Our Patients and Families

Extended Family
Starting at birth, 8-year-old Emme has been a frequent patient at Children's. Her mother says Children's staff has become like family—and their care is a blessing.
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Going the Distance
An out-of-state family's challenges with their young son's cancer treatment is made more bearable with the care at Children's.
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Twice as Grateful
It’s hard to imagine, unless you’ve experienced it, just how difficult it is for a child to be hospitalized for so long. Or, how hard it can be on their families.
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A Special Heart
You would never suspect that this thriving four-year-old survived four heart surgeries, all at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
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Home at Last
Little Jude Grace likes to flirt with the nurses.
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A Future With Promise
"Even though I have cystic fibrosis, I can still be a pro skier," bubbly 7-year-old Maddie McCarville announces after her first skiing trip in the Black Hills.
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‘Blessed' by Children's
Kellie Beresh can point out the exact floor tile she was staring at when she heard the word that would forever change her family's life — cancer.
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Once Blind and Now He Sees
Children's has a number of simple ways to give back while shopping for loved ones during this holiday season.
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One for the Record Books
The fact that the pediatrician who examined 9-year-old Paul Hayes realized the amount of blood in his urine was likely more serious than a urinary tract infection set in motion a course of events that will lead doctors to study the boy's case for years to come.
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A New Heart for Katelyn
"Perfectly happy and healthy." That's how Chad and Wendy Larson describe the first three months of their daughter's life. The family of five from Odebolt, Iowa, was finally complete with the addition of blue-eyed, rosy-cheeked Katelyn.
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Children's First Heart Transplant Patient Is Thriving
The first infant to receive a heart transplant at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha is making great strides in her recovery.
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Meet the 2013 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion
Ask Christian Overly about some of his most memorable life experiences and his response sounds typical of most 13-year-old boys: riding horses "with no hands," camping in the great outdoors and zooming through trees on a zip line.
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From Struggles to Stardom
Five-year-old Malicka Taffa loves the camera, and, as Children's newest advertising proves, the camera loves her. The sassy Children's patient was excited to take part in a photo shoot for Children's most recent advertising campaign.
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Heart of a Champion: Meet Brady Luke, 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion
Brady Luke has a special place in his heart for the colorful building at the corner of 84th and Dodge.
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Cancer Couldn't Keep Him Down
With a perpetual smile, bright personality and active lifestyle, Bryan Botkin is a kid who exudes energy. Mentally and physically, he's always on the go.
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Second Chance: Central Nebraska teen survives brush with death
One minute, Cale Buhr was running along the Doniphan-Trumbull, Neb., track during practice after school.
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Team Approach to Save a Life—Twice
Sixteen weeks into her pregnancy, an ultrasound led to a diagnosis that initially frightened Cassi Sorrells. Her unborn son had gastroschisis, a condition in which his small intestines and much of his stomach and colon had developed outside his body.
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A Miracle You Made Possible
Tiffany Kavanaugh knew in the first moments after the birth of her daughter, Karly, at a Lincoln, Neb., hospital in May 2005 that something was terribly wrong. She didn't cry, and her left thigh was red and swollen.
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Nothing Short of a Miracle: 11-Year-Old Hannah Knudsen Bravely Battles an Aggressive Cancer—Twice
Hannah Knudsen was 7 years old when she developed a persistent fever that didn't respond to antibiotics. Her pediatrician, David Kaufman, M.D., ordered an X-ray to confirm that she had pneumonia. Instead, the test revealed a tumor on one of her ribs.
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 8401 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68114-3493, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation where you agree to make a gift to Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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