Pascale's Pals, Inc. is a local volunteer organization that benefits the children and families staying at the MU Health Care's Children's Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. The mission of Pascale's Pals is to provide happiness to the children and ease the burden of the families during their stay in the hospital. It is our belief happiness, love, and prayer helps children heal quicker.
HOW PASCALE'S PALS STARTED:
Pascale's Pals is named in honor of Pascale White. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 18 months old. She immediately started intensive chemotherapy treatment at the Children's Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Pascale relapsed from the same leukemia in June 2000. After studying her bone marrow, it was decided that she was not a candidate to be treated again with chemotherapy alone. Her only option was a bone marrow transplant. She had an umbilical stem cell transplant on December 12, 2000. She became very sick and it is an absolute miracle that she is with us. We are thankful to God everyday for her.
During these years we also encountered many families and saw that there was a need for an organization that could make it easier for these children and their families, while they were going through these difficult times. With this in mind, Pascale’s Pals, Inc. was founded to assist children and the families of children who are diagnosed with cancer or any type of chronic or life-threatening illness.
Pascale completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia College in 2016. She is now completing her Masters in Elementary Education. Pascale is now also a mom! She has a 3 year old daughter.
WHAT WE DO:
Pascale's Pals began in 1995. Our first project was a bake sale to buy TV VCR's for all inpatient rooms on the pediatric floor. Since then, because of the support we have from this community, we have grown and been able to help in all sorts of ways.
Throughout the years, when there has been a need we have been able to help find a way to support the children and their families.
Things we continuously do include the following: delivering wish baskets for children upon diagnosis, supporting a Cystic Fibrosis "Beads for Breath" program, hosting weekly crafts and movie nights, delivering restaurant food weekly, donating the funds to build the playground, helping build TJ's Courtyard, renovating the NICU family room, providing funds for parties and specials gifts for kids with chronic disabilities, delivering presents on Holidays, providing funds for clothes, meals and emergency needs of the families.
We are blessed with an incredible community. We are so grateful for the love, kindness, generosity, support and help we have received endlessly through the years. Visit our fundraising page to sign up for our email list! You will get an annual newsletter, as well as ways to get involved and upcoming fundraisers. You can also donate directly via paypal.