What an Incredible year we had in 2014...
Well the least we can say is that 2014 was AWESOME!!! A lot went on for us and with us last year and it was a huge success. We changed our logo and re-branded our foundation. We have seen a positive response in this subtle change and it has been a blessing. We continue to fulfill our mission, doing it completely with volunteers and very low over-head. What this translates to is more money for the kids, more of our donors dollars are able to be directed to the cause and this in turn creates more smiles on the faces of the kids we serve. We have made some additions to our board, which has brought some perspectives and connections that have been worth their weight in gold.
Moving into the future we want to continue with what we have been doing over the course of the last year. We have been more involved in the community and bringing awareness to our foundation. In turn we are seeing more support in various ways from the same community we serve. Our success translates into growth and having the ability to serve more kids at The Golisano Children's Hospital of SW Florida.
We have expanded our reach from the Oncology side of pediatrics to general pediatrics and have also been able to support the Emergency Room Child Life Specialist. Although we have expanded our reach, we will continue to focus on the Oncology patients which has been the foundation of our organization from day one. However, our board members felt that we would be selfish not to serve the other patients as well with the increase in success that we have seen.
I am also excited to announce that we have been able to financially support the building of the new Children's Hospital facility at the Healthpark Campus. We will be able to leave a life long mark by way of naming a room and supporting the construction of the facility. This was accomplished with fundraising and funds that were already in reserve. Our commitment to the pediatrics in SW Florida will continue into the future as we will remain focused on our mission, goals and of course the kids. Our name says it all, this is For The Kids, always and forever. As I have said for years, this is much more than just doing something good, this is a passion that we will not stop. We will keep going as long as we can, as hard as we can, with no intention of stopping. Help us fulfill our mission, For The Kids!
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Each year thousands of children are seen in the Hematology / Oncology section at The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida for treatment. Hundreds more are hospitalized for treatment. Many think that these children are too sick to play; truth is that these kids still have energy and often get bored being in the hospital. The For The Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization that believes in the healing power of smiling and laughter.
Our mission is to bring joy and happiness to the pediatric patients at The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The entertainment and activities provided by our foundation help distract the children from the medical treatment that they receive. Our goal is to provide the activities and entertainment while supporting the Child Life Specialists at the hospital. We help create a fun, child friendly atmosphere at The Golisano Children's Hospital and provide items to make children feel more comfortable and relaxed during their stay at the hospital or while they get their treatment. With your assistance, we can help these children win the battle against childhood cancer and blood disorders.