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Causes: Cancer, Gift Distribution, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

Mission: The Dragonfly Foundation helps young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients (ages 0-30) find strength and empower their flight. We also work to enhance quality of life programs at the partner hospitals we serve.

Results: Please see this snapshot for information: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hval01gth1ublfn/1%20Page%20Snapshot.pdf?dl=0 Please also watch this review of Dragonfly by Cincinnati Children's Hospital's director of Oncology: https://youtu.be/1QekSF1eafA

Target demographics: young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients (ages 0-30) and their families. We also help enhance quality of life programs at partner hospitals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands. Since 2010, we have supported thousands and thousands of UNREGISTERED patients and caregivers and more than 900 REGISTERED patients and their families (totaling more than 4,000 adults and kids)

Geographic areas served: Cincinnati, OH since 2010; Chicago, IL since 2015; Dayton, OH since 2016. Our patients/families come from all over the US and abroad to be treated at partner hospitals.

Programs: Patient & Family Programs • Gifting • Multiple Weekly Events (3-12 events A WEEK in Cincinnati) • Adopt-a-Family • Urgent Needs • Resource Books The Landing (our 6,000 sq. ft. patient/family space) & Dragonfly Suite at US Bank Arena • Scheduled Events • Open Play Hospital Programs • Care Bags • Quality of Life Enhancements • Urgent Needs • Technology • Community Connections • I Am Still Me(R) • Beads of Courage(R) AND MORE!

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kristen K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation is my sorority's philanthropy; every year we are able to give back to an organization that does so much for families affected by serious medical issues. Dragonfly is is much more than just a support group, it really changes the lives of those involved and is able to provide the kids with one in a lifetime experiences. Weather it is a simple task that you need done, or support to give your kids the Christmas they deserve, Dragonfly is one of the greatest, whole-hearted, and down to earth organizations that I have been able to be a part of. Seeing the kids at events and how even one day can have a huge impact on their mental health is truly heartwarming. I hope that others are able to give back to this organization and see how life-changing the Dragonfly Foundation is.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We LOVE The Dragonfly Foundation! They make it so easy and fun to volunteer and be a part of giving back! We have seen the faces of the children and families they help and it is amazing to see the impact they have on these families. We are honored to be able to help them in their mission!

3 Morgan18

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with Wilms tumor in 2014, I was super scared and felt so alone. Within a day of my diagnosis, I had recieved a care package from dragonfly of all the necessities I would need in the hospital. There were toothbrushes, deodorant, toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc. Since then, they have helped me meet other patients that are experiencing the same things I am, made new friends, and gave me some great experiences that wouldn't be possible without dragonfly.

1 Nancy Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The dragonfly foundation provides amazing support to its families. It also offers relief - even if for a blissfully short time - for patients and their families dealing with cancer and blood diseases by offering free opportunities such as tickets to concerts, festivals, sporting events and much more. These are geared toward patients up to age 30 which is very unusual! The Facebook group also offers a confidential forum for parents. The founders have stayed very true to their original mission.

1 Patricia162

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son Noah was diagnosed with brain cancer, I felt so all alone! I have little family and what I do have is out of state. When a social worker told me about Dragonfly foundation, my first reaction was to decline as I felt that we would never have fun again. Dragonfly has bought back smiles in our lives! Yes, there can still be fun after a cancer diagnosis. They are also a surrogate family. When I am down, just one of Ria Davidson's hugs can make me feel like I can face another day!

1 Kyrie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The greatest thing that could have happened to us in such a dark time in our lives. We will be forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Samantha had a bone marrow transplant in October of 2013, and has been a Dragonfly since that time. They have supported our entire family in countless ways. They provided us with a parent bag that had many valuable items, they have sent care packages for Sam that included all of her favorite things. When Samantha was risking being admitted for not eating we went to the landing and Ria spent hours trying to convince Sam to eat and offering her different treats. The whole family has been lucky enough to go to a few events and it is SO nice to just enjoy something and not worry about being sick for a little while. The thing that Ihave valued the most is the emotional support: The staff and fellow Dragonfly families have been an emotionallife support for me on Samantha's darkest days. The Dragonfly Foundation was the bright shining light I followed out of our worst storms :) =|= ♥

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

Oh, Kyrie!!!! Thank you so much for your kind words and endorsement!!! It has been a privilege to get to know your family!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our daughter was 24 years old when diagnosed with EHE liver cancer. She was referred to Cincinnati Children's because of the rarity of this cancer. There are no organizations that I know of besides the Dragonfly Foundation that provided encouragement and activities for families to build memories for young people over 18. Our daughter was twice given less then two weeks to live but we had her for another 9 months. I forgot to mention she had a daughter only 1 1/2 yrs old when diagnosed. Through Dragonfly they went to Disney on Ice, The Reds baseball games, and a special Christmas gathering for Dragonflys. These times were so special to our family and especially to our daughter Alicia and granddaughter Lillian. When given no chance of survival, Alicia survived by looking forward to the next outing. This year in memory of Alicia's birthday, her daughter asked for friends and families to donate new toys and gift cards to Dragonfly. When we delivered all our donations there was over $1100 donated. They are growing so quickly I know it is hard for them to keep up with the demands but there are not enough positive adjectives to describe what this organization means to the families they support not just in gifts and activities but in the moral strength and support they give even after one of their dragonflys pass on. If there us anyone reading this that can help a remarkable group, please consider The Dragonfly Foundation. Debbie Thomason mom of a Dragonfly who has her wings

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation has not only been there for my son through his bone marrow transplants but they kept my family with smiles as well. They continue to bless children and their families with everything from a listening ear to a night away from "it all!" Thank you Tia and Christine you ladies are Awesome. (All who make our babies smile)

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The large gestures are the most fun to hear about, often the easiest to point out, and Dragonfly's could certainly fill a book. But what's just as important - They have taken into account the details many glance over, never realizing the big impact these seemingly small acts can make, but Dragonfly knows.
They know the little things that can make the day that much harder or easier. After all, sometimes helping can hurt. Dragonfly works tirelessly to make sure that doesn't occur.
While these individual words may be overused it doesn't make them any less true - This is the most passionate, dedicate, and sincere foundation I've ever come in contact with.
The Dragonfly Foundation is incredible!

4 Patrick72

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and our wold was upside down! We traveled from Singapore to Cincinnati. Coming to Cincinnati we knew no one! The co-founder, of the Dragon Fly Ria Davidson took charge of everything and made us feel at ease! The Dragonfly Foundation stepped up and supported us! The organization is filled with huge-hearted people that will do ANYTHING for their patients and families. Its great to know people do have a heart and will help in anyway possible.

By far one of the best nonprofit's in the greater Cincinnati/Dayton area!!

5 Donna265

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for TDF in 2012 right after my own fight with cancer and I plan to always help as much as i can! I have never been involved with an organization like this before and I am amazed daily with everything that they do for kids and their families at CCHMC. From new patient care packages, going "shopping" from their donation room for items that are hand selected from a "my favorite thing" list that the kids give us, to all the events they send our dragonflies to. It is truly a blessing to work beside Ria, Christine and everyone at Dragonfly. I am getting ready to help with an event this weekend called the "Dragonfly Dash" a 333 foot "race" at Liberty Center in Liberty Township Ohio. I will pretty much do anything for our kids. Yes I said "our kids" because once you get involved with this organization, they become your family! And family, THIS family, is there to love, support, and care for one another. They've even created a "family" Facebook page that is strictly for patients and their parents to share with one another. Share this successes and failures, happiness and sadness. They've built a community of support for one another and it's so very important to have that care, comfort and support. I highly recommend getting involved with the Dragonfly Foundation. You help to be a blessing and you receive more blessings than you give.

3 Bobbie Jean S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was 6 years on 9/10/16 since our world fell apart because of a cancer diagnosis of my youngest little sister. It was a long and hard time woth treatments and You brought our family from the dark of the night into the light of the day. You guys did an above and beyond job of bring in us comfo comfort and joy. You made our family feel apart of the Dragonfly family. Keep it up. You guys are AWESOME!!!!!! I so proud to say that the Dragonfly foundation is apart of our family.!! Thankyou.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering in 2012 and have continued with The Dragonfly Foundation since then. I enter new patients into the system, take care of the toy closet (donations) and gifting the children. I have loved every minute of the time I spend with them. Ria and Christine are two of the most loving and caring people I have ever known. They make sure their employees are also of the same mindset so that our families receive all the necessary help from us. They care for every patient and family as if they were their own. I would say there is no finer non profit organization in Cincinnati and I am thrilled to be part of this group.

5 Harley M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a survivor. He battled stage three Alveolar Than do my I sarcoma. During his battle our lives changed so much. Many months we spent alone in the hospital. Cancer has a way of making the world stop spinning. Both my son and I experienced most of our darkest moments during our 8 month live in stay at Cincinnati Children's. Even though it felt like the entire world was frozen in time for us, the rest of the world kept moving forward with their lives. It hurt, to feel forgotten. Dragonfly foundation never let us feel alone they we so kind and treated us with such courtesy. They brought beautiful moments filled with pure joy to my son when he needed it the most. I am so thankful to be a part of such a great organization. Thank you all so much for all the amazing things you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation has changed my life. I truly believe that this is the best nonprofit in Cincinnati and one of the best worldwide. Their mission is so simple - yet so different from others. Providing comfort and bringing joy to these kids and their families is so important and special. I can truly say that working with the Dragonfly Foundation is the best decision I've ever made. The amount of sheer joy they provide for people is amazing and life changing. I've met some of the kids and they are so inspiring - so much joy! I credit that to TDF. They give people hope. And love.

7 Mary419

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of The Dragonfly Foundation several years ago when my daughter became a volunteer. She always lived and breathed"comfort and joy" to sick children and their families. Now here was a place she could put her passion to good use! She always came home from The Landing full of admiration for the work they do. They must have seen into her soul because they offered her an employee position. She has never looked back! The job of her dreams! Helping children, helping young adults, helping their families- doing the little things that makes them feel almost normal. Gift paks delivered to the hospital, tickets to local events, a place to just hang out at The Landing, even food for their homes, just whatever it takes! Hats off to the founders, hats off to the employees and many, many volunteers of Dragonfly! A wonderful organization who makes a huge difference in so many lives!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed when he was barely over a year. I knew nothing about cancer. I ended up at the hospital with nothing but a diaper bag and the clothes on my back. They were quick to contact provided me with all the things I needed food hygiene and information. And that was just the start they brought light and joy to moments that we weren't sure if there was still light left. God bless all the men and women that run this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The dragonfly foundation has been a huge blessing to my family through my daughter's cancer battle. From a welcome pack at the hospital, to Christmas gifts, to gift cards on her birthday and tickets to events they have brought happiness to a scary part of her young life.

A cancer survivors mom

7 Brianna13

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group! They bring smiles and joy to very sick children and their families. And ask nothing in return but smiles. This is what the true face of kindness looks like.

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Client Served

Rating: 2

What a group of caring individuals always willing to do whatever they can to put a smile on a child face who is going through life threatening illness. They are #1 in my families eyes. Thank you.