Shine Bright


Every day kind words brighten the lives of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s brave patients, their families and hospital staff.

Shine Bright is an opportunity for you to encourage these heroic patients, families and caregivers. Whether you visit one of the campaign’s many letter-writing stations around the community, share a “Shine Bright” photo in social media, or send a #ShineBright tweet, your words will make a difference.

Your messages will be delivered to deserving children, their families and the physicians and staff who care for them.

Not only is it a simple way to help brighten someone’s day, it just might give you a nice little glow yourself.

Monroe Carell Jr.
Children’s Hospital
at Vanderbilt


Whether caring for children with the most serious health issues, including pediatric cancer, or simply treating common childhood conditions, like broken bones, the doctors, nurses and staff of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt have a well-earned reputation as a national leader in pediatric care.

With more than 400 physicians trained in 30 pediatric and surgical specialties, the 271–bed facility provides the highest level of pediatric health care services and is a top-tier teaching and research facility. The hospital has 10 specialty programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine in its Best Children’s Hospitals issue, and is ranked 13th in the nation by Parents magazine.

Vanderbilt is the only children’s hospital in the region providing true comprehensive care. The team approach and collaboration among all of its specialists and support staff make a difference for our patients and their families. From pediatric anesthesiologists, who ensure the best care for our small patients, to the child life specialists who help make any physician visit, surgery or procedure less stressful, the hospital’s experts truly understand the unique needs of children.

Nashville Predators


Launched during the 2013-2014 season, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General is an initiative of the Nashville Predators Foundation and two of the team’s star players, Captain Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne.

The 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General works with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Additionally, the initiative works with the team to host a series of opportunities that enable the hospital’s young patrons and their families to get a special dose of the Smashville hockey experience. Seasonal hospital visits by the team, and various fundraisers conducted by the Nashville Predators Foundation, serve to bolster spirit and resources of the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General.

Over the past 6 years that the Nashville Predators have been raising funds for pediatric cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt over $1 million dollars has been donated to help find the cure and eradicate childhood cancer.