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Lurie Children’s is dedicated to providing a healthier future for every child. But we can’t do it alone. As a nonprofit medical center and one of Chicago’s top children’s charities, we depend on your generosity to deliver exceptional, kid-friendly care to every child who needs it and to build safer spaces where children can grow up and thrive.

More than Medicine

Helping families regardless of their social and economic circumstance has always been at the core of Lurie Children’s mission—but we can’t do it without you. A gift to Lurie Children’s helps fund services that insurance doesn’t cover and programs that families don’t receive a bill for. Pet therapy visits, in-hospital summer camp, travel vouchers and school services as well as research, advocacy and training—are all supported by philanthropic gifts.

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  • 1 in 4 Chicago children lives in poverty
  • 56% Lurie Children's patients are under/uninsured
  • 164MM in uncompensated care

How Your Gift Will Help

Access for All

When children are facing a health crisis the last thing their family should worry about is the cost of care. Your gift helps families who are underinsured or uninsured so they can focus on their child, not on their finances. Your gift funds critical visits, like second opinion exams for children diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor.

Exceptional Care

Caring for kids takes more than medicine. From diagnosis through treatment—It requires compassion and understanding that kids do best when they get to be kids. Your gift helps us recruit the best talent and build and maintain kid-friendly spaces like our space-themed MRI rooms.

Stronger Communities

When communities thrive, kids are less likely to end up in the hospital. A gift to Lurie Children’s funds preventive health programs, helps us address the inequitable distribution of resources across Chicago and allows us to confront issues facing local kids like gun violence, mental health issues and food access challenges. 

Advanced Research

For many families, Lurie Children’s is a place of hope. Your support helps us provide groundbreaking treatments, conduct critical clinical trials and give patients the opportunity to explore new and different treatments.

Help During the Holidays

As a non-profit hospital, we depend on the kindness of our friends and donors to make the holidays happier for patients and families spending time at Lurie Children’s. You can bring hope and joy to kids by making a donation or starting a fundraiser, purchasing an item from our virtual wish list, or donating toys and gifts. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

Ways to Help

A world-class team is made up of hand raisers, go-getters and difference makers. It’s built by people who stand up for what they believe in. It’s fueled by those who won’t accept the status quo. From doctors to donors and supporters to scientists, it takes all of us to provide a healthier future for the kids we care about. You can join our team by fundraising, donating, advocating or volunteering.

Lurie Children’s Families & Friends

For family members and friends of Lurie Children's patients, our Families & Friends program offers a way to connect with other patient families, amplify your story and give back in a meaningful way.

Sizemore Family
Pasquale Family
Eggleston Family

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Inspiring Stories

Then and Now: Lurie Children’s community moves toward healthier futures for kids like Gia

Gia was one of the smallest patients we moved to the new hospital. She spent her first eight months of life in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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Parker’s Story – Thriving After a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Zach and Mary's unborn baby had a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. With the diagnosis, they were ready to transfer care to The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health.

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Abbey’s Story: Inspired to Run Again After Brain Surgery

Abbey was a three-sport athlete and sophomore in high school when she began to experience mysterious symptoms in 2018. Read more.

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With weekly visits for their ‘brain juice,’ sisters Annabelle and Abigail navigate a therapy for Batten disease

The Beedle sisters have a rare and incurable genetic condition called CLN2, a form of Batten Disease. Only about 20 cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S., and children with the condition may live only into their late teenage years. At Lurie Children's, they get an enzyme treatment every other week that aims to slow the progression of the disease. Read more.

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A'drah’s Story: Meeting Milestones with Mom by Her Side

In November 2020, A'drah had her tonsils and adenoids before Dr. Jennifer M. Lavin, Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, and Lurie Children's Aerodigestive Program team performed reconstructive airway surgery to widen her airway.

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A Father’s Legacy: “When You Give, You Get Even More”

For 97 years, Donald Lewan lived by two rules: Always remember a person’s name, and always give back. Read more.

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