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Children’s Hospitals Across the Country Hope to Win Big in Football Fan Challenge

San Francisco, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Kansas City Hospitals Compete to Win Big in Play-Off Fundraiser


PALO ALTO, Calif. – It’s a double win! Football fans cheering on the remaining four football playoff teams can show their team spirit while raising funds for their local children’s hospital.

As the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles compete this weekend to go to the big game, their local children’s hospitals are heading into their own special fan challenge! Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Mercy Kansas City and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have teamed up for Touchdown for Kids’ Health, a (friendly) fundraising competition to see who can raise the most support for their team’s local children’s hospital. Patients and care team members at all four children’s hospitals are rooting for their local football teams, so each children’s hospital is challenging fans to get in on the action.

Fans can participate by going to to vote for their favorite team and donate to their local children’s hospital until 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 12. Each competing hospital has set the goal to raise $15,000, and the hospital to raise the most donations wins bragging rights!

In honor of February’s Heart Month and Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills’ safety player who stunned the nation when he suffered cardiac arrest on the field in early January, donations to each children’s hospital will support children’s heart research (unless otherwise specified). All four hospitals offer specialized care, including that provided at the Stanford Children’s Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center, for children from around the globe who are suffering from heart conditions. Whichever team you’re rooting for, when fans support children’s health, we all win.

About Stanford Medicine Children’s Health
Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its center, is the Bay Area’s largest health care system exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Our network of care includes more than 65 locations across Northern California and more than 85 locations in the U.S. Western region. Along with Stanford Health Care and the Stanford School of Medicine, we are part of Stanford Medicine, an ecosystem harnessing the potential of biomedicine through collaborative research, education, and clinical care to improve health outcomes around the world. We are a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the community through meaningful outreach programs and services and providing necessary medical care to families, regardless of their ability to pay. Discover more at

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
A non-profit, charitable organization, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, the 595-bed hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. The institution has a well-established history of providing advanced pediatric care close to home through its CHOP Care Network, which includes more than 50 primary care practices, specialty care and surgical centers, urgent care centers, and community hospital alliances throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as a new inpatient hospital with a dedicated pediatric emergency department in King of Prussia. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit

Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is a leading independent children’s health organization dedicated to holistic care, translational research, educating caregivers and breakthrough innovation to create a world of well-being for all children. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” For the fifth consecutive time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to only about 8% of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. More than 850 pediatric subspecialists, researchers and faculty across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and education of the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides hope, comfort and the prospect of brighter tomorrows to every child who passes through its doors. Visit Children’s Mercy and the Children’s Mercy Research Institute to learn more, and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for the latest news and videos.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
For 140 years Cincinnati Children’s has been a beacon of hope for children and families. A gem of the Queen City, the medical center is consistently recognized as one of the Top 3 children’s hospitals in the nation. Families from around the world travel to Cincinnati for access to their renowned specialists, innovative care and pioneering research. From the development of game-changing vaccines for life-threating diseases like rotavirus and polio to growing the world’s first tiny organs and developing the next generation of cancer care, their groundbreaking research is changing the face of pediatric medicine. As a nonprofit hospital and research center, donors are a vital part of the care team at Cincinnati Children’s. Learn more about how they’re changing the outcome.