Children’s National Hospital Rallies Local Community to Make March Matter for Local Kids

Together the community can shop, dine and donate to raise $1.5 million in annual campaign

WASHINGTON--()--During the month of March, Children’s National Hospital partners with more than 150 local businesses and the community to raise $1.5 million to help local kids. The third-annual Make March Matter campaign invites community members to shop, dine and donate to help ensure exceptional care for patients and their families at Children’s National – one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals and the premier provider of pediatric care in the Washington, D.C. region.

Today through March 31, organizations, businesses and generous partners across the greater D.C. area offer a variety of fundraising activities to inspire employees and customers to give back to a cause that benefits kids treated at Children’s National.

“Children’s National has been helping provide care for children from this area for the past 150 years,” said DeAnn Marshall, MHA, president of the Children’s National Hospital Foundation. “Generous support from our business partners and community members allows us to provide world-class care and research that leads to life-saving treatment that helps kids grow up stronger.”

As part of Make March Matter, businesses and organizations across the metropolitan region offer fundraising opportunities for shopping, dining, wellness and more. Some contribute a percentage of sales, donate an amount per item sold or ask customers to give to Children’s National at the register.

Every donation – big or small – supports the nonprofit hospital in its effort to find cures, fuel innovation and provide exceptional care to patients and their families. In 2019 alone, Children’s National treated more than 237,000 patients, provided more than $71 million in uncompensated care and funded 1,300 research projects in pediatric medicine.

When community members participate in Make March Matter, they support patients like Lucas who was a patient at Children’s National for more than three years while he received life-saving cancer treatment. Now 12 years old, Lucas is back to playing sports and hanging out with friends. His mom Jackie is forever grateful for the care and support they received while he was there. “The oncologists, nurses and all of the staff cared as much about saving my son as I did,” said Jackie. “I am so thankful for the dedicated staff and encourage everyone to get involved in Make March Matter to help support kids like Lucas being treated today and in the future.”

Visit to learn where to shop, dine and donate to make a difference for local kids. Top business partners include 97.1 WASH-FM, Atlantic Coast Mortgage, DIOR, Colonial Parking, Domino's, Entercom, Marriott International, Moby Dick House of Kabob, MyEyeDr., Panda Express and RE/MAX International. Find the full list of participating businesses and organizations at Local community members are also invited to share photos and videos on social media, encouraging donations and spread awareness using #MakeMarchMatterDC.

About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds to care for Civil War orphans. Today, 150 years stronger, it is the nation’s No. 6 children’s hospital. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the third straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by “U.S. News & World Report.” Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2020, it will open the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. It has been designated twice as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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Morgan McKean | (251) 421-1111; Allysen Geoffrey | (312) 228-6858


Morgan McKean | (251) 421-1111; Allysen Geoffrey | (312) 228-6858