The Stan and Jan Healthy Kids Foundation devotes itself to funding children’s health and well-being initiatives inspired by the family-centered message of Stan & Jan’s creative legacy; the world of the Berenstain Bears.
Berenstain Foundation Teams Up With Project BraveThe Berenstain Bears Healthy Kids Foundation is proud to be partnering with Project Brave, a not-for-profit organization developed to work with children to encourage healthy relationship habits through the principles of social and emotional learning. Project Brave was formed in memory of Dr. Casey Mitchell who was fatally shot in a tragic murder-suicide by her husband of one year while inside her home in San Antonio, Texas. In the United States, homicide at the hands of an intimate partner happens every 8 hours. Every day, 3 women are murdered by their partners. Every day 3 lives are lost. 3 families are broken. 3 communities are devastated. 3 women will never see tomorrow. That is 1,095 women per year, and Project Brave Believes we can do better. They aim to do this by intervening early to educate children about bullying, respectful boundaries, and the tenants of healthy relationships. Find more about Project Brave on their site: http://www.projectbrave.net/.
Berenstain Foundation Teams Up With CHOP Mission in GuatemalaThis year the Healthy Kids Foundation is supporting the Children Hospital Of Philadelphia’s second Surgical Mission trip to Guatemala. The Mission trip aims to provide surgeries and care to Guatemalan children with limited access to advanced pediatric healthcare. Last year for their first trip, CHOP’s surgical team completed over 60 pediatric surgeries and hope to do the same for their mission this June. The traveling surgical team led by CHOP’s pediatric general surgeon Dr. Doolin, also includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses from CHOP and several other area hospitals.For more information on CHOP’s Guatemala mission and the dedicated professionals participating in the program, visit the CHOP Facebook page.-More-
Hospital FriendsThe Stan and Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation will receive on-going financial support from the publication of The Berenstain Bears’ Hospital Friends by Mike Berenstain, from HarperCollins. All of the author’s royalties from sales of this book will be donated directly to the Foundation.The Berenstain Bears’ Hospital Friends represents the fulfillment of the Berenstains’ long-cherished dream of adding a story about visiting the hospital to the Berenstain Bears series, which has for decades has been a source for children coping with new experiences and difficult health problems. For years, this dream remained on the backburner, but when Mike Berenstain married Dr. Laura Diaz, then a pediatric anesthesiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)—they immediately began making it a reality.-More-
Berenstain Foundation Partners With Heart to Heart Peru InitiativeThe Stan & Jan Healthy Kids Foundation is pleased to continue it’s support of Heart to Heart’s Peru initiative in 2016. In January Heart to Heart began collaborating with cardiac teams in the nation of Peru, where less than a third of children have access to heart surgery. Heart to Heart not only aims to help Children born with congenital heart defects, but also to also set up a cardiac care infrastructure for Children all around Peru. This is done through teams providing lifesaving surgeries while also training local doctors and nurses throughout the country. To learn more check out the video HERE.-More-