Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union (MMCCU) raised $1,752.82 last month in a special fundraiser for Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. In total, MMCCU collected $752.82 and both President David Murphy and MMCCU contributed $500 for a total donation of $1,752.82. (UPDATE: We had a special $500 donation come in from our friends at Simplicity, making our grand total $2,252.82!) All funds were donated to MCHS Foundation to support Child Life and Expressive Therapies at Marshfield’s Children’s Hospital.
The fundraiser coincided with Murphy assuming his new role as President on May 1. Staff members at MMCCU competed to raise the most funds between May 1-31, with Carol Rae Kulibert raising the most at $752.82.
Kulibert won the opportunity to throw a pie in Murphy’s face, however wanted to have a child throw the pie given the nature of the fundraiser. Murphy’s girlfriend Samantha and her daughter Nona did the honors. Kulibert made a massive banana cream pie for the occasion.
“MMCCU typically sponsors the Child Life Bash to support Child Life and Expressive Therapies at Marshfield Children’s Hospital. With this year’s event not taking place in-person this year, we wanted to do something fun to support a great program,” said Murphy. “I’m happy to volunteer my face for this worthwhile cause!”
Child Life and Expressive Therapies facilitate a positive experience for pediatric patients undergoing difficult procedures, surgeries, receiving ongoing care such as chemotherapy and children of adult patients. Child Life Specialists are trained professionals with expertise in helping children and families through challenging situations in a health care setting.
They work to normalize a child’s environment and reduce the stress of medical experiences by increasing understanding of medical procedures though medical and therapeutic play before and after procedures, providing support, coping skills and distraction techniques during treatment, and enhancing positive physical, cognitive, emotional and social interactions with music and pet therapy.
“It’s an incredible program they offer children and families, and we are happy to do what we can to help,” said Murphy. “With our membership being health care workers, we felt this was a great fit for our membership and mission.”