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Olympic medalist Peter Vanderkaay honored for work with U-M's C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Hospital leaders, families and children thank former U-M standout and four-time Olympic swimmer for his work and dedication to hospital

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Peter Vanderkaay, 2012 Olympic medalist swimmer and University of Michigan graduate, was honored at U-M's C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital on Friday, September 7, 2012, which the hospital declared as Peter Vanderkaay Day.  

Vanderkaay accepted the second Mott Champions for Children Award in the Wayne and Shelly Jones Family Center at the hospital, receiving the award from several Mott patients who are also swimmers. Photos from the event are here:

Vanderkaay let the kids try on his four medals and passed out replica gold medals to patients as he toured the hospital. Vanderkaay has played an important role at C.S. Mott hospital for several years, visiting patients and families, helping the hospital raise money and personally donating to the Champions for Children campaign to build the new C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, which opened in December 2011.

Vanderkaay won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the 400-meter freestyle. He won a bronze in the 200 freestyle in the 2008 Olympics and was part of the gold-medal winning 800 freestyle teams in 2004 and 2008.

He is a five-time NCAA champion and three-time world champion.  His hometown is Rochester, Mich., and he graduated from U-M in 2006 after swimming for the Wolverines team. Vanderkaay lived in Ann Arbor from 2002 to 2011 until he moved to Gainesville, Florida.

On his Web site,, Vanderkaay writes: “I also try to be as involved as possible at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.  Giving back to the community is important to me because I have been very fortunate to have had a lot of help from others in my life.” The first Champions for Children award was given to Charles Woodson, a former University of Michigan football standout and 1997 Heisman trophy winner.

About U-M C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Hospital:  C.S. Mott moved to a new home in December 2011. The $754 million hospital features a 1.1 million square foot, 348-bed facility that is home to Mott Children’s Hospital, the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, and adult and pediatric blood and marrow transplant programs. The new hospital features a 12-story inpatient tower and 9-story clinic tower, a dedicated pediatric emergency department, an on-site Ronald McDonald House, and private rooms. 

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