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New Rooms Afford Privacy in Stressful Times

"We just lived there," added Kathy McGowan, who remembers once searching for a washer and dryer so she could do the family's laundry without leaving the hospital.

Today, each floor in the new wing includes a washer-dryer set.

The place includes many a bell and whistle, including flat-screen televisions and extra sleep chairs in every room for two family members to stay the night. A sophisticated ventilation system on the oncology floor, where infection is a constant danger for patients, cleans the air a dozen times each hour. Rooms for patients having bone-marrow transplants are pressurized so that outside -- and potentially dirty -- air can't get in.

But most important is the extra space and privacy for every child and his or her family, said physician Max Coppes, who directs the hospital's cancer and blood-disorders program and had a hand in planning the rooms.

"This wing will deliver the comfort that parents with children with life-and-death diseases deserve," he said.

The wing is typical of the hospital's attention to detail; its care not just for patients, but for entire families; and its vow to embrace the whole community, to never turn a child away.

Top-flight medical treatment is not cheap. The three new floors alone in the hospital's East Tower cost $75 million to outfit, and planning for two more floors is still underway.

At The Washington Post, we're hoping you'll make a contribution to help pay for what Children's does for our community.

How to Help

To donate, send a check or money order payable to Children's Hospital to Washington Post Campaign, P.O. Box 17390, Baltimore, MD 21297-1390. That's the post office box of our bank, Chevy Chase. All funds go to Children's Hospital in Washington.

To contribute by phone using Visa or MasterCard, call 202-334-5100 and follow the instructions.

All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

If you have foreign currency you'd like to get rid of, mail it to Children's Hospital Campaign, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071, and we'll get it to Asset Strategies International Inc. to convert it into U.S. funds.

And US Express will again provide a courier to pick up group donations made by any office. If you need a pickup in the District, call 301-683-9009 and tell the operator that the account code is "ChildP."

Thank you.

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