The Stan and Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to it are tax deductible.
With Laura’s help and CHOP’s sponsorship, Mike toured the hospital, interviewed staff and used sketches made in every medical department to create the book’s illustrations. The book seeks to make the hospital a more comfortable place for children to enter, as patients or as visitors, and highlights the skills and dedication of a whole array of medical professionals. In addition to creating an ongoing means to fund specific projects geared towards the health and recovery of young patients, The Stan and Jan Healthy Kids Foundation is also intended to inspire fans of Berenstain Bears characters to promote and pass on a sense of well-being and healing during medical ordeals. This overarching message of compassion and service to those in medical need is also reinforced through Hospital Friends.
The Stan and Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation will receive on-going financial support from the publication of The Berenstain Bears’ Hospital Friends by Mike Berenstain, from HarperCollins. All of the author’s royalties from sales of this book will be donated directly to the Foundation. The Berenstain Bears’ Hospital Friends represents the fulfillment of the Berenstains’ long-cherished dream of adding a story about visiting the hospital to the Berenstain Bears series, which has for decades been a source for children coping with new experiences and difficult health problems. For years, this dream remained on the backburner, but when Mike Berenstain married Dr. Laura Diaz—pediatric anesthesiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)—they immediately began making it a reality.