The REACH Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

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REACH Program

An automotive restoration professional based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Colton Amster owns and operates Redline Restorations. In the philanthropic sector, Colton Amster regularly donates to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

A 187-bed nonprofit children’s hospital located in Hartford, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center sponsors numerous initiatives aimed at improving health services for children. Available to pediatric resident physicians, the Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health (REACH) program uses public policy and system reform as tools in its fight for quality pediatric health access.

Participants in the REACH program work with population health and policy experts in the community, understanding community needs and developing plans to address those needs. Residents learn about children’s health advocacy via completion of mini-fellowships in policy or community health projects.

In recent years, residents in the REACH program have developed daily health habit passports to help physicians give quality preventive care. Residents also teach children about physical activity, nutrition, and other healthy lifestyle elements.


Support Make-A-Wish by Donating Airline Miles

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Make-A-Wish Connecticut

Colton Amster is the owner of Redline Restorations, an automotive restoration facility based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In addition to his personal charity work, Colton Amster supports numerous nonprofit organizations through his business, such as completely remodeling a young man’s truck for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children or young adults who have been diagnosed with life-threatening diseases or conditions. The organization started small, snowballing from one wish in 1980 to millions of wishes per year today. Make-A-Wish functions on the notion that granting these wishes will enable the children to better cope and progress in their treatment.

A common wish in the Make-A-Wish Foundation is called a “travel wish.” These are wishes, normally made by young adults, who ask to travel either in their home country or abroad. To address the high cost, Make-A-Wish created a program called “Wishes in Flight” that allows sponsors to donate airline miles to the foundation. Frequent fliers who travel with United, Delta, American Airlines, Southwest, or JetBlue can grant their miles and reward points to Make-A-Wish so that youths can enjoy the trip of a lifetime. To donate or learn more, visit