Why I Give: Stories of Hope, Healing & Legacy
This page is to celebrate your unique story and those of the MMC community - the experiences that led you to generously become an active part of making patient care, medical education and research at MMC even better. What you're doing is remarkable!
Some extraordinary people...
Suzanne and Ralph Austin of Kennebunk have supported the Annual Fund since 1986: “We are happy to make this donation to your outstanding institution. So many times, in so many ways the staff of Maine Medical Center has been there to help our family. We deeply appreciate the excellence that we have come to automatically associate with your hospital. Our best wishes to you and everyone else at Maine Medical Center in the coming year."
Supporter since 2008, Heidi Knight is a Morning Show Co-Host at 107.5 Frank FM and has been supporting The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center personally and professionally. In 2013, Heidi was so moved by meeting a 5 year old cancer patient, she shaved her head in solidarity. “I'm personally proud to be a Miracle Maker, it’s the most important thing I do. I’m professionally proud to have an employer who is such a huge supporter of this hospital. The kids and the families I’ve met through BBCH, are like my kids. They’re my family. I have watched them grow up, pick out prom dresses, graduate high school and head off to college. Never would I have imagined that I could make such a difference in someone’s life, or better yet, help save a life. It’s incredible.” Since 2006, 107.5 Frank FM has held it’s ‘Cares For Kids Radiothon’ broadcasting live from the Atrium at BBCH for 3 days, and has helped to raise more than $1 million.
Over the past decade the Porch family has had four children who have needed overnight stays at BBCH: "Our youngest child was born early and spent a month in the NICU before he could come home. Although you hope to never see your children needing hospitalization, knowing that we have such high-quality care so nearby is such a comfort! The incredible staff treats not only the patient, but our whole family. From the reassurance and comfort they give to us as parents to the way they have included our other children with age-appropriate support, every aspect of the care we received was exemplary. As the owners of a local restaurant, we have been fundraising for BBCH for several years on-site through patron donations and a corporate match. This past year, our children got into the spirit of it and set aside their own money they have earned to shop from the BBCH Wish List. We are committed to supporting the BBCH and the families receiving care in every way we can."
Jaime MacMillan, Child Life Specialist, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital: "I became a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) because I have been able to see the positive impact of “play” on a child and how important that is while they are in the hospital. I also loved the idea that I could help a child adjust to their hospital stay and be able to help educate them on their diagnosis or treatment through developmentally appropriate teaching. I started fundraising for BBCH during last year’s Color Run because I love this hospital and I absolutely adore these patients! With my job, I am able to see firsthand where a lot of donations go (events for patients, gifts, crafts, etc.) and I am able to see the positive effect they have on every single patient. Fundraising and events like the Color Run really help shine the light on how amazing this hospital really is.