AR Children’s Hospital celebrates 100th birthday

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansas Children’s Hospital marks its 100th birthday by announcing a major fundraising goal.

ACH is growing with a new wing set to open this summer. And former president Bill Clinton helped ACH celebrate 100 years while most importantly looking forward.

ACH announced it raised $100 million in fundraising in the last five years and wants to raise an additional $60 million by 2014.

Clinton told the crowd how integral ACH has been in treating children with severe health problems but also in prevention to make sure Arkansas raises healthy kids ready to become productive adults.

“No one has ever been against the children’s hospital, but some people have done more for it than others and I’m grateful for them,” Clinton says.

Jana Tolanb and her son Leighton have been ACH regulars even before he was born.

“To walk that part of a huge life event with a child with special needs and then just to have it locally means a lot,” Tolanb says.

The fundraising campaign is called “The Century of Possibility,” which Clinton says is a fitting title.

“It’s about the future. You look all around the world today where people are in trouble,” Clinton says. Why are they in trouble? Because they are majoring in the minors, they’re being little instead of big and they’re focusing on yesterday’s grievances instead of tomorrow’s possibilities.”

Some of the possibility is about to become reality on the a-c-h campus later this summer.

A brand new south wing of Arkansas Children’s Hospital is set to open this summer which will include a new emergency room access.

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