Children's Fund Update

A Lifetime of Smiles for Jax: Compassionate, Family-Centered Care for All (Fall 2012)

A child’s smile is one of life’s greatest joys. For Kristi and Jon Cannon of Redwood City, parents of 2-year-old Jax, that simple pleasure is something they will always cherish. “Now we know that anything can happen at any moment—even when we’re just home, winding down after a busy afternoon,” explains Kristi. That’s precisely how the accident happened...

Fantastic Four: Quadruplet Girls Get a Healthy Start at Packard (Winter 2011)

"When Samantha told me she was pregnant, I said, ‘That’s great,’ and then went to work. Little did we know that they would be quadruplets!” Wayne Wang laughs as he recalls how he and his wife, Samantha Weng, of Redwood Shores, got the shocking news. “Each ultrasound revealed one more baby. We joked that we didn’t want any more ultrasounds after the fourth one.” Samantha and Wayne beat million-to-one odds...

Fall 2011

In two short decades, Packard Children’s has cared for thousands of families and developed treatments and cures that have changed the face of pediatric and obstetric medicine. Your gifts to the Children’s Fund have played an invaluable role in enabling Packard to provide the best care possible. Each year, the Children’s Fund sustains Family Support and Outreach programs, ensures Care for All, and supports innovative Pediatric Research. It is your ongoing generosity that makes Packard a special place for children and families...

Winter 2010

On September 9, 2008, the world as we knew it changed,” says Allison Rix of Los Gatos. While riding in the car that day, Allison’s daughter, Erica, 6, tossed one end of a jump rope out the window to flutter in the wind. Suddenly, the rope caught in the car’s axle and a loop tightened around Erica’s wrist, severing her left hand... 

Fall 2010

July 12 was a big day for the Ho family of Cupertino. That morning, Cassie Ho, 13, and her father, Simon, both went in for surgery. Due to a condition called biliary atresia, Cassie was facing end-stage liver failure. At Stanford Hospital, a portion of Simon’s liver was removed, then rushed next door to Packard Children’s and transplanted into his daughter. Just weeks later, both Cassie and Simon are doing well. Still, some big questions remain...