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Together, we can change the future for children with special health care needs.

The generosity of our donors has helped us treat us more patients and families though some of the most difficult times of their lives. Our patient's courageous stories will inspire you for years to come. Learn more about how your generosity provides programs, equipment and services that directly helping children with special needs.


Leah Hansen

Spinal Cord Stroke

An outstanding third grade softball player known for her infectious smile and tenacity on the field, nine-year-old Leah was playing with her sister when she began to experience tingling in her fingers. Rushed to the emergency room, Leah remained in the hospital and was sedated for six days with no known prognosis.

Finally, there was a diagnosis: a spinal cord stroke. This is extremely rare. Only 2% of all strokes originate in the spinal cord and they are almost unheard of in young, healthy children. 


Colby Douglas

Down syndrome, COVID-19

"Devastated" is the word Gayle Douglas used to describe how she felt the moment she was told that her son needed to be intubated and placed on a ventilator. Colby, who lives with Down syndrome, had contracted COVID-19.

Colby had grown so extremely weak due to months on the vent that he was sent to Children's Specialized Hospital (CSH) for rehabilitation therapies. Colby had been living with the devastating effects of COVID-19 for nearly three months. Yet within only three weeks at CSH, our doctors were able to remove his ventilator and trach - something previously thought impossible. Soon the Douglas family was celebrating milestones that Colby had first achieved in early childhood but lost due to COVID-19: speaking, eating, brushing teeth, getting dressed -- each day regaining his independence.

colby's STORY

Eduardo Patino

Transposition of the Great Arteries

Eduardo was born with a condition called transposition of the great arteries, which is a rare but serious heart defect in which the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed. In the middle of a procedure to ease his condition, Eduardo suffered a heart attack and doctors told his family that they were not confident he would have a high quality of life. Today, thanks to services at CSH, Eduardo is "always on the go and always wants to be involved in what we're doing," says his mom. She adds that her son inspires her and those around her to view no obstacle as too large. She says, "With love, you can do anything".


Howie Berkowitz


When Howie Berkowitz first learned about Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation several years ago, he instantly knew it was a charity he wanted to support- his spirit of giving was instilled in him at a very young age by his mother and father. As small business owners, his parents did not always have the means to give a lot, but no matter the circumstances they gave whatever they could, monetarily or with their time. Proud of their commitment to helping others, Howie has carried that spirit with him into adulthood.

Howie's Story