TENDHER HEART LUNCHEON
The TendHER Heart Luncheon is hosted each year to honor mothers of chronically and critically ill children for the sacrifices they make in caring for their ill child. The brunch provides these women with the opportunity to "take a minute" for themselves and enjoy each other's company and support. The mothers are served gourmet breakfast and lunch dishes and are sent home with a few special treats to enjoy.
FIELD OF DREAMS
The Field of Dreams program was established to present critically and chronically ill children and their families with magical memories by fulfilling sports wishes and vacation dreams. The foundation foots the bill for a weekend of fun activities, tickets and food at a nice getaway at Mall of America.
Chad's Locker provides patients and their families access to notebook computers, movies and video game systems to occupy their time during their hospital stay. In March of 2012, Chad launched his first locker at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. In October of 2012, Chad launched his second locker at Children's Minneapolis Hospital located in the Geek Squad Precinct. In March of 2013, Chad launched his third locker at Hudson Hospital and Clinics. In October 2013, Chad launched his fourth locker at Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota St. Paul. In April 2014, Chad launched his fifth locker at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in the Ronald McDonald Family Room. In April 2015, Chad launched his sixth locker in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at Sanford Children's Hospital. In October 2015, Chad launched his seventh locker at Hutchinson Health. The eighth Chad's Locker was opened at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in August 2018.
Families walk through hospital and clinic doors every day dealing with a serious illness or injury but many hospitals do not have an outdoor escape for patients and their families. The addition of these inclusive, handicapped-accessible playgrounds represents a place for kids to get fresh air and feel like a child, even if just for a few minutes in the middle of their treatment.The first playground is located at Ronald McDonald House - Oak Street. The second inclusive, handicapped-accessible playground was unveiled at Children's Minnesota in June 2018.