TJ statue on park bench

In October 2010, a bronze statue featuring T.J. on a bench was placed outside the front entrance of Children’s Hospital.  The area has been designated as T.J.’s Courtyard and will feature other benches, interactive elements, such as a bubble column, infinity mirror and large globe as well as two walkways – called T.J.’s Walkway – leading up to the bench.  T.J.’s Walkway will be a spot for children and their families to take a moment of respite and snap some photos with T.J., the beloved Children’s Hospital mascot.

As another way to say thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff who make Children’s Hospital a great place, engraved bricks are available for patients, their families, community members and hospital staff in T.J.’s Walkway.  Engraved bricks can have up to 39 characters or spaces and will be a permanent part of Children’s Hospital.

Donors may chose to fund as many bricks as they wish, and family and friends may request their bricks be grouped together in the walkway.  Every year as more bricks are funded, the blank bricks will be removed and the engraved bricks will take their place.  Net proceeds from the project will support Children’s Hospital and its mission to care for children in central Missouri.

“I hope it will be a welcoming place for our patients and families-a place to get away for a moment and let families be happy together,” said Timothy Fete, MD, medical director of Children’s Hospital.  Reserve your spot in T.J.’s walkway today and let future visitors follow in your footsteps.

Order Information:

A donation of $375 or more to Children’s Hospital entitles you to recognition on a brick in one of the walkways leading to T.J.’s Courtyard.  Each brick has space for up to three lines of thirteen characters each.

Print a walkway inscription order form

For more information or to learn how you can
support Children's Hospital,
please contact:

MU Health Care Office of Advancement

University of Missouri Health Care
One Hospital Drive, DC066.00
Columbia, MO 65212
(573) 882-0488