CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Carolina For The Kids is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Carolina For The Kids. The grants help advance programs, services and other Hospital-based initiatives that directly impact care and specific patient-related needs for patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital, thus helping get patients well faster.
The Carolina For The Kids Grants are unique in that they are short-term, small amount grants, rather than larger grants that take months or even years to obtain. This allows for hospital personnel to be able to alleviate immediate needs that they identify within the hospital.
This year, Carolina For The Kids funded 17 grants worth $70,755. Grants funded include educational waiting room activities, education sessions for parents with children in the NICU, resources for understanding and managing diabetes, food models, art supplies and knee calipers for children with disabilities.
“We’re thrilled to offer this kind of support to the patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital,” Hannah Dix, Carolina For the Kids executive director, says. “None of this could be done without the help of our incredible dancers, donors and sponsors.”
Dr. Neal deJong and Lisa Richardson, the recipients of a 2017 Carolina For The Kids Grant, found the need for knee calipers during their pediatric and nutritional work. Without knee calipers, doctors must stretch out disabled patients and measure their body segments in order to obtain their height, which is uncomfortable for the patient and does not provide accurate measurements. Knee calipers help provide more accurate measurements of height and weight for disabled children in order to better determine their nutritional needs.
“Knee calipers will help save children from unnecessary discomfort, pain and suffering,” Dr. deJong says.
“They will help us become more goal-directed when determining nutritional information, rather than relying on trial and error. They are a simple device that could change our nutritional practice for disabled children onwards.”
Carolina For The Kids Grant and Carolina For The Kids Research Grant applications for 2018 will open in Fall of 2017. For more information about grants, please contact Hannah Dix, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.