100% of donations to EagleTHON are for the kids at Children's National Medical Center -- not for administrative fees. Children's National treats every child who walks through their doors, regardless of whether or not they have insurance or can afford treatment. Children's National also provides supplemental care that cannot be charged to insurance, such as art and music therapy. This results in over $80 million worth of donated care at Children's National every year.
Music, Art, and Dog Therapy
Children's National believes that every kid deserves to enjoy being a kid, even when they're in the hospital. That's why the hospital offers many programs that work to make the hospital a positive, less stressful experience for kids. Art and music therapy can help children work through their feelings about treatments, and visits from therapy dogs can cheer up every hospital room. The Seacrest Studio in the Children's National lobby let's kids put on radio shows, play trivia games, and participate in interviews with famous visitors. Olympic Gold Medal winner Katie Ledecky visited the kids at Seacrest Studio after the Olympics.
Children's National understands that kids aren't just tiny adults, they have different bodies and need kid-tailored care. The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children's National researches less invasive, more accurate, and less painful surgical techniques for children. Children's National also researched brand new care for childhood cancer, immune system disorders, infectious diseases, and genetic medicine, among other topics.