Stories of Support

CHOP is deeply thankful for the generosity of donors who have contributed to the Building Hope Campaign. Through their gifts, future generations will have access to state-of-the-art pediatric care and an improved patient experience.

We are honored to share some stories about what inspires some of our donors to give back.

Cynthia Sweeney holding a frame

I lost my mother and father over the last few years – my dad to liver cancer and, most recently, my mom to Alzheimer’s disease. I wanted to honor their memories and couldn’t think of a better way than the Buerger Center.

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Cynthia Sweeney

CHOP Employee

I think philanthropy is an Kathy and Jeffrey Friedland abstract concept for kids – it isn’t learned and needs to be practiced. Our gift to the Buerger Center will make it fun for my kids to run up to a room with their name on it and help them understand that when we are grateful, it is important to support the things we believe in.

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Kathy and Jeffrey Friedland Foundation

CHOP Patient Family

My family made our gift in honor of my late sister, Janet Madorna Viola, who succumbed to cancer in August of 2013. She worked at CHOP for 28 years, and this is our way of keeping her connection to the hospital alive. She would’ve been so incredibly proud to step inside of the Buerger Center, so it means a great deal to our family that her legacy will live on in this unique way.

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Tom Madorna

Pet Therapy Volunteer

Our daughter, Ally, CHOP Buerger Center: Tom Curran is a big reason why my wife and I decided to make this gift. We hope that involving her in our philanthropic decisions as a family at such a young age will instill a lifelong trend of giving in her heart.

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Tom Curran

CHOP Employee

My wife Erica and I have always given back to CHOP, but as soon as we read about the Buerger Center, we were inspired to make a largest commitment to the future of the hospital. I was struck by the number of patients CHOP sees each year, and how many families we will be able to help by giving back to this fantastic building.

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Nick Karalis

Former CHOP Resident
 

We’ve dedicated our roof Catherine and Roger Chaing garden bench in memory of the late Sister Alice Streogan – she was a beloved chaplain at CHOP. We hope it’ll be a comforting place where families can relax and gain the same sense of peace she helped us achieve during a very scary time.

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Catherine & Roger Chiang

CHOP Patient Family
 

Ongoing education in the William Potsic field of Childhood Communication has been a great passion of mine since I first started at CHOP over 38 years ago. So, I chose to name this particular conference room because it will serve as an educational space for Otolaryngology, audiology, speech pathology and other related disciplines.

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Dr. William Potsic

CHOP Employee

We presented four different naming opportunities to those on our committee, and asked each member to cast her vote on a winner. The Physical Therapy Gym Climbing Wall was the option most closely aligned with our philanthropic priority to support patient care and ultimately had the most votes across our entire committee. This group has such a vested interest in CHOP and we are truly appreciative to be able to give back in such a big way.

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Mary Blair Denious

President, Women’s Committee of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

When my friend Angela’s little sister Amber Amber Alfano was a baby, she needed a cyst removed and CHOP took her in when no other hospitals were able to treat her. So, Angela, and myself and a group of our friends put together a private facebook page to spread the word, and we all contributed to this paving stone. The stone will be inscribed with Amber’s full name – we wanted to keep her name and spirit alive in the CHOP community and a Buerger Center plaza paving stone was the best option for us.

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Anthony Alfano

CHOP Patient Friend

I am not at all close to my biological family; Toby and Max were my first two dogs and became family to me. No matter what, I could always count on coming home to two happy, excited, tail-wagging pups. Toby would also express his excitement by madly squeaking one of his favorite toys; to this day the sound of a squeaky toy never fails to make me smile. I lost Max in 2005 and Toby in 2010 and still miss having them around. Naming something for the two of them feels like a wonderful way to honor MY family in a way that both benefits other families and supports CHOP.

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Esha Bhatia

CHOP Employee

We chose Matthew’s Matt Simpsonname to show his tiny piece in the growth of CHOP, in his participation in clinical trials and the hope that his experience will only help other children get better sooner. CHOP saved his life and gave him a hope for a future beyond cancer. He is still dealing with many medical issues and CHOP doctors have been working with him and fighting for his life with complete dedication. Matthew and I are excited for the day that we can enter the center and see his name permanently inscribed there.

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Christina Simpson

CHOP Patient Family

During our child’s cancer treatment at CHOP, the activities that occurred in oncology waiting room play spaces were vital to her emotional wellbeing. Not only was she distracted from the painful procedures that awaited her, but she was also able to interact with other children who were going through the exact same ordeal that she was. And the oncology playroom at CHOP was one place where she didn’t have to feel “different” from all the other kids. Another important aspect of these spaces is that they give parents a chance to interact while their children play, resulting in support for one another as they become members of a “club” they never wanted to join. As far as naming this particular space, we chose it because it is next to the entrance to the Alex Scott Day hospital, named for our dear friend Alex, and reminiscent of all the time they spent playing together during their treatment.

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Jocelyn A Hillman

CHOP Patent Family

Our grandson was diagnosed with a form of pediatric brain cancer in the Fall 2012. We felt helpless and needed to find a way to help make a difference, so we started a foundation that advocates awareness and dedicates funds to pediatric brain tumors. To us, our donation to the Buerger Center is a small piece in a mosaic of caring, and we are strong believers that little things make big things happen!

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Jim Ryerson

CHOP Patent Family