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Posts published in November 2015

When Adult Medical Devices Fall Short for Kids

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Nov. 2 Associated Press article, "Move to Spur Pint-Sized Medical Devices to Treat Sick Kids," underscores the vital role of philanthropy in meeting the specialized needs of children. "Children are not just miniature adults; their bodies are growing and changing," reporter Lauran Neergaard writes, but unfortunately "many of the medical devices needed to treat sick children were built for adults." Sadly for children with specialized medical needs, "there's little financial incentive [for manufacturers] to create and test pint-sized devices because children overall are healthier than adults and make up a fraction of the treatment market." But there's hope in the form of innovation.

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Superheroes Visit Kids, Honor "Batman"

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fifteen superheroes gathered on Oct. 21 at Children’s National to visit patients, deliver toys, and honor the late Lenny Robinson, who was better known in the hospital as “Batman.” The Superhero Extravaganza was made possible by the Hope for Henry Foundation, which brings fun and laughter to kids with cancer and other serious illnesses. The event honored the late Lenny Robinson, who had partnered with the foundation for nearly 10 years, dressing up as Batman and visiting sick children. He died tragically in late August.

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