October 12, 2012
Tie the Knot: Make a Commitment to the Kids at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
On Friday, November 9, 2012, people around Maryland will wear Miracle Ties to show their support of the pediatric patients at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Maryland’s largest pediatric hospital and state-designated pediatric trauma center. Miracle Ties® are now available at JoS. A. Bank, Clothiers stores and online.
The Miracle Collection® is a line of distinctive men’s neckwear designed to raise funds for pediatric patient and care at Hopkins Children’s. Every year pediatric patients are asked to draw one of their favorite things in hopes that their submission will be chosen as a Miracle Tie design. This year’s collection has wide variety of designs to fit everyone’s interests from worm-filled apples to reindeers and footballs to snowmen.
2012 Miracle Collection® Patient Biographies:
| || “Footballs”|
by Patrick Craig of Pasadena, MD.
Thirteen-year-old Patrick comes to Hopkins Children’s every seven weeks for infusions as part of his treatment for atypical Crohn’s disease. He stays quite active and loves to play lacrosse. Football is his favorite sport to watch, and he always roots for the Baltimore Ravens! One of his prized possessions is his football tie signed by Ray Lewis.
by Mya Harris of Frostburg, MD.
Mya had a spunky personality that brought joy to everyone who knew and loved her. Those who didn’t know her well, would never know Mya had cystic fibrosis (CF), a chronic lung disease. She lived every day of her short life to the fullest, and her parents say they let her be as normal as possible while still treating her condition. During Mya's frequent stays at Hopkins Children’s, her favorite thing to do was draw. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
by Nathan Hiscox of York, PA.
Six-year-old Nathan is in the maintenance phase of his treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is cancer of the lymphoid tissue. He visits Hopkins Children’s once a month for this stage of chemotherapy. He doesn’t let this hold him back. He loves to play baseball and swim, and he’s a big fan of the video games at the hospital.
“Jack in the Box”
by Emily Lawrence of Severna Park, MD.
Ten-year-old Emily has an extremely rare disorder of the GI system. She had never been hospitalized, and her family says the support of the kind and caring staff at Hopkins Children’s made her feel safe. Emily enjoys horseback riding, field hockey and swimming. She hopes to someday be a GI doctor, nurse or child life specialist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
by Anthony Pagan of Baltimore, MD.
It has been more than two years since Anthony finished his chemo treatments for leukemia. Today, he is a happy and healthy 8-year-old boy who loves sports, particularly baseball and football. Anthony comes back to Hopkins Children’s every three months for routine check-ups, and his parents say they are grateful for the quality care he gets from such a caring staff.
| ||“Trains and Trees”|
by Kobe Pobee of Abingdon, MD.
Kobe is responding well to his treatment for sickle cell disease. His parents credit the expert and compassionate care he receives at Hopkins Children’s as well as their son’s upbeat attitude. Kobe’s mom says he is not one to dwell on the pain and limitations of the disease. The 9-year-old is curious about medicine and hopes to someday be a research scientist or inventor.
by Mckenzie Post of Bel Air, MD.
Mckenzie has been coming to Hopkins Children’s since she was three to treat her cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS), a mysterious disorder that causes long bouts of severe nausea and vomiting. Now 9 years old, Mckenzie says the doctors at Hopkins Children’s make her feel important. She is a Girl Scout who loves jumping rope, softball, swimming, ice skating, writing and drawing.
| ||“We Are the World”|
by Elizabeth Roberts of Baltimore, MD.
Severe Crohn’s disease brings 15-year-old Elizabeth to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. After a bowel resection at another local hospital, she was transferred to Hopkins Children’s for a six-week stay because of an infection. Her ostomy reversal in July went well, and she’s enjoying 9th grade. Elizabeth loves anime and drawing, and she hopes to be a nurse someday.
| || “Apples with Worms”|
by Lilah Sidle of Cockeysville, MD.
Eleven-year-old Lilah comes to Hopkins Children’s every three weeks for six-hour infusions to help her with a very rare form of hemolytic anemia. She says she’s grateful for the activities with the child life specialists, which help distract her from severe headaches and stomachaches. Lilah doesn’t let her condition stop her from pursuing her passions: ballet and modern dance.
by D. Adam Sparr of Joppa, MD.
Adam has been coming to Hopkins Children’s since 2007 for treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The 7-year-old started the maintenance phase of his cancer treatment in spring of 2012. His parents say the nurses at Hopkins Children’s are a special group of people who made the journey a lot easier with their patience, support and understanding. Adam loves swimming, drawing and video games.
by Quinn Yarbrough of Parkville, MD.
Quinn is known to her family as Quinny-Bee because of her vivacious personality. The 9-year-old comes to Hopkins Children’s because of a mysterious congenital connective tissue disorder and for treatment of a circulatory disorder called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Quinn is in the gifted and talented program at school, and she loves dancing, gymnastics and swimming.
*Ties are available in additional colors. See www.josbank.com
Made of 100 percent silk, the ties may be purchased at any JoS. A. Bank Clothiers retail location or online at www.Josbank.com. Funds donated by the company through the sale of these ties will benefit patient care at Hopkins Children's. Since the program was established in 1995, the Miracle Collection® has raised more than $900,000 for patient care at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
“The Miracle Tie Collection® from JoS. A. Bank is something we look forward to every year,” said George Dover, M.D., director and pediatrician-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. “It means so much to the young patients who design the ties and also to the patients who benefit from the funds raised when they come to us for world-class care.”
JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc., established in 1905, is one of the nation's leading designers, manufacturers and retailers of men's classically-styled tailored and casual clothing, sportswear, footwear and accessories. The Company sells its full product line through 539 stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia, a nationwide catalog and an e-commerce website that can be accessed at www.Josbank.com. The Company is headquartered in Hampstead, Md., and its common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "JOSB."
Founded in 1912 as the children's hospital of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center offers one of the most comprehensive pediatric medical programs in the country, with nearly 95,000 patient visits and some 9,000 admissions each year. Hopkins Children’s is consistently ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation. Hopkins Children’s is Maryland's largest children’s hospital and the only state-designated Trauma Service and Burn Unit for pediatric patients. It has recognized Centers of Excellence in dozens of pediatric subspecialties, including allergy, cardiology, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, pulmonary, and transplant. For more information, visit www.hopkinschildrens.org.