Why I Give

Why I Give
Donor investors to the Children's Discovery Institute come from all walks of life, from broadcast journalists to corporate vice presidents to secretaries to wealth management executives to hospital volunteers to patient families. But they all have one thing in common -- a passion for speeding up cures for kids.

Get to know some of our enthusiastic investors and learn what's behind their reasons for supporting the Children's Discovery Institute. The answers may surprise you.

Dale Cammon


Dale Cammon’s involvement with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Discovery Institute (CDI) runs long and deep....More

Peyton Wuennenberg


“I really love all the people who took care of me during my four-week inpatient treatment and want to help raise money that will go to the Children’s Hospital cancer research piggy bank. ...More

Rick and Carol Short


After moving back to St. Louis from New York in the midst of raising two children, Rick Short, an executive with Enterprise Holdings, and his wife Carol decided they needed to give back to help families who weren't as fortunate. That desire has fueled their commitment to St. Louis Children's Hospital for the past 17 years....More

Jim Johnson


Investment executive and St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees member, Jim Johnson, explains why he believes investment in the Children's Discovery Institute (CDI)is one worth making....More



Sigma-Aldrich recently established the Sigma-Aldrich Endowment Fund for Pediatric Research at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The fund will reside within the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation in perpetuity,accomplishing the important goal of funding pediatric research. Jeffrey Whitford, Sigma-Aldrich’s manager of Global Citizenship, tells us why his company made the decision to give....More

Chuck and Jan Mueller


As a retired chief executive officer of a utility company and an original board member of the Children's Discovery Institute, Chuck Mueller sees the value of a team-based approach to finding cures for pediatric diseases. That's why he and his wife Jan are enthusiastic supporters of the Institute. ...More

Michelle Trulaske


Michelle Trulaske, former broadcast journalist and advertising executive, has personal experience with scoliosis and now supports researchers who are making headway in this debilitating disease....More

JoAnn and Don Shaw


Through personal challenges and experiences, Don and JoAnn Shaw have learned the importance of helping others and a never-give-up attitude. Their experiences and big hearts also led to a devotion to children — and a passion for the Children’s Discovery Institute....More

Chris and Heather Thompson


As grateful parents of three healthy daughters, Chris and Heather Thompson bring a passion for giving back and for science to their investment in the Children's Discovery Institute....More

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