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Greatest Gift Program

In football, the offensive line opens up holes for the running back to score. ZBPF creates opportunities that give the gifts of fun, excitement and joy to young patients and their families through experiences outside the hospital. Positive experiences can improve a patient’s quality of life, stress level and recovery. We are proud to share, in the first five years of our Foundation’s existence, ZBPF has provided more than 3,500 Greatest Gift Programs bringing a sense of normalcy and happiness to more than 6,000 families. In 2017, ZBPF had a banner year and sent 50+ hometown families to cheer on the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, hosted 4 pancake breakfasts, built a Sports Court at Brent’s Place, and sponsored a Holiday Extravaganza at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Sports Court at Brent’s Place

ZBPF fulfilled one of our major goals in 2017 with the construction of a new sports court we funded for Brent’s Place. The ZBPF Sports Court is designed to provide children and their families with an outdoor recreational space that offers opportunities to shoot hoops on a basketball court, play 4 square with their siblings and, most importantly, gives invaluable respite time to allow a pediatric cancer patient to just be a kid. Our new court has added immeasurable value to Brent’s Place by offering a unique space to foster shared experiences, fun, laughter, creative play, imaginary stories and lifelong memories. All of these moments of joy help relieve the separation and isolation families feel when facing the most challenging days of their lives far away from home. Studies have proven ancillary services that relieve stress – such as exercise, laughter and fun – are just as important for improved cancer outcomes as the therapies received inside the hospital.

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"While staying at Brent’s Place, families use our Sport Court for pick up games of basketball as well as fun activities of 4 square. They also use our outside space for tag, hide and seek and other typical school yard games. We have used the sport court for basketball tournaments led by one of our patient's siblings during his school breaks. We are also using the court for our June weekend party for field day games.
We have seen many of our families use the Sport Court at meal times. Kids play outside while parents have time to socialize and gain a greater connection and sense of community with each other. When I gave my last family tour, the patient was most excited about having 4 square tournaments with the other kids here."

Allen Browning

Brent’s Place, Family Services Director

Zane’s Zone

As part of our organizational evolution and increased capacity, it has become clear there is a need for greater support of our families during their hospital stays. For 2018, one of our top goals is to create our first Zane’s Zone, an interactive room at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) in our home base of Denver. This procedure-free playroom will alleviate the isolation a patient feels in a hospital and replace it with a space in which the connection to family and friends is enhanced. It will also provide parents with a quiet place to work, making it easier for them to spend more time with their child while in the hospital. Through Zane’s Zone, we will create a true community of support, a space in which families will be provided with resources and programming. In this zone, young patients can forget their worries for a little while and just be kids.

RMHC Zane's Zone Concept

"Since the inception of ZBPF, we have supported kids and their families. Over the five years of our Foundation's existence, it has become clear to me that we need to provide experiences and opportunities to kids during their hospital stay as well as the kids we get to help outside the hospital. That’s where the inspiration for Zane’s Zone originated. There is a need for a room inside the hospital where kids can get away from the stress of treatment, and a place where parents can find some quiet time to work. Zane’s Zone will provide a procedure-free space for kids to build friendships with others going through similar hardships. It will offer families resources and an opportunity to build a community of people who can lean on each other in difficult times. While children can often feel isolated inside their hospital rooms, they will know that just down the hall is a place where they can be free of worry and just be a kid."

Zane Beadles

ZBPF, Founder

"Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children is extremely excited for the completion of Zane’s Zone. The philosophy of creating designated procedure-free space for parents and children separate from the hospital room is central to our mission of holistic care for pediatric patients. Parents will have an adult space with a computer docking station and printer, free of distractions to complete necessary work or stay connected with their community. For the pediatric patients, Zane’s Zone will allow kids the chance to leave their rooms and go to a space where they can “feel” like regular kids. This space will allow them to access technology, read a book, and connect with other kids going through illness in a safe, confidential internal hospital community. The hospital can feel like a very isolating place for a child, whether they are adolescent or a teenager. Zane’s Zone will give us the chance to have a space for these kids to connect and create community, which will drastically improve their emotional and psychological healing significantly impacting their overall medical recovery."

Rev. Michael Guthrie, M.Div., BCC

Director, Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services, Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

"When you are expecting every parent prays for healthy children. When you become a parent, you spend countless hours in every day thinking of how to prepare the road for them to live out their dreams and have amazing accomplishments in life! Recently, my children were born with asthma and a hemophilia, thus we spend unending hours in the hospital. Each visit I hope there is a Zane’s Zone to distract my children and lessen their fears of visiting the hospital. The procedure-free Zane's Zone will give families the opportunity to experience joy and make memories during some of the most difficult times in their lives. I love volunteering with Zane Beadles Parade Foundation; our missions strongly align, as my family wants to give back to other families going through similar experiences. When a life-changing moment stops families like mine in their tracks, it is comforting to know toddlers, teens and caregivers will have a Zane’s Zone to go to relax and just be a kid!"

Jordan Hawkins

Parent & ZBPF Volunteer

"My name is Lizzy and I’m 17 years old. In the past 3 years, I have spent close to a year and a half at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. After spending so much time there, I’ve developed a strong desire to create a place where young people going through life-changing medical experiences can go to escape treatment, but never had the means to do it. I’m super excited Zane’s Zone is going to provide a procedure-free zone that will be so appreciated, and much needed! 

When you have no place to go outside of your hospital room it can be hard to find the motivation to carry on in the fight forward. A place like this can help us not only emotionally, but also physically, and socially! Kids are motivated to be active when they have somewhere fun to go, which can be very beneficial to their health. It would be wonderful to have a fun, safe place to go, away from the scary medical procedures where kids can finally relax and make positive associations with this environment! It's so important for kids to realize they are not in the fight alone. In a place like Zane’s Zone, kids could connect with other kids and parents could connect with other parents who are going through similar experiences.
When I was hospitalized, I longed to be a normal kid again. I so badly wanted to get out and to meet other kids and hang out with them. Regularly, my emotions would build up with no outlet, affecting my physical health and healing. I remember sitting in an uncomfortable chair, in the busy hospital hallway just to be able to hang out with my friends who were going through similar things. Because were not allowed in each other rooms. I can’t tell you how many times I got in trouble for what I thought was just a way to have fun with fellow patients. Looking back, I now understand how this could have been as equally frustrating to the busy doctors and nurses, but...we just didn’t have anywhere to meet that wasn’t in the way! I wish there had been something like Zane's Zone during the many months I spent there. I often wonder how much easier my hospital stays might have been. I hope to not have to spend much more time in the hospital, but if and when I do, I truly hope that there will be a Zane’s Zone to make my stay easier."

Lizzy Greenidge

RMHC patient

+ Zane Beadles

"Since the inception of ZBPF, we have supported kids and their families. Over the five years of our Foundation's existence, it has become clear to me that we need to provide experiences and opportunities to kids during their hospital stay as well as the kids we get to help outside the hospital. That’s where the inspiration for Zane’s Zone originated. There is a need for a room inside the hospital where kids can get away from the stress of treatment, and a place where parents can find some quiet time to work. Zane’s Zone will provide a procedure-free space for kids to build friendships with others going through similar hardships. It will offer families resources and an opportunity to build a community of people who can lean on each other in difficult times. While children can often feel isolated inside their hospital rooms, they will know that just down the hall is a place where they can be free of worry and just be a kid."

Zane Beadles

ZBPF, Founder

+ Rev. Michael Guthrie, M.Div., BCC

"Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children is extremely excited for the completion of Zane’s Zone. The philosophy of creating designated procedure-free space for parents and children separate from the hospital room is central to our mission of holistic care for pediatric patients. Parents will have an adult space with a computer docking station and printer, free of distractions to complete necessary work or stay connected with their community. For the pediatric patients, Zane’s Zone will allow kids the chance to leave their rooms and go to a space where they can “feel” like regular kids. This space will allow them to access technology, read a book, and connect with other kids going through illness in a safe, confidential internal hospital community. The hospital can feel like a very isolating place for a child, whether they are adolescent or a teenager. Zane’s Zone will give us the chance to have a space for these kids to connect and create community, which will drastically improve their emotional and psychological healing significantly impacting their overall medical recovery."

Rev. Michael Guthrie, M.Div., BCC

Director, Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services, Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

+ Jordan Hawkins

"When you are expecting every parent prays for healthy children. When you become a parent, you spend countless hours in every day thinking of how to prepare the road for them to live out their dreams and have amazing accomplishments in life! Recently, my children were born with asthma and a hemophilia, thus we spend unending hours in the hospital. Each visit I hope there is a Zane’s Zone to distract my children and lessen their fears of visiting the hospital. The procedure-free Zane's Zone will give families the opportunity to experience joy and make memories during some of the most difficult times in their lives. I love volunteering with Zane Beadles Parade Foundation; our missions strongly align, as my family wants to give back to other families going through similar experiences. When a life-changing moment stops families like mine in their tracks, it is comforting to know toddlers, teens and caregivers will have a Zane’s Zone to go to relax and just be a kid!"

Jordan Hawkins

Parent & ZBPF Volunteer

+ Lizzy Greenidge

"My name is Lizzy and I’m 17 years old. In the past 3 years, I have spent close to a year and a half at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. After spending so much time there, I’ve developed a strong desire to create a place where young people going through life-changing medical experiences can go to escape treatment, but never had the means to do it. I’m super excited Zane’s Zone is going to provide a procedure-free zone that will be so appreciated, and much needed! 

When you have no place to go outside of your hospital room it can be hard to find the motivation to carry on in the fight forward. A place like this can help us not only emotionally, but also physically, and socially! Kids are motivated to be active when they have somewhere fun to go, which can be very beneficial to their health. It would be wonderful to have a fun, safe place to go, away from the scary medical procedures where kids can finally relax and make positive associations with this environment! It's so important for kids to realize they are not in the fight alone. In a place like Zane’s Zone, kids could connect with other kids and parents could connect with other parents who are going through similar experiences.
When I was hospitalized, I longed to be a normal kid again. I so badly wanted to get out and to meet other kids and hang out with them. Regularly, my emotions would build up with no outlet, affecting my physical health and healing. I remember sitting in an uncomfortable chair, in the busy hospital hallway just to be able to hang out with my friends who were going through similar things. Because were not allowed in each other rooms. I can’t tell you how many times I got in trouble for what I thought was just a way to have fun with fellow patients. Looking back, I now understand how this could have been as equally frustrating to the busy doctors and nurses, but...we just didn’t have anywhere to meet that wasn’t in the way! I wish there had been something like Zane's Zone during the many months I spent there. I often wonder how much easier my hospital stays might have been. I hope to not have to spend much more time in the hospital, but if and when I do, I truly hope that there will be a Zane’s Zone to make my stay easier."

Lizzy Greenidge

RMHC patient

Grief Relief

Denver is fortunate to have extensive bone marrow transplant units at both Children’s Hospital Colorado and  Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Families travel from a seven-state radius (Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Utah) for long-term oncology and bone marrow transplants. Unfortunately, some children lose their battle. Given our families’ average income and rising cost of medical care, not all have the means to transport their child’s body home and prepare for a funeral. ZBPF is collaborating with hotels, airlines and funeral homes to provide Grief Relief for families in all the communities we serve.

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