Your generous support is taking the SuperPup Program to a new level!
SuperPup is a comfort, stuffed animal that will be given to children as they are admitted to the hospital or through the Animal Therapy Department.
Your gift will help bring comfort to children who face health challenges.
Meet Joy Williams, a nurse manager in surgery at TMH, who launched the new SuperPup Program after an experience with her son Nolan.
As children proceed through the healthcare that is needed at the hospital, SuperPup will be by their side. If a child needs a cast, SuperPup will also get a cast. If it is a shot that is needed, SuperPup can get a shot, too. From bandages to breathing treatments, SuperPup will be alongside children to help ease their fears.
SuperPups also provide comfort as part of the Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy Department’s existing Rikki SuperPup Program, which distributes pups through TMH Pediatrics, the R.E.A.D. Program and the Florida Courthouse Therapy Dogs program.
Rikki, a golden retriever rescued from Hurricane Katrina, was a TMH therapy dog from 2007-2017. Her comforting presence made everyone feel better, even TMH staff. She helped children by motivating rehabilitation, helping improve reading skills or finding their voice so they could testify about abuse.
When Rikki passed in 2017, the Animal Law Section of the Florida Bar and Pets Ad Litem began sponsoring the first Rikki SuperPups. Their support continues to this day, and they are excited to fund these beautiful new SuperPups who remind everyone of the original Rikki.
SuperPup is a product of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and comes with a lifetime guarantee. If anything happens to SuperPup, the animal may be sent back to the Bear Hospital (Vermont Teddy Bear) to be nursed back to health.
You can provide a child with the gift of comfort by purchasing a SuperPup.
TMH cares for 1,500-2,000 children annually who would qualify by age/need to receive a SuperPup.
Help the Copelands Celebrate Retirement
In celebration of their retirement, Brant S. Copeland, pastor of First Presbyterian Church since 1985, and his wife, Alexandra (Andra, among long-time friends), director of First Presbyterian Preschool since 1993, are raising funds to help kick off the TMH SuperPup Program. Rev. Copeland and Alexandra both have a heart for children and a strong connection to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Rev. Copeland serves on the Tallahassee Memorial Board of Directors and Alexandra serves on the TMH Patient Family Advisory Council. Thank you, Copelands, for giving so much of your time, energy, talent and heart to serve our community and TMH. Your efforts will bring so much joy and comfort to children and their families. Thank you!
Thank You Sponsors
Many individual donors and sponsors make the SuperPup Program possible. Thank you to these corporate sponsors: