It has been 7 years now since we started our Foundation to
help kids who are battling cancer at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest
Florida. The flame for this Foundation
was kindled as a result of our own child going through the trials and
tribulations of fighting childhood cancer. Since its inception we have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars
doing one thing; brining smiles to the kids at the hospital.
After spending countless days in the hospital with my own
child I realized that these kids are not only fighting for their lives, they
are still kids, and still want to be kids. They still want to play and have a great time, they thrive on stimulation
through interaction and even through their battle, they push on.
We have and continue to work with the staff at the hospital
to continue to provide the much needed items that the kids need to help them
get through treatment, procedures, hospital stays, clinic visits, blood
transfusions, and more. Essentially we
provide what they ask for, therapeutic items that Child Life Specialists use to
help distract patients at various stages of treatment so that the patients
experience is less traumatic.
We have seen this work first hand and I can attest to what
it does for a child. As simple and silly
as it sounds, hospitals do not provide band aids with child themes on
them. The only band aids that hospitals
provide are the sterile, plain brown ones. So that is where we come in; we conduct band aid drives soliciting
anyone and everyone to donate child themed band aids or money that we use to
buy them. For a child to be able to flip
through and pick the child themed band aid they want works some unbelievable
That is not all we do. We have done a lot more over the years and run several programs that
continue each year. The board of
directors budgets money for these programs to continue each and every year to
ensure that the kids aren’t left alone. I encourage you to browse our website and see what else we do. Our "Events” page lists all that we have done
and given, but really is just a scratch of the surface.
The "Spring Bling” page showcases our signature event that
we hold each year. We transform the
atrium of the hospital into a dance club for the kids where they can let loose
and be themselves with no worries about what others think. Food, drink, fun, music, gifts and more are
provided at no cost to those who attend.
What our board is also proud of is the fact that we operate
entirely as a volunteer based organization. All of our staff are volunteers and nobody is compensated with
money. The only pay we seek are the
smiles that are brought to the faces of the kids. Our operating costs are low so that more
money can be spent on those who need it the most, the kids. Hence our name, For The Kids Foundation.
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!
If you have any questions feel free to contact us, go to the
contact us page for information to get in touch with us.
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Each year thousands of children are seen in the Hematology / Oncology section at The 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 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 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.