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Make a Difference in a Child's Life


Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday. Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, and take part in #GivingTuesday­ – a global day dedicated to giving back. Your donation will help support Child Life programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital, while also being part of one of the largest Giving Tuesday initiatives ever, #ILGive. This campaign serves to unite the state of Illinois in celebrating the contributions of nonprofits and the importance of philanthropy.

Giving back to Child Life

It can be scary and overwhelming for children and teens to experience a trip to the emergency room, unfamiliar medical procedures, or a stay in the hospital. That’s where our Child Life team comes in. Whether it is to prepare a child through medical play, to ease a child’s fears by providing a distraction, or to create a sense of normalcy by playing a video game, our child life specialists focus on addressing the needs of every patient.

Child Life offers a variety of therapeutic activities including:

  • Art therapy: A way to express feelings through art that patients may not be able to put into words
  • Music therapy: A proven means of reducing pain and anxiety through music therapy
  • Aquatic Relief Therapy (ART™): A calming distraction using mobile fish tanks

Your gift will not only help support staff time and materials needed for activities, it will also help bring smiles to children and teens we serve. And there is no better “thank you” than that.

So this Giving Tuesday, open up and give back to your community, and when you do, be sure to share a message of giving on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – share your giving story and an #unselfie!

Double your gift!

Our generous friends at Aurelio's Pizza will match every dollar of the first $5,000 in support of Child Life programs at Advocate Children's Hospital on December 1.