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.
A message from the President...
As a parent of a child battling cancer I know first hand the effects that this disease can have not only on the child but the family as well. That is why I chose to make it my crusade to help childhood cancer families in any way that I can. What started out as volunteering for other organizations and raising funds for charities turned into starting my own support organization. There can never be too many organizations and foundations to help children with cancer or blood disorders. My wife and I have given money to children with cancer to buy clothes for school, we have bought special treats for the patients on the Hematology / Oncology floor at our local children’s hospital. We strive to help other children and their families through this horrible battle.
The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida services five counties in Southwest Florida. In 2009 the Hematology and Oncology unit served about 6,000 patients and saw 400 new patients come through their door. This is more than a mission, it far outweighs a crusade, this is a passion that I will not let go. We will not stop!
Earlier this year our foundation was awarded the Guidestar seal of approval. Guidestar is a watch dog type of organization for nonprofit organizations. Guidestar is committed to reviewing the structure, documents and works of nonprofits to ensure that they are transparent and operate at a level to fulfill their mission.
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