Following the tragic loss of his six-year old granddaughter Shannon from leukemia, Ambassador David M. Walters vowed that no child ever need leave South Florida to receive the highest caliber medical care. In 1982, Ambassador Walters activated Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation to meet that pledge.
His legacy lives on today. Ambassador Walters’ passion for children’s health and his commitment to raising the money to help fund the best pediatric care for all children, led to the Foundation becoming the largest single supporter and source of continued funding for Miami Children’s Hospital. It is through those contributions that Miami Children’s Hospital grew and earned its reputation as a world-leader in pediatric health care.
From the patchwork of buildings that struggled to keep pace with the demand for care, the Ambassador’s vision transformed Variety Children’s into Miami Children’s Hospital. The new Hospital was dedicated October 24,1986, and opened its doors January 1,1987. With the Foundation in the lead, the Hospital began attracting top pediatric physicians and specialists and staked out a formidable presence in pediatric research when the Miami Children’s Hospital Research Institute (MCHRI) opened in 1990. MCHRI today is actively participating in nearly 200 clinical studies, including four drugs in FDA testing.
Children form the core of the Foundation’s mission. It is only through your contributions and generous support that the Foundation can provide Miami Children’s Hospital the money needed to ensure ALL children receive state-of-the-art pediatric care. YOU are the very soul of the Foundation, and we thank you for your commitment to excellence in pediatric care.
With your help, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation will remain the Hospital’s largest single supporter and continue building upon the legacy of financial support established by the Ambassador in 1982.