Children’s Mercy employees go the extra mile to support Gender Pathways Services Clinic
Beneath the jokes, the tossing of BINGO sheets on the floor and the fun prizes for those who triumph, there is serious fundraising led by some very dedicated Children’s Mercy employees.
Hosting a bingo night at Hamburger Mary’s in Kansas City is just one of the many ways that CM Pride employee resource group (ERG) members raise money to support the Gender Pathways Services Clinic (GPS Clinic) at Children’s Mercy.
“Supporting the GPS Clinic matters to us because of the direct impact they have on our families within the LGBTQIA community. We want to do whatever we can to help these patients succeed in discovering and thriving as their true selves so they can be healthy and happy. We take any and every opportunity we have to help these kiddos to live their truths,” say CM Pride co-chairs Alex and Bri.
The GPS Clinic aids gender-variant, gender-questioning and transgender children and their families with interdisciplinary, family-centered services aimed at supporting physical, mental and social health. This clinic is one of the few programs of its kind in the Midwest.
Each year, members of CM Pride host several fundraising events including a bingo night at Hamburger Mary’s, events like KC Pride and Outskirts Festival, and more. Their donations support all facets of the GPS clinic including medications that may not be covered by health insurance.
“We are all so proud to be a voice for both our employees and our families here at Children’s Mercy,” Alex said. “Being able to connect our work in the ERG with the greater purpose of helping our kiddos and families is an opportunity we all take very seriously.”
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