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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health, Human Services, Pediatrics, Personal Social Services

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

6 sabirs

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.