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Promise: The Campaign for Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital was founded on a commitment — a promise — to meet the medical needs of children in our community. The Promise campaign was a $475 million fundraising effort, and it was launched to help ensure that we can continue fulfilling that commitment and keeping that promise as our community grows and changes and as our patients’ needs evolve over time.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Texas Children’s friends and supporters like you, we exceeded our goal in November 2018, raising $578.4 million and finishing two years early.

To learn more, see our Impact Report.

Oliver's Journey of Hope

Oliver’s Journey of Hope

On September 25, Texas Children’s Heart Center patients were moved to the Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower. One family shared with us some very special memories of that day.

“When I was pregnant, we learned that our baby had a heart condition that would be fatal without intervention. We did our research and learned that Texas Children’s was ranked number one in the country for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. We relocated to Houston because we knew that it would be the best place to give our baby a chance at life.

“Oliver was born at the Pavilion for Women and had his first surgery when he was only seven days old. His case has been complicated, and he has remained in the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU). Texas Children’s is the only home he has ever known.

“The move to the new Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower is a highlight in our journey. On move day, Oliver was the very last one to leave West Tower’s cardiac unit, and he was treated like a celebrity. There was a lot of fanfare as we made a final lap around the old unit, wheeling past countless people who have invested a piece of themselves in our baby.

“We love being in the new building—it’s a beautiful space and everything is so well thought out. Being able to room in with Oliver while we wait for his second open heart surgery makes this difficult time in our lives a little easier. No matter what the future holds, making the choice to come to Texas Children’s Hospital is one we will never regret.”

—The Blankenship Family