Resources for Sick Children

Receiving news that your child is sick can be devastating for the entire family, but in addition to your medical teams, extended families and other support networks, there are a group of foundations that helped bring We Cancerve founder Grace Callwood much needed relaxation and adventure when she needed it most. Most applications require signatures from both parents, a social worker recommendation, and signed forms and medical assessments from the child’s doctor or physician. Check out a list of resources we recommend for children diagnosed with cancer (and other serious illnesses).

Resources for Sick Children

Receiving news that your child is sick can be devastating for the entire family, but in addition to your medical teams, extended families and other support networks, there are a group of foundations that helped bring We Cancerve founder Grace Callwood much needed relaxation and adventure when she needed it most. Most applications require signatures from both parents, a social worker recommendation, and signed forms and medical assessments from the child’s doctor or physician. Check out a list of resources we recommend for children diagnosed with cancer (and other serious illnesses).

Believe In Tomorrow

 

Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Their unique programs bring comfort, hope, and joy to children and their families, enabling them to renew their spirits mentally and physically. To be eligible, patients must be: 17 years old or younger; undergoing treatment for a life-threatening illness, including but not limited to: cancer, cardiology illnesses, and organ transplants. Other life-threatening illnesses may be considered; on active treatment and seen by a doctor at least once a month.  Active treatment often includes chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis, transplant surgery, BMT, and open-heart surgery. A child is eligible until one year after completing active treatment. 

 

Learn more about their resources here:

Apply for a respite/vacation here:

 

Contact the Programs Coordinator at 410-744-1032 or programs@believeintomorrow.org.

 

 

Casey Cares Foundation

The Casey Cares Foundation provides ongoing, uplifting programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families.  The programs could be a simple movie night and a fresh pair of pajamas or attending a major sporting event. Casey Cares makes life a lot better by adding a personal touch throughout the year and making lasting memories for families throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and portions of the Midwest. Critically-ill children under the age of 18 and their immediate family members in MD, PA, DE, NJ, VA, WV, OH or DC are eligible for services. Find out all about their eligibility requirements and apply here:

 

Contact the Program Staff at 443-568-0064 or caseycares@caseycaresfoundation.org

 

 

Starlight Children’s Foundation

 

Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort to hospitalized children and their families. Starlight’s Hospital Partners network, including hospitals, specialty clinics and camps, respite houses and hospices in the United States and Puerto Rico, has grown to more than 800 partners. We help to fund their critical needs, with many of our partners able to access multiple Starlight programs in their facilities. Programs include Starlight Xperience, a groundbreaking new technology program that offers millions of seriously ill children a fun and exciting way to explore the world and beyond through the magic of virtual reality; and Starlight Star Visits, which bring sick kids a chance to meet some of their favorite actors, entertainers, athletes and characters.   Learn if your child is eligible for services through your hospital social workers. For a list of participating hospitals, click here:

Resources for Homeless Children

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