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Built for Kids

Built for Kids

Help Light the Way for Kids

One in five young people in the U.S. have a mental health disorder, and in Kansas City over 40 percent of those kids don’t get the help they need. That’s why Children’s Mercy launched Illuminate, a 5-year, $275 million plan, to address this youth mental health crisis through early intervention, equitable access, expanded services and research. We need your help. Learn how you can help light the path forward.

Eight-year-old Hezekiah, who has brown, curly hair, stands outdoors smiling and doing a thumbs up.

Hartsfield Syndrome and Bilateral Cleft Palate: Hezekiah’s Story

One-of-a-kind Hezekiah needs one-of-a-kind complex care, and he receives that care from the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Dedicated providers in many departments collaborate to support Hezekiah and his family through reconstructive surgeries and other health challenges.

Meet Hezekiah

Ready for Respite: Renovated Ronald McDonald House Opens.

“The support kids get from family is as – or more – important than the medicine we give them,” says Dr. Brad Warady. That’s why the expansion and upgrade of the Ronald McDonald House within our hospital is imperative to those we serve. See the beautifully renovated rooms (now 10 of them!), laundry facilities, kitchen and bathrooms that can help keep loved ones close as their child receives treatment, and why some families call it a “sacred space.”
See the updated space.

View the new space
A young girl rides in a small car designed to look like an ambulance. Text reads: Dream Big Family Fest + Walk.

Join Dream Big Day

The largest family-friendly fundraiser of the year is almost here! Join us and raise funds to bring hope and answers to patients and their families.

Learn more
Portrait photos of Daysha Lewis and Stacey Daniels-Young, PhD, are positioned next to each other. Daysha (left) is wearing a magenta top. Dr. Daniels-Young is wearing a stripped shirt with a collar and a red blazer.

Community Advisory Board Members Lead Research Efforts Impacting their Communities

Since its inception, Community Advisory Board (CAB) members have collaborated with researchers at every step in the research process. Their role continues to grow as two CAB members officially join a study team. 

Learn more about their role