Our Mission

Terp Thon strives to inspire hope and healing by supporting patients and their families at Children’s National Health System in the fight against pediatric illness. By uniting all aspects of the larger University of Maryland community under one cause, Terp Thon fosters an affinity for philanthropy as a key part our campus culture.

Our Vision

To recognize the potential of every person and every relationship to spread a culture of fearless leadership and selfless commitment to a future that prioritizes the health and well-being of children.

Children’s Miracle Network

More than 10 million kids are treated at a children’s hospital like Children’s National Health System across North America every year. This means that every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time.

Children’s Miracle Network is made up of 170 children’s hospitals, 97 corporate partners, 100+ celebrity supporters, and millions of individuals like you. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Terp Thon is proud to be one of these programs.

With your donations and support, we are able to:

  • Pay for expenses not covered by insurance – things like medicines, therapy, hearing aids, wheelchairs, travel to stay with hospitalized children, formula and diapers.
  • Provide support services like scholarships to special summer camps for kids and help for parents grieving the loss of a child.
  • Help hospitals and other health care facilities purchase important equipment they could not otherwise afford, like emergency pediatric resuscitation carts, infant car seats for safety, specialized hearing equipment, or playroom toys.

Every day, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat:

16,200 kids with trauma

935 kids with diabetes

2,128 kids with cancer

2,239 kids for surgeries

925 babies in NICUs

Children’s National

With a health care experience designed around kids’ unique needs, Children’s National is the premier provider of pediatric services in the Washington, D.C., metro area and the area’s only health system specializing in kids. Last year, Children’s saw more than 219,000 children from the nation’s capital, Maryland, and Virginia as well as from across the country and around the world.

The pediatric specialists at Children’s National are internationally recognized for providing the best possible care. In fact, Children’s National is ranked as one of the nation’s top five children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, has the #1 rated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the country and is Magnet®-designated for excellence in nursing.

Children’s National is one of only twelve children’s hospitals in the country to attain Level 1 Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons. This distinction recognizes surgery centers who have improved surgical quality, prevented complications, reduced costs and saved lives.
Our hospital has also earned a global reputation for pioneering new therapies and treatments, including heart, cancer, neurology, and general surgery innovations. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is ranked seventh in NIH research funding for pediatric institutions.