healthy and the next day you wake up and learn your daughter has epilepsy,” Amy says. “We were scared to death.” Read more...

Teacher makes giving a lifetime pursuit

Nearly three decades of giving says something about a person’s commitment to the cause that they financially support. For retired Memphis city high school teacher Shadye Parker, once she made her first contribution to Le Bonheur, she never stopped.

What is most inspiring about Shadye’s dedication to helping provide for Le Bonheur’s patients is that during all these years she has never stepped foot inside the hospital except once and that was in the 1970s to assist one of her students.  Read more...

Corporate philantropy inspired by family's gratitude

The McCall’s are deeply grateful for the specialized care Benjamin received from Le Bonheur’s neurosurgeons and brain specialists. His successful outcome is a blessing they have never taken for granted. In gratitude, they have given back to the hospital in numerous ways to ensure that other children who needed Le Bonheur would also be able to receive the best care available.  Read more...

Tragedy leads father and daughter to dedicate room

When the Pedersen family left their home in North Little Rock, Ark., to meet some old friends in Memphis, they never imagined their weekend of fun would end with a life-changing tragedy. For the first time since the accident, Jim and Ashley returned to Le Bonheur in 2011, this time to tour the new hospital and to see the examination room named in honor of the gift Pedersen made to the new hospital and dedicated in celebration of Lucas’ life.

“We are all proud that Lucas’ name is on the room,” Jim says. “It feels good to help others in his memory.”  Read more...