Radiating Hope: Radiology Department Blog


Adopt-a-Family 2023

Post Date: December 29, 2023
Adopt-a-Family 2023

(lf-rt):Susan Smith, Janice Steiner, Heidi Gardner, Cathy Wieland, Julie Young. Absent:  Dr. Towbin, Molly Dirr and Billie Howard

The benefits of both giving and receiving are extremely rewarding! With the holiday season comes treasured traditions. One such tradition in the Radiology department at Cincinnati Children’s is the “Adopt a Family” fundraiser. 

Each year, through the generosity of many employees throughout our department, we can brighten the holiday season for a family. Our adopted families are usually dealing with the normal demands of daily life with children when suddenly their family experiences devastating news regarding a child.   

This year’s family has four amazing, active, and energetic children. Recently, their second youngest was sent for what the parents thought was routine bloodwork.  Within an hour, they were instructed to report immediately to Cincinnati Children’s. This family states,  

“Our whole world flipped upside down that night,” they explained. To hear the words “your child has cancer” is devastating news. Their child was diagnosed with leukemia. “The fear, the unknown, this cannot be happening, sent us into shock.”  This child’s siblings were devastated, and cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents were terrified.   

Mom stepped away from work to attend to the new normal of extended hospital stays, doctor/clinic visits, procedures, and treatments. Dad is working hard to keep things going for a family of six. The parents mention that their child has stayed positive. However, it’s difficult missing out on typical childhood experiences of their own and their siblings. The family is incredibly grateful to have Cincinnati Children’s so close. They are thankful for our thoughts and overwhelmed by our generosity and support! 

“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is,

What are you doing for others?”  

-Martin Luther King Jr. 

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About the author: Janice Steiner

Janice Steiner has proudly been an employee of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s team since 1996. She currently works as an Imaging Analyst in the Post-Processing & Image Analysis Lab. Janice previously served as a Registered CT Technologist for more than 18 years, with MRI experience and began her career at CCHMC as a Registered Radiologic Technologist.

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About the editor: Glenn Miñano

Glenn Miñano is a media specialist in the Department of Radiology, providing graphic design, photography, printing, video services, and administration of the department’s online properties. His works have been published in several medical articles, such as the American Journal of Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound. He has been providing these services to the Radiology Department since 1996.

About the editor: Meredith Towbin

Meredith Towbin is a freelance copy editor and writer. She has copyedited the Department of Radiology’s blog since it launched. She also works as a copy editor for the home improvement website BobVila.com. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost as well as other writing sites.