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Published in Under the Rainbow on May 01, 2014

Inspiring Hope Saving Lives

Support from our community is instrumental to our success. These connections with you, our supporters, inspire hope in our hearts and those of our patients and in turn, save lives.


Former patient Kaylen Crayton, 5, of Canton, gathered 269 coloring books, 219 boxes of crayons and $181 during her coloring book and crayon drive to support the children at Batson. She delivered them during the holiday season.


Dr. Neva Penton Eklund, associate professor and chair of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health, congratulated Rush 2 Brush 5K and Fun Run participants Caleb Henderson and Serenity Moore. In its 10th year, the event raises approximately $5,000 annually for the pediatric dentistry program.

At Clinton High School’s ‘Pink Out Pep Rally’ in October, student groups presented a $7,000 donation to the Children’s Cancer Center. Batson Children’s Hospital representative Ruth Thomas, second from right, accepted the donation from teacher and philanthropy coordinator Megan Berry, second from left, and students, from left, Kristen Timlake, Darren Hudson, and Casey Barnett.

Employees at the 1st Mississippi Federal Credit Union in Meridian raised more than $9,000 for Batson during a holiday fundraising campaign that included a cookout and an LCD TV raffle. The credit union fundraises under the Credit Unions for Kids brand, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program.

Joe Sanderson, second from left, CEO and chairman of the board of Sanderson Farms, and Century Club Charities president John Lang, left, present proceeds from the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship to Sara Ray, Friends of Children's Hospital chairman, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine. The tournament raised $300,000, but two anonymous donations catapulted the total to more than $500,000.

Representatives and sponsors of the “This Is the Way We Praise Him” showcase donate more than $9,000 to Dr. Rick Barr, left, Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, and Guy Giesecke, center, CEO of Children’s of Mississippi.  Attending the presentation are, from left,  Dan Modisett, general manager of WDBD/WLBT, Staccia Hunter, executive director of the We Make It Better Foundation, Torrez Harris, program director of 95.5 FM, Joy Redmond, WDBD anchor and Maggie Wade-Dixon, WLBT anchor.

The Sigma Nu fraternity at Ole Miss donated $25,000 to Friends of Children’s Hospital from their 2013 Charity Bowl. Attending the presentation are from left, Suzan Thames, honorary chair of Friends’ board, Friends board member Sidney Allen Sr., Sigma Nu Commander Will Andrews, Charity Bowl chairs Paul DeForest and Patrick McDaniel, pledge J.D. Maloney, board member Kristin Allen and Sigma Nu alum Sidney Allen Jr.

Nine-year-old Zachary Varela rounds the final corner in the Fun Run at the 4th Annual Jingle Bell Jog benefiting the Children’s Cancer Center.

More than $42,000 was raised at the inaugural Troopers Care Scramble Golf Tournament for Batson’s palliative care program. Dr. Rick Boyte, third from right, professor and chief of pediatric palliative care, accepted the donation from Mississippi State Troopers, from left, Mike Holmes, John Minor, Timothy Fuller, Charles Lamb and Wade Zimmerman. Joining him were Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant, second from left, and Lauren and Brent Casavechia, far right, whose son Hayden was a patient of the palliative care team.