Charity Category Patient and Family Support

Easily donate
with choice!
Select a charity to help,
or call (303) 578-0630‬.
Fill out the simple
donation form.
Schedule your pickup
& get a tax deduction.
Displaying 282 Charities.
Founded
1993
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
The Maine Chapter of Make-A-Wish opened in 1992. Founded by Wayne and Caroline Morong, in Camden, the Maine chapter has grown to serve children in each of Maine's 16 counties. The Maine chapter has granted over 1,300 wishes. This year, the organization expects to grant the greatest wish of over 70 seriously ill Maine children, which is an average of one wish every five days.
Founded
1992
Size
Small
Share the Power of a Wish
Founded in 1987, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire is a 501c3 organization that grants the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's heartfelt wish provides a joyful and life changing experience that benefits both the child and the family. The staff and volunteers of New Hampshire strive to provide these children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and sheer joy. As part of the nation's largest and most recognized wish-granting organization, with chapters and volunteers throughout the United States and the world we draw on that strength, as well as, our vast local network, to help children's dreams come true....right here in New Hampshire every day. Make-A-Wish® volunteers bring wishes to life with passion and creativity throughout the year as wish granters, fundraisers, ambassadors and office volunteers.
Founded
2003
Size
Small
Improving the quality of life for those with Aphasia
The Adler Aphasia Center mission is to be a vital resource to anyone whose life or profession is touched by Aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing. It occurs most often from a stroke or brain injury. This frustrating condition affects a person's ability to communicate, but does not affect his or her intellect. The Adler Aphasia Center is a social center for people with Aphasia and their family members/caregivers - a place where people can connect with others who have had similar experiences.
Founded
1998
Size
Tiny
CfR provides healing retreats at no cost to women of any age and at any stage of breast cancer treatment or recovery.
The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR's retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants. On a physical level, the gentle, rhythmic motion of fly casting is similar to exercises often prescribed after surgery or radiation to promote soft tissue stretching. On an emotional level, women are given the opportunity to experience a new activity in a safe environment amongst a supportive group of peers. The retreats also provide resources to help address quality of life issues after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Founded
1978
Size
Medium
Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer
The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer opened its doors in Brookline in 1979 as the Boston Ronald McDonald House, establishing itself as the eighth House in the country. The Boston House, which changed its name but not its mission in 2017, is a home-away-from-home for families of children ages birth through 21 being treated for cancer at Boston's Children's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund Clinic and other area hospitals. Families live with us while their children are inpatients, undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants. They also stay while the children receive outpatient treatment such as radiation therapy and many types of chemotherapy.
Founded
1992
Size
Large
Working to directly improve the health, education, and well-being of children and families in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts
The Mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts is to create, identify and support programs that directly improve the health, education and well-being of children and families in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, including operating its cornerstone programs, the Ronald McDonald House of New Haven Connecticut and the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield Massachusetts. Our Vision is to improve the lives of children through assessing the unmet health and education needs of the communities we serve and supporting relevant and sustainable programs throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
Founded
1992
Size
Large
Special Needs Horseback Riding Program
In a fun, supportive environment, Lovelane provides high-quality therapeutic horseback riding to achieve occupational, physical, speech, cognitive and other therapeutic gains, focusing on children with special needs. Lovelane is about abilities: the ability of a student to improve his or her quality of life; the ability of a student to increase self-esteem and confidence; the ability to participate in an outdoor activity that is fun. Each of our students enjoys a program that combines the best aspects of a world-class sport with important occupational, physical and speech therapy goals. Lovelane currently has 13 licensed riding instructors and provides more than 4,400 individual therapeutic riding sessions a year to children and young adults from 41 MetroWest and greater Boston communities. In September 2004, we moved into our first fully owned and operated facility -- our first permanent home and our first facility with an indoor riding arena!
Founded
2008
Size
Tiny
Coordinating free flights so children and adults can access medical care that is not readily available to them since 199
Founded in 1996, Angel Flight Northeast coordinates free flights so children and adults can access medical care for as long and as often as needed. We are a volunteer corps of over 1,000 private pilots and Earth Angels who combine our love of flying with the spirit of grassroots volunteerism by flying patients and their families to the critical health care they need. We provide free air transportation in private aircrafts by volunteer pilots so that children and adults may access life-saving medical care free of charge. We are also a vital mode of transportation for organs, blood and for patients awaiting organ transplants. Since our founding, we have answered over 65,000 flight requests and have flown more than 13 million miles. This year marks a milestone year for Angel Flight NE as we celebrate our 20th year of service.
Founded
2002
Size
Tiny
Honoring the unique life and memories of every child fighting cancer
Founded in 2001 by the parents of a child with cancer, Flashes of Hope is a volunteer driven organization solely focused on children's cancer. Flashes of Hope's mission is to raise funds to accelerate a cure for children's cancer while honoring the unique life and memories of every child fighting cancer. With chapters in 55 cities, Flashes of Hope photographs more than 50% of the children annually diagnosed in the United States. In 2009, Flashes of Hope began funding research and has already raised millions of dollars through the Kick-program and other initiatives.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
What does your heart beat for…
Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Mended Hearts is the largest cardiovascular support organization in the world. Our mission is dedicated to “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support”. Our local community chapters help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease diagnosis. Members listen, share their experiences and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery, and treatment.
Founded
2004
Size
Tiny
Supporting those affected by Lewy body dementias
Through outreach, education and research, we support those affected by Lewy body dementias. The Lewy Body Dementia Association envisions a cure for Lewy body dementias and quality support for those still living with the disease. The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is dedicated to raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias (LBD), supporting people with LBD, their families and caregivers and promoting scientific advances. The Association's purposes are charitable, educational, and scientific.
Founded
1999
Size
Medium
Helping Hands on Horseback
Founded in 1975, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding's mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities and challenges through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Today Pegasus is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center with four chapters throughout Putnam, Westchester and Fairfield counties, including Pegasus Farm, our 20-acre permanent facility in Brewster, N.Y. Our PATH International-certified instructors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and licensed educators provide equine-assisted activities to people with special needs, military veterans and at-risk individuals, including disadvantaged youth and abuse survivors. We offer therapeutic horseback riding, Horses & Me (an unmounted program), Pegasus Patriots for veterans and Wings for at-risk individuals.
Founded
1979
Size
Medium
Teaching, learning, growing
The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. We are a premier therapeutic riding center and international instructor training site, accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) since 1979. We have served people with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities for more than a quarter of a century. We offer year round programs in equine assisted activities, including therapeutic riding, carriage driving and equine learning program. We also offer experiential learning through outreach programs, an integrated summer camp program and a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Founded
1987
Size
Giant
Serving children and families coping with serious illness
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides "a different kind of healing" to more than 20,000 seriously ill children and family members annually - all completely free of charge. For many of these children and families, Hole in the Wall provides multiple Camp experiences throughout the year at the facility in Ashford, Conn., in more than 40 hospitals and clinics, directly in camper homes and communities, and through other outreach activities across the Northeast.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Financially assisting cancer patients and their families
Founded in 1987, Connecticut Cancer Foundation (formerly Connecticut Sports Foundation) financially assists Connecticut cancer patients and their families as well as fund cancer research. CCF is able to quickly and compassionately provide patients and families with direct financial assistance for rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medication and more. Resources are provided with dignity and privacy, helping patients maintain self-respect while lessening the stress that may inhibit their recovery.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
We all have the power to grant a wish!
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Founded
1984
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Suffolk County Chapter is one of 65 Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters in the United States and 30 international affiliates on five continents. Since its inception in 1983, the Suffolk Chapter has granted over 1,800 wishes to local children. In the past year alone, we granted over 125 wishes. Any child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who has a life-threatening medical condition is eligible for a wish.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
The house that love built
The mission of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is to give comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities. A home away from home, the House provides the parents and siblings of these children with a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment among other families sharing a similar burden. Located on the campus of the Cohen Children's Medical Center (Formerly Schneider Children's Hospital), the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. Since opening in 1986, approximately 15,000 families from the United States and more than 80 countries around the world have been served. Many of the families are from Queens, Suffolk and Nassau Counties, as well as the surrounding Metropolitan area.
Founded
1997
Size
Medium
We fund miracles
Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society (RCCS) incorporated in 1997 with a five-point mandate to help cancer victims: help cancer patients secure the best health insurance policies possible; provide whatever financial assistance is needed to maintain health insurance policies; keep abreast of the newest and most effective cancer treatments; provide the best medical referrals; and advocacy for the cancer patient and the patient's entire family. RCCS has never declined a valid application for help. Its singular mission, duplicated by no other organization, has helped save the lives of over one thousand cancer patients across the United States.
Founded
2001
Size
Large
When seconds count... United Hatzalah is there
Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel's mission is to support the lifesaving efforts of United Hatzalah of Israel, the fastest emergency medical first response throughout Israel. Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel provides financial support, supplies and medical equipment to first responders. The organization strives to develop ways to reduce emergency response time to reach medical events.
Founded
2003
Size
Small
To create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children in the five county region we serve.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida's mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children in Southwest Florida. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida supports The Ronald McDonald House®, The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, Grants and Scholarship Programs.
Founded
1949
Size
Small
Improving the health and well-being of children at Bellevue Hospital Center
Children of Bellevue (CoB) is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 to initiate, fund, and develop programs that improve the health and well-being of children at Bellevue Hospital Center. We are advocates for pediatric patients and their families, and are dedicated to alleviating the pain, loneliness, and fear that can accompany childhood hospitalization. We also seek to enhance early development and school-readiness in children at risk of falling behind due to family poverty.
Founded
1972
Size
Large
Saving lives in Israel
Founded in 1940 as the American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI), American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) is the sole authorized fundraising and advocacy organization in the United States supporting the life saving efforts of Magen David Adom (MDA) in Israel and representing MDA in the US in all matters. MDA and its team of trained volunteer and professional medical responders depend on AFMDA support to provide the entire nation's pre-hospital emergency needs, including medical, disaster, ambulance and blood services.
Founded
1978
Size
Giant
The house that love built
Founded in 1978, the Ronald McDonald House of New York provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Here families find a strong, supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Ronald McDonald House in New York City is the largest facility of its type in the world. The House can accommodate 83 families, and it is filled to capacity almost every night. The House's location in Manhattan, in close proximity to 12 major cancer treatment centers, draws children and families from across the country and the world, as well as from the metropolitan New York City area.
Founded
1983
Size
Small
Providing comfort, counseling, and financial assistance to children with cancer & blood disorders.
The Tomorrows Children's Fund was founded by a group of committed parents to help their children and other like them with cancer and serious blood disorders. With the help of friends like you, today, TCF provides a warm, healthy and loving environment for children in treatment; a full scope of services to relieve families' emotional and financial stress; the very best possible medical care; and funding for research on these diseases. All of which confirms our belief that through hope, hard work and heartfelt generosity, extraordinary things are possible.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
Alone we are rare. Together we are strong.®
NORD, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. NORD, along with its more than 230 patient organization members, is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services.
Founded
1987
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since receiving its charter in 1986, The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 1,800 children in the Hudson Valley region with life-threatening medical conditions. Serving the eight counties of Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester, the Chapter's mission is to ensure that every child residing in the Hudson Valley who qualifies for Make-A-Wish services is granted his or her fondest wish. While wishes are referred and completed on an ongoing basis, an average of 120 wishes are in progress at any given time.
Founded
2016
Size
Small
Changing Lives One Smile at a Time
enCourage Kids Foundation encourages all kids facing health challenges to be carefree kids by creating environments and experiences that help them through each step of their medical journey. Our programs reach kids facing a variety of health issues - from those receiving chemo treatments in a clinic to those who live with a chronic illness that may not be visible. What they all have in common is that they deserve the same opportunities to laugh, to play, and to have fun - whether they are being treated in the hospital or living with their struggles at home.
Founded
1993
Size
Small
Supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders , and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. We campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
Founded
1994
Size
Medium
Be the Boss Over Cancer
As the definitive national authority on work and cancer, Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in the workplace. Our innovative programs for survivors and healthcare professionals provide the vital support, tools and information they need to navigate the practical and legal challenges that follow a diagnosis. Online, in print and in person, Cancer and Careers helps nearly 300,000 individuals each year, across all 50 states.
Founded
1994
Size
Tiny
Helping people face their challenges
Ezer Mizion USA raises funds for Ezer Mizion, the Israel Health Support Organization, which offers an extensive range of medical and social support services to help Israel's sick, disabled, elderly and underprivileged populations. Since its founding in 1979, Ezer Mizion has grown to become one of the largest non-profit organizations in Israel, benefiting over 650,000 people every year. Ezer Mizion has branches in over 20 cities throughout Israel, with over 16,000 volunteers and an annual budget of over US$20 million. Ezer Mizion's diverse line-up of services includes the world's largest Jewish Bone Marrow Donor Registry and specialized programs for children with special needs, cancer patients, the elderly, and the mentally ill.
Founded
1998
Size
Small
Cancer support for the whole family, the whole time
The mission of Gilda's Club is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer - men, women, teens and children - along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities. Gilda's Club Westchester focuses on the whole family -- children, teens, siblings, aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, grandparents and extended family and friends. Anyone touched by cancer -- any type of cancer -- is welcome to walk through our red doors in search of support, information and camaraderie.
Founded
1999
Size
Tiny
Living with cancer? Come as you are.
Gilda's Club New York City's (GCNYC) mission is to support, educate and empower cancer patients and their families to help them learn to live with a cancer diagnosis-no matter what the outcome. Our comprehensive program for cancer support includes support and networking groups, educational lectures and workshops, and social activities. We also provide Noogieland and Camp Sparkle programs for children (4-12 years old) and a Teens Connect support group for teenagers (13-17 years old). GCNYC was named for Gilda Radner, the brilliant comedian and one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. She learned to live with cancer with help from a support community she joined in California, where she felt she could express what she was really feeling. It was her dream that anyone touched by cancer would be able to receive the kind of emotional and social support that she had found.
Founded
2002
Size
Medium
Supporting young women and their families facing breast cancer
Sharsheret, Hebrew for "chain", is a national organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources. Since Sharsheret's founding in 2001, we have responded to more than 55,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 5,300 peer supporters, and presented over 250 educational programs annually nationwide.
Founded
1938
Size
Medium
New York Service for the Handicapped
Founded in 1906, Camp Oakhurst works to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities through recreational, educational, social, and residential activities. Camp Oakhurst is open all year, serving children and adults with physical and developmental challenges through its summer camp, year-round respite, day recreation and autism respite programs. Camp Oakhurst offers our clients a fun-filled summer program and year-round residential services in a place where it's easy to participate in activities, make friends, feel accepted, and gain independence.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
A children's charity
Founded in 1978, Friends of Karen provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. Friends of Karen achieves its mission by providing direct financial assistance with medical care, illness-related expenses and household expenses that families cannot afford due to loss of income as a result of their child's illness; serving as an advocate for the sick child and her/his family with government and private agencies; providing a Sibling Support Specialist to help youngsters better understand and cope with their sister's/brother's illness; investigating resources available to the child and his/her family; offering bereavement support for parents who have lost a child and for siblings who have lost a brother or sister; assisting families through the difficult maze of health insurance; and acting as a referral source and providing guidance to families with ill children outside our guidelines.
Founded
1992
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Northeast New York was incorporated in 1987 and currently serves the 15 counties that comprise the 518 area code. We currently have a network of over 250 volunteers who help grant the wishes of children with a life-threatening medical condition. The chapter grants nearly 100 wishes each year and has granted more than 1,400 wishes since it was founded.
Founded
1993
Size
Large
Providing specialized year-round programs for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
The mission of the Double H Ranch is to provide specialized camping and year round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Our purpose is to enrich their lives and provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. All programs are free of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.
Founded
1997
Size
Large
A home away from home
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester reaches out to the community to promote the health and well-being of children and their families by providing a home away from home for families whose children are receiving medical treatment at area medical facilities. Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While Ronald McDonald House Charities® cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to keep their child healthy and happy. Last year, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY, supported more than 900 families and children, all because of the love and generous donations of our donors and volunteers.
Founded
1993
Size
Medium
Critical care at your most critical hour
Incorporated in 1992, Mercy Flight Central (MFC) is an independent organization of air medical professionals, devoted to integrity and compassion, providing critical care to the sick and injured. We provide air medical services to New York State and beyond. We will respond to all requests to provide treatment and transport to adult, pediatric and neonatal patient populations, in both the pre-hospital and interfacility settings, unless a specific condition exists that is expressly defined by other company policies where it has been determined that other methods of treatment and/or transport would be more appropriate for that specific type of patient.
Founded
2005
Size
Giant
When health insurance is not enough
The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies. If you've been prescribed a medication and your insurance company covers it, but you still cannot afford the coinsurance or copayment required, we may be able to help you by paying for part of your costs associated with the medication. Also, if you are eligible for health insurance, but cannot afford the insurance premium, we may be able to help with your insurance premium.
Founded
2004
Size
Small
A program for youth with precious little time to lose
Catch-A-Dream is a national foundation that provides once-in-a-lifetime dream hunting and fishing trips to children across the United States and Canada, age 18 and younger, who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. Through these adventures, and exposure to outdoors-minded people who care, the program instills in these children a message of encouragement at a time when they need to know that hope does indeed exist. Catch-A-Dream's singular purpose is to provide consumptive use outdoor experiences to fill the “gap” created when the Make-A-Wish Foundation established national policy that precludes granting a child a wish that involves hunting or use of “…firearms, hunting bows, or other hunting or sport-shooting equipment.”
Founded
2005
Size
Large
Living with cancer is not a choice. How you live with it is.
Our Mission:To ensure that all people impacted by cancer areEmpowered by knowledge,Strengthened by action, andSustained by community.At Gilda's Club Louisville you will find strength and comfort from members sharing their experiences and wisdom. We are men, women, children, a small-but-mighty team, a passionate board and dedicated volunteers. Together we create a program of support unlike any other.
Founded
2005
Size
Giant
The Center for Courageous Kids mission is instilling inspiration and empowerment while enhancing the lives of children with serious illnesses. We have nine separate week-long summer camps where we can serve up to 128 children per week. We also have Family Retreats during the year with each weekend retreat serving up to 30 families and each day retreat serving up to 60 families. The Family Retreats allow the child and their family to attend camp together. Each week of summer camp and family retreat is designated for a specific illness or disability. We never charge any child or family who attends camp.
Founded
2005
Size
Medium
Providing respite and palliative care to Arizona's most medically fragile children.
Ryan House provides family respite service and end-of-life care to Arizona children with life-limiting conditions from diagnosis through death, easing pain and suffering while improving quality of life for the entire family. A national leader in pediatric palliative care, we are the only facility in Arizona and one of two in the country.
Founded
2005
Size
Tiny
Hope for recovery
Generation Rescue is the leading national organization that provides hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Generation Rescue provides a number of ways to support families including more than 1,300 volunteer parent mentors (Rescue Angels), a toll-free hotline, programming on autism treatment, a free national conference, virtual and local conferences, a list of recommended physicians, and medical grants for families who cannot afford critical treatments such as doctor visits, lab testing and nutritional counseling.
Founded
2005
Size
Tiny
Get behind a cure
Founded in 2005, Fight Colorectal Cancer is the leading national colorectal cancer advocacy organization empowering survivors to raise their voices, training advocates around the country, and educating lawmakers and pushing them for better policies. They offer support for patients, family members and their caregivers, and they serve as a resource for colorectal cancer advocates, policymakers, medical professionals, and healthcare providers. Additionally, Fight Colorectal Cancer does everything they can to increase and improve research at all stages of development and for all stages of cancer.
Founded
2005
Size
Small
Empowering cancer survivors
The CT Challenge empowers cancer survivors to live healthier, happier and longer lives by creating and funding unique survivorship programs and research. The vision of the CT Challenge is linked to our deep history of blending sports with a passion for supporting cancer patients and survivors. By building community support through first class events such as the CT Challenge Charity bike event, our goal is to provide avenues to attract energetic people who share our mission to empower cancer survivors to live healthier, happier and longer lives.
Founded
2014
Size
Large
Magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families--free of charge
Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families--free of charge. Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, camp serves 900 campers each year. Campers aged 8-17 living with cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, severe asthma, gastrointestinal disorders and craniofacial anomalies, healthy siblings and extended family members are invited for weekend and week-long residential camps.Flying Horse Farms is the first camp in the Midwest to become a full member of the SeriousFun Children's Network. Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, SeriousFun is a community of independently managed and financed camps and programs. SeriousFun has evolved from one camp to a global community serving 600,000 children and family members across 5 continents.Flying Horse Farms is a registered 501(c)(3). 100% of its year-round operating costs are underwritten by gifts from individuals, corporate partners and foundations.
Founded
2006
Size
Large
A serious fun camp
Camp Korey's mission is to honor the courage, strength and determination of children and their families living with life-altering medical conditions by providing them with a transformational experience in a fun, safe camp environment with specialized medical support. Camp Korey offers children and families an escape from the endless medical treatments that have overshadowed childhood. Campers grow stronger, braver, and build leadership skills that they take into their everyday lives. Our campers have reported an increase in self-esteem, confidence and resilience, along with a network of friends and support to help them through the tough times. We work with a dedicated team of medical professionals and program facilitators to create a medically safe camp adventure.
Founded
2006
Size
Medium
Supporting and Operating the OK Kids Korral, a Home for Children Battling Cancer
The mission of The Toby Keith Foundation is to encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients and to support OK Kids Korral. The Toby Keith Foundation has been helping children with cancer since 2006 and continues its services through partnerships with hospitals, caregivers, foundations and civic groups. OK Kids Korral provides a cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, Peggy & Charles Stephenson Cancer Center and other nearby facilities.
Founded
2006
Size
Tiny
Treating the families, not the cancer
JAJF has become exceptionally—even profoundly important because of the lives we are ALL truly impacting across the United States. When a parent is diagnosed with late-stage cancer, a family's world is immediately turned upside down. Our supporters appreciate these children who are facing the imminent loss of their Moms and or Dads deserve a timeout from cancer to create cherished, lasting (indispensable) memories as a family… while they can. For JAJF to be “prescribed” by Oncologists across the United States as part of the treatment process and protocol is extraordinary. JAJF has now treated families from 44 states. Sadly, it is just too easy for us to find young Moms and Dads in their 20's, 30's and 40's dying from cancer (despite the advances in research) leaving behind their children. We gain our families strictly from Oncologist referrals.
Founded
2006
Size
Giant
The camp where kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses can truly enjoy the joys of childhood for free – forever
Roundup River Ranch provides children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses camp experiences with appropriate medical care that are fun, safe, and empowering. Roundup River Ranch opened its doors to the very first campers in 2011. At camp, children between the ages of seven and 17, participate in nine fully adaptable program areas. Programs are offered free of charge to campers and their families thanks to the generosity of caring supporters. Roundup River Ranch makes it possible for nearly every child, even the sickest among us, to fully enjoy the camp experience because of the advanced medical supervision provided.
Founded
2006
Size
Large
The house that love built
The mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is to provide a safe, affordable and caring "home-away-from-home" for the families of children receiving treatment in Charlotte-area medical facilities. Families are stronger when they are together, and this is never more important than when a child is sick or injured. During this uncertain time, the presence of a familiar face eases the strain of medical uncertainty and is proven to aid the healing process.
Founded
1964
Size
Small
Enhancing the lives of children with diabetes and their families by providing a fun and educational camping experience in a safe environment.
At Camp Nejeda children with diabetes are free to be just children. This normalizing of their condition combines with both formal and informal educational moments to promote good diabetes management and healthy, active living. The addition of our Family Camps and other Extended Programs offered throughout the year provides the empowering fellowship and educational opportunities for individuals with type 1 diabetes of all ages and for their families.
Founded
1971
Size
Large
Improving Lives Today!
Founded in 1970, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to being a leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. Programs include a Helpline with trained specialists; award-winning educational videos and publications, including MSAA's magazine, The Motivator; safety and mobility equipment distribution; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; MRI Access Fund to support diagnostic and follow-up MRIs; educational programs held across the country; online peer-to-peer community; Lending Library program and other services. MSAA also offers tools to help manage the ever-changing course of multiple sclerosis. These tools include our free mobile phone app, My MS Manager, our SEARCH program to help identify treatment medications, and our Resources Locator database to search for MS-specific resources.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Supporting comprehensive health care services for children with cancer and blood disorders
The Valerie Fund was established in 1976 in memory of nine-year-old Valerie Goldstein by her parents, Ed and Sue. The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. Today there are seven Valerie Fund Children's Centers for Cancer and Blood Disorders located in major hospitals in the tri-state area, providing caring and comprehensive health care to more than 5,000 children and their families each year. We bring state-of-the-art treatment centers close to the home, provide counseling and child development activities, make a summer camp experience that creates a one week miracle for children with cancer, and do thousands of other things large and small that collectively make a difference.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
Celebrating Courage
Camp Good Days provides residential camping programs at our beautiful Recreational Facility, located on the shores of Keuka Lake in Branchport, New York, as well as year-round recreational and support activities, in the Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca & Syracuse, New York areas for children with cancer and the entire family. Camp Good Days provides services for: children with cancer, children who have a parent or sibling with cancer and/or children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. We also offer programs for women and men who have or have had cancer. In addition, Camp Good Days provides programs for children touched by sickle cell anemia. All of the programs and services are offered free of charge for the participants. Camp Good Days is a celebration of life, with those who appreciate it the most...a place where courage knows no boundaries!
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Home away from home
When you are far from home, your child is in the hospital, and you have not had anything to eat the entire day, except for a vending machine, the last thought you should worry about is where am I going to stay tonight. Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey (SNJ) strives to support these families with a safe haven from the hospital halls. Ronald McDonald House of SNJ opened on 6th Street in Camden in 1983. Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey has served as a "home-away-from-home," for over 17,000 families whose children are being treated at nearby hospitals for critical illness or traumatic injuries. We enable over 800 families a year to focus on helping their children heal.
Founded
1985
Size
Large
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We have granted over 7,000 wishes since our inception in 1983. No child should ever have to endure the struggle and pain that come with battling a life-threatening illness. Giving back to these children, what their illness has taken away - laughter, strength, hope and joy, is our sole purpose at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter serves the entire state of New Jersey.
Founded
1989
Size
Tiny
Share the Power of a Wish
Founded in the year 1985, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. In our chapter, we currently have approximately 300 volunteers and welcome other interested individuals. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York has granted nearly 1,400 wishes. Nationally, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 227,000 wishes.
Founded
1985
Size
Giant
A retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families
Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family - the ill child, the parents, and the siblings. Since its inception in 1984, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 30,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our focus is on alleviating the strain that a life threatening illness takes not only on the sick child but also on other family members. Families have an opportunity to rebuild their relationships together and meet other families facing similar challenges.
Founded
1985
Size
Large
Providing a home-away-from-home
David's House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through Children's Hospital at Dartmouth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. David's House is the dream of a young boy named David Cyr, who passed away from leukemia in 1984 at the age of five. Accommodations are provided for families with ill or injured children ages 18 and under. Families of children with cancer, cystic fibrosis or spina bifida are priority guests, but other families are accommodated to the best of our ability. Our guest facilities include 15 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, four playrooms, two complete kitchens. David's House also accommodates day guests.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
Inspiring children. Empowering families.
The mission of The Barton Center for Diabetes Education is to improve the lives of children with insulin-dependent diabetes through education, recreation, and support programs which inspire and empower. One of the largest, independent camping and educational programs in the country dedicated to children who live with diabetes and the people who care for them, The Barton Center is a year-round camp, retreat, and conference center where learning and shared experiences combine to support and motivate children and families. More than 2,000 children and their families participate in our programs annually, including the Clara Barton Resident Camp for girls, Camp Joslin for boys, coed Adventure/Wilderness Leadership Programs, Family Programs, and coed Day Camps in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Founded
1986
Size
Medium
Share the power of a wish
The sole purpose of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We want to provide children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and the joy to experience the present. Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted over 2,500 wishes since our founding in 1986.
Founded
1986
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Northern Delaware & Susquehanna Valley grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Children over the age of 2½, and under the age of 18, must be referred to Make-A-Wish and determined to be medically eligible for a wish by their physician. The child's treating physician makes the final determination of whether a child's medical condition qualifies him or her for a wish. All wish expenses are fully covered, including any travel and spending money when appropriate. Our objective is to create a memorable wish experience for both the child and family that is not clouded by financial considerations.
Founded
1993
Size
Large
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of 2½ and 18 to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Every year, approximately 500 Massachusetts and Rhode Island children are newly diagnosed with a serious illness and newly eligible for a wish. Our ultimate goal is to grant wishes for every medically eligible child in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The joy began in 1987, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island fulfilled its very first wish. Since that first inspired wish, we have served over 4,000 seriously ill children throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of Rhode Island. We have grown from granting a single wish in our first year to serving over 309 children annually.
Founded
2007
Size
Medium
Providing stability and resources to children and families
Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area provides needed stability and resources to children and their families by providing the following core programs to our community:- College scholarships to needing and deserving students helps to ensure that eligible students have access to a college education.- Community grants to organizations serving children in the areas of medicine, crisis intervention, social and civic services, education, and the arts help to change children's lives for the better.We also generously support the following programs in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State area:- 5 Ronald McDonald Houses, which are "homes away from home" allowing families to stay close to their seriously ill, hospitalized children.- 3 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which serve as places for families to rest and regroup right at the hospital, just steps away from their sick children.
Founded
1999
Size
Large
Providing medical, emotional and spiritual services.
To ensure the sustainability of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.
Founded
1999
Size
Small
Providing educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges.
Founded in 1998, Project Sunshine provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families. Project Sunshine empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming - recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) - to 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel, and Kenya.
Founded
1977
Size
Small
The original dream makers organization
The Sunshine Foundation is the original wish granting organization founded in 1976. Sunshine answers the dreams of seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages 3-18 from all over the country. We have answered 32,000 dreams for children since our inception. The Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village has nine fairytale themed cottages set on 22 acres in Central Florida. This is where most of our families stay when they visit Central Florida locations. The village offers for the family a quiet and relaxing atmosphere where they can enjoy a handicapped equipped playground, wheelchair accessible pool, a miniature golf course and many other amenities to make their stay truly a dream vacation.
Founded
1980
Size
Tiny
Help and hope for families with seriously ill children
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund advocates for families with seriously ill, physically and cognitively challenged, or severely injured children nationwide through information and education. We provide financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance to families whose children are living in or cared for in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware. Families in crisis are referred to us by an extensive network of social workers, case managers, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals in hospitals, medical facilities, social service agencies, and treatment centers. We have assisted more than 23,000 families since our founding in 1976. Our programs help strengthen families, improve their quality of life, and promote self-sufficiency.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
Serving children and their families by providing compassionate and accessible support through programs and healthcare partnerships.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania is to serve children and their families by providing compassionate and accessible support through programs and healthcare partnerships. The Ronald McDonald House keeps children and families together by providing temporary housing, at no charge, to out-of-town families of seriously ill children who are being treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
Founded
2007
Size
Tiny
Supporting the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. (RMHC) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) that supports the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses; the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operated by St. Christopher's Foundation for Children; 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in area hospitals; four scholarship programs for high school seniors; and grants hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to support local non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
Founded
1998
Size
Medium
To enrich the lives of individuals with special needs and their families through support and customized programs.
Leg Up Farm is a therapy center in York County, Pennsylvania, for children with disabilities and developmental delays. We believe every child is special and deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, we know that therapy takes a lot of time and hard work. Our individually tailored treatment plans, breadth of services, and child-friendly environment in a convenient, centralized location are the keys to success that will improve outcomes for children and families.
Founded
1973
Size
Large
Because we're more alike than we are different
Camp Courageous of Iowa was founded in 1972 for the sole purpose of establishing a camp for the disabled. Today the camp is open year-round, has over 150 acres of land with 14 buildings, and annually serves nearly 5,000 campers, ranging in age from 1 to 105. Individuals with disabilities, as well as their families, should experience year-round recreational and respite care activities in a camp setting. Camp Courageous of Iowa provides this needed service to all. The camp provides opportunities for social and personal growth within a supportive environment. Campers learn to try a variety of creative and challenging activities and experience success. Campers develop enhanced self-esteem which carries over to work, home, or school environments.
Founded
1973
Size
Tiny
Reducing burn injuries and deaths
The Burn Institute is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial counties. Founded in 1972, one of the Institute's first accomplishments was to help establish the UCSD Regional Burn Center. Today, the Burn Institute continues to: reach thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education and conduct burn survivor support programs that help children and adults cope with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their injuries.
Founded
1976
Size
Giant
The first house that love built
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at local hospitals. We operate two Houses in Philadelphia serving a total of 59 families each night. The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House also runs the Ronald McDonald Camp in the Poconos for oncology patients and their siblings. In addition we offer two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in the Oncology and Cardiac Centers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to provide a respite space away from the bedside. Founded in 1974 as the very first Ronald McDonald House in the world, we are the model for the over 285 Houses throughout the globe.
Founded
1997
Size
Large
A Home Away from Home
The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Pittsburgh provides temporary housing to families who must travel to the Pittsburgh area to get life-saving medical care for their children. Our goal is to provide a “home away from home” during one of the most difficult times in their lives. By providing the necessities of home, families can focus solely on the well-being of their sick child. RMHC of Pittsburgh has also partnered with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to provide the Care Mobile, a 40-foot vehicle designed and built specifically for the delivery of pediatric health care. The state of the art vehicle brings vital medical services to underserved communities in Western Pennsylvania.
Founded
1983
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania & West Virginia grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience of hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania & West Virginia was founded in May 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are the first chapter in the world to fulfill more than 700 wishes in one year. We have served more than 17,500 children in 57 Pennsylvania and the entire state of West Virginia counties in our 34-year history.
Founded
1993
Size
Tiny
Raising funds for cancer research and patient care, as well as Austin's Playroom Project
The Mario Lemieux Foundation was created in 1993 by hockey legend Mario Lemieux. In that year, Mario was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. After a successful battle with Hodgkin's disease, Mario is now nearly 25 years cancer free and his experience led him to focus on ways to assist those not so fortunate. He devotes much of his time to the Foundation raising funds to help reach the ultimate goal: a cure for cancer. The Mario Lemieux Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and patient care, as well as Austin's Playroom Project, an initiative that creates playrooms for children and families in medical facilities.
Founded
1999
Size
Medium
Imagine the Possibilities
The Woodlands is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with disability and chronic illness. Using its fully accessible and barrier-free facilities, The Woodlands' programs enable participants to experience social, cultural, environmental, recreational and spiritual growth. Serenely nestled in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, the Woodlands' 52-acre site features: an indoor heated pool, 48-bed lodge, dining hall, creative arts and computer center, activity center, camping area, sports court, nature trail, amphitheater, adaptive zipline and a par-3 adapted golf course. The Woodlands sponsors a variety of programs and is also available year-round to other organizations that serve individuals with special needs.
Founded
2003
Size
Giant
Improving lives of patients
Caring Voice Coalition empowers patients who live with a life threatening chronic disease through comprehensive outreach programs and services aimed at financial, emotional and educational support. In addition to financial assistance, Caring Voice Coalition provides health insurance counseling, Social Security Disability assistance, and patient support programs for insured or under-insured patients. With a steadfast dedication to the organization's set of core values, our knowledgeable, caring staff maintains our solid reputation as a dependable, responsive organization with a unique, holistic approach to improving the lives of our patients.
Founded
2008
Size
Tiny
Providing year round camping programs to children and family members from across Arizona with chronic and life threatening illnesses
Camp Soaring Eagle provides year round, medically supervised camping programs to children and family members from across Arizona with chronic and life threatening illnesses. Camp is a great adventure, something healthy kids look forward to and a place they can experience new things and make new friends. Unfortunately, for children suffering from serious illnesses, their medical conditions make a traditional camp experience out of the question, and that's where Camp Soaring Eagle comes in. Nestled in the mountains of Northern Arizona, our 26-acre facility makes the perfect get-a-way from the everyday pressures that seriously ill children face on a daily basis.
Founded
1976
Size
Giant
Serving families in need for over three decades
For three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been serving families with seriously ill children by providing a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and local McDonald's Owner/Operators, the Charity has served thousands of families in their deepest times of need.
Founded
1980
Size
Giant
Health, hope and a home away from home
Founded in 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati provides an affordable "home away from home" for families and their children receiving medical treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Ronald McDonald House Charities also awards grants to local not-for-profit organizations serving children through a portion of donations from McDonald's customers and Global Ronald McDonald House Charities' matching funds. We work to offer all the comforts of home to every family and hospitalized child. In Spring 2009, Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House will open its doors again to a new expansion offering 30 additional rooms, half of which are long-term suites. This expansion will allow our House to serve an additional 500 families each year.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
Providing a home away from home for families with children in hospitals far from home
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana provides a "home away from home" for families of children receiving healthcare at area medical facilities while also lending support to other organizations who aid children.
Founded
1990
Size
Medium
Support, education, hope
Cancer Support Community Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky is one of 50 affiliates of the nonprofit Cancer Support Community global network providing emotional, educational, and social support for people with cancer and their families. Services include support groups, healthy lifestyle classes, educational programs, social activities, community resource referrals, and treatment decision support. Cancer Support Community's mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
Founded
1995
Size
Tiny
Giving illness a GIANT Time Out!
Founded in 1995 as Adventures For Wish Kids, A Kid Again provides hope, happiness and healing to families raising kids with life threatening illness. We provide fun filled activities and destination events, which we call adventures at no cost to families. Our year round adventures foster laughter, joy, normalcy and supportive networking opportunities. Our family centric approach allows for a broader more comprehensive impact on the effects of coping with a life threatening illness in the family. Our events allow families to give illness a GIANT Time Out!
Founded
1998
Size
Small
Where dreams really do come true
Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of children all over the world since 1997. We are dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children who are experiencing life-altering situations. We started with the single purpose of granting wishes to children suffering with life-threatening conditions, but have since created additional programs to benefit kids nationwide, including Hero of the Month, Kids Wish Network On Tour, Holiday of Hope Gift Banks, A Child Forever Funeral Assistance, and our International Relief program. It is our promise to continue to bring much-needed joy to these brave young hearts through our unique programs and services and bring them the hope and comfort they truly deserve.
Founded
2001
Size
Large
Reaching beyond illness worldwide
SeriousFun Children's Network is a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and partnership programs that have come together with a common purpose - to provide life-changing experiences to children with serious illnesses and their families around the world. Since 1988, more than 384,700 children and their families have been served, including over 253,800 children from 50 countries. Today, SeriousFun Children's Network includes 28 initiatives worldwide, all reaching beyond illness to help children and their families discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities. SeriousFun Children's Network and each of its member camps are independent not-for-profit organizations dependent upon private funding and the generosity of others to serve all children free of charge.
Founded
1984
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1983, our chapter has granted more than 5,600 wishes for children in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Founded
1984
Size
Medium
Share the Power of a Wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Children who have been determined to have a life threatening medical condition qualify for our wish program. Since its founding in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego has granted the wishes of over 2,800 children.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
No one should face cancer alone
Cancer Support Community's mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. From its beginnings in 1982 to today, the Cancer Support Community, now headquartered in Washington, D.C., has expanded to over 50 chapters, 100 satellite locations (i.e. in-hospital services) and online support that reach 750,000 people worldwide. All services are free of charge.
Founded
1981
Size
Small
Little victories. Big impact.
Fieldstone Farm is recognized as one of the largest therapeutic riding centers in North America. Founded in 1978 with the goal of helping improve the lives of those with special needs, the organization is breaking new ground in the field of equine therapy and changing many lives in the community. Each year, as a result of the dedication of more than 600 volunteers and 35 horses, Fieldstone helps nearly 800 students achieve what they often thought was impossible. Students range from age two to seniors and have a wide range of disabilities from cognitive impairments such as Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder to physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and spinal cord injuries as well as mental health issues and sensory impairments. All are learning riding skills while they improve their balance, strengthen muscles, work on educational goals, advance communication skills, increase their self-esteem and gain confidence.
Founded
1985
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish.
Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana grants the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. A wish helps recharge a child's fighting spirit and strengthen families. We are *not* a last wish organization - the vast majority of our children go on to lead rich, meaningful lives. Our national Wish Impact Study found that:- 89% of health care professionals said that a wish influences wish kids' physical health- 74% of parents said the wish marked a turning point in their child's fight against the illnessA wish is strong and powerful medicine. That's why more and more doctors are including a wish in their treatment routines.Make-A-Wish OKI is headquartered in Columbus, OH, with six regional offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Indianapolis, and Toledo. Our chapter has granted over 14,000 wishes since we were founded in 1983. Our vision is to grant the wish of every eligible child.
Founded
1999
Size
Large
Facing Cancer-Embracing Life
The Gathering Place opened in January 2000 as a community-based cancer support center to fill an unmet need in the greater Cleveland community. The programs and services offered address the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer and their support network. The mission of The Gathering Place is to support, educate and empower individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge. The Gathering Place serves all individuals with any type of cancer and their family and friends regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. The clinical staff are all master's prepared and licensed and provide the highest quality standard of care.
Founded
1960
Size
Medium
Making the most of life and the least of Cancer.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency reduces the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved residents of central Indiana through direct services, navigation, and community outreach and education. Fighting cancer is tough enough, but it's even harder when you don't have medical insurance or the resources to afford proper care. Little Red Door is here to help by providing support to cancer patients and their families throughout their cancer journey. We offer services and resources for those in need and information on cancer prevention.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana works to provide a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and other Indianapolis hospitals and we champion programs that improve the health, education and well-being of children.
Founded
1987
Size
Giant
The Trusted Leader Supporting Families
Founded in 1986, the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) helps children and young adults who need or have had a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. COTA is the premier national organization helping alleviate the financial burden of families who have transplant-needy children and young adults. For 30 years, COTA has worked to ensure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds, and is recognized as the trusted leader supporting transplant families. COTA has helped thousands of children and young adults, and has raised more than $90 million for their benefit.
Founded
1988
Size
Small
Leaders in HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care
The Damien Center provides comprehensive services to approximately 1,300 persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Central Indiana and actively advocates for just and compassionate responses to their needs. Necessary client services such as case management, housing and employment opportunities as well as client enrichment services such as client events and support groups help clients move forward in their lives with dignity. The Damien Center's prevention department provides HIV/STD testing, comprehensive risk counseling and outreach education.
Founded
1977
Size
Giant
Improving the health and well being of children
Established in 1984, the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children's lives through our global network of Chapters in 52 countries and regions and through our three core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. We award grants to other nonprofit organizations that align with our mission to positively impact the health and well being of children. We are also committed to education. Local Chapters award thousands of scholarships each year through RMHC U.S. Scholarships to students entering college across the United States.
Founded
1987
Size
Medium
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Illinois grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since 1985, we have granted more than 13,000 wishes in Illinois. Any child in Illinois between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 (at the time of referral) with a physician-certified life-threatening illness or medical condition is eligible for a wish. Make-A-Wish Illinois is one of the largest Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States, granting approximately 700 wishes a year.
Founded
2006
Size
Giant
Home away from home
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) provides a ‘home away from home' for families of pediatric patients being cared for in our partner hospitals, while also pro-actively reaching out to children in need with mobile medical and educational opportunities. We execute this mission via: our four Ronald McDonald Houses. The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, and the RMHC-CNI scholarship program.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Inspiring Unbridled Joy.
Main Stay's mission is: To encourage, enrich and empower individuals through the therapeutic benefits of horses, animals, and nature in an uplifting and nurturing setting. Main Stay is a place where bodies are challenged, minds embrace possibilities, and spirits are renewed. Main Stay serves individuals from 3 to 90. Programs include therapeutic horsemanship and riding, equine and animal-assisted learning, and adaptive gardening. By partnering with horses, other farm animals, and nature, Main Stay's programs address a wide variety of needs including physical, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral. Activities at the farm enrich lives in a caring, safe, and challenging environment that enables individuals to reach their full potential. Program fees cover less than 15% of the actual cost. Main Stay relies on private foundation grants, fundraising events, and generous benefactors to keep fees affordable and attainable for those who need services most.
Founded
1994
Size
Small
Eliminating pediatric cancer and providing hope and support to those who are touched by it
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization founded in 1992 and has been actively contributing to children stricken with cancer. Bear Necessities' mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. The foundation has two main programs: the Bear Hugs Program is designed to brighten the lives of pediatric cancer patients by granting special requests to them and to ease the burdens of the families through assistance with some of the immediate needs that they may be facing while fighting this physically, emotionally, and financially devastating disease. Each year the Bear Discoveries program awards medical research grants nationally, primarily to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries towards finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer.
Founded
1997
Size
Small
Free cancer support for the whole family, the whole time
Gilda's Club Chicago is a free cancer support community for anyone - men, women, teens and children, as well as their family and friends - whose lives have been impacted by any kind of cancer. Our innovative program, including more than 350 free activities each month, is an essential complement to medical care and includes healthy lifestyle workshops, educational lectures, social opportunities, support and networking groups, and resource referrals. We also have volunteer opportunities at the Clubhouse on Wells Street, as well as in the community. Gilda's Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is funded through donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and special events. Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. We do that by providing free cancer support for the whole family, the whole time - including caregivers.
Founded
1999
Size
Medium
Programs for kids with cancer
Children's Oncology Services, Inc. believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood. Through our One Step programs, we offer camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. Our programs offer fun, friendship and support in a safe and nurturing environment. Through the magic of childhood experiences, we help kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives.
Founded
1954
Size
Small
Serving Adults and Children
Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF) provides and promotes compassionate, personalized support to adults and children in Michigan affected by leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood disorders. One of CLF's primary goals is to empower patients and caregivers with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions to better cope with leukemia and related disorders. With the tools we provide, patients and families can tap into the information they need, as well as pose questions and share their experiences with others who are battling these diseases.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
Providing a home away from home for families with ill children
Believing that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeastern Michigan creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. We fulfill our mission by providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children, managing programs that help deliver health services to children in under-served communities, and by providing grants to nonprofit organizations for programs that enable seriously ill children to live happier, healthier lives.
Founded
1992
Size
Medium
Letting kids with cancer be kids again
Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, at no cost. Camp Quality promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential.In the USA, there are presently 15 camps established in 11 states. More than 900 children participate in our camps each summer, and many more participate in Camp Quality activities throughout the year. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. Countless numbers of families struggle with the physical, emotional and financial challenges of this disease. To make matters worse, the cause of childhood cancer is largely unknown, making successful treatment a challenge, current research necessary and an established support system imperative.
Founded
1985
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Michigan grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Michigan has granted wishes to more than 8,000 children. Wishes provide a respite for our wish kids and their families as they bravely face their health challenges. The majority of wishes fall into one of four categories: I wish to go, I wish to have, I wish to be and I wish to meet. Each eligible child must be between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 years and live in Michigan. All wish requests are considered without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, financial status, or religious preference.
Founded
1985
Size
Small
Making Dreams Come True For Michigan Children with Life Threatening Illnesses
The Rainbow Connection is a local organization that focuses its efforts exclusively on Michigan children and their families. Founded in 1985 by L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his best friend and two children who died in a plane crash, The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and providing emergency support services to these families. To date, The Rainbow Connection has granted over 3,200 wishes to children across Michigan suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses. From something as simple as a new computer to meeting the President of the United States at the White House, to the most requested wish of all, a trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection grants wishes throughout the year.
Founded
1998
Size
Medium
In This Together...Learn, Share, Laugh
Gilda's Club Grand Rapids provides free emotional healthcare to children adults, families, and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause. The comprehensive program, delivered by licensed healthcare professionals includes education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops, and social activities. Gilda's Club Grand Rapids officially opened its doors in 2001 and is one of the largest and busiest of the 52 affiliates in North America. The organization runs entirely on charitable donations and currently serves more than 10,000 individuals each year at its clubhouses in Grand Rapids and Lowell, Mich., and in various schools and community hosted programs. For more information, visit www.gildasclubgr.org.
Founded
1945
Size
Medium
Children's Therapy and Wellness Center
Bay Cliff is a year-round therapy and wellness center for children and adults with physical disabilities. Bay Cliff's priority program is a seven-week, summer therapy camp session serving children with orthopedic, speech, hearing, and vision disabilities. The children work towards goals of increased independence and living a fuller life. Bay Cliff also sponsors a week-long recreational camp for adults with physical disabilities, an adaptive paddling workshop, a health and wellness retreat for polio survivors, winter recreation for the children and adults that attend our summer programs, family programs for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and obesity, and a professional development workshop for pediatric therapists.
Founded
1983
Size
Giant
Home away from home
Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin is dedicated to easing the burden of families whose lives have been disrupted as a result of their child's illness or injury. We provide a home away from home. Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of seriously ill or injured children. Since our doors opened in 1984, more than 33,000 families have called the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee home. In 2014 we completed a major expansion, so now we have 70 rooms available families. In 2015, we served 1,833 families for 15,447 nights. These families stayed an average of 8.4 days, but 46% had to stay longer than 1 month, some up to a year.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984 and has granted more than 5,300 wishes since that time. The chapter covers the entire state of Wisconsin with the help of two regional offices in Appleton and Madison. Last year, the chapter granted 351 Wisconsin wishes. This year alone, more than 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, and currently, more than 330 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. According to a National Study, a wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many of them it marks a turning point in the fight against their illness.
Founded
1994
Size
Medium
The house that love built.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison (RMHC-Madison) is dedicated to advancing the well-being and health of children. We provide a home away from home for families whose children (18 and under) are undergoing treatment at Madison area health care facilities. The House allows families to stay together during an often very difficult time. Through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, we provide free dental services in south central Wisconsin and free medical and dental services in northern Illinois.
Founded
1993
Size
Tiny
Where Belonging Begins.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, and Milwaukee, WI, One Heartland runs national programs to help improve the lives of children and families facing socially isolating conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, type 2 diabetes, and youth facing homelessness and identifying as LGBTQ. At the core of One Heartland's mission are its camp programs, which include: Camp Heartland, Camp Northstar, Camp 5210, and oneFutures in Willow River, MN; Camp True Colors, New York, Texas, and Minnesota; and Camp Hollywood Heart in Malibu, CA. One Heartland also conducts the Journey of Hope national speaking program, where children affected by HIV/AIDS share their stories to educate the public and other youth about awareness and prevention. Most of One Heartland's camp experiences are offered at no cost to campers and families, as more than 75 percent of them live below the poverty line.
Founded
1977
Size
Large
Help change a child's life
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest creates, finds and supports programs that provide a caring community for families with seriously ill children while increasing children's access to health care services. Our House currently has 48 bedrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens, a licensed K-12 school, a movie theater, half-court gym, work-out facility and computer lab. Since 1979, over 6,000 families from all over the United States and the world have benefited from the services and hospitality provided by volunteers and staff of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
The house that love built
Founded in 1979, The Ronald McDonald House is a "home away from home" for families who must travel hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to seek medical treatment for their children. Families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House share their stories and gain new insights as they meet children and parents with similar concerns. The Ronald McDonald House is a 24 guestroom home, complete with living areas, kitchen, laundry, playrooms and a game room for children to enjoy.
Founded
1983
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Founded in 1982, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. During bleak times when these children and their families are facing surgeries, treatments, high medical bills and diminished spirits, a wish come true is often an essential ingredient to boost children's attitudes and emotional strength. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota has granted more than 3,000 wishes.
Founded
2001
Size
Small
Help when cancer strikes
Founded in 2001, Angel Foundation helps adults with cancer and their families so that they may live life well with stability, strength and resilience. We accomplish this with an innovative and integrated approach of financial assistance, education and support. Through our "Emergency Financial Assistance" program, adults in active cancer treatment in the Twin Cities receive emergency financial assistance for non-medical basic needs such as groceries, gas, utilities, rent or mortgage payments. Through therapeutic activities, our "Facing Cancer Together" program provides education and support to families facing a parental cancer diagnosis.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
A home away from home
Founded in 1985, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMHC of Eastern Iowa provides care and comfort to children and their families by supporting its cornerstone program, the 31-room "home away from home" Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City. RMHC of Eastern Iowa also supports not-for-profit children's programs and students making a difference in Eastern Iowa through its grants and scholarships program. The House, opened in 1985, has been a home away from home for over 71,000 family members from all 99 Iowa counties, all 50 states, and 60 foreign countries. Since opening, the House has grown in capacity from 15 rooms to the current capacity of 31 rooms following the House expansion in 1999. The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City provides a place to stay while your child receives critical medical care at the hospitals and clinics in Iowa City.
Founded
1988
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Founded in 1985, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa has granted more than 1,950 wishes. Nationally, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted nearly 165,000 wishes since 1980.
Founded
2002
Size
Medium
To amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier.
The mission of CaringBridge is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. CaringBridge is a global nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey. Through CaringBridge you can start a personal website to share important information quickly during any type of health event. Family and friends can stay informed without overwhelming you with endless phone calls, emails and text messages. Plus they can post messages, photos and videos of support and encouragement straight to your website. Thanks to the generosity of donors, personal CaringBridge websites are available to anyone, anywhere, cost free.Since 1997, more than 675,000 CaringBridge websites have been created. Combined, they have received 2.1 billion visits. In 2016, 27.2 million people visited CaringBridge to support their family and friends during a health journey.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously-ill children
Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis provides comfort, care, and lodging to families of seriously-ill children. These children, who live outside a 50 mile radius of St. Louis, are being treated at local area hospitals. In addition to the three Houses and the apartment complex, three local hospitals have a special place where any family can take respite, a Ronald McDonald Family Room. RMHC provides a warm, home-like atmosphere where families can eat, sleep, watch TV, or just relax, but most importantly, spend time with each other and with other families in similar situations. Since the St. Louis House first opened its first house 1981, over 30,000 families from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries have benefited from the services and hospitality of our volunteers and staff.
Founded
1980
Size
Giant
Keeping families close
At Ronald McDonald House Charities, we strive to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families. We provide temporary lodging in a home-like setting with private bedrooms, as well as dining, kitchen and recreational areas. Ronald McDonald House Charities serves families whose children are receiving care for a serious illness or injury at a Kansas City area hospital or treatment facility. Many of the children we serve are admitted to the hospital for: pediatric intensive care, burns, cardiac care, hematology, oncology and neo-natal intensive care. The first Kansas City Ronald McDonald House began in 1980 with the purchase of a three-story colonial home. We have 3 Houses that provide a Home away from Home for 80 families a night as well as a Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Children's Mercy Hospital with 7 sleeping room.
Founded
1986
Size
Medium
Improving the health and well-being of children in the Ozarks
Founded in 1988, the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the Ozarks. Our first priority is to provide a "home away from home" for families when their seriously-ill or injured child is in a hospital far from home. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, fondly known as the "Tooth Truck", provides dental treatment and prevention education for at-risk children, primarily in school-based settings. As our future unfolds, our vision will continue to include strong investigation of the communities we serve, with consideration of increasing ways we can help children become healthier and stronger, and to help their lights shine brighter.
Founded
1990
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish®
Our mission at Make-A-Wish® Missouri is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Missouri chapter of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation serves all 115 counties in Missouri and 6 Kansas counties that are a part of metro Kansas City (Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte). The first wish in our area was granted in 1983, and since then more than 4,000 wishes have been granted throughout our Chapter.
Founded
1984
Size
Large
Share the power of a wish
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of South Dakota is to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Our chapter grants wishes of each referred and eligible child, within the state of South Dakota. Our chapter volunteers are part of a nationwide network of nearly 25,000 caring people dedicated to making wishes come true. This page is about some of the great people at our chapter who are brightening the lives of wish kids. Although it has become one of the world's most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.
Founded
1985
Size
Medium
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska has granted close to 1,800 wishes to children in the state of Nebraska since 1983.
Founded
1998
Size
Medium
A sick child should never be alone
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Omaha helps families. The organization provides for families that bring their sick children to our community for medical care, provides dental care to kids who might otherwise go without and supports organizations that focus on improving children's lives. The Omaha Ronald McDonald House keeps families together during a most difficult time. We provide a temporary home for families that bring their sick children to our community for medical care in one of our hospitals or institutions. We have served more than 1,100 families from 43 states and six countries during the past 12 years. Approximately 40 percent of those families are from Nebraska, another 20 percent are from Iowa. The Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha is part of a global organization with chapters in 50 countries. Together, they form the official charities of McDonald's restaurants.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
Zero tolerance for injury to patients
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation's (APSF) mission is to improve continually the safety of patients during anesthesia care by encouraging and conducting safety research and education, patient safety programs and campaigns, and national and international exchange of information and ideas. The APSF persists in pursuit of its mission of zero tolerance for injury to patients. It serves as a model for the pioneering collaboration and commitment of the entire constellation of anesthesia-related professions to the common goal of patient safety.
Founded
1987
Size
Large
Keeping children healthy through helping families
Founded in 1986, the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides a safe, affordable "home away from home" to families of seriously or chronically ill or injured children who are being treated at area hospitals and operates 3 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms within pediatric units of hospitals across Delaware. The House is a place where families can stay together and receive the kind of special care they need at such difficult times. Families find a bit of comfort and peace and a hot evening meal after a long day at the Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware's mission is to support families in reaching the hope of tomorrow from the challenges of today.
Founded
1977
Size
Tiny
A voice for women, a network for change
The National Women's Health Network (NWHN) was founded in 1975 to give women a greater voice within the healthcare system. NWHN is a membership-based organization supported by 8,000 individuals and organizations nationwide. We do not accept financial support from pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies or medical device manufacturers. The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.
Founded
1978
Size
Giant
Easing the hardship of children's illness on families.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) eases the hardship of children's illness on families through programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. We do this through three core programs that focus on the critical needs of children, celebrating the diversity of the donors who make them possible, staying true to our heritage of responsible stewardship, and operating with accountability and transparency.
Founded
1981
Size
Giant
Keeping families close
Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore provides a “home-away-from-home” for seriously ill children and their families. By creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore is working to better the lives of children and their families whether they live in or travel through our communities. We have been home to more than 35,000 families since our opening on June 28, 1982.
Founded
1983
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic fulfills the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation serves children who reside in central and southern Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, has fulfilled the wishes of more than 6,000 children fighting illnesses such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, cystic fibrosis, Duchene's muscular dystrophy and heart disease. A wish fulfilled creates a memorable experience for a child fighting a life-threatening medical condition and gives him or her something positive to think about instead of medical treatments and hospital visits.
Founded
1996
Size
Giant
Hope Starts Here
As a national nonprofit, our mission is to support community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses.At Help Hope Live, we HELP relieve the financial burden of a medical crisis, provide HOPE at a time of overwhelming need and support patients and their families to LIVE life as fully as possible.Since 1983, campaigns organized by Help Hope Live have raised more than $125 million to help patients and families bridge the gap between what their health insurance will pay and what is actually needed to heal, live and thrive...- resulting in more than 3,000 transplants- restoring independence and quality of life for more than 1,100 individuals affected by a catastrophic injury or illness.- providing more than $105 million to pay patient expenses
Founded
1985
Size
Small
America's charitable medical transportation system.
Founded in 1972, Mercy Medical Angels (MMA) mission is to ensure that no needy patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medically-related transportation; further, to ensure the provision of urgent transportation in situations of compelling human need and homeland security emergencies.Major MMA programs include:* Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic/Angel Airlift Mid-Atlantic* Air Compassion for Veterans/Wounded Warriors* Angel Airlines for Life* Angel Flight for Veterans/Angel Airlines for Veterans* Angel Wheels to Healing* National Patient Travel Center*
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
A world of care
Founded in 1985, the mission of the National Caregiving Foundation is to meet both the direct and indirect needs resulting from the impact of catastrophic diseases on our society. The mission is accomplished by: disseminating educational information; distributing support materials that ease the burden of those affected by the diseases; and by increasing public awareness. The National Caregiving Foundation focuses its efforts on the Alzheimer's Project. The Alzheimer's Project is a national effort to assist caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer's not only attacks the affected person, but also the caregivers who pay a high physical and emotional price for their association with their loved one who falls victim to the disease.
Founded
1989
Size
Giant
A place like home
In June 1990, The Children's Inn at NIH opened its doors to pediatric patients and their families. Since then The Inn has been in continuous operation: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. During the past 25 years, more than 12,000 seriously ill children and their families have made 50,000 visits to The Inn. Children and families travel from all over the world to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) because conventional treatments have failed to have sufficient impact on their illnesses. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, NIH is the world's premier biomedical research facility. Children receive treatment for illnesses such as cancer, heart, lung, blood, bone and growth disorders, mental illnesses, and HIV infection.
Founded
1992
Size
Tiny
Teaching thousands to heal millions
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine combines modern science, wise tradition, and human connection to create a powerful new medicine centered on a simple concept - self-care. We are teaching thousands to heal millions - and by teaching the teachers first, we see individuals, families and communities everywhere reconnecting with themselves and one another to embrace the richness of our human experience. The Center teaches scientifically-validated mind-body medicine techniques that enhance each person's capacity for self-awareness and self-care to health professionals around the world, including those in traumatized communities in the greatest need.
Founded
1995
Size
Small
Reaching men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray
Founded in 1992, Men's Health Network (MHN) is a national organization whose mission is to reach men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Our programs are provided through partnerships with religious institutions, health care providers, retailers and other private entities, fraternal organizations and workplace health programs. Our culturally sensitive educational materials accommodate various ethnic groups, addressing health concerns for specific populations.
Founded
1996
Size
Small
Community. Creativity. Cancer Support.
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts develops and promotes healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer. We offer empowering programs and activities for adult survivors and caregivers, as well as support and creative resources for the community at large through our Integrative Patient Navigation Services; Weeklong and Three-Day Cancer Retreats; our Artist-In-Residence Program; exhibitions and lectures in The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery; and our U Street community center where we hold ongoing cancer support programs, classes, and workshops.
Founded
1997
Size
Small
Opening new pathways of healing
Founded in 1996, Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) seeks to improve quality of life and conquer physical, developmental, and emotional health challenges through human and horse interaction. MTR offers high-quality horseback riding programs which open new pathways of healing for children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional challenges. Conditions served include: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, post-traumatic brain injury, autism, ADHD, and cognitive disorders. Riders experience improved self-confidence, strength, balance, coordination, attention span, and language and social skills. The farm is located between Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland on a beautiful 25-acre farm.
Founded
1998
Size
Tiny
Creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With an unwavering mission to enhance lives by supporting, education, and connecting young adults, their families, and friends who are affected by cancer, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults has accomplished a great deal in the way of providing crucial support to thousands of young adults with cancer — through education, scholarship programs, a network of human and health care resources, and fundraising for program and support services provided free of charge.
Founded
2003
Size
Medium
Providing support to LifeFlight of Maine
The LifeFlight Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that provides fundraising and public relations support to LifeFlight of Maine. Supported by the generosity of the many friends of LifeFlight, the Foundation raises funds for aircraft, hospital helipads, statewide aviation improvements and the many training outreach programs offered by LifeFlight staff, including trauma and critical care, brain injury, ground safety, cardiac care and injury prevention programs at elementary schools.
Founded
1984
Size
Large
Between Healing & Home
The Doorways provides a healing, emotionally supportive environment for those who need to be close to the hospital but not far from the feeling of “home.” The Doorways is Richmond's premier provider of temporary lodging and non-medical services to patients and their families referred through their participating Richmond-area hospital partners.
Founded
1988
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia has been granting wishes in the Commonwealth since August of 1987. Through fund raising and donor support, the Greater Virginia Chapter has been able to grant the wishes of over 3,400 children. Our Chapter territory covers the entire Commonwealth of Virginia except for the counties immediately surrounding Washington, D.C. We grant the wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who have life-threatening illnesses.
Founded
1992
Size
Giant
The ground-breaking premium & co-payment assistance foundation for the chronically ill.
Patient Services Incorporated (PSI), founded in 1989, is the ground breaking premium and co-payment assistance foundation for the chronically ill. For over two decades, PSI has helped people who live with certain chronic illnesses or conditions locate suitable health insurance coverage and access ways to satisfy expensive co-payments. PSI provides assistance with the cost of health insurance premiums associated with COBRAs, State High Risk Pools, Open enrollment, Guaranteed Issue policies, HIPAA conversion policies; and prescriptions co-payments associated with private insurance as well as with Medicare Parts B and D.
Founded
1996
Size
Giant
Solving insurance and healthcare access problems since 1996
The mission of the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is to provide effective mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. PAF is a national organization which provides professional case management services to Americans with chronic, life threatening and debilitating illnesses. PAF case managers serve as active liaisons between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters as they relate to their diagnosis also assisted by doctors and healthcare attorneys. PAF seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.
Founded
1999
Size
Tiny
A fun & safe place for grieving children
Comfort Zone provides grieving children with a voice, a place and a community in which to heal, grow and lead more fulfilling lives. Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17, and are held year-round in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia. Comfort Zone plans to expand to Texas in 2011.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Providing a home away from home for families of critically ill children
Since 1980, the Ronald McDonald House of Durham has allowed families to focus on the health and well-being of their critically ill children by keeping families together who are in need of a community of hope, comfort, and empathy. Ronald McDonald House of Durham offers families the comforts of home - inviting bedrooms, bright community spaces, daily home-cooked meals and a fully stocked kitchen - as well as a network of support through interactions with other families, staff and volunteers. The families who rely on the Ronald McDonald House of Durham know they can count on us to provide a home away from home every day at our House and at our Family Room.
Founded
1984
Size
Large
We are a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children being treated locally.
The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill provides a home-away-from-home for families of children who are receiving health services at area hospitals. The House offers physical comfort and emotional support through programs dedicated to the well-being of the whole family. Since opening its doors in 1988, the House has served more than 36,000 families. In mid-2015, the House will add 24,000 square feet to bring the total number of rooms to 53, including 8 two-bedroom apartments, two spacious kitchens and dining areas, two children's playroom, a game room, chapel and comfortable family rooms. A beautiful one-acre courtyard with peaceful outdoor gardens and kid-friendly play areas is at the center of the campus. The House is located just over a mile south of UNC Hospitals.
Founded
2007
Size
Tiny
Shape a child's life. And in turn, learn what life is all about.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of NC) is all about improving the lives of children. We believe that when you make a positive impact on the life of a single child, you create an amazing halo effect that extends from the family to the community and ultimately, the world. We carry out this vision by seeking to identify, create and support programs that directly benefit the health and well-being of children and families in North Carolina. Since 1992, we have proudly built upon this legacy of renewing lives and communities.
Founded
1986
Size
Small
Share the Power of a Wish
Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina grants the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Central and Western North Carolina Chapter was founded in 1985 by Dr. Jerry Clark in Greensboro, NC, in honor of his wife Charlotte. The chapter covers 51 counties from Alamance county west. We have never turned down the wish of an eligible child. The chapter currently grants more than 280 wishes a year.
Founded
1992
Size
Small
Assisting those in our community in times of need
Founded in 1991, The Eblen Charities' outreach extends throughout the counties of western North Carolina and through its numerous programs has helped thousands upon thousand of families each year with medical and emergency assistance. Today, Eblen Charities has become one of North Carolina's most innovative and effective social enterprises. They also offer programs focused on education, housing, and energy assistance for families in the community who are facing financial burdens and the effects that illness and disabilities often bring.
Founded
2000
Size
Giant
Feel your heart race
Founded in 2000 by Kyle and Pattie Petty, Victory Junction Gang enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. Victory Junction is a year-round camp that serves children, ages 6-16, with a variety of health issues. During the summer, the Camp offers week-long, disease-specific sessions with up to 128 kids per session. During the fall, winter and spring, family weekends are offered with 32 families per weekend. Victory Junction serves children from all areas of the country but primarily sees children from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Founded
1982
Size
Medium
Keeping families together to help kids heal and cope better
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston is to create compassionate environments and programs that provide families the best chance of success in caring for their child with complex medical needs. The Ronald McDonald House opened its doors 32 years ago as a home away home where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. Today, the House is able to serve 32 families every single night. Here, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses. The Ronald McDonald Family Room at MUSC provides a sanctuary within the walls of the hospital where family members can rest, read, shower or have a cup of coffee while still being only minutes away from their seriously ill child.
Founded
1985
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina got its start with the first wish on November 10, 1984. We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Each year the South Carolina chapter grants over 180 wishes and, since the very first wish in 1984, has granted over 2,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. We have never turned down a medically qualified South Carolina child for a wish, a tradition that we proudly carry on year after year.
Founded
1996
Size
Large
Serving Seriously Ill Children and Their Families
Ben and Luanne Russell began dreaming of building a place for children and families on Lake Martin in 1987. The dream became a reality in 1990 with the dedication ceremonies of Children's Harbor. From the beginning the mission was simple: strengthening children and families. Each year, at our Lake Martin campus, we partner with over 16 different groups who serve the seriously ill and the disabled to provide camping and adventure services to children with long-term serious illnesses and their families. In 2001 the Russells' commitment continued with their gift to build the state-of-the-art Children's Harbor Family Resource and Counseling Center at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama where we provide counseling, education, recreation, respite and other supportive services to these children and their families.
Founded
1977
Size
Giant
Keeping Families Close Since 1979
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities' mission is to serve the needs of children by providing temporary housing and support services for families of ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals.Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child. Services include housing, meals, 24-hour transportation to and from the hospital, laundry facilities, positive distractions and the opportunity to connect with other families going through similar experiences.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
Keeping Families Close
The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem provides a "home away from home" in our House and Family Rooms for families with children receiving medical care in our community. The House and Family Room programs offer physical comforts, emotional support, education, and referral services designed to promote the well-being of the whole family. Our House offers 35 bedrooms with private baths for families, four living rooms, two playrooms, a playground, and a fully stocked pantry, and kitchen with home cooked meals almost every day.
Founded
1987
Size
Small
Education, Prevention, Support, Recovery
Founded in 1982 by a dedicated group of local area firefighters, with the goal of helping individuals, families and communities affected by the devastation of burn injury and trauma; as well as preventing others from experiencing the traumatic event of a fire occurrence. The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation's mission is to partner with the fire service and burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities and assist burn survivors in their recovery.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
A Home Away From Home
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta (RMHCA) is a locally funded and operated non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and their families by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. We tailor our programs to address the most urgent needs of our community to keep our kids healthy and happy. These needs include how families that live 25 miles or more away can stay near and support a hospitalized child and how to afford staying together in another city while a child is undergoing treatment or care and how to send their child to college. We not only help families address these problems, we provide solutions through the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta and our RMHCA Scholarship Program.
Founded
1984
Size
Medium
Raising Hope. Changing Lives.
National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) offers hope to transplant patients by helping them overcome financial obstacles that may prevent or delay their lifesaving transplants. NFT provides advocacy, fundraising expertise and grants to organ and tissue transplant patients for medical care, medications and travel needs they otherwise could not afford. Founded in 1983, NFT has generated more than $56 million to help patients during their transplant journey. NFT serves solid organ and tissue transplant patients in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Founded
1985
Size
Tiny
A day to remember can help a child forget
Founded in 1985, Children's Wish Foundation (CWFI) is committed to bringing joy and happiness to seriously ill children throughout the world and this dedication has created special experiences for children around the globe. Recognizing our families' needs outside of the scope of wish fulfillment, we stepped up our commitment to the children by developing hospital enrichment programs which place educational and entertainment materials in children's hospitals throughout the world as well as our Family Focus programs. To keep costs to a minimum, we operate with the efforts of a small staff and only one U.S. office, relying on a network of volunteers to act as our "hands and feet" in communities around the world. To date, CWFI has touched the lives of children in 53 countries, providing a lifetime of memories for them and their family.
Founded
1988
Size
Tiny
Creating a more confident cancer journey for adults anytime, anywhere
PearlPoint Cancer Support provides personalized guidance and compassionate support to any adult impacted by cancer. Founded in 1987, we seek to come alongside survivors and co-survivors from the moment of diagnosis, and help them more confidently navigate their cancer journey. All services are free of charge, regardless of location or treatment facility. Services include, cancer education resources, clinical trial information, nutritional guidance, cancer supportive services and MY PearlPoint, an online portal that provides personalized guidance for each individual cancer journey.
Founded
1988
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina has one purpose- to grant wishes to children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. The benefits of wish fulfillment are many and varied. Though it is difficult to measure the effect a wish has on a child, we believe that while doctors provide the medicine, the Make-A-Wish Foundation provides the magic. Since 1986, the chapter has granted more than 2,134 (and counting) favorite wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions throughout Eastern North Carolina.
Founded
1990
Size
Large
A Ray of Hope for Children with Cancer
Founded in 1982, Camp Sunshine enriches the lives of Georgia's children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs. Camp Sunshine provides year-round programs which allow children with cancer and their families to share similar experiences and to participate in activities that promote normal childhood development as they cope with the challenges of childhood cancer. Although Camp Sunshine began as a summer camp, programs now also include family camps, sibling camp, teen retreats, preschool and school age programs, support and educational programs for families, hospital based camp and a variety of activities throughout the year.
Founded
1994
Size
Large
Enriching lives everyday
Founded in 1992, the mission of the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) is to help meet the needs of organ transplant candidates, living donors, recipients and their families by providing information and education regarding organ transplantation, granting financial assistance and being an advocate for sustaining and enriching lives everyday. GTF is focused on providing both financial and educational assistance during a time that is often overwhelming for those undergoing or waiting for a transplant. Today, GTF is the primary source for transplant patient assistance and support for all solid organ transplantation in the entire state of Georgia.
Founded
1995
Size
Small
Become a #Wishmaker today!
Make-A-Wish Georgia grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since 1995, we've granted the wishes of nearly 7,000 kids across the state of Georgia. Any child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18, who has been determined by a physician to have a life-threatening medical condition and has not been granted a previous wish, is eligible.
Founded
2000
Size
Tiny
To provide respite for families caring for a child with cancer.
Lighthouse Family Retreat serves families living through childhood cancer by creating environments on seaside retreats where they can rest, restore relationships, experience joy and find hope in God.
Founded
1978
Size
Small
Because kids should fly kites, not fight cancer
The Children's Cancer Center was founded in 1974 and is dedicated to providing children who have cancer or chronic blood disorders and their families in the Tampa area with the emotional, financial and educational support necessary to cope with their life-threatening illnesses. Our programs include Kids Introduction to Enrichment Services (KITES), peer support and recreational opportunities for teens, the Big Buddy mentoring program, Kanga Krewe, family fun events, ticket bank, holiday adopt-a-family, financial assistance, family support, scholarships, SOAR (Surviving Oncology and Readjusting), Lil' Tales, and camps.
Founded
1978
Size
Large
Providing a home-away-from-home for families of pediatric patients in area hospitals
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:- Focusing on the critical needs of children- Celebrating the diversity of our people and programs- Valuing our heritage- Operating with accountability and transparencyRonald McDonald House of Tampa Bay is comprised of four Houses, offering 80 bedrooms per night to families with sick or injured children being treated at area hospitals. Together, our Houses care for 2,000 families each year during a most difficult time. The Ronald McDonald House provides comfort and care to families at this home-away-from-home.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Providing a temporary home-away from home
Established in 1988, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of South Florida is dedicated to helping local children live happier, healthier and more productive lives by supporting healthcare and medical research programs, education and the arts, and civic and social programs. The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is a temporary home-away from home for families to find rest, support and time away from realities of the hospital procedures and routines in any Miami-Dade and Broward County pediatric medical facility. In South Florida, there are two Ronald McDonald Houses: the Miami House, which opened its doors in 1981, and the Fort Lauderdale House, which opened in 2004. On any given day 47 families are helped every day.
Founded
1983
Size
Small
Making dreams come true for seriously ill children
The Children's Dream Fund was founded in 1981 with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Dreams vary greatly - from trips to Disney World, meetings with celebrities, computers, play sets, cruises and shopping sprees. Every child deserves hope and a dream, and our continued goal is to provide a dream for every eligible child referred to us from area hospitals. The Children's Dream Fund operates out of an office in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, and serves children living throughout West Central Florida. The Children's Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization.
Founded
1982
Size
Medium
The house that love built
Since opening in 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida has served as a home-away-from-home and source of respite and resources for more than 20,000 adults and children. Originally built as a 6-bedroom facility, we underwent 2 expansions before opening a brand new 26-bedroom House at 5200 Bayou Boulevard in Pensacola, Florida on August 23, 2010. This larger facility allows us to serve over 1,000 families each year.
Founded
1986
Size
Medium
Share the power of a wish
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. There are 65 Make-A-Wish chapters covering the United States and 28 affiliates of Make-A-Wish Foundation International. The Southern Florida chapter was founded in 1983. The Southern Florida chapter serves children in 13 counties: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Highlands, Monroe, Hendry, Glades, Collier and Lee. This past year, we granted the wishes of 508 children and have granted more than 9,000 wishes in our history.
Founded
1986
Size
Giant
Keeping families close when they need it most
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Jacksonville supports the health and well-being of children by providing lodging and other services for critically ill, chronically ill and seriously injured children and their families. We offer a "home away from home" for children and their families who must travel to Jacksonville for pediatric medical care. Each family receives vital services such as meals and transportation and the compassionate care of our staff and other families who are facing similar challenges.
Founded
1986
Size
Giant
Where happiness inspires hope
Give Kids The World exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need. Each day, Give Kids The World lives by this mission and has made a promise to never turn a child away. Since 1986, more than 122,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. Through the tireless support of our volunteers, employees and generous partners, we dedicate each and every day to these special families.
Founded
1990
Size
Medium
Bringing hope and the promise of tomorrow
In 25 years, Dreams Come True has made the special desires of almost 2,400 children come true. Dreams provide these wonderful children and their families with a momentary reprieve from the rigors of medical treatment often associated with life-threatening illnesses. A dream temporarily removes the child from doctor visits, hospital stays, tests and needles and brings laughter, joy and childhood to the forefront. Dreams give the children and their families memories to carry them through the rough times and smiles to last a lifetime. Dreams bring hope and the promise of tomorrow. All children between the ages of two and a half and eighteen who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and either live or are treated in Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia are eligible for a dreams.
Founded
1990
Size
Giant
Above All, Have Fun!
Founded in 1996, Camp Boggy Creek is a year-round medical camp for children with serious illnesses. Co-founded by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the camp offers week-long summer sessions and family retreat weekends at no charge to the children or families. Located in Eustis, Florida, the 232-acre nonprofit serves children ages 7-16 that have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The camp is entirely funded by generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and healthcare partners. Camp Boggy Creek is a proud member of SeriousFun Children's Network.
Founded
1996
Size
Large
Providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill and injured children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida (RMHCCF) finds, creates and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and families. Our cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House (RMH), provides a home-away-from-home that offers comfort and care to families of children being treated at local hospitals and medical facilities. There are two Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando; one is located on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children and the other is on the campus of Arnold Palmer Medical Center.
Founded
1994
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Incorporated in 1994, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida serves children over the age of 2 1/2 and under 18, at the time of referral, with a life-threatening medical condition. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida now serves 54 counties including the Central, Northern, Space Coast and Suncoast regions of Florida. Staff work in Maitland and two regional offices in Tampa and Sarasota.
Founded
1997
Size
Large
Supporting families with children suffering from cancer
The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in honor of Jay McGillis. Jay was a very special young man who developed leukemia. The courage, compassion and faith he demonstrated during the course of his illness were an inspiration to many people. The mission of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation is to assist children with leukemia and other cancers and their families by providing emotional and financial support to help reduce the stress associated with treatment and improve their quality of life.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
A "home-away-from-home" for St. Jude families and their children
Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Memphis is a "home-away-from-home" for families who are in Memphis while their child is receiving treatment for cancer or another catastrophic illness at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. All families stay completely free of charge. Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to keep their child healthy and happy.
Founded
1987
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South was founded in 1986. Since that time, the Mid-South chapter and its supporters have made dreams come true for more than 4,500 children.
Founded
1988
Size
Medium
Providing a "home away from home" for families of sick children
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Chattanooga provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill and injured children receiving care at nearby Chattanooga hospitals and supports programs that improve the health, education, and well-being of children. RMHC is a 26 bedroom facility equipped with the following: Private bedroom and bath, laundry facilities, family kitchen on each floor, main "Help Yourself" Kitchen where a prepared evening meal is served daily, living areas, playroom and playground for children and a teen room with internet access. RMHC also offers a Family Room located at T. C. Thompson Children's Hospital, equipped with a small kitchen, private showers, a family conversation area with television, quiet or nap room and laundry facilities.
Founded
2001
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish.
Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, founded in 2000, grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. The Middle Tennessee chapter of Make-A-Wish has granted more 1,400 local wishes. The chapter has received national awards for Performance Excellence, Outstanding Fundraising Performance and for the 2015 Infinite Wish - Alby's wish to be a pirate treasure hunter.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
35 Years and 36,000 Families
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, Inc. (RMHCA) is committed to enhancing the lives of children and their families, with a primary emphasis on facilitating access to pediatric health care for residents of Alabama and adjacent states. RMHCA provides a safe, affordable, supportive home-away-from-home for sick or injured children and their families when they travel to Birmingham for medical treatment and a place to rest and re-group while only steps from their sick child's bedside at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.
Founded
1985
Size
Small
Alabama's program for children with cancer
Camp Smile-A-Mile (Camp SAM) was founded in 1985. Our mission today is to provide year round challenging, unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients, their families as well as young adult survivors from Alabama at no cost. Our purpose is to provide these patients, families and survivors with avenues for fellowship, to help them cope with their disease, and to prepare them for life after cancer. Camp SAM serves more than 400 children and young adults each year. Our programs include the following activities: family camp weekends, week-long camp sessions, sibling camp weekend, off therapy family camp weekend, young adult retreat, monthly activities, and teen trips.
Founded
1996
Size
Tiny
Transporting children to better health
Kid One Transport was founded in 1997 by a young firefighter from Hoover, AL: Russell Jackson. For Kid One, the mission is simple: transport children and expectant mothers to necessary health care services. Kid One has been fulfilling this mission as the only 501 (c) (3) nonprofit of its kind in the state of Alabama and one of only a handful of nonprofit transportation providers targeting children in the U.S. We are an organization committed to removing transportation as a barrier to quality health care throughout the state of Alabama. From our drivers to our fundraisers, we work daily to ensure that the most vulnerable and needy among us are not abandoned due to their circumstances.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
Founded in 1984, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi has granted more than 1,100 wishes since its founding. For many of these children, a wish experience provides strength and hope for the future.
Founded
1988
Size
Medium
Serving the nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS
The Poverello Center provides life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are residents of Broward County and meet the specified qualifications for services. Currently, The Poverello Center provides service to more than 2500 clients. Since 1986, we have served over 12,600 clients and we have provided enough food to prepare more than 1,000,000 meals each year.
Founded
1997
Size
Medium
Providing hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss
Founded in 1997, Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Most of our children suffer from an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata, which causes the hair follicles to shut down. Other recipients have been victim to severe burns, endured radiation treatment to the brain stem as a treatment for cancer, or suffer from any number of skin disorders that cause permanent hair loss.
Founded
1984
Size
Medium
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern California and Northern Nevada's mission is to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern California and Northern Nevada was founded in 1983. Since that time, the chapter has granted more than 3,800 wishes. The Foundation makes a tangible difference in the life of a child and a family by fulfilling one special, heartfelt wish for the child and involving the entire family. The once-in-a-lifetime wish experience strengthens the child's resilience and will to fight the illness, and brings the family together once again in the midst of hospitalizations and treatment schedules, pain, confusion and fear accompanying a life-threatening medical condition. The organization works with hundreds of volunteers who help discover and grant the one true wish of the child. These volunteers' lives are transformed by the wish-granting experience.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
Keeping families together to help kids heal and cope better
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California is to help children and their families by providing an atmosphere where families can rest, reflect, and find mutual support. This home-away-from-home provides shelter and comfort to families who must travel to the Sacramento-area in order to receive medical treatment for their child. The House offers family members of seriously ill and injured children a refuge from the hospital setting. Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California supports the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House and Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake.
Founded
1993
Size
Medium
Until there's a cure, there's Cancer Support Community
Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Cancer Support Community provides comprehensive integrative care - including counseling, support groups, nutrition, exercise and patient education programs - for people with cancer and their families or caregivers. Our services enable cancer patients to partner with their treatment team to manage their treatment and recovery most effectively, increase their chances for survival, reduce their chances of recurrence, and provide for the highest possible quality of life.
Founded
1993
Size
Medium
Supporting families with childhood cancer
The mission of the Okizu Foundation is to provide recreational, respite and peer support programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer. The Okizu Foundation operates Camp Okizu which began with the belief that a residential camp can be an ideal setting for children struggling with a life threatening illness to explore and enjoy a normal life experience. Children who are diagnosed with cancer miss a normal childhood. Their illness, treatment and complications can keep them from enjoying activities that often are taken for granted. And yet these children, like all children, need the opportunity to grow, experiment and discover independence. The Okizu Foundation is committed to the continuing support of the oncology and siblings camping programs.
Founded
1977
Size
Large
Common Ground for Extraordinary People
Camp Aldersgate is uniquely dedicated to serving children with disabilities, youth and senior adults in a camp environment. We maintain a high standard of excellence in all aspects of our programming, service, environment and operations. Our work is guided by the needs and potential of each person. We offer camps for children and youth who have conditions such as cancer, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, epilepsy, kidney disorders, autism, Down syndrome, and mental retardation. Hundreds of campers come each year from across Arkansas and from surrounding states to enjoy an experience of a lifetime.
Founded
1996
Size
Tiny
Making the wishes of terminally ill children come true
The Wishing Well Foundation USA's single goal is to bring joy to children with life threatening illnesses by providing them with their fondest wish in life. The Wishing Well Foundation USA was founded by Elwin and Lisbeth LeBeau after comforting their friend as best they could as their friend's child's life slowly ebbed away. The Foundation hopes to provide the family of the ill child with some special memories . . .memories not of hospitals, doctors, and treatments but memories of a more carefree time; a time the child will cherish for as long as they live! The family will have fond memories of carefree days . . .the day their child was granted their fondest wish.
Founded
1981
Size
Medium
A home away from home
Formed in 1981, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City carries out its mission by providing the best possible resources, facilities and services benefiting children and their families at a time of need or crisis. The Ronald McDonald House and Family Room provide a "home away from home" for family members of hospitalized children. Grants and scholarships are also provided through the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Founded
1983
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish.
Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded in 1982, our chapter has granted more than 2,700 wishes to eligible Oklahoma children. The Oklahoma chapter is part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world, with 63 chapters in the United States and its territories, along with affiliates in 33 countries on five continents. Make-A-Wish® estimates a positive impact on more than 300,000 individuals each year.
Founded
1993
Size
Small
Delivering social services to people affected by HIV/AIDS
Tulsa CARES is committed to creating an environment where all people with HIV/AIDS have equal opportunities for healthy living. We advance our mission through empowerment, inclusion, and the creation of hope by offering tailored, integrated resources and advocating for the end of HIV stigma. We are committed to achieving quality health outcomes for those living with HIV/AIDS resulting in HIV treatment adherence, quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, and reduction of HIV transmission. We delivered tailored, integrated services: care coordination, health care navigation, mental health counseling, housing assistance, and food and nutrition. We also address client empowerment and self-wroth and advocate through community awareness and education.
Founded
1956
Size
Giant
Children can . . .with TLC
The primary purpose of the Texas Lions Camp (TLC) is to provide a camp for physically disabled, hearing/vision impaired, and diabetic children from the State of Texas, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere wherein campers will learn the Can Do philosophy and be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth and self-esteem. The Texas Lions Camp was chartered in 1949 in response to the terrible polio epidemic that forever changed the lives of so many Texas children. Since that time, TLC has dynamically changed to include children who have all manner and types of physical disabilities, diabetes and cancer. Today, we are serving more children than at any other time in our history. Over 1,500 children per summer attend TLC.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Sharing the strength of our home
Since 1981, Ronald McDonald House Houston has been serving families with children undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses at Texas Medical Center institutions. We offer loving, home-like environments, where families can find support and share experiences with others, including in-hospital facilities and a freestanding 50-bedroom home for longer term stays. Ronald McDonald House Houston offers a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions. We are proud to offer a safe and loving environment to all families of children facing a life threatening condition, including those in need of an organ transplant or fighting cancer.
Founded
1981
Size
Medium
Providing safe temporary living accommodations for critically ill children and their families.
The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio is to operate charitable facilities, which provide safe temporary living accommodations for critically ill children and their families while receiving medical treatment in the San Antonio, Texas area. The intent is to provide a home away from home where families in similar circumstances can interact and lend and receive mutual support. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio will also support other causes that improve the lives of children in our community.
Founded
1983
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded in 1983, the chapter has granted more than 3,300 wishes to eligible Colorado children. The Foundation will consider the wish of any child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition who is between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 and lives anywhere in the state of Colorado. The entire family is included in the child's magical wish. The wish is a time which provides joy, respite and family healing and is a time when the focus is not on the child's illness. The magic we provide by granting a wish gets the whole family out of the hospital and offers them a time of fun and togetherness.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Keeping families close by providing a home away from home for families.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and their families. For more than 31 years Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas has been providing a home- away-from-home for families with critically ill or injured children receiving treatment at Central Texas hospitals. Our family-centered care supports the healing process for children, reduces financial burdens for families, provides critical psycho-social support, enhances clinical outcomes and helps families resume normal activities more quickly. Through the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, RMHC CTX provides resources so families can stay together during a time of greatest need. The Happy Wheels Cart program brings items directly to families in the hospitals. The Healing Hearts program supports families who have lost children by providing financial burial assistance and bereavement counseling.
Founded
1985
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories. The Central & South Texas chapter has granted over 3,600 wishes since it was founded in 1984. During fiscal year 2012, 218 children in our area experienced the magic of a wish. Children from 40 counties in the central and southern regions of Texas benefit from the efforts of this chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
The house that love built.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area provides a temporary home-away-from-home that serves and sustains families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at area hospitals, as well as providing support to other programs that assist children in our community. Children heal faster and cope better when surrounded by their loved ones. We have been helping families for over 20 years since a group of community leaders came together to open the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City in 1988.
Founded
1986
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Incorporated in 1985, the mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah provides a wish to all Utah children between 2 1/2 and 17 (at the time of referral) whose physicians affirm that they have a life-threatening condition. A wish is a critically ill child's answer to the question, "If you could have anything in the world, go anywhere, be or do anything, what would you choose? What would you do?" The Utah chapter grants over 140 wishes a year to Utah children. That's giving hope to a lot of young people and their families.
Founded
2011
Size
Medium
Guiding families from crisis to care
The mission of Any Baby Can is to serve families of children and youth facing serious health and developmental challenges. Founded in 1982, to provide information and support to families in accessing resources for their medically fragile children, Any Baby Can has grown and sustained programs and services in response to new and ongoing needs of families of children with serious special needs. Any Baby Can offers the following programs and services: case management, the core service; parent, family, sibling counseling and support; autism education; health, nutrition and fitness program for children with developmental disabilities and their families; funeral assistance, grief support/counseling; crisis assistance; and prescription assistance. All services are provided at no cost, regardless of income, to families who have a child birth through 17 years of age with a chronic illness, disability, developmental delay or health risk, in Bexar County and 18 surrounding counties.
Founded
2003
Size
Large
Enriching the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and special needs.
Camp Aranzazu is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and special needs by providing unique camping, environmental studies, and retreat experiences to groups with special needs. The camp seeks to create and maintain a partnership between the campers and the land that preserves and protects the existing habitat for native and endangered species of plants and animals, and complements the history of the area and local community. Campers balance academic skill building with camping activities to regain confidence, relax, and have fun. General camping experiences teach children and adults with disabilities how they fit into society and how they can focus on what they can do, instead of what they cannot do. Camp Aranzazu serves 42 Texas counties that include the Houston area, extending west to San Antonio and south to the southernmost tip of the state.
Founded
1965
Size
Medium
Where help inspires hope
Cancer Care Services provides help and hope to cancer patients and their families through financial, emotional, spiritual and social support. Cancer Care Services provides support to anyone impacted by cancer living in Tarrant, Parker or Hood Counties. Services include: financial assistance for qualifying cancer patients; emotional support for everyone; social support for everyone; and spiritual support for everyone.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
The House that Love Built
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) is the only organization in Dallas that provides a temporary home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving treatment for a serious illness or injury at a Dallas area hospital. In an effort to lessen the burden, reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for these families, the RMHD provides affordable housing in a caring home-like atmosphere. The Ronald McDonald House program was built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child - not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Providing a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals
The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth provides a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. Our vision is to never turn away a family. Our programs include the 57-bedroom the Ronald McDonald House on 8th Avenue and the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Cook Children's Medical Center.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We want to provide children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and the joy to experience the present. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas has granted more than 7,000 wishes since our inception in 1982. Our goal is to be a unique part of the treatment process. With doctors providing the medicine, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation supplying the magic, we strive to create miracles in the lives of some very special children.
Founded
1988
Size
Large
Inspiring Confidence for Life
Established in 1987, Camp John Marc partners with community and health professionals and organizations to provide high quality camping experiences year round to campers who have a chronic illness or physical disability and the families of those children. These experiences are motivated by the belief that every camper has the right to discovery and adventure in nature's world, and deserves a chance to see, touch, play, and feel better. Camp John Marc utilizes community and medical volunteers to provide program support and quality medical care and treatment in the camp setting.
Founded
1993
Size
Large
A remarkable place. For remarkable people.
Camp Summit was created in 1993 to assume management of the residential camping program for people with disabilities, established by Soroptimist International of Dallas in 1947. The mission of Camp Summit is to provide barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence for children and adults with disabilities. Our campers range in age from six to adulthood and may be developmentally delayed, physically challenged, dual sensory impaired (deaf and blind) or have multiple disabilities. Our programming consists of 1 weeklong spring break camp, 11 one-week summer camping sessions and 9 one-week fall camp sessions. Plus weekend sessions and respite days are offered in the spring and fall.
Founded
1996
Size
Small
Cancer support for the whole family, the whole time. It is our vision that no one should have to face cancer alone.
The mission of Cancer Support Community North Texas is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Completely free of charge and nonprofit, Cancer Support Community offers support groups, networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a non-residential, home-like setting. Cancer Support Community is a place where people with cancer and their families and friends learn to live with cancer, and hopefully beyond it. It is their lifeline to strength, hope and guidance. The effects are often life-changing.
Founded
2002
Size
Small
Helping families fight, survive, and live with cancer
Founded in 2002, the mission of Miles Perret Cancer Services is to help families fight, survive, and live with cancer. Our mission is founded on the principle that life is sacred, and quality of life should not be forgotten or neglected, particularly when battling cancer. Many cancer patients and their families need the organized and deliberate support of a cancer services center invested in their welfare and healing. They need Miles Perret Cancer Services.
Founded
1951
Size
Medium
Where friendship begins . . .and never ends
Camp Sweeney's mission is to build a family that can help to support campers through all of the highs and lows of Type 1 diabetes. We start by making the practices of good diabetic control normal, so every child is on a level playing field and no longer feels that diabetes makes them different. Campers are given opportunities to succeed and once they begin to achieve their goals at camp, they develop confidence in their own talents and abilities. We encourage campers to seek the good in themselves and each other, so they place value in virtue rather than the venial attractions of the world. As campers support one another over the course of a session, they build friendships that are based in service – friendships they can count on long past the end of the summer.
Founded
1982
Size
Medium
Dedicated to children with cancer
Founded in 1982, The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again do what Kids are meant to do . . . have fun and celebrate life! Young cancer patients participate in positive group activities which promote self-esteem, personal accomplishment and just plain old fashioned fun. Thousands of children from hospitals across the country have benefited from The Sunshine Kids Foundation's many programs and national and regional events. The Sunshine Kids continues, as it has since its inception, to provide all of its activities completely free of charge to the children, their families and hospitals.
Founded
1985
Size
Large
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of 65 chapters throughout the United States and its territories. The Foundation also includes 33 international affiliates spanning five continents. Since our chapter's inception in 1984, we have granted over 6,500 wishes.
Founded
1993
Size
Large
Love, laughter, hope, healing
Camp For All, located in the rolling hills of Washington County, Texas, is a unique camping and retreat facility that strives to enrich the lives of people with special needs. Established in 1993, Camp For All works in partnership with special needs groups whose members gain self-esteem, self-awareness and independence by participating in programs that are recreational, therapeutic and educational. The camp provides a fully-accessible environment and programs that are tailored to meet the needs of campers of all ages, interests and abilities. Camp For All is a host facility that provides weeklong camps, weekend retreats and day programs for more than 55 different special needs groups.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From our humble beginnings with one boy's wish to be a police officer, we've evolved into an organization that grants a child's wish in the United States and its territories every 40 minutes. We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Founded
1995
Size
Medium
Giving life to final Dreams.
Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to nearly 25,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant. Dream Foundation does not receive any federal or state funding and relies solely on individual donations and corporate partnerships to fund its programs.
Founded
1993
Size
Medium
Here, we are all the same
Camp Mak-A-Dream was founded in 1991 and began as a dream to bring sick children to see a working Montana ranch. Today, cost-free programs are offered throughout the year to children, teens, young adults and women with cancer, as well as programs for children who have a sibling or a parent with cancer. Since opening their doors, Camp Mak-A-Dream has welcomed more than 5,000 participants from across the United States, Canada, and several other countries. The campus is handicap accessible, including the pool, hot tub, zip line, cabins, restrooms and lodge. The Camp is also able to accommodate the medical needs of those in the midst of treatment due to the support of volunteer physicians and nurses.
Founded
1984
Size
Tiny
Share the Power of a Wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Oregon formed in 1983. Since then, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 3,100 wishes to children in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The Oregon chapter serves children, ages 2 ½ through 17. Wish kids and their families share in a magical interlude during difficult times of treatments, financial burdens and hospital stays. Healthcare providers see the remarkable impact of a wish on a child's response to treatment.THE IMPACT OF A WISH- 89% of doctors, nurses, social workers & child life specialists surveyed believe the wish experience positively influences wish kids' health.- 97% of parents said the wish experience strengthened their families.- 99% of parents and reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness.
Founded
1993
Size
Medium
Encouraging the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Sitting on 191 acres at the base of the Sawtooth Mountain Range, Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 with a special mission to encourage the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted activities and therapies. 110 riders come to Swiftsure Ranch each week to participate in equine therapeutic riding and learn the skills to adapt to the world around them. This means that lessons are adapted to their unique physical, mental and/or emotional needs. Riding can build character, confidence and self-esteem in our riders, as well as give them opportunities to access the outdoors and recreation.
Founded
2007
Size
Tiny
Enabling families to focus on the most important part of the treatment - the child.
Heroes for Children advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer. Since 2004, Heroes for Children has helped alleviate families' worries, giving them comfort and a brief respite from the everyday challenges of cancer-fighting and caregiving. Our vision is that no family with a child battling cancer will fight alone.
Founded
1977
Size
Giant
The house that love built
Founded in 1979, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver provides a home away from home for families of children being treated at area hospitals and supports community programs that serve the needs of children. Our main focus is providing comfortable, low-cost housing to out-of-town mothers and fathers needing to be near their hospitalized children. Our largest residence, the Aurora House opened in March 2008. Only 7 years earlier a new Denver House was built. We award college scholarships to high school seniors and grants to community groups. Each summer, we host a mountain camp for children with cancer and their siblings. With the help of volunteers, Sky High Hope Camp welcomes kids from across America.
Founded
1997
Size
Medium
Everybody has challenges. We have adventures.
Since 1982, Eagle Mount has been transforming the lives of people with disabilities and children with cancer. With the help and support of a generous community, Eagle Mount opens up a world of adventures-skiing, horseback riding, swimming, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, cycling, fishing, and more-that foster freedom, joy, strength, focus, and confidence. Set under the beauty of Montana's legendary big sky, Eagle Mount focuses on people's abilities, while gently supporting their disabilities.
Founded
1980
Size
Large
Home away from home; House that Love Built
Founded in 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico provides temporary affordable lodging and respite services to families with critically ill children. We offer unduplicated family programs directly improving the health and well being of children. Our collaborative approach works with a network of Albuquerque pediatric referrals helping families remain intact while accessing the healthcare their children urgently need. Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico provides comfort, care and a home away from home for families of children with medical needs.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
Granting wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.
Every 37 minutes Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. The New Mexico chapter was established in 1986, and in January of 1987 we granted our first Wish for Donovan, who Wished for his very own bicycle. In the past 30 years we have granted more than 1800 Wishes to New Mexico children! We are incredibly grateful to our donors, supporters and volunteers who have helped to make our success possible as we strive to reach as many eligible New Mexico children as possible…THANK YOU!
Founded
1973
Size
Tiny
Improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by bleeding disorders
The Arizona Hemophilia Association (AHA) is a volunteer-based non-profit that works to improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by bleeding disorders by providing caring support, quality education and targeted advocacy aimed at enhancing medical care and insurance coverage for our community in the entire state of Arizona. The AHA has served families and individuals affected by bleeding disorders in Arizona since 1967, providing bilingual and bicultural services and programs. We are the only such organization in the state of Arizona.
Founded
1981
Size
Medium
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish® Arizona grants the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Arizona is the founding Make-A-Wish® chapter, starting in Phoenix in 1980 with one little boy's wish to be a police officer. From these humble beginnings, Make-A-Wish was born. Make-A-Wish Arizona grants wishes to children who have been diagnosed by their doctor or medical physician as having a life-threatening medical condition and who are between 2 1/2 - 18 years of age at the time of referral. Each year, Make-A-Wish Arizona grants approximately 380 wishes to Arizona children and has granted more than 5,500 wishes to date (Spring 2017). Make-A-Wish Arizona's vision is to grant the wish of every eligible Arizona child. Studies have shown that wishes help children feel stronger, happier, and more willing to battle their illness.
Founded
1986
Size
Giant
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish America helps to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, the organization is one of the nation's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes, on average. It has granted more than 225,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
Founded
1984
Size
Large
Home away from home
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix is a welcoming "home away from home" for families with children facing medical challenges, providing an atmosphere of comfort, hope and courage. The families who benefit from RMHC travel far from home to receive treatment for their child at world-renowned pediatric centers located in Phoenix. Their child's treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It's a long time to be away from home or to divide a family, and often times commuting or staying at a hotel is either impossible or financially challenging for a family. RMHC is able to help families overcome these obstacles by providing low-cost, temporary housing that is near their child's hospital.
Founded
1993
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Founded in 1993, the mission of Make-A-Wish International is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish International serves children outside the United States in nearly 50 countries through its 39 affiliates. With the help of generous donors and over 32,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 350,000 wishes worldwide since inception.
Founded
2002
Size
Small
Restoring Hope. Transforming Lives.
HopeKids provides ongoing events & activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.
Founded
1985
Size
Giant
We're flying for your life
The mission of Miracle Flights for Kids is to improve access to health care by providing financial assistance to low income children for commercial air travel to obtain special medical care; to promote awareness of our services through targeted outreach programs; to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action.The vision to help children and families in need of specialized care far from home came to fruition in the heart and mind of Miracle Flights for Kids founder Ann McGee. Thousands of donors and volunteers across the U.S. combined to make her vision a reality.Miracle Flights for Kids has established itself as the nation's leading nonprofit health and welfare flight organization, removing barriers to healthcare access and improve the quality of life for our children. Founded in 1985, Miracle Flights assures families with limited financial resources, that their sick child is not without options.
Founded
1994
Size
Small
Hope, courage, triumph
The mission of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is to provide social, emotional, educational, and psychological support services and programs to families of all children diagnosed with life threatening or critical illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders, and immunologic diseases and provide healing arts and wellness programs to adults touched by cancer and to chronically ill children and their caregivers.
Founded
1997
Size
Tiny
Share the Power of a Wish
Founded in 1996, The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Nevada grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. We currently serve one of the fastest growing areas of the country serving the southern half of the state, encompassing the counties of Clark, Nye, Lincoln and Esmeralda. To date, over 1,550 wishes have been granted to children throughout the Southern Nevada region.
Founded
1978
Size
Large
Changing lives, one stride at a time
Founded in 1976, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center's mission is to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapies and activities and to be an inspiration and educational resource to the therapeutic riding profession, both regionally and nationally. Our equine-assisted activities and adaptive riding programs provide life-changing physical benefits such as strengthening muscles, preventing bone weakness and joint dislocation, improving balance and enhancing hand/eye coordination. These benefits improve a rider's overall health, which, in turn, can increase life expectancy.
Founded
1981
Size
Giant
More than a place to stay
At Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC), we support seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, we provide a "home-away-from-home" to help families through a difficult time. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
Touching Lives, Improving Health
Pet Partner's mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. Pet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal interactions to improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those we serve. Our 14,000 volunteer therapy animal teams make visits across the nation, and interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer's, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities, and those approaching end of life. Pet Partners teams help people become healthier and happier through incorporating animal assisted activities into their lives.
Founded
1986
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Since 1986, Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 6,200 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Currently, more than 500 children are awaiting their wishes and that's just the beginning. One in five kids are not being referred to our program because they don't know about us. We need your help. You can help wish kids rise above their illnesses. A life-threatening diagnosis is devastating for wish kids and their families. Wishes are a way to combat that. The benefits of a wish are tangible. For some, a wish is incentive to comply with their treatments so they can get healthy enough to experience their wish. For others, it's a distraction and something positive to look forward to. You are the key to Make-A-Wish meeting the opportunities that lie ahead. If you stand with us, every eligible child can receive the renewal of a wish experience.
Founded
1975
Size
Small
Optimizing the quality of life for all people living with cancer
Cancer Lifeline was founded in 1973 by Gloria Gutkowski, a cancer patient who could not find the support she needed to help her live with her diagnosis. Now, people all over Washington State use the toll-free 24-Hour Lifeline program for emotional support and information. Those in the Puget Sound region can also take advantage of classes, other programs and resources which are offered at Cancer Lifeline's main office in Seattle and at several hospital partner locations. Our programs are based on the needs of people living with cancer. We offer you choices and encourage you to take control. We provide information so that you can make better choices. We stress inclusion rather than isolation. Most of all, we provide the environment where you have the freedom to express feelings without being judged.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
Providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill and injured children
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington provides a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill children, and supports initiatives to improve pediatric health. During their visit, guests stay in comfortable and lovingly decorated private rooms where they can get a peaceful night's rest, knowing their child is close by. Volunteers arrive daily to offer support by greeting guests with a smile, cleaning, and cooking. By providing a setting in which families connect with other families, and children can meet other children going though a similar experience, our houses ease the isolation of what can be a stressful and frightening time.
Founded
1995
Size
Small
We prescribe joy
Children's Cancer Association (CCA) is a national leader prescribing free, innovative programs of JoyRx and has connected hundreds of thousands of children, teens, and their family members to the power of hope, comfort, and happiness in the last two decades.CCA didn't start with a foundation, it started with a family. One who faced its own battle with serious pediatric illness in Portland, Oregon. From that experience came a passionate focus on the moment, and a commitment to deliver immediate help to kids when their need is the greatest. We prescribe joy. Because we know in the fight against devastating illness, joy is often forgotten and something every child deserves. When seriously ill children, teens and their families need more than medicine, CCA's innovative programs create joy one moment at a time.
Founded
1975
Size
Tiny
Embracing wellness since 1974
Shanti enhances the quality of life, health and well-being of people living with life-threatening illnesses, including Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS. Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning inner peace or tranquility. It is an appropriate name since, ultimately, all of Shanti's direct service and educational programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations. Key to the success of Shanti's mission is the Shanti model of peer support, which is both a philosophy and a set of techniques that are used throughout our work. It is a way of being with another person that frees both parties to be fully who they are and communicate their feelings to one another. It is a way of being which allows two persons to meet as equals. It is a way of relating to others that is characterized by certain values and attitudes.
Founded
1979
Size
Giant
Serving families of seriously ill children since 1979
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. Built in 1979, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford was the fifth such House in the country. Since then, the House has grown from 13 to 47 bedrooms, 12 full time employees, and more than 100 volunteers. The House now offers families so much more than its founders could have hoped for, it's more than a room with a shower and a bed. The program offerings at the House have grown exponentially and make a huge impact in creating the community environment that supports these families.
Founded
1981
Size
Giant
Providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children
Founded in 1981, Family House provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from San Francisco, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF. At our new location in Mission Bay, The Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House, we provide housing for 80 families, sustaining a nearly a 100% occupancy rate and can accommodate 240 people per night. At Family House, we work tirelessly to provide families with children undergoing treatment at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital a place they can feel at home - a place of comfort, community, and courage.
Founded
1997
Size
Large
Providing a home away from home for families of seriously ill children
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley became the fourth house in California that provides a home away from home, a refuge, for families who are trying to cope with the physical, emotional and financial burdens of having a seriously ill child. Parents do not have to sleep in hospital waiting rooms or bear the expense and loneliness of motel lodging. At the House they have an extended family - other house guests - who are experiencing some of the same fears and concerns and who are able to offer emotional support and a sympathetic ear.
Founded
1983
Size
Small
Providing critical financial assistance to people living with disabling HIV/AIDS
AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) responds compassionately to the AIDS crisis by providing immediate, short-term financial assistance to help people disabled by HIV/AIDS to cover their basic human needs and stabilize their living situations. Short-term financial assistance from AEF is a key element of San Francisco's continuum of care, and AEF collaborates with other service providers to insure that clients access all available resources and assistance. Through compassionate intervention by AEF, people living with HIV/AIDS can maintain access to medical care and drug therapies, avoid eviction and homelessness, and live with greater stability and dignity during their illness. Since 1982, AEF has provided more than $30,000,000 in emergency financial assistance.
Founded
1985
Size
Medium
The House that Love Built
The Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco (RMH-SF) provides a safe haven for critically ill children and their families. Our caring staff and volunteers have been helping families since opening our doors in 1989. The RMH-SF provides temporary housing, home-cooked meals and supportive services for families while their children receive specialized treatment in a San Francisco hospital. The House offers a home-like environment where family members find comfort through supportive staff, volunteers and other families in similar situations. Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While we cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to get and keep their child healthy and happy.
Founded
1987
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Founded in 1984, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. We serve children between the ages of 2 1/2 - 18 who meet our guidelines without regard to race, gender, creed, socio-economic, or cultural background. Make-A-Wish is committed to ensuring that it never has to decline a qualified wish referral nor limit the scope of a child's imagination for his/her wish due to the lack of funds. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area chapter has granted nearly 8,000 wishes and grants over 375 wishes per year.
Founded
1991
Size
Small
Promoting a cure for hydrocephalus and improving the lives of those affected by the condition.
The Hydrocephalus Association's mission is promote a cure for hydrocephalus and improve the lives of those affected by the condition. The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) will accomplish this by collaborating with patients, caregivers, researchers and industry, increasing awareness and funding innovative, high-impact research to prevent, treat and, ultimately, cure hydrocephalus.Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of fluid - cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF - within cavities called ventricles inside the brain. Hydrocephalus occurs when there is an imbalance between the amount of CSF that is produced and the rate at which it is absorbed. As the CSF builds up, it causes the ventricles to enlarge and the pressure inside the head to increase. We advocate for increased research and funding to advance understanding, improve diagnosis and treatment, and find a cure.
Founded
1995
Size
Medium
Home away from home
Believing that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Las Vegas creates and supports programs that directly improve the health, education and well-being of children in our community. The Ronald McDonald House® is the cornerstone program of RMHC, and provides temporary housing for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children. The Ronald McDonald House program provides a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child - not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.
Founded
1993
Size
Small
Bridging the Healthcare Gap
Operation Access is committed to helping low-income, uninsured people receive the surgical and specialty care they need but cannot afford. We are also committed to providing meaningful local volunteer opportunities for medical professionals, and dedicated to restoring our patients' ability to earn a living, to care for their families, and to enjoy healthy lives. Operation Access brings healing and hope to people in need, and demonstrates that the impulse for doing good works is alive and well in the Bay Area medical community.
Founded
1997
Size
Medium
Providing the gift of time to children who face life-limiting illnesses, and to their families
George Mark Children's House is a unique facility that provides the gift of time to children - and their families - who face life-limiting illnesses with care that is comprehensive, compassionate and leading-edge. We offer four main forms of care: Respite care (round-the-clock), transitional care, pain and symptom management, and end-of-life care for children with lifespan-limiting illnesses and their families. Additional services include ongoing support and bereavement programs. All services are guided by the principles of pediatric palliative care, which aims to relieve suffering associated with chronic, life-limiting conditions by providing comfort care, preserving the dignity and integrity of the child and family, and achieving the best quality of life possible, defined in partnership with the family and consistent with each family's culture and values.
Founded
1998
Size
Large
Providing free therapeutic camp for children with life-threatening and chronic illness
The mission of The Taylor Family Foundation (TTFF) is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. Located on 138 acres of beautiful land nestled in Livermore, CA, TTFF's camp hosts a diverse group of 3,000 children with chronic medical, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk for over 30 camp sessions throughout the year at no charge.
Founded
1952
Size
Medium
Supporting those affected by type 1 diabetes so they may lead full, healthy, beautiful lives, NOW.
The mission of DYF is to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. The organization provides education and recreation within a supportive community, encouraging personal growth, knowledge and independence.Improving the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes
Founded
1959
Size
Medium
Loan of medical equipment
The Convalescent Aid Society is a non-profit organization in continuous operation since 1923, dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, including Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge, through the free loan of durable medical equipment for in-home use. Convalescent Aid Society is dedicated to improving the quality of life, restoring and prolonging mobility, promoting continued independence and autonomy and championing sustainable and cost effective re-use, repair and recycling of durable medical equipment.
Founded
1977
Size
Giant
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California was founded 39 years ago in 1977. The mission of our organization is to provide comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California. We express this mission primarily through Ronald McDonald Houses located in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Orange County and Bakersfield, through Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a cost-free sleep away camp for children with cancer and their siblings located in the mountains near Idyllwild, and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Orange County. The Southern California chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities is the largest in the U.S.
Founded
1978
Size
Large
The house that love built
Founded in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a 'home away from home' to families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. Following treatment protocols and keeping up with bills is hard enough without having to find meals and a place to stay far from home. We help ease these burdens, take care of basic needs, and offer support to families as they cope with serious illness. We just opened a greatly expanded new House where we will serve 15,000 family members each year, up from 3,500 at the old location. We now serve day visitors as well as resident guests with a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind Family Care Center. Our House is open to any family with a child in a local hospital.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Inspiring stories. Changing lives.
The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs. The Shea Center operates under the rules and regulations of The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. A variety of therapeutic riding classes are usually operating at the same time over various parts of the property. A NARHA certified instructor, assigned to each class, will lead that class through riding exercises specifically designed to address and improve client disabilities. Group classes are small, usually 4 - 6 riders, and last about one hour.
Founded
1980
Size
Large
Providing a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona exists to provide a home-away-from-home for families who have traveled to Tucson seeking medical treatment for their children. More than just a place to sleep, Ronald McDonald House provides a warm, safe, and comfortable environment for families who are caring for seriously ill children. The Tucson Ronald McDonald House opened on February 14, 1981. Ronald McDonald Family Room at Diamond Children's Medical Center, our two Caring Carts and the family shuttle extend our care and comfort to families both near and far. We are here to keep families close.
Founded
1987
Size
Medium
Supporting kids and families, strengthening communities
Starlight Children's Foundation partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.
Founded
1985
Size
Medium
Giving New Hope
The Children's Burn Foundation is dedicated to providing support services for child burn survivors, ages 0-18 and their families, as well as burn prevention and fire safety education to thousands of children and caregivers in Southern California, nationally, and internationally. The Children's Burn Foundation is concerned with the Full Recovery of a child burn survivor, addressing not only their physical needs, but their psychological, emotional, and social recovery as well. We are the only known foundation that offers the Full Recovery Program for child burn survivors, locally, nationally, and internationally -- a unique blend of medical care, psycho-social support services, and daily living support to help young burn survivors achieve their full potential.
Founded
1985
Size
Small
Arranging free air transportation in response to health care and other compelling human needs
Founded in 1983, Angel Flight West (AFW) arranges free air transportation in response to health care and other compelling human needs. AFW links volunteer pilots in private aircraft with people in need whose health care and other circumstances require them to travel to and from facilities throughout the13 Western states. Our volunteer pilots donate the costs of all flights. There is never a charge for at mission. When weather or other conditions keep our pilots on the ground, we do our best to arrange alternate transportation, such as flights donated by Alaska Airlines. or by purchasing tickets through our Passenger Assistance Fund. In addition to medical flights, we arrange transportation for other humanitarian purposes: children and families escaping domestic violence; injured soldiers taking part in therapeutic programs offered by veterans' organizations; and prospective parents hoping to adopt. In short, a wide variety of missions fall under "other compelling human needs".
Founded
1984
Size
Tiny
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Since 1983, we have brightened the lives of over 8,300 children with a wide range of life-threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles will fulfill a wish for any child who is over the age of 2 1/2 years and under 18 (at the time of referral) in Los Angeles County with a progressive, degenerative, or malignant life-threatening medical condition that has placed the child's life in jeopardy.
Founded
1993
Size
Large
So that no one faces cancer alone.
The mission of the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The Cancer Support Community is leading the way in empowering people affected by cancer, by addressing their individual needs, linking them to a community of support, and helping them to live better lives, so that no one faces cancer alone.Formed from the union of two of the foremost cancer support organizations - The Wellness Community and Gilda's Club - the Cancer Support Community is one of the world's largest providers of cancer support services and the nation's largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals. Our grassroots network of over 50 local affiliates and over 100 satellite locations delivers a comprehensive array of personalized services to cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers.
Founded
1997
Size
Giant
A Serious Fun Camp
The Painted Turtle is the sixth addition to Paul Newman's family of Hole in the Wall Camps for seriously ill children. It is also the only multi-disease camp and family care center of its kind on the West Coast. Through educational, therapeutic, safe, and just plain fun summer camp and year-round programs, The Painted Turtle provides a life-changing experience to children whose daily struggles often diminish both their desire to be well and their ability to lead a rich, productive life. The Painted Turtle offers an exhilarating, challenging, and nurturing array of traditional summer camp recreational activities, seamlessly intertwined with programs that inspire children to become more self-confident and self-reliant, as well as more cooperative with their medical caregivers.
Founded
1999
Size
Medium
We empower artists and communities of need to join together and emotionally triumph over their circumstances through art.
The Art of Elysium's programs for hospitalized youth, special needs education centers, homeless shelters, elder care homes and hospice care facilities include Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Music, Media/Theatre Arts and Arts-Based Self-Esteem Programs. Art facilitates a freedom to think about life in ways never thought before. Our programs are designed to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis by providing a variety of creative tools to help them realize relief, happiness, liberation and self-empowerment through exploration and expression in social and collaborative ways.
Founded
1985
Size
Small
Share the power of a wish
Incorporated late in 1982, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii, is the thirteenth of 66 chapters in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Territory of Guam, that comprise the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. We grant the wishes of children in Hawaii with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Our purpose is to grant the wish of each child between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who has a life-threatening medical condition (i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant medical condition that has placed the child's life in jeopardy). The first Hawaii wish was granted in 1984. Now, 25 years later, more than 700 wishes have been completed.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Providing a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii (RMHC-HI) was created in 1997 to expand the positive impact of Hawaii's Ronald McDonald House on the communities served. The House, which opened in 1987, has been and will always be RMHC-HI's cornerstone program. The mission of RMHC-HI is to provide a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families and to develop programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific. RMHC-HI operates three facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions. Two residential facilities are located on Oahu and the third facility is an in-hospital respite center - the Ronald McDonald House Family Room - which serves immediate family members of inpatient children at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.