Altru Health Foundation
We are excited to announce that Altru’s Gala 2016 will benefit Kid’s Health, which will provide funds to Altru’s Child Life program as well as Camp Good Mourning. Altru’s Gala will take place September 10, 2016 at the Alerus Center.
Many times when a child visits a hospital, it can be a stressful and scary experience. Some are visiting relatives who might not be with them much longer, some are going through difficult treatments, some will have to travel to a specialist away from their homes. Kids going through these difficult times need more than just treatments, they need support and caring. Currently Altru employs one Child Life specialist who helps up to 2,500 children a year cope with these difficult situations.
Camp Good Mourning is an annual three-day grief camp for 50 children and teens, ages six through 18, who have experienced the death of a loved one. Each child is partnered with their own “buddy” volunteer, in order for them to receive one-on-one support. Staff of Altru’s Hospice and trained volunteers facilitate group sessions and activities to help children and teens express their feelings, learn healthy coping strategies and share experiences with others who have lost a loved one.
In the event’s eleven year history, over $1.5 million has been raised for various patient needs throughout Altru Health System, including Breast Cancer Coalition, Breast Center, Diabetes Center, MS Clinic, NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), Emergency Department, Hospice—Sentimental Journey, HARP (Renal Dialysis), Pediatric Therapy Services, Altru’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative, and Altru’s Health n’ Fit Initiative.