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How We’re Saving Children’s Lives

SWFL Children’s Charities is dedicated to saving children’s lives by supporting the region’s growing pediatric health care system. Under the leadership of its Board of Directors and with the passionate and generous support of its Trustees, SWFL Children’s Charities has raised $18.7 million to local pediatric health care initiatives over the past nine years making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The trustees and sponsors underwrite the event and the nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the auction proceeds to three primary local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the most significant beneficiary of the event, which provides health services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. grants funds to Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College to provide scholarships and equipment to educate the community’s next generation of pediatric health care professionals, and is considering grants to other children’s causes in Southwest Florida from 2018 proceeds. By way of the festival, SWFL Children’s Charities strives to make sure the Southwest Florida community has the best resources possible for children right here at home. Any child might need these services at any point, and we’re ensuring they will be available to them if and when that time comes.

Some children come into the world perfectly healthy, growing stronger each year, but that can change in the blink of an eye. Just ask the parent of a child with cancer how quickly things can change. Other young ones arrive too early, and thanks to lifesaving advancements in neonatal medicine and dedicated professionals, these babies get the special care they need at the beginning of life so they can go on to live full and healthy lives. At any age, a normally healthy child can experience sudden trauma due to an accident, an allergic reaction, or a virus. Just ask any child who has received lifesaving care for an acute condition what their short stay in the PICU meant to them. It means LIFE – and that’s what it’s all about.

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  • The diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating for families. However, the journey of care can lead to hope when the family is able to turn to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida for world-class pediatric oncology treatment. In support of this lifesaving program that enables local families to stay close to home, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2018 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Fund-A-Cause initiative is dedicated to supporting the pediatric oncology program at Golisano Children’s Hospital. With 43 children across the nation diagnosed with cancer every day, the need for pediatric oncology resources within the region is imperative. During the Live Auction of the 2018 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, auction-goers can can raise their paddles in support of this year’s Fund-A-Cause, helping make unbearable circumstances much easier for young patients undergoing months, or even years, of treatment for cancer at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Offering lifesaving treatment right here in Southwest Florida, the pediatric oncology team at Golisano Children’s Hospital enables families to stay together, keeping loved ones close without having to travel out of the region or state for superior services,” said Elaine Hawkins, trustee and president of the board of directors, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “Providing for our children and families in need is key to our mission at SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., and we are honored to dedicate our Fund-A-Cause dollars to the pediatric oncology program at Golisano Children’s Hospital.” The benefits of having these services available nearby is deeply appreciated and important to families of pediatric cancer patients, including the Bell family. One of the many children treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Jack Bell, son of Ed and Rachel Bell, was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer at the age of two. Because the tumor would not respond to treatment alone, Jack needed a liver transplant in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Thankfully, because of the services available at Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Bell family was able to return home less than a month after the transplant, and Jack received seven months of chemotherapy at Golisano. He is now a healthy 12-year-old boy who is thriving in school and playing sports. “If we didn’t have this amazing children’s hospital in Fort Myers, we would have been forced to move permanently,” said Rachel Bell. “To this day, Jack goes to the hospital every two months for testing, so it continues to be very important to his survival.” The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program was created in 1997 to meet the growing need for a comprehensive pediatric health care facility in Southwest Florida. The State of Florida Department of Children’s Medical Services has designated Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Program as one of just nine centers in the state for infants and children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. Through the center’s membership in the Children’s Oncology Group, a cooperative research group supported by the National Cancer Institute, Golisano Children’s Hospital can ensure that patients have access to advanced therapies and the collective expertise of world-renowned specialists.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. to dedicate funds from 2018 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest to support pediatric oncology

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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. unveils auction lots up for bid at 2018 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has unveiled the 38 phenomenal offerings that will be up for bid during the 2018 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. names 2017-2018 trustees of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

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  • SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. presents $200,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. presents $200,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University

Funds to support students in FGCU’s health science programs SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to present $200,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in [...]

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