The Division of Neurology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has been chosen as the 2016 & 2017 Black Tie Tailgate beneficiary. The Division is recognized as a world leader in pediatric neurologic disorders. CHOP’s neurologists have advanced training and experience in pediatric stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, sleep disorders, developmental delay, neurogenetic disorders, multiple sclerosis and neonatal neurology, among other neurological disorders in children. The 2016 event raised a record $590,000 for the Division, and we hope to top that in 2017!
Jacob suffered an ischemic stroke at 2 1/2 years old resulting in significant weakness in the left side of his body. He had to relearn how to crawl, cruise and walk again. Now 7 1/2 years old, he loves playing sports and swimming in the ocean. The Pediatric Stroke Program at CHOP is one of only a few in the world. The CHOP stroke specialists provide rapid diagnosis, life-saving critical care, and intensive rehabilitation to maximize recovery.
Grace was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a relentless, progressive neuromuscular disorder that inhibits a body’s ability to regulate coordination in the arms and legs and can trigger heart problems, diabetes and scoliosis. Now in 9th grade, Grace doesn’t dwell on her disease. Though she is often tired by the end of her school day, she loves learning and is a voracious reader with a keen scientific mind. CHOP is home to the Friedreich Ataxia Center of Excellence. The Center offers comprehensive medical care, medication trials and cutting-edge research to better understand this serious disorder.
In 2015, 6-year-old Claire suffered a mild fall, become very dizzy and her right side was very weak. She became unable to walk, talk and lost consciousness. Claire was diagnosed with Hemiplegic Migraine. After 2 months in rehab building her strength, Claire continued outpatient therapy and is now a happy first grader who just loves life. The Headache Program at CHOP offers care in the community and at the CHOP Main Campus. Healthy headache habits are key. For children with disabling and difficult-to-treat headaches, CHOP offers infusion therapies, psychological pain counseling, and procedural treatments such as a peripheral nerve blocks or Botox® injections.
On the morning of July 5, 2013, 13-year-old Hailey was reading a newspaper story when her speech became slurred and she quickly lost the ability to speak. After being admitted to CHOP, she was diagnosed with Anti NMDA Receptor Encephalitis- a disease discovered by CHOP. CHOP became her family’s home for the next 261 days. Hailey spent months in the intense care unit. Hailey is now in 11th grade, has joined four different clubs at her high school and was inducted into the prestigious National Honor Society. Hailey’s future plans are to go to college where she will pursue her dream of a career helping children.
Past Beneficiary Departments
2014 & 2015: Division of Neonatology
Total raised: over $900,000
2012 & 2013: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Total raised: over $850,000
2011: Center for Autism Research
Total raised: over $250,000
The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP) made its first donation to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1986. The $50,000 donation was given after the 1986 Philadelphia Auto Show. Since then, the ADAGP and its entities have donated $6.9 million to the Hospital. Today, donations are made through the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.