Teardrops to Rainbows

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: PO Box 1059 Centreville VA 20122 USA

Mission: The mission of Teardrops to Rainbows is to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and their families by providing support, services and financial assistance. We are specifically focused on helping the families stay connected and better manage their day-to-day household responsibilities so that they can improve the quality of their family lives. It is our vision that these families be able to:· Spend more quality time together, including time for parent-to-parent and parent-to-sibling interactions, as well as time with the cancer patient;B· Better focus their time and energy on the treatment of the cancer patient; andC· Stay better connected with their immediate and extended family when they are not able to actually be together.D. Between 2005 and 2008 Teardrops to Rainbows has made a significant investment in the hospital and outpatient living environment of our families. We have created a beautiful parent lounge/respite, several child treatment rooms to preserve the "safe-haven" of the childs private room, and we created removable wall murals in the outpatient clinic and in at CNMC. We will continue this effort through 2009 and beyond. This year we installed flat screen TVs in every patient room at Inova Fairfax Hospital as well as a private Wii system for each bed. We provided games, Rock Band, Wii Fit etc. for the patients to use while in the hospital. We also donated several Wii's and a Wii Fit to the outpatient clinic which serves children from Inova as well as CNMC.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Since I first learned of the work of this organization, I have been amazed by its level of contribution given its size. Virtually every penny contributed goes directly to the mission. They vitality and energy of its founder, Lois Lyons, radiates throughout every activity. In speaking with their clients it immediately comes through what a lasting difference T2R made in their lives.

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

hearing about its tremendous impacts on the lives of its clients.

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

Get the message out to a broader audience to attract more donations and reach a broader group of hospitals and care facilities.

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

watching its impact grow over the years.

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

energetic, dedicated, and driven.

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

change the lives of hundreds of thousands of children suffering from cancer.

Ways to make it better...

I heard on a more regular basis about its work, e.g., via Facebook.

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

reaching a broader audience of donors.

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

Lois Lyons's dedication inspires awe. She runs this entire organization as her "night job" while retaining a very challenging full time job. She does so to keep the operating expenses to a minimum and ensure as much money as possible gets to kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Precipated by the saddest of sad events, the death of a little girl, Rachel, from cancer, Teardrops to Rainbows has grown over the years to serve hundreds of families dealing with the frightening diagnosis of childhood cancer. Lois Lyons, its founder, is a dynamo. She's untiring in her devotion to Teardrops, which has no paid staff. The work Teardrops does may not even be known, except to those families who benefit. But, to them, it is priceless love and help at a very trying time.

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

Hearing the stories and seeing the faces of the children and families it has helped deal with a cancer diagnosis.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Teardrops is an organization dedicated to helping families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. The financial support that T2R provides is invaluable when a family is struggling to make ends meet. There are so many pitfalls for a family when one parent no longer works and T2R has helped with car repairs, phone bills, computer problems. T2R has helped homeless families find places to live because of joint efforts with other non-profits. T2R has supported the efforts of DC Metro Candlelighters in the direct services of families with educational support.

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

I have not personally benefitted from the organization but I have met the families who have been helped by T2R

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Teardrops to rainbows is a great organization dedicated to making the path these families must travel a little easier. Over the years I have been involved with T2R they have put murals on the walls of the inpatient hospital unit and made the parent lounge a place of refuge with internet access, comfortable furniture, fountainsm, good lighting and a 2 way miroor wher the chilren were playing and did not know the parents could see them. They have also hosted Holiday parties and provided gifts not only for the patients but for the siblings. In my outpatient area, they provided a Tv with DVD's for the children who are there for hours getting chemotherapy. They also gave a WII so the kids could have other choices. All in all it is an organization dedicated to helping the children and their families cope with this devastating illness. There are many volunteer opportunities and ways to give.

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

Murals for the rooms in the hospital, TV DVD's for my outpatient infusion clinic and Wii for outpatient area

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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