WHY OUR FUNDS MATTER
- The Issue
Children are different than adults. They need specialized care, adapted technologies and modified medicines. They require specially trained doctors, nurses, counselors– a full team who can understand their perspective and empathize with the entire family. Every child deserves this specialized, equal treatment no matter what. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provides quality care to every single patient who walks through their doors, regardless of a family’s financial circumstance. To provide such a service, Children’s relies heavily on donations to sustain their operations and continue saving kids’ lives.
While Children’s provides exceptional service throughout the entire span of a child’s medical treatment, not every family returns back to a 100 percent normal daily life. Their lives may be riddled with lingering medical conditions, deficiencies or therapies. UGA Miracle expands CHOA’s care by partnering with families long past doctors visits. UGA Miracle is committed not only to every hospital admission, but to every soccer game, swim meet and birthday party for years to come.
Over the years, UGA Miracle has had the privilege of working tirelessly to serve the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of CHOA and ensuring that its patients receive the highest quality of care possible. Foremost, UGA Miracle is a fundraising organization. We fundraise on a variety of platforms, but focus mostly on individual members’ fundraising totals. Depending on the level of involvement, individuals set personal fundraising goals and are constantly challenged and encouraged to exceed them. Nearly 75 percent of our grand fundraising total is raised by individual members.
- In February 2015, the median committee member’s fundraising total was $550, our highest record yet. Significant fundraising efforts are made through our special events, which include a fall benefit concert at the Georgia Theatre, a tour of sorority and fraternity homes down Milledge Avenue, a 5k race through campus and more. This past year, UGA Miracle’s special events raised more than $30,000. UGA Miracle also pursues corporate sponsorships and fundraisers with local high schools located in the Athens and Atlanta areas, which brought in an impressive $35,000 this past year. In total, UGA Miracle raised more than $683,000– a record-breaking total– for CHOA during the 2014-2015 school year.
- While its financial track record is impressive, UGA Miracle believes in more than just a number. We support our hospital not just financially, but by spreading awareness for the medical services of CHOA throughout our entire campus. We support our hospital by proliferating joy and positivity to its patients and staff each time we visit the hospital. We support our cause by adopting Miracle families as our own, giving up our Friday and Saturday nights to attend birthday parties and school plays– not because we have to, but because we want to.
UGA Miracle has provided countless enhancements to the CIRU at Scottish Rite and beyond. Our impact has grown so significantly that Children’s now factors in UGA Miracle’s donations into their annual budget. They hold so much confidence in this group of college students that they comfortably rely on our funds to run their hospital.
- Thanks to this year’s efforts, UGA Miracle has proudly provided the CIRU with a new addition to its fleet of medical transport vans, which provide safe, comfortable transit for its patients. Patient rooms now feature state-of-the-art lift systems above patients’ beds that allow for more comfortable transitions in and out of bed. Our funds support CHOA’s annual Rehab Reunion, where past and current patients of the CIRU gather in the fall to celebrate all they have accomplished in their recovery. Our efforts also fund Camp Crazy Legs, an overnight summer camp for children with Spina Bifida.
- In addition to impacting our generation of children and teens, UGA Miracle impacts future generations of doctors. Our funds support CHOA’s Physiatry Fellowship, a training program for rehabilitation physicians. This rare program relies on our abundant support, as there are less than 150 pediatric rehabilitation physicians in the country. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta estimates that it costs approximately $25,000 to save a child’s life. This means that in its 20 years of existence and $4.7 million raised, UGA Miracle has saved 188 children’s lives. There is no ceiling on our potential as an organization, and thus no limit to what we can achieve for our cause. With a passion as fervent as ours, the miracles are simply limitless.