As much as we can

Esther’s Friends partners with Chicagoland institutions to provide support to children, and families of children, facing long-term hospitalizations, based on each institutions' unique critical need.

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Thanks to the generous outpouring of donations, Esther’s Friends has partnered with:

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to provide critical support by funding a parking pass for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit families for the next four years, supporting the position of Child Life Specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for one year, supplying adaptive toys and switches for use in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and providing 70 books for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit inpatients to keep and take home;

  • Rush University Children's Hospital to provide 660 books for inpatients to keep and take home as well as 20 iPads for pediatric inpatient use. The new iPads support learning needs, connect families, and prepare and support these inpatients through diagnosis education and upcoming procedure information;

  • Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy to provide funding for a new therapy dog to visit children throughout Chicagoland. Visit the page "Our Therapy Dog, Eva" from the dropdown above to learn all about her;

  • Comer Children's Hospital (University of Chicago Medicine) to provide 525 comfort care kits to families in the Pediatric Intensive Care and Isolation Units. These kits include basic hygiene materials, activity books, games, fuzzy socks, blankets, a journal, and thanks to your donations, now also include a meal voucher and parking pass;

  • Loyola Medicine Children's Hospital to create the Esther Viola Frey Patient Support Fund to meet the greatest needs of patients and their families suffering from financial insecurity;

  • Advocate Children's Hospital to provide 300 comfort care kits to pediatric inpatients. These kits create a needed diversion for the children and include coloring books, toys, and games;

  • Children's Hospital University of Illinois to provide 100 parking passes for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and pediatric inpatient families facing financial insecurity; and

  • Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's to provide meals for families staying at the house.

We aren't done yet.

Because of you, we will continue to grow and find innovative and creative ways to provide assistance to the children and families.

The Daily Herald published an article about Esther's Friends!