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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support, Personal Social Services

Mission: HopeKids provides ongoing events & activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.

Target demographics: families that have a child with a life-threatening illness.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,500 families

Geographic areas served: AZ, CO, MN, KC and TX

Programs: Our HopeDay Program which provides ongoing events and activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.

Community Stories

136 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Emily Smallwood S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hopekids is a life changer for our family! We absolutely LOVE Hopekids! Having special needs children is a challenge. However, getting family relief and doing family fun activities together, in an environment that others understand your struggles, is amazing. We feel spoiled by Hopekids and their donors.

Sarah Lewis D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just joined recently. We gone to 2 events and it is so nice to able to do fun things with my family that normally we wouldn't be able to. It's also nice to meet other families that understand what it's like to have a child go through the things my son has.

Board Member

Rating: 5

HopeKids Kansas City has an amazing mission to bring hope to the WHOLE family that has a child suffering from a life-threatening disease. HopeKids Kansas City does this with exciting, meaningful and tailored events year-round that may be attended by the families at no cost to them, and are brought to them through a team of generous volunteers and a local two-member leadership team. HopeKids Kansas City works nonstop to make excellent connections and discover opportunities for our HopeKids and their families to create wonderful memories together, find community and develop relationships with other families whose children have similar illnesses.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope kids is amazing! Our family is so thankful for the opportunity's hopekids had given us! Due to medical bills we would never be able to do family events that hopekids have provided! We are so grateful and thankful for hopekids

Sarah Anne R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope kids has made it so that my kids still get the fun experiences that we would never be able to afford otherwise. We are so thankful for the Kerrie and Whitney and the other volunteers!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hipekids is so awesome! They offer so many different opportunities to go to really fun events. Our family doesn't get out much and it is difficult to find room for my son's huge stroller. But through Hopekids we were able to go to a NHL hockey game and be in a suite that allowed enough room for our family. It was so great to do something fun together!! They offer opportunities to go to concerts, sporting events, movies and all kinds of different things. They also help with gift cards at Christmas time. They are so amazing!

Cyndi Jean P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having a child diagnosed with a scary life threatening illness is horrible. You feel alone and lost in a sea of what ifs. Hopekids is a shining guiding light in that sea. They provide fantastic outings and events to take your mind off of the medical craziness that becomes your life but it's so much more than that. Its other parents you relate to, its other kids like your child in some small way, and its support on your darkest days. Hopekids gives us a safe spot to find our feet and gives us much needed things to look forward to between doctors and clinics and meds schedules. It is a little bit of hope when you need it most and memories to last a lifetime when a lifetime isn't guaranteed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HopeKids Kansas City Chapter is amazing. The presence that they have made in their first year, serving Hope kids and their families is incredible. The company that I work for has hosted a few events, where Hope Kids and their families have come into our office and I can't say enough about the impact that these events have had on me. Seeing a child's eyes light up with excitement, especially when they are dealing with a difficult medical journey is something you never forget. I love that siblings are always a part of the events, too, because including them is so important! I have also had the pleasure of volunteering at a few events, which are always a blast. I look forward to continuing to be involved with this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

HopeKids is a phenomenal organization that takes families that haven't had an easy path and shows them they are loved and that it is okay to have a lot of fun. The Kansas City Chapter of HopeKids is exceptional in its organization and breadth of opportunities. Kerrie and Whitney, the small, but mighty staff, are incredible at bringing smiles to the faces of all our member families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HopeKids KC has been a beacon of light during dark times for my family. Over the last year my daughter has battled relapsed leukemia. Though it was many years ago, we have been here before and knew how difficult the journey would be. It's hard to explain all of the ways that HopeKids has helped ease our journey, but here are just a few.

When our daughter has felt sick, HopeKids events have given her something to look forward to. No doubt some days she would have spent in bed if it were not for a HopeKids event that evening.

Marriage is tough in any circumstance, but even more so under the stress of having a sick child. HopeKids gave my husband and I many date nights. No planning ahead, no money spent, just one on one time doing something fun. Definitely helped strengthen our marriage.

We have a younger son. A sibling of a sick kid has to endure a lot, but they rarely get the sympathy or attention. HopeKids has been a major blessing for him and has allowed us to do special activities, just for hi.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. I have had the pleasure of attending many of the experiences that Kansas City Chapter has put on over the past 1.5 years. The experiences Hopekids provides to these families is remarkable. Every event I have attended I get to see the joy on all the kids faces because of the fun they are having and the smiles from the families because they are able to enjoy a time with family that otherwise would not be possible without Hopekids. They really do change lives.

joelandbo

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HopeKids has allowed our family of 6 to attend numerous events within the community at no expanse to our family. The financial burden that comes with having two HopeKids while trying to do fun activities (movies, bowling, the zoo, sporting events, concerts, etc) as a family is often too much for us. HopeKids allows us to do family centered activities that create memories without causing any financial stress for my husband and I. Most of our four children’s best childhood memories are because of HopeKids.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HopeKids is a true blessing! They've allowed our family to do things that we could never financially afford to do because of two children with severe/life-threatening medical conditions. The staff is amazing; the love, support, kindness, and constant prayers remind us that we are not alone in our daily struggles.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So great to step away sometimes and enjoy life. HopeKids knows what a difference that can make!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A hopekids north Texas event was one of the first we attended after my son was diagnosed with cancer. 3 years later we are still in treatment and doing well. We are still attending events but also volunteer for events as well as have become a monthly donor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are rather new to HopeKids. This evening, we attended our very first Hopekids event - the Marvel Universe Live show at the Pepsi Center! My 5 year old cancer kid jumped, shouted and sprayed imaginary webs as Spiderman. He had the best time and so did we!

This 2.5 evening of fun and excitement was such a welcome reprieve from the drudgery of cancer treatment. Thank you so much, HopeKids!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Kids is such a wonderful organization. They bring such fun events for our kids going through hospital stays, medical visits, and dealing with major medical health issues. My daughter wouldn't be able to attend the plays or concerts, or movies, with me being a single divorced parent and major bills. And the joy she gets from events, is worth so much to both of us, for giving her time to just enjoy being a kid. Hope Kids Staff also comes to see our kids in the hospital and brings a little gift, which is always appreciated. Another great thing is getting to make friendships with other medically complex kids, families. We have made some wonderful friendships and have become like a family with a few of the families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is a Hope Kid. I am a single parent, and on disability myself. Hope Kids has provided my daughter the opportunity to see plays, movies, concerts, as well as many other opportunities. We would never be able to do any of these things between our low income and all of the medical stuff we have going on. She sees so many specialists, and she has such bad daily pain, that these events give her something to look forward to doing that is fun. Hope Kids also gives her the opportunity to be with other children who are also dealing with complex medical issues, and there is an understanding of what this type of life consists of daily. One of the greatest Hope Kids events was having Hope Kid families come and see her perform in the musical, Big Fish, at MCC. Her hopes and dreams are to make it on stage on Broadway. We love our Hope Kid family, and the support that they provide our family, and the other wonderful Hope Kid families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate enough to volunteer with HopeKids in not one, but two of their chapters. The work they do for these families is truly outstanding. I work in the medical field and see what these kids endure through their treatment, HopeKids is such a bright spot during the tough days. I love HopeKids and feel blessed to volunteer for such a special organization. Keep up the great work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

HopeKids has helped our family be "normal" when our day to day was anything but. They gave given our children a chance to remember how to be children when cancer wanted to take over everything. I have never felt love for complete strangers the way I felt love from Lisa and Howie the first time I met them and every time since!! HopeKids gave our family hope in a time when despair could have easily take over!

Client Served

Rating: 5

HopeKids provides, families going through medical battles, fun outings with children and families who understand. HopeKids provides love and hope!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Kids provides fun, free events for kids with life threatening illness that are a much needed break from the daily grind of hospitals, appointments, therapies, and medications. We have enjoyed fun events such as a movie premier, a monster truck show, carnivals and we are seeing a marvel super heros show next week. Our family calendar is full of fun because of Hope Kids.