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Butterfly Room to be dedicated at Driscoll Children's Hospital

November 14, 2011
WHAT: Driscoll Children's Hospital will hold a special dedication for the Butterfly Room, a newly renovated patient room for terminally ill patients and their families. Featuring adjoining rooms - one for the patient and the other for family to stay around the clock - the Butterfly Room is specially designed to offer a peaceful and therapeutic environment. The suite's set-up is conducive to a family's grieving process, allowing private time in the adjoining family room when needed without being too far from their child's hospital room. Renovations include soothing colors and artwork and curtains to strategically hide wall panels with medical equipment in the patient area, as well as a sleeper sofa, compact refrigerator and microwave in the family room. The Butterfly Room renovations were made possible by a donation of $35,000 from the 2010 Valero Texas Open golf tournament.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15
WHERE: Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St., 4th Tower

Driscoll, H-E-B join to make grocery shopping therapeutic

November 09, 2011
Project will be the first of its kind in a children's hospital

CORPUS CHRISTI - The regular trip to the grocery store - a life's chore that is tedious for some adults and perhaps enjoyable for others - will in the near future be a part of Driscoll Children's Hospital's rehabilitation therapy program.

With some extra space to fill in Driscoll's Rehabilitation Services Department, staff members recently brainstormed on what to do with it. Their goal was to have a place for pretend-play. A member mentioned seeing an H-E-Buddy Market at the Children's Museum of Houston, which gives children the grocery shopping experience in miniature. The group realized the therapeutic possibilities the activity would offer to Driscoll patients.

"When you put it all together, the grocery store would help us create a series of events that are encountered in the real world," said Susan Fields, director of Driscoll's Rehabilitation Services Department. "Children learn best when they don't know they are working."

A meeting with representatives from H-E-B followed, and the company enthusiastically decided to donate $30,000 toward an H-E-Buddy Market at Driscoll. Tomorrow, officials from H-E-B will present a check to Driscoll officials for the project and display items from the H-E-Buddy Market. When completed, it will include small grocery carts and baskets, shelves of child-friendly food packages, plastic produce, a refrigerated food section, check-out stand, a touch-screen cash register and more.

H-E-Buddy Markets in children's museums such as those in Houston and Laredo are designed to engage children in activities that will help them learn and grow, said Shelley Parks, manager of Public Affairs for H-E-B.

"The museums offer children a chance to make decisions based on healthy eating, menus, what they can buy for the money they have to spend and how to count and make change. There are a lot of learning activities that go into the museums."

Fields said several rehabilitative therapies can be employed in the mini-market as well. With Driscoll's physical therapists, children can improve their standing and balancing ability by reaching and picking items from high and low shelves. Pushing a grocery cart can help those who need to work on walking. In a play kitchen next to the grocery store, they can choose where to store the food. Speech therapists can help children improve language skills by having them name, match, categorize or describe products. And with Driscoll's occupational therapists, children can work on problem solving by planning a meal, purchasing items, making change and generally improving their fine motor skills.

"All these goals can be addressed while playing in a first-class, pretend-play environment," Fields said. "We're taking something H-E-B has done very well and we're going to apply it to helping the children in the community that we both serve."

Parks said incorporating an H-E-Buddy Market into a children's hospital for rehabilitative purposes hasn't been done before.

"H-E-B is proud to be able to partner with Driscoll on this unique program. The idea that children will learn to improve their balance and dexterity by using grocery carts, pulling items off of shelves, ringing up items, etc....is a wonderful example of creative thinking that works."

When completed, the H-E-Buddy Market at Driscoll will be available to any child in the community who needs rehabilitation therapy. For more information, call Driscoll's Rehabilitation Services Department at (361) 694-5678.


  • What: H-E-Buddy Market display and check presentation

  • When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10

  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, Rehabilitation Services Department, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Valero donates $31,000 to Driscoll Children's Hospital

October 18, 2011
Driscoll representatives (holding check, left to right) Manette Scanio, President, DCH Development Foundation Board; Andrew Laury, Calallen High School student and DCH patient; Judge Loyd Neal, President, DCH Governing Board of Directors and Martha St. Romain, Vice President, Development, accept a $31,000 check from 2011 Valero Charity Selection Committee members Adam Smith,  Erin Spangler, Benjamin Smith, Michelle Flower and Art Garcia.  The 2011 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children proceeds awarded to Driscoll will be used towards the redesign and expansion of DCH Emergency Services Department.
Driscoll representatives (holding check, left to right) Manette Scanio, President, DCH Development Foundation Board; Andrew Laury, Calallen High School student and DCH patient; Judge Loyd Neal, President, DCH Governing Board of Directors and Martha St. Romain, Vice President, Development, accept a $31,000 check from 2011 Valero Charity Selection Committee members Adam Smith, Erin Spangler, Benjamin Smith, Michelle Flower and Art Garcia. The 2011 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children proceeds awarded to Driscoll will be used towards the redesign and expansion of DCH Emergency Services Department.
During a check presentation Oct. 13, grant funds totaling $375,000 were distributed to children's organizations from the 2011 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, the company's annual golf tournament in San Antonio.

"The Benefit for Children Golf Classic is one of the many ways Valero gives back to the community," said Dennis Payne, vice president of Regional Refinery Operations and general manager of the Valero Corpus Christi Refinery. Since 2002, Valero has distributed $3 million locally through the Benefit for Children Classic.
The monies given will help agencies dedicated to making a difference in children's lives. With an element of surprise, Valero employees presented checks to children's charities in amounts ranging from $31,000 to $3000.

Driscoll Children's Hospital was the recipient of $31,000 of the grant funds. They will go toward the redesign and expansion of its Emergency Department (ED). Almost 40,000 children visit Driscoll's ED annually and, while good use has been made of the existing space, more is needed. The redesign and expansion is a multimillion dollar project.

Driscoll expansion project will get boost from Halliburton donation

October 18, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Wednesday, Oct. 19, representatives from Halliburton will present a $25,000 check to Driscoll Children's Hospital for the redesign and expansion of its Emergency Department (ED). This donation was made possible by funds raised from the 18th Annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, which was held recently in Houston.

Almost 40,000 children visit Driscoll's ED annually and, while good use has been made of the existing space, more is needed. The redesign and expansion is a multimillion dollar project, and donations like that from the Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament are helping make it possible.

"We could not be more grateful for Halliburton's gift," said Martha St. Romain, vice president of Development at Driscoll. "The redesign and expansion of our Children's Emergency Department is one of the most significant projects undertaken by the hospital in recent years."

Each year, Halliburton partners with vendors, suppliers and employees to host its Charity Golf Tournament in Houston. Throughout its history, the tournament has given nearly $4 million to charities across the United States.

"I am proud to say that Halliburton helps its neighbors through supporting Driscoll Children's Hospital," said Joe Foster, South Texas Area vice president for Halliburton. "Charity starts at home in our communities, and helping is what we do."

  • What: Halliburton check presentation

  • When: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital, main lobby, 3533 S. Alameda St.

Country stars will shine bright tonight at Singer Songwriter Showcase

October 06, 2011
WHAT: Some of country music's biggest singers and songwriters will take the stage tonight at Driscoll Children's Hospital's annual Singer Songwriter Showcase at the Corpus Christi Country Club. That includes country music legend Allen Shamblin, winner of the 2011 Country Music Awards' Song of the Year for "The House that Built Me;" Gary Nicholson, a no. 1 hit songwriter whose songs have been recorded more than 500 times in various genres by artists such as BB King, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, George Jones and Waylon Jennings; and Aaron Barker, who partnered with George Strait to create "Baby Blue" and "Easy Come, Easy Go," among other songs. Proceeds from the event benefit Driscoll Children's Hospital. The concert precedes Driscoll's 16th annual Golf Tournament, which will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Country Club.

WHEN: Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Corpus Christi Country Club, 6300 Everhart Rd.

INFO: (361) 694-6401

National Weather Service Employees to deliver gifts to cancer patient

September 27, 2011
WHAT: Employees at the National Weather Service's Corpus Christi and Brownsville offices will present gifts they collected to a Driscoll cancer patient whose story they read on Driscoll's web site (www.driscollchildrens.org). Matthew Carroll, 8, of Brownsville, had to have his lower left leg amputated last March due to osteosarcoma, a malignant tumor of the bone. He now receives care at Driscoll Children's Hospital and Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28

WHERE: Driscoll Children's Specialty Center - Brownsville, 5500 N. Expressway

2nd annual Hair Cutting Event a clear-cut success

September 20, 2011
People watch with anticipation as the first ponytail is clipped from a generous donor at the Childhood Cancer Awareness Hair Cutting Event on Sept. 19.
People watch with anticipation as the first ponytail is clipped from a generous donor at the Childhood Cancer Awareness Hair Cutting Event on Sept. 19.
The second annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Hair Cutting Event at Driscoll Children's Hospital Sept. 19 was a huge success. About 400 people came through the doors of the hospital's auditorium, some to have their hair cut and some to support friends and family members who were having their hair cut. More than 100 ponytails were clipped by the end of the event, all of which will be used to make wigs for young cancer patients who've lost their hair due to chemotherapy. Some Driscoll cancer patients even assisted the hair stylists as they cut hair.

Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame was on hand to read a proclamation in observance of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Other speakers included Steve Woerner, Driscoll's president and CEO, and Clay Powell from ExxonMobil, whose generous donation helped make the event possible. Free food was provided by Freebirds World Burrito, and music was provided by DJ Dexter Miranda. The Coastal Bend Blood Center had a bloodmobile on site and received 33 units of donated blood. And of course nothing would have been possible without the hair stylists who gladly donated their time to cut hair for this wonderful cause. Based on the community's response, organizers at Driscoll are already looking forward to next year's event.

Driscoll patients to unveil annual holiday cards, gifts they designed

September 20, 2011

Proceeds from sales will go toward scholarships for cancer patients


CORPUS CHRISTI - Driscoll's annual Hollywood-style Celebrity Celebration will be held Wednesday, Sept. 21 to mark the release of the hospital's 2011 holiday card collection, Christmas storybook and holiday gifts. Celebrities at the event are past and present patients who created designs for the items. The media is invited for interviews and photos.

"This is one of the largest annual events we have and the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital is proud to put it on," said Lizette Saenz, director of Volunteer Services. "We look forward to rolling out the red carpet and putting the spotlight on our little 'stars.'"

For this annual tradition, Driscoll patients from throughout South Texas drew pictures for seven unique holiday cards and a Christmas storybook. They also created designs for a holiday apron, silver angel charm, kitchen towel, t-shirt and two Christmas tree ornaments. A group of community members selected the artwork for the items. Proceeds from their sales will go toward the Marcia K. Wilcox scholarship, which has benefited more than 90 Driscoll cancer patients since its inception.

This year's holiday card artists are:
  • Jonathan Arebelo, 5, of Corpus Christi
  • Ulisses Cavazos, 8, of Edinburg
  • Aidan Flores, 7, of Aransas Pass
  • Lily Smith, 8, of Corpus Christi
  • Natalie Smith, 10, of Corpus Christi
  • Brittney Soliz, 19, of San Diego, Texas
  • Cassandra Zepeda, 10, of Corpus Christi


Storybook artists are:
  • Brittney Fricks, 11, of Bayside
  • Jazel Guzman, 10, of Pharr
  • Emily Haefs, 14, of Corpus Christi
  • Rickey Jordan, Jr., 15, of Corpus Christi
  • Asa Glenn Matis, 13, of Corpus Christi
  • Jaclyn Ramirez, 9, of Portland
  • Deyanira Reyes, 14, of Brownsville
  • Lillian Ruiz, 12, of Hebbronville
  • Brittney Soliz, 19, of San Diego, Texas
  • Cassandra Zepeda, 10, of Corpus Christi


After the patient-artists enter Driscoll's auditorium on a red carpet amid camera flashes and applause, their artwork will be unveiled for everyone to see. Then they'll autograph their work for family, friends and fans. Following the celebration, the children will be treated to a limo ride to Gattitown for some food and fun.
The holiday cards, Christmas storybook and other items can be purchased through Driscoll's web site, www.driscollchildrens.org, and at the hospital's Carousel Gift Shop. For more information, call (361) 694-5011 or 1-800-DCH-LOVE.

  • What: Driscoll Children's Hospital Celebrity Celebration
  • When: 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Where: Driscoll Children's Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda St.
  • Information: (361) 694-5011 or 1-800-DCH-LOVE

Driscoll's McAllen clinic gives away school supplies courtesy of H-E-B

August 30, 2011
Pictured, left to right, are: Margaret Kasofsky, Auxiliary member; Juan M. Davila; Juan Daniel Davila, a Driscoll patient; Kassandra Jasso, H-E-B public affairs; Sherry Cruz; Socorro Franz, Auxiliary member; and (sitting) Rory Steven Cruz, Driscoll patient.
Pictured, left to right, are: Margaret Kasofsky, Auxiliary member; Juan M. Davila; Juan Daniel Davila, a Driscoll patient; Kassandra Jasso, H-E-B public affairs; Sherry Cruz; Socorro Franz, Auxiliary member; and (sitting) Rory Steven Cruz, Driscoll patient.
McALLEN - The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza - McAllen recently received a $1,000 donation from H-E-B to support their annual Back-To-School Supply Giveaway for their patients. Throughout August, Auxiliary members gave each patient a package of school supplies appropriate for their grade level. Driscoll's Auxiliary relies on contributions from the community to help make a positive impact in the lives of South Texas children. To learn more about helping, call the Auxiliary at (956) 688-1235 or (956) 289-3170.

Edinburg Cattlemen's RoundUp will appeal to visitors, ranchers alike

August 11, 2011
EDINBURG - On Saturday, August 13, young 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members and the Hidalgo County Extension Office will team up for a great cause. The 24th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital will begin at 10 a.m. at the Edinburg Livestock Auction, 3418 N. Closner Blvd.

A variety of products and services will be auctioned at the RoundUp that will appeal to visitors and ranchers alike. Members of 4-H and the FFA will offer a variety of homemade baked goods. All of this year's proceeds will go toward new medical equipment and other items for Driscoll Children's Hospital.

To make a donation and support local 4-H and FFA students and their efforts, visit the Driscoll Children's Hospital web site at www.driscollchildrens.org, call Driscoll at 956-223-0687 or call the Hidalgo County Extension Office at 956-383-1026.

  • What: 24th annual South Texas Cattlemen's RoundUp

  • When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13

  • Where: Edinburg Livestock Auction, 3418 N. Closner Blvd.

  • Information: 956-223-0687 or 956-383-1026