Meet Jada, our July Calendar Kid

july craft
Jul 29 2016

Nearly four years after her kidney transplant, 10-year-old Jada Jackson continues to share a special bond with her pediatric nephrology team at CHoR. She describes her kidney transplant and years of continued transplant care with Dr. Bunchman, Dr. Lo, nurse Jules and other team members as a special experience. Jada was born with a kidney condition (multicystic dysplastic kidney) that can worsen over time to where there is little to no normal kidney function. “She received a preemptive living donor kidney transplant in October 2012 and has done very well since her transplant,” said Shirley Alexander-Das, clinical social worker for CHoR’s nephrology team. Jada will start 5th grade this fall. Her “big smile” and “sweetness” were among the reasons why... View Article

Helping little hands develop…
Celery stamping offers a fun way to develop finger skills

Jul 27 2016

Looking for a fun summer craft? You don’t need to look far! Occupational therapist Jessica Lynn shares suggestions for a special painting technique that involves an item that’s likely already in your fridge – celery! How to make a celery stamp rainbow fish Hidden behind this multi-medium fish craft is a wealth of fine and visual motor integration practice! The project offers the “just right challenge” for a wide range of ages and ability levels, and a variety of ways to create a final product.  Materials Outline of a fish on paper or cardstock Celery Variety of paint colors Googly eye (optional) Directions – Cut a stalk of celery into several pieces and set out a dab of each color... View Article

How an aquarium pet became a scientific star in childhood cancer research

Jul 7 2016

Q&A with Seth Corey, new chief of hematology and oncology, on the role of zebrafish in medical research and more Seth Corey, MD, MPH, joined Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and VCU Massey Cancer Center in October 2015 as the chief of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation. He is also the inaugural Children’s Hospital Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research, which is funded by a large grant from Children’s Hospital Foundation and a gift from Connor’s Heroes. Additionally, he is the co-leader of Massey’s Cancer Molecular Genetics research program and a professor of pediatrics and microbiology/immunology at the VCU School of Medicine. A board-certified pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher, Corey specializes in leukemias, bone... View Article

Kids Come First Files:
Caring for the whole family

ER family
Jul 3 2016

Our latest Kids Come First Files post comes from Heather, a mom who remembers her daughter’s most recent hospital stay as a “scary, yet comforting time because of the staff members who were involved” in the care of her entire family. While Heather’s oldest daughter Layla was receiving care for kidney complications, her youngest was celebrating her third birthday. Dear Dr. Rubin, I had called and left you a message, but wanted to put in writing, my utmost compliments to Dr. Bunchman, his nurses (Jan and Jules), and the pediatric department inpatient staff at wonderful Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. My family and I are used to receiving care from a teaching hospital as we are natives of Morgantown. Before our move to Virginia we were always patients at WVU Hospital where we always received... View Article

Baby, you’re a firework

beautiful colorful firework
Jul 1 2016

By Dr. Evan Silverstein, CHoR pediatric eye expert July 4th is just a few days away… and that means, FIREWORKS! Attending professional fireworks is a great way to celebrate our nation’s independence, but setting off fireworks at home can be dangerous. As a pediatric ophthalmologist, I see eye injuries in children and adults every year from fireworks, and most of them are very preventable. Some injuries can be as devastating as a ruptured globe of the eye, which can cause lifelong blindness. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission‘s 2014 report about injuries from fireworks estimated 10,500 fireworks injuries were treated in US hospitals. Nearly 35 percent of these injuries occurred in children younger than 15 years and 19 percent of all injuries involved the eyes. Prevent... View Article