You're invited to join Grandparents' Club!

Grandparents' Club Spotlight: The Spiekerman Family, click to learn moreCalling all Grandmas, Grandpas, Nonnas, Papaws, Grammies and Grampys! Celebrate the joy of being a grandparent by joining this exclusive group of supporters. Make a special gift to both honor your grandchildren and show them what it means to help others. In addition, your gift helps ensure that your grandchildren have access to high-quality, compassionate health care here in Central Texas. 

2018 Activities

  • *Free* Educational Opportunities for grandparents
    • Summer Safety Course
    • CPR Training
  • Exclusive experiences for grandparents and grandchildren
    • Meet-and-Greet with Lorenzo the Therapy Dog
    • Get-Well Card Making for children in the hospital
  • Funds from 2018 membership dues will be used to purchase a Bi-Pap machine unless otherwise designated

Many of those who join Grandparents' Club also get involved at our hospital by volunteering, organizing fundraisers, assisting with special events, and staffing the McLane Children's Starflower Gift Shop.


  • Personalized letter mailed to your grandchildren to let them know a gift was made in their honor
  • 30% discount on merchandise at the McLane Children's Starflower Gift Shop
  • Invitations to exclusive Grandparents' Club events for you and your grandchildren
  • Updates to stay "in the know" about the amazing things happening at McLane Children's

You can make additional gifts throughout the year to recognize your grandchildren's good grades, first soccer goal, birthday, and other special occasions. A letter will be mailed ot help them celebrate these special moments. 

Impact of Your Annual Gift

  • $100
    Your gift will help us purchase essential items like diapers for NICU patients, blood pressure cuffs, toys, and art supplies.
  • $500
    A gift of this size will help us purchase therapy supplies, medical-use iPads, and items essential to life-saving equipment like our ECMO machine.
  • $1,000+
    Larger gifts help us acquire larger equipment like a specialized wheelchair, a distraction station, or a breathing machine.

Interested in leaving a legacy through a bequest or planned gift? You might be surprised how easy it can be and how you can financially benefit your loved ones while giving to your favorite charity. Learn more. 

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Funding Priority: Bi-Pap Machine

As the weather changes with the cooler season, children are more susceptible to illnesses, such as RSV, which affect their delicate lungs. The Bi-Pap machine provides non-invasive respiratory support to children who are having difficulty breathing, without the need for a breathing tube.


  • Helps children take deep breaths by pushing air into the lungs
  • Can deliver medication deep into the patient’s lungs to help speed healing
  • Non-invasive method lowers the risk for infection, allows patients to talk and take medications orally, and can reduce the need for sedation
  • Increased patient comfort with a higher pressure level for inhaling and a lower one for exhaling

Scarlett's Story

Scarlett in the hospital with RSVKande Hein knew something was not right when her five-week-old daughter, Scarlett, failed to improve after battling a cold for two weeks.

She rushed Scarlett to the emergency room after discovering her temperature was dangerously high for an infant. Scarlett was transferred by ambulance to McLane Children’s for critical care, her cold having masked symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

"This thirteen-day rollercoaster has been the hardest days of my life, just watching her go through this," Kande says.

RSV, which causes labored breathing and infections of the lungs and respiratory tract, is an aggressive virus and can become serious very quickly, especially in infants. "It's scary because there's no medicine that can cure it," Kande says. "It's their body that has to fix it."

The BiPap machine supports children and infants like Scarlett as they fight respiratory illness by pushing oxygen into the lungs as the child breaths in, helping them take deeper breaths.

After spending more than two weeks in the hospital, Scarlett was able to join her family at home.