Children’s Hospitals Across the Country Hope to Win Big in Football Fan Challenge

San Francisco, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Kansas City hospitals compete to win big in play-off fundraiser

For release: January 27, 2023

PALO ALTO, Calif. – It’s a double win! Football fans cheering on the remaining four football playoff teams can show their team spirit while raising funds for their local children’s hospital.

As the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Philadelphia Eagles compete this weekend to go to the big game, their local children’s hospitals are heading into their own special fan challenge! Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Mercy Kansas City and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have teamed up for Touchdown for Kids' Health, a (friendly) fundraising competition to see who can raise the most support for their team’s local children’s hospital. Patients and care team members at all four children’s hospitals are rooting for their local football teams, so each children’s hospital is challenging fans to get in on the action.

Fans can participate by going to to vote for their favorite team and donate to their local children’s hospital until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, Feb. 12. Each competing hospital has set the goal to raise $15,000, and the hospital to raise the most donations wins bragging rights!

In honor of February’s Heart Month and Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills’ safety player who stunned the nation when he suffered cardiac arrest on the field in early January, donations to each children’s hospital will support children’s heart research (unless otherwise specified). All four hospitals offer specialized care, including that provided at the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health's Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center, for children from around the globe who are suffering from heart conditions. Whichever team you’re rooting for, when fans support children’s health, we all win.

Media Contact

Jodi Mouratis
Senior Development Communications Officer
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
(408) 205-8456

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Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its center, is the Bay Area’s largest health care system exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Our network of care includes more than 65 locations across Northern California and more than 85 locations in the U.S. Western region. Along with Stanford Health Care and the Stanford School of Medicine, we are part of Stanford Medicine, an ecosystem harnessing the potential of biomedicine through collaborative research, education, and clinical care to improve health outcomes around the world. We are a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the community through meaningful outreach programs and services and providing necessary medical care to families, regardless of their ability to pay. Discover more at