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February 2, 2021
Mattie Miracle is grateful for Kearney & Company's generosity and support since 2015. Every Fall, Kearney & Company hosts a poker tournament to benefit Mattie Miracle. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the the poker tournament was converted into a virtual trivia night. On December 17, 2020, the co-founders of the Foundation were invited to the virtual trivia night to give a greeting and to thank our long time sponsor for their annual support.
Virtually we had the opportunity to meet Brian Kearney, the COO of the company, and over 100 participants at the event. Brian shared the exciting news that Kearney & Company is contributing $10,000 to the Foundation to support our amazing work. In addition, Kearney & Company wanted us to know that they are committed to the cause for the long-term. Mattie Miracle is proud to partner with a company that has such a big heart and is committed to making a difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families.
It was a very moving experience for Mattie Miracle as we received numerous chat messages that evening from participants, such as:
Thanks for all that you do!
Honored to be remembering Mattie tonight.
What an incredible way to change the world.
Thank you for being a positive force!
You are superheroes.
Kearney & Company makes the Mattie Miracles possible. We realize community service is a vital part of Kearney & Company's culture and we are thankful they have chosen to partner with Mattie Miracle.
Committed to Direct Support
The Foundation donated $46,000 to Children's Hospital at Sinai (Baltimore, MD) to support our endowed Mattie Miracle Child Life Program Fund. This is our second endowed Fund that we have established, as the first was created in 2011, at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC). To date, we have contributed over $300,000 to these Funds to directly support children with cancer and their families.
The Mattie Miracle Child Life Program Fund pays the salary of Adina Levitan, a child life professional at Children’s Hospital at Sinai. Adina works one on one with 200 patients and families a year and through the Mattie Miracle Snack & Item Cart, provides snacks, treats and toiletries annually to 1,500 families caring for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Child life specialists are pediatric health care professionals who work with children and families in hospitals to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. They provide children with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management, coping strategies, and play and self-expression activities. In addition, these professionals provide information, support, and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members.
Child life services are associated with improved quality, outcomes, and patient and family experiences as well as decrease costs in pediatric care. There is evidence that child life services help to contain costs by reducing the length of stay, decreasing the need for sedation and analgesics, and increasing patient satisfaction ratings. Patient experience data and interdisciplinary team member feedback further confirm the positive effects of child life programs on children, families, and staff.