Celebrate with Friends

With her beloved South Texas in mind, Clara Driscoll chose to give the bulk of her family's estate to create the Robert Driscoll and Julia Driscoll and Robert Driscoll Jr. Foundation in order to establish a children's hospital. Since 1953, thanks to her vision and generosity, thousands upon thousands of children have received high-quality care at Driscoll Children's Hospital. In 2013, we were blessed to "Celebrate with Friends" who support our mission. Their generosity throughout our 60-year history has helped us continually meet the needs of our patients and families.

Another record-breaking year for annual Radiothon

(From left) Marshall Miguez, his mother Natalie Murphy and pediatric nephrologist Salam Gharaybeh, MD, were interviewed during the 2013 Radiothon.

On March 1, K-99 (KRYS 99.1 FM) teamed up with Driscoll Children's Hospital and McDonald's for the 11th annual Radiothon. The one-day event was broadcasted live from the main lobby at Driscoll Children's Hospital and raised a record $77,850.

Listeners tuned in to hear patients, parents, physicians and staff share inspirational stories of hope and healing. Over the past decade, K-99 listeners have helped raise more than $450,000 to benefit the patients and services provided at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Patient's journey inspires at Radiothon

One of the happiest, most carefree guests at this year's Radiothon was 4-year-old Marshall Miguez. Marshall's easygoing demeanor shows no hint of the difficulties he has faced since he came into the world. He and his twin brother were born premature at 29 weeks and were taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

That wasn't all. There was also something wrong with Marshall's kidneys. Physicians weren't sure if he was going to make it.

"It was one of the worst things we've ever heard," said Marshall's mother, Natalie Murphy.

The family moved to the Coastal Bend from San Antonio when Marshall was nine months old. He went to Driscoll four times a week for dialysis. Before putting Marshall on a list for a new kidney, an evaluation had to be completed to see if he was suited to receive the transplant.

"While we were doing an ultrasound of the abdomen, we found a mass in his liver, and we started evaluating the kind of mass," said Salam Gharaybeh, MD, nephrologist at Driscoll's Kidney Center. "And we found out it was a liver tumor. He had to have the tumor removed."

Four months of chemotherapy treatment followed, and in November 2012, Marshall received a kidney transplant at Driscoll Children's Hospital. He comes to Driscoll twice a week now for check-ups.

"He's happy and loves the nurses and (Dr. Gharaybeh)," Murphy said. "He likes to talk to everybody. He walks around the clinic like it belongs to him.

"I'm excited about him starting to grow and having more energy and playing more with his brothers, and just seeing him change."

Annual Fiesta de los Niños
is a record-breaker

(From left) Driscoll President and CEO Steve Woerner thanks Fiesta de los Niños co-chairs Tom Hunt, Allison Hunt, Vicki Gaarder and Phil Gaarder.

On Feb. 8, Driscoll Children's Hospital's 21st annual Fiesta de los Niños was held at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall. It included its signature combination of fun, food and music - all with the mission of offering more and enhanced services to the children of South Texas.

A record-breaking $780,000 was netted from the 2013 Fiesta de los Niños and will touch several key specialty areas throughout Driscoll Children's Hospital, including the Rehabilitation Services Department, with a new, therapeutic music room; the Radiology Department, with the installation of a special, interactive program that entertains and distracts children during imaging procedures; and Pediatric Cardiology, with new, state-of-the-art, child-specific echocardiogram machines.

Guests at Fiesta de los Niños enjoyed silent, live and bid-board auctions, a barbecue dinner and entertainment by country music artist Johnny Lee, singer of the 1980 hit, "Lookin' for Love."

Driscoll Children's Hospital, Whataburger join to help Rio Grande Valley children

Driscoll Children's Gala is a success thanks to the support from the Rio Grande Valley community and volunteers.

On a daily basis, physicians and staff from Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi travel to Driscoll's specialty clinics in McAllen, Brownsville and Harlingen to treat patients who may have cancer, need a kidney transplant or are suffering from any number of diseases. A significant number of Driscoll's patients live in the Rio Grande Valley.

To benefit the Rio Grande Valley clinics, Driscoll joined with Whataburger for the Driscoll Children's Gala, a fundraiser held April 26 at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Event Center in Mercedes. The event netted more than $95,500 and promised a good time for all. Guests enjoyed cocktails, a barbecue dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing to the music of Scott Randolph & the White Lightning Band.

Singer Songwriter Showcase and Golf Classic a success

Steve Woerner, Driscoll President and CEO, is pictured with Thetis Neal during the Singer Songwriter Showcase.

The Singer Songwriter Showcase on Oct. 3 was another record-setting success, netting $170,000. The event featured successful songwriters who lined up on stage and with guitar in-hand, took turns telling the stories behind their hit songs and performing them as originally written. The crowd roared as they sang songs by George Strait, Reba McIntire, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and more.

The 18th annual Driscoll Golf Classic took place the following day. It was another sold-out tournament with committed sponsors that have supported the tournament for many years.

Driscoll friends contribute to Telethon

Channel 3's Katia Uriarte interviews Driscoll President and CEO Steve Woerner.

For 28 years, Driscoll Children's Hospital and KIII TV have staged the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, bringing viewers true-to-life stories of children meeting tremendous challenges with the help of South Texas' finest healthcare professionals. In 2013, the 29th annual event was held once again at La Palmera Mall in Corpus Christi and from KGBT Studios in Harlingen.

The broadcast showed viewers how Driscoll Children's Hospital provides highly specialized, pediatric healthcare services to children in 31 South Texas counties. To meet those needs with new physicians, procedures, equipment and programs, fundraisers such as the Children's Miracle Network Telethon are crucial. And year after year, Driscoll supporters respond, and in 2013 more than $2.7 million was raised.

Brownsville Auxiliary members prepare for the Christmas in July event.
Members of the Auxiliary Board in Corpus Christi gather for their annual retreat.
Auxiliary member Ellen Carruthers (center) is interviewed during the CMN Telethon broadcast from Harlingen.

Auxiliary's
contributions enrich
hospital, clinics

Throughout the year, a group of more than 350 altruistic individuals give their time and hearts to the children of South Texas. The Auxiliary to Driscoll Children's Hospital has active volunteers in Corpus Christi, Brownsville and McAllen who gave 87,000 hours of service in 2012 - 2013.

In the Rio Grande Valley, 30 volunteers gave more than 9,000 hours of service. In addition to contributing to several Driscoll events, such as the Children's Miracle Network Telethon and the annual Christmas in July toy drive in Brownsville, the Auxiliary helped to enhance the patient experience at the specialty centers. In 2012 - 2013, the Auxiliary purchased a new vein finder, a portable bladder ultrasound and electronic gaming kiosk for the Rio Grande Valley clinics and continued to volunteer as bilingual assistants on a weekly basis.

In Corpus Christi, more than 330 volunteers gave 78,000 hours of service and added two new volunteer service areas to more than 30 existing areas. Their contributions included buying new furniture for the hospital's surgery waiting area, donating $100,000 for the Emergency Department renovation project and supporting several Driscoll events such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion, Children's Miracle Network Telethon and more.