Greatest Gift Program
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.
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.
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.
Bringing a sense of normalcy and happiness to more than
to cheer on the Broncos & 49ers