Queen for a Day

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 12 Desbrosses St New York NY 10013 USA

Mission: Queen for a Day is committed to creating emotionally therapeutic experiences for seriously ill children and providing them and their families with a joyful and much needed diversion from the strain of chronic treatment.

We use role models, make believe, and play therapy to give each child the opportunity to imagine and live out a fantasy while experiencing a moment of the childhood they all deserve.

We believe that by engaging and supporting these children with our ''for a day'' programs, we not only offer them a brief respite from the realities of their illness and everyday hospital routine but also a lasting and cherished memory to make any day a little brighter.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000
Geographic areas served: national
Programs: The QFAD program consists of "tea" parties in pediatric cancer wards and/or cancer clinics. Each girl receives a make-over and a manicure. Parties can include favors such as hot pink feather boas, long white satin gloves, pearl necklaces, and tea cups filled with candy. Most importantly, each girl gets her very own tiara and a Polaroid picture to take home! Local chapters exist throughout the United States and are expanding to Canada and other parts of the world. Visit the web site for more information regarding specific cities and hospitals where QFAD is implemented.
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization does such a good job with children. It is very very caring & it takes a lot of effort from the founder and the people that run this organization to keep it going. it is very very good.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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8 people found this review helpful

Jenna's love and caring for these children is an inspiration to all. Her dedication to the feelings of those afflicted with these types of diseases, the uplifting inspiration helps the kids feel better for themselves. Keep up the great work for the children!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have thru the results and effects it has thru Jenna.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. It is a well run organization thru it's active chapters across the country & abroad.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The overall results the parties have on the patients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely involved with the patients to insure they enjoyed the experience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have more chapters, advertise more, hold more "Tea Parties", reach more patients and make their lives better.

Ways to make it better...

Could not have been better. Very uplifting.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

QFAD really needs corporate support to give it the ability to help more children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When Jenna decided to start this organization, I did not think it would have such an impact on the children affected with this disease as it has. It means so much to these kids to have someone care, love and show them the kindness the chapters perform.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I've had the pleasure of directing a local chapter for a few months now and have had a blast doing it. To see the sweet little faces transformed as they move through the event is life changing for all involved. The girls love getting all dolled up with make-up and nail polish, jewelry, boa, and a tiara. The boys have so much fun playing with the firefighters. To watch a child forget about their illness and simply just live in the moment is a very precious thing to watch!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched the children transform from children with an illness to children who are just having fun!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Jenna Edwards, the founder of QFAD / For A Day Foundation, is in the same building as my company. After learning about her awesome cause to bring smiles to kids with cancer, I rushed online to donate and also to promote her cause to my facebook family+friends (200+) and twitter followers (5000+). Jenna's positive energy is the single most important factor in the success of this great foundation! Donate generously!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

It was a very rewarding experience. I, along with 4 Beauty Queens and 3 other volunteers, hosted a party at Children's Hospital in New Orleans in Jan 2010 and again with Firefighters in April 2010. The children were so excited to see the Queens and the Firefighters and to receive gifts and Tiaras,Fire Hats & Badges. Most of the children were very shy as they arrived to the party and clung to their parents. But when they left they were smiling and proudly holding onto the IV in one hand and their Tiara or Fire Hat in the other. The children's parents were so thankful for the party. Thank you Queen For A Day. A child's smile is PRICELESS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the sadness and fear in the children's faces being replaced with smiles is an awesome reward.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open more chapters and have the parties more often.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the sad apprehensive faces of the children turn to smiles during a Queen For A Day party.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful people all eager to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach a lot more children and have parties monthly instead of bi-annually.

Ways to make it better...

We could have reached more children.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the word out there so that more areas can have a chapter and the organization can get more volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you to Jenna for founding this organization and to all of the volunteers for Queen For A Day. I am proud to volunteer with an organization such as this.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I responded to a request by the founder, Jenna Edwards, to go to a hospital in upper Manhattan. I didn't know what to expect, but had a free afternoon and thought it would be a great experience. I wasn't wrong. We met with 4 kids who had various stages of cancer. And while there were precautions to take...like wearing masks and washing hands (mostly for their protection against our germs) at the core of the experience it was just us hanging out with the kids. The girls enjoyed getting their nails painted and their make-up done and the only boy that I met with enjoyed hanging out and watching TV shows like Zac and Cody. I'm grateful for the experience and hope I can participate again soon. This is something that anyone can particpate in...no need for special skills other than just showing up and being there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a volunteer, i felt a sense of fulfillment by visiting sick kids in the hospital and sharing my time with them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

cast a wider net. get more people involved. schedule & disseminate times for visiting in advance.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being with sick kids and feeling like i've helped in some way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

schedule a lot more visits and involve a lot more people.

Ways to make it better...

schedules were posted and disseminated (e-mail?) in advance.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting people involved.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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