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The children at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center follow many paths along their journey. For some, treatment results in cure, and the child grows up healthy. For others, a life-threatening or terminal illness redirects the child along a different path. It is for these children that Footprints was designed.

The Footprints program at Cardinal Glennon, in partnership with Saint Louis University, provides resources and support so all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families can live full lives along their journey. The staff of the Footprints program work with families on an ongoing basis to identify those issues which may become difficult while caring for their child, and will advocate to see those issues are resolved.

"Our experience with Cardinal Glennon was a magnificent facility with magnificent people who really care and love the kids and families," said Bill Maher, a parent. "We have been very blessed with some great physicians who have compassionate hearts. We grew to love them, and they grew to love us. Cardinal Glennon is one of those places that is covered in prayer, and it makes a significant difference in how kids and families are treated."

Footprints is committed to improving quality of life by providing the highest quality of care for children and their families, regardless of the site of care.

Footprints Across Missouri

A recent grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health is funding the implementation of programs modeled after Footprints in four facilities statewide, including Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, St. John's Hospital in Springfield, University of Missouri Children's Hospital, and A.T. Still University of Health Science-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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