Kennedy Krieger School Celebrates Special Thanksgiving

November 15, 2001
Contribution Donated for Pain Management Clinic for Children with Chronic Illness

BALTIMORE, MD - From 11 am to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) will join the children of Kennedy Krieger School, at 1750 E. Fairmount Avenue in East Baltimore, for a check presentation ceremony and Thanksgiving dinner. The RMHC recently contributed $11,460 to Kennedy Krieger for a non-pharmacological pain management clinic for children with chronic illness. The school has invited RMHC for a special program that will include the singing of "God Bless America" and the presentation of McDonald's giant check. Afterward, the children and guests will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together.

The grant will be used to purchase software and a laptop computer that monitor children's pain and help them to relax on cue, which has been shown to decrease perception of pain sensations. It has been well established that pain in children is not recognized or treated to the degree that it is in adults. Among the children who will benefit from the clinic are those who suffer from cancer, sickle cell anemia, spina bifida, and gastrointestinal and neuromuscular disorders, which are often associated with intense pain.

For ten years, the Brass Elephant restaurant in Baltimore has been donating the catering of the Kennedy Krieger School's Thanksgiving dinner. Kennedy Krieger officials will be recognizing owner/operator Jack Elsby for his longstanding generosity.

The Kennedy Krieger School, established in 1982, is one of only two special education schools nationwide to receive a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. The school enrolls 200 children with disabilities from Maryland and the Washington D.C. areas. Kennedy Krieger Institute has been helping children with developmental disabilities since 1937, and now serves more than 10,000 annually. The Institute offers inpatient, outpatient, and home and family-based programs, as well as award-winning lower, middle, and secondary school programs to help children and adolescents with disabilities achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in home, school, and community life.

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