We’re Thankful for the Tampa Bay Lightning!

It’s not just Kameron, Declan, and Aubriana (photographed below), it was over 20 children and their families that were extra thankful for the Tampa Bay Lightning! Captain, Steven Stamkos, and alternative Captain, Ryan McDonagh, took time out of their busy schedules to come visit with newly diagnosed and active treatment children to share in the …

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Tis’ the season for Friendsgiving!

Tis’ the season for Friendsgiving! Four families who met at the Children’s Cancer Center when one child from each family was diagnosed with cancer have created lifelong friendships. The families met even though their children received treatment from different hospitals.      While their children were being treated they received emotional, educational and financial support from …

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Sophia Circumvents Suicide

Sophia is a 14 year old girl who began therapy just prior to quarantine. She wasn’t very thrilled to transition her sessions to zoom because she enjoyed the time away from her family. After working with her mother to provide a private space, Sophia was fully acclimated to Zoom and opened about her suicidal thoughts. …

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How Andy’s Therapy saved his Mom

As the country began lockdown in April, Andy also started therapy with Richstone. At the time, he was reported having difficulty adjusting to his home learning environment. Being isolated from his friends made him sad and it didn’t help that he couldn’t run around freely in the school yard like he used to. This resulted in …

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Meet the Holling Family – Children’s Bureau Success Story

Charles and Michael always wanted a large family and knew that foster care and adoption could fulfill both their dream of a large family and the child’s need of a loving and stable home. After discovering Children’s Bureau through a TV show and quickly getting started with the process, they now have officially adopted six …

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Meet Danielle – Children’s Bureau Success Story

Danielle was referred to Children’s Bureau after allegations by a social worker of having an unsanitary home. However, upon arriving to her home, the social worker was able to identify other needs for the family. Danielle has two children, ages two and seven, with special needs and the family was experiencing several major losses:  the …

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The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Introduces the First Fight Child Abuse Virtual Event with Gold Medal Gymnast and Advocate Aly Raisman

Nestled in the back of the Eisenhower Health campus in Rancho Mirage, California sits the state-of the art Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, founded 35 years ago by the late Barbara and Frank Sinatra.  Our organization was developed in response to the need to provide a child-friendly facility to treat victims of child abuse in the …

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The Value Of Mentorship In A Time Of Isolation

13-year-old Maya and her mentor Brittney share a strong connection through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire.    Whether celebrating Maya’s academic awards or cheering from the audience of her ballet performances, Brittney has made it her goal as a mentor to be there to support Maya’s big dreams. One …

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“Mom, there’s a camel in the house!” Children with Life-Limiting Illnesses Experience Joy at George Mark Children’s House

As Freddie, a trained therapy camel, bends to fit through the front door, fascinated children watch in the entryway. A camel inside the House?! Such excitement! Freddie, whose gentle temperament is similar to a friendly dog, approaches the children carefully…happy to nuzzle an outstretched hand. At George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, California, the motto is: …

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) in Laguna Beach, CA. PMMC is a nonprofit marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation hospital as well as a research and educational center established in 1971.    Since 2015, PMMC has been offering distance learning programs around the country, including a free program called “Healing Seals”. Healing Seals was specifically developed …

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