Supporters of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital are teaming up this fall to run the Detroit Free Press Marathon. Each runner will participate in the half or full marathon as a way to fundraise for the Little Victors of Mott.
Team C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will be supporting various programs at the hospital:
Pediatric Cancer Research
Each year, more than 13,000 parents hear the words “your child has cancer.” Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States — 1 out of 5 of kids diagnosed with cancer will not survive.
Shockingly, only 4 percent of federal funding for cancer research is directed toward pediatric cancers. Participants and donors will help our fundraising campaign to generate much-needed support for groundbreaking research. Learn more here.
Board-certified music therapists provide services tailored to each child and family’s needs. The music therapist collaborates directly with the patient’s care team to provide quality and appropriate music therapy services throughout the patient’s hospitalization. Music therapy can help patients and families cope with hospitalization, relax and refocus from pain, decrease anxiety and stress, express feelings, and serve as an outlet for creativity.
Participants and donors will help us provide music therapy for the Little Victors. Learn more here.
Therapeutic Gaming and Digital Technology
Video games, virtual reality, and augmented reality have incredible potential to transform the hospital environment.
Mott’s Patient Technology Program is enhancing the patient experience and supporting healing through creative use of gaming and a wide range of emerging technology platforms.
Gaming and virtual reality offer a number of benefits to patients, including:
- Encouraging fine motor movement, problem solving, and critical thinking
- Facilitating cooperative game play to encourage socialization and normalization
· Using online gaming to reduce isolation from friends and family outside the hospital
Participants and donors will provide young Mott patients with a transformative experience through technology. Learn more here.
Runners and donors will be supporting the C.S. Mott Annual Fund, which helps the hospital respond to needs that may not be met by any other source. This fund is a flexible resource that benefits our patients, clinicians, and scientists. Learn more here.
Runners and donors will be supporting pediatric cardiology research through the U-M Congenital Heart Center Director’s Research Endowment fund, which fuels research and innovation to improve outcomes and quality of care for kids and adults with congenital heart disease worldwide. This research done at Mott helps shape future breakthroughs, spur novel device and therapy development, and establish best practices in care. Learn more here.