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kidsSTRONG
June 8, 2010

Because there’s no cure, there’s kidsSTRONG. I must have said that 100 times over the last year that I have been a volunteer. What makes us different? It’s the little things. We know, through experience, that sick children don’t play on adult schedules. We know that sick children are children and need to play. We mounted a program to install Wii Game systems in the Children’s BMT Units at our local hospitals. We know that as family and friends of child in treatment want to help but don’t know how. What brand of tissue holds up the best? What anti-bacterial lotion doesn’t chap your hands? How can I help raise funds to cover the expenses that aren’t covered by insurance to help my friend whose child is sick? We come from the front lines of this life long battle. We are or have developed programs that help to take care of the little things. I love that at kidsSTRONG we balance the creativity that comes from being small and entrepreneurial with the practical expertise.

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

We set out to improve the quality of life for the kids undergoing treatment. One of the parents told us that his child looks forward to Chemo Day because he can play unlimited games. Less stress+smiles= better quality of life for everyone. That's results.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get the word out. We are so lucky to get able to manage on word of mouth so far, but we want to help more kids and their families.

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

I love that at kidsSTRONG it's the little things that have the biggest impact.

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

amazing, high tech/low tech/and no tech working together to get results.

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

change lives,support families both during treatment and after, support Social Workers so that they spend more time with families and less time with paperwork

Ways to make it better...

we had more funds and more time in the day.

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

publicity. We need to get our name out there to grow and help more families.

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

kidsSTRONG was born out of the front lines. We focus on results. We ask questions and get answers. It is a great experience to renew your heart and mind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Board Secretary/COO.