Mission: The casey cares foundation provides ongoing, uplifting programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families.
Programs: The family festivities program provides families with tickets to sporting events, area attractions, group events, and concerts. We personalize the experience with snacks, disposable cameras, parking, meals and seating for children that have special needs. In 2014 there were 8,235 participants in the family festivities program.
the kami's jammies program provides sleepwear and themed pajama parties to pediatric patients on extended stays in area hospitals. In 2014, there were 6,309 participants in the kami's jammies program.
the caring connections program encourages casey cares families to meet, share and lean on each other while taking part in fun group activities. In 2014, there were 1,014 participants in the caring connections program.
the birthday blast program helps children celebrate with surprise deliveries of balloons, cookies, flowers or gift cards on their special day. Every child's birthday is special, but for the children of casey cares, it is a special milestone to be celebrated. In 2014, there were 538 participants in the birthday blast program. The celebration vacation program supports families by providing customized weekend getaways. Providing stress-free family time, with lodging, food and activities, is what makes celebration vacations special. In 2014, there were 243 participants in the celebration vacation program.
Casey Cares was one of the first organizations to reach out to my granddaughter when she was diagonosed with leuken=mia in 2004. They were a godsend to her and the rest of the family, providing outings,pizza and movie nights at home through the Family Festivities and Caring connection Programs while she was in treatment, support to her parents and siblings while she was in her last days, and continued to provide special together time for the family after her death through their Better Together program. This is why I now devote my volunteer time to Casey Cares. they don't jsut reach out once to a child with one grand gesture, but do the little things in life that matter each and every day throughout their entire illness.