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WHAT WE DO

ONGOING PROGRAMS:

 
 

PATIENT WISH BASKETS

Within the first few weeks of a child being diagnosed with a chronic and/or life threatening disease, volunteers deliver a personalized Pascale’s Pals Basket to the child.  Each basket contains toys, games, music puzzles, journals and spiritual books for the parents. Each basket is made chosen for a child's gift request including laptops, Kindle Fires, iPods or other electronics.  The cost of a basket varies ranging up to $1,000 depending on the needs of the child.

BEADS FOR BREATH

Throughout history, beads have symbolized courage and strength, and have been used in medicine programs like Beads of Courage (oncology) and Heart Beads as support for chronically ill children and their parents.  In 2012, Pascale's Pals partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis center social worker at MU Children's Hospital to establish the Beads for Breath program.

When a child with CF enrolls, they receive a strand of beads with their first name and a personalized bag to for their beads. For every procedure and treatment milestone, the child earns a unique colorful bead to commemorate their strength and courage in fighting cystic fibrosis. The strands provide a tangible way to allow each child to tell their unique story of courage and bravery.

BEADS FOR BABIES

For NICU babies and their families, the NICU and Pascale's Pals started BEADS FOR BABIES. Letters to the NICU Parents explain:

"As your baby journeys through the NICU, you will be given beads to string into a necklace. Different beads representing milestones, tests and procedures will one provided to add to your necklace. Beads will be distributed in a group setting with other families. You will receive a tally sheet to help keep track of your baby's journey.

This keepsake will be a way to share your baby's heroic journey with family and friends and with your baby when he/she is older. It is also our way of honoring you and your courage, dedication and love of your baby."

SWITCHED: ADAPTED TOYS

SWITCHED is a new project developed with occupational therapists at the Children's Hospital to provide adapted toys for children with motor impairment disabilities. Battery operated toys are modified by adding an external button -- called a switch button -- that allows the child to use a different movement (besides pointing with one finger) to activate the switch.  For more information on how you can help, follow this link or visit the SWITCHEDtoys Facebook page.

THERAPY CENTER PARTIES & GIFTS

In 2016, Pascale's Pals began helping with the Children's Therapy Center. This outpatient facility sees many children with chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy. Pascale's Pals provides the funds for the therapists to purchase special gifts and have monthly parties for the children they work with intensively. 

CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES

The MU Student Chapter comes on a weekly basis and does crafts with the children and their siblings. Bedside crafts are made for the kids that cannot come to the playroom. 

MU STUDENT CHAPTER

The MU Student Chapter was founded in 2011 by Pascale's older sister, Monique White. It has continued and grown as well. The students bring crafts in the playroom for the children and their siblings and they host movie nights weekly. They run "Take Out Tuesday," where they bring restaurant food to the adolescents weekly. 

TAKE OUT TUESDAY

Each Tuesday, the student chapter bring take out food from all different restaurants in Columbia. The adolescent on the floor who has been there the longest or doesn't have much of an appetite is given the chance to choose the restaurant and each child chooses what he or she would like. It is delivered later that evening to the hospital. 

BATHWATER DUCKS FOR BABIES

Pascale's Pals provides rubber ducks to families leaving the hospital with a new baby.  The ducks let the parents know if the bath water is too hot for the baby!

NICU FOOD

For the families of infants in the NICU, Pascale's Pals stock the freezer in the family area.

MASSAGE THERAPY

Every Wednesday a massage therapist comes to the NICU and OB floor to offer mothers and fathers 20 minutes of stress relief and relaxation.  Here's what grateful parents say:

"It's nice that the Dads are included -- it acknowledges their stress too!"

"In those moments it makes me feel like my baby's room is home, not a hospital!"

"It helps release the knots in my neck from anxiety and stress..."

HOLIDAYS

Each year, Pascale's Pals brings Santa to the hospital on Christmas morning to deliver presents to the children and their siblings. They also provide a breakfast for the families on both the pediatric and NICU floors. On Easter, the Easter bunny comes to deliver presents as well. 

EMERGENCY NEEDS

Pascale's Pals works directly with the social workers and child life specialists at the hospital. These are the individuals that know a family's needs the best. Whenever a need arises, they are able to contact Pascale's Pals to help. Emergency needs includes financial support for the family during this time of illness. 

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CURRENT PROJECTS:

Each year Pascale's Pals identifies projects needed to support the Women and Children's Hospital. These projects are done in addition to our ongoing mission and projects for children and their family entering the hospital.  

 

CHILD PSYCHIATRIC UNIT BOOKS

With the knowledge and expertise of the social workers at the inpatient child psychiatric unit, Pascale's Pals outfitted the unit with new books that are current and appropriate for children and adolescents. The kids spend much of their time one the unit, and reading is an enjoyable pastime for them!

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PAST PROJECTS:

CHILDREN'S PLAY ROOM AND ADOLESCENT CENTER

Pascale's Pals and the Women and Children's Hospital undertook a $200,000 renovation and remodeling of the Children's Playroom and the Adolescent room. The room for the teens is very high tech and the playroom for the younger kids hopefully helps them forget they are in a hospital for awhile!

REHABILITATION CENTER

With $50,000 from Pascale's Pals, the Women and Children's Hospital celebrated the grand opening of their new Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Center!  Previously, children who needed this treatment had to go to St. Louis or Kansas City.

GAMING CONSOLES

Pascale's Pals initially equipped all pediatric and adolescent rooms at the Women and Children's hospital with flat screen TVs, DVD players and Wii games consoles, with movies and video games checked out at the nurse's station.  NOW we are upgrading with 60 Sony PlayStation 3's, each uploaded with 60 movies and 40 games which can be updated automatically as new movies and games come out!

GO-BABY-GO CARS

Pascale's Pals donated the funds to purchase 20 cars that were given for children with chronic illnesses. They were all reconstructed so that children with a range of disabilities would be able to drive them. This was done in collaboration with the school of occupational therapy. 

NICU RENOVATIONS

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was renovated with 20 recliners, beds and dressers for parents rooms, and two special rooms for nursing mothers and their babies.

New Soltice Gliders were added to the the NICU, which are more comfortable than the wooden rockers previously furnished.  These new gliders, costing a total of $7,500, provide a perfect spot for mothers to bond with their newborns in a homey-feeling environment.

NICU FAMILY ROOM

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit waiting area was furnished with a living room, kitchen, two flat screen TVs and shower facilities.  For families of babies receiving care in the NICU, the area often becomes their second home over the long days of care, essential for family support.

PATIENT EDUCATION RESOURCES

Multiple types of educational materials have been commissioned by Pascale's Pals. Most recently Pascale's Pals gave the funds to buy coloring books explaining hospital procedures, hospital scrapbooks for the patients and their siblings, NICU books for the siblings to understand what is happening to the newborn, as well as books for parents explaining cystic fibrosis.

MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM

Pascale's Pals donated $5,000 to provide instruments for the children and therapists in the new music therapy program at the Women and Children's Hospital. 

PASCALE'S PALS PLAYGROUND

The playground was donated by Pascale's Pals in order to provide a place of joy and the opportunity for being outside while at the hospital. 

TJ'S COURTYARD AND PLAYGROUND

The Park and Playground at Women and Children's Hospital was initially built as a collaboration between Pascale's Pals and the University of Missouri. Recently, the T.J.'s Courtyard entrance was created in conjunction with Joe Machens Dealerships and the Department of Child Health. The playground equipment was upgraded and moved to the courtyard location.

VEIN VIEWER

Pascale's Pals has helps purchase technology that minimizes harm and distress to the children. For example, a $60,000 VeinViewer was purchased to allow nurses to better see veins on their small patients, especially useful for babies. Heating pads and thermometers were purchased for newly diagnosed Pediatric Sickle Cell patients.

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