At McLane Children's, we understand that children are not mini-adults, and their healthcare requires specialized equipment, training, and support programs. From smaller tools to our Child Life program, everything at McLane Children's is designed specifically with children and families in mind.


Philanthropic Opportunities 

Child Life

Child Life specialist and patientOur Child Life program helps children and families deal with the stress and anxiety that often accompany healthcare experiences. Through play activities, relaxation and stress management, and opportunities to socialize with other children, Child Life helps to normalize the hospital experience and provides emotional support for children and their families.

The Child Life program relies heavily on philanthropy. Many of our activities, supplies, and each of our summer camps are funded by your generous gifts to help children deal with medical treatment in a positive way.

Read about a day in the life of our Child Life team.

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News in Child Life
We are delighted to announce that McLane Children's was one of 11 grant recipients awarded funds from The Children's Hospital Association and The Toy Foundation to help provide play resources for our young patients. By making play more accessible in children's hospital settings, their support will help strength the social, emotional, physical, and behavioral development of children.


Camp Dreamcatcher

Camp DreamcatcherChildren with cancer want to feel “normal.” That’s why McLane Children’s offers Camp Dreamcatcher. This special annual summer camp allows pediatric cancer patients, along with their brothers and sisters, to enjoy a normal summer camp experience while still receiving the necessary specialized medical care they need. Camp Dreamcatcher serves all pediatric Hematology/Oncology patients, between the ages of 6 and 15, who receive their treatment at McLane Children’s.

This camp helps restore the self-esteem and confidence that children often lose during the course of treatment for a cancer or blood disorder, provides an opportunity for patients and their siblings to meet other children in similar circumstances, and helps restore a sense of normalcy.

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Children's Miracle Network


Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals nationwide. Donations stay local to fund critical services, equipment, and charitable care. Since 1983, CMNH has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time.

Find out more about how you can partner with us through CMNH!


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Grandparents' Club

Pat and Melissa Mullins with grandchildrenThe Grandparents' Club is a unique way to honor your grandchildren through a gift that provides life-saving equipment and other necessities at McLane Children's. Since its inception, this special giving club has funded recliners for patient rooms, kitchen equipment, medical equipment, and much more.

It doesn't matter if you answer to Grandpa, Gigi, Grammie, Pops, or MeMaw, you are invited to join this exciting group of supporters! Contact Jennifer Williams at 254-899-3771 or to learn more.

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