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

Mission: The Dragonfly Foundation supports families of pediatric cancer patients by: • Building a network that connects Dragonfly families to each other and the community • Providing programs to enhance quality of life • Enhancing programs in partner Children’s Hospitals in Ohio and Illinois • Partnering on psychosocial research with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Results: Dragonfly has been credited with helping "change the paradigm of patient care" by Cincinnati Children's Hospital's director of Oncology (see video: https://youtu.be/1QekSF1eafA) Since 2010, Dragonfly has grown to serve more than 5,400 registered Dragonfly patients, siblings/offspring, parents/caregivers, as well as 5 locations of 4 partner hospitals in Cincinnati and Dayton, OH and Chicago, IL.

Target demographics: pediatric cancer patients and their families find strength, courage, and joy. We also help enhance quality of life programs at partner hospitals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands. Since 2010, we have supported more than 5,800 kids and adults. We also support patients and caregivers at partner hospitals.

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 • Life Logistics The Landing & Dragonfly Suite at US Bank Arena • Places where Dragonfly families can give/receive support 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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Tammy79

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about the dragonfly foundation. Being a dragonfly family they have done so much for our family in our darkest days. They helped us see the light through the darkness through support, events, gifts, beautiful cards and a place to land like the landing. A smile on my grandchild means the world and I can’t say thank you enough. To all the volunteers who work tremendously hard day and night to help make magic happen for so many kids and their families and our family thank you we love you and all you do each and everyday =|=

Donor

Rating: 5

The dragonfly foundation is a wonderful resource for families suffering from childhood illnesses. As a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, I am in contact with families that suffer from childhood cancer all the time. It is amazing to see how the dragonfly foundation supports these families. From providing them with booklets of information, care items, and any other items they need while in and out of the hospital, the Dragonfly Foundation is a safe place for families to gather and talk to other families going through similar experiences. In addition, the financial help provided to these families, takes pressure off of the parents and lets them focus on the wellbeing of their child. I can’t express enough how amazing this foundation is for children and families going through childhood cancer and I encourage others to donate to such a wonderful foundation!

pjclay9

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dragonfly lessens the trauma and pain of pediatric cancer diagnosis and treatment by providing immediate support and lasting connectivity for patients and their families. The Dragonfly Foundation is a community and a lifeline for many who travel from across the country and across town.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation was created to meet the needs of families dealing with life threatening and potentially life threatening cancer diagnoses. We do things that hospitals do not do well or don't do at all - connecting families and patients, providing non-hospital supports, providing diversions inside and outside of the hospital and many other things our families need.
We started from scratch and have built an organization that has raised more than $2.5 million in cash and an even higher number of in-kind donations since we started less than 5 years ago. We are even establishing a branch in Chicago!

Jill Geis H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Dragonfly Foundation volunteer, I have a direct impact on the wellbeing of the children and families we serve. Delivering much needed items to families caught in the cancer vortex, providing a small distraction that generates a smile or simply listening to stories of courage over fear is visceral and compelling. This organization is a gift of the human spirit to recipients, volunteers and donors alike.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Board of Directors for the Dragonfly Foundation for 3 1/2 years. I could not be more proud to serve this amazing group of staff members, volunteers and nearly 6,000 families to date.

The Dragonfly Foundation provides connection, hope, strength, courage, love and unconditional support to families battling pediatric cancer. I encourage everyone to visit www.dragonfly.ord and check out our 10 year anniversary video. If you feel compelled by our mission, check out our events page or make a small donation by simply clicking on the donate tab in the upper right hand corner,

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has experienced the hardship a family endures when a member is diagnosed and treated for cancer, I can wholeheartedly appreciate the service and care the Dragonfly Foundation provides. This organization shines such wonderful love and light in families' darkest hours. I am so humbled and honored to volunteer with this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation is very near and dear to my heart. As a nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, I am very aware of the burden not only physically and emotionally, but also financially, that a complicated illness can put on a patient and their family. I have witnessed personally the heartache that a family, especially, parents, grandparents and siblings go through when their child/sibling receives a life-changing diagnosis. Now, as a mother, I am aware of how precious life is and that health and safety is and should be our number one priority. The Dragonfly Foundation is there to support the needs of each and every patient and their family who have received the devastating diagnosis of a pediatric cancer. They understand the disruption these diagnoses cause, and offer comfort and strength in the greatest time of need. They are a worthy organization and very deserving of the community's support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation is so flexible, supportive, and practical! They have supported families on countless occasions. My favorite memory of working with The Dragonfly Foundation was when they were able to provide a gift card to the Disney Store to buy last minute Halloween costumes for hospitalized children, including one for a patient who was near end of life but was able to have their dream Halloween costume because of Dragonfly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From our own personal experience with pediatric cancer, it is always the small gifts and moments that have the biggest impact for the child and family during this journey. The Dragonfly Foundation programs support the family during and after treatment, fosters a sense of community and provides magical moments during difficult times.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation is absolutely amazing in every aspect. They truly are what is needed to help Families get through a battle with pediatric cancer across every level of support. They need and deserve our communities support to the fullest. I recently became a Board Member as I saw first hand how impactful they were and wanted to help them even though I have 3 children under 3 and also own/run a business. Worth every dollar donated. -Jack Brendamour, CEO of Junk King

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Donor

Rating: 5

They demonstrate the utmost kindness and support for Families that have to face such difficult situations. If I could give them 10 out of 5 stars, I would. Thank you to everyone involved for being such amazing people!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with many non-profits in the past, and recently found Dragonfly. The more I learn about Dragonfly, the stories that I read, I follow them on facebook and will frequently donate. Very impressed.

1 Paul L. W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the Dragonfly Foundation and their mission. I became aware of the dragonfly foundation through the journey of a little boy whose nickname was “SuperBubz” fighting neuroblastoma. The mission of dragonflies to bring strength courage and joy to pediatric cancer patients and their families as a journey the uncertain times of fighting cancer. Dragonfly does any number of untold little things that help the patient and the family throughout the journey. I became a believer in the organization after seeing it first hand in helping SuperBubz and his family. Please do whatever you can to support the mission of the dragonfly foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have not needed Dragonfly’s help for my family, but I’ve seen the great work they have done for families I love! Because of this I gave of my time to volunteer in their first annual ride for Dragonfly and we raised $20,000. I challenge you to help them too!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nurse at cchmc, I can not speak highly enough of the Dragonfly Foundation. From gifting, supporting and hosting events for our patients and families, this foundation is a true blessing to our community.

1 Ron S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being able to watch these children and families have a normal moment makes it all worth while!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and I love the way TDF cares for its dragonflies and their families! So proud!

2 Tammy79

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about the dragonfly foundation. Being a dragonfly family they have done so much for our family in our darkest days. They helped us see the light through the darkness through support, events, gifts, beautiful cards and a place to land like the landing. A smile on my grandchild means the world and I can’t say thank you enough. To all the volunteers who work tremendously hard day and night to help make magic happen for so many kids and their families and our family thank you we love you and all you do each and everyday =|=

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My grand daughter was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 6 in Dec. 2011 we became a dragonfly family in 2012. Watching your child go through such horrific ordeal that no child should ever have to endure is the hardest thing to go through. Watching a lifeless body laying in the hospital bed until the chemo kicks in and your left with a very sick weak little girl. Staying in those dark lonely rooms day after day night after night is very sad lonely place to be until you get a phone call saying I'm with The Dragonfly Foundation can you come downstairs. Wow I was so excited to see what they have for my precious little girl to brighten up her day. Let me tell you even for that one moment a smile comes over Y and it brightens up the whole room like the rays of the sun shinning through a window. Tears of joy to see that smile that's what The Dragonfly Foundation has done for my little girl and for my family. Y has been two years clear now but she still has ups and downs pain, side effects from chemo, surgeries it still doesn't stop after chemo and neither does The Dragonfly Foundation they still continue to bring joy and comfort not only to Y but also to her two siblings as well. We can't say enough about them and all they do for our family and so many others. We were in such a cold dark box and The Dragonfly Foundation opened that box and shined such beautiful rays of light onto our family so with that being said Thank You To The Dragonfly Foundation for bringing our family so much joy and comfort each and everyday! =!=

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

Thanks, T, for taking the time to share your and Ys story. We are so glad that you all love being Dragonflies!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to help not only the patient but all the caregivers and family involved in their loved ones journey. My family was doubly blessed by the Dragonfly foundation when two of my sisters daughters both battled cancer. We cannot day enough good about these people. We will be forever grateful for their love and support❤️❤️❤️

4 Camryn B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother was diagnosed with Leukemia when I was only twelve years old. At that age I physically and mentally did not know what was going on with my brothers health. The Dragonfly Foundation not only gave comfort and joy to my brother but they also gave me and my parents the same comfort and joy. The Dragonfly Foundation made my family feel normal for a few hours out of the day/night. From sporting events to shows we felt like a normal family because of this amazing foundation. I also got the chance to speak at their golf outing about how The Dragonfly Foundation impacted me.

2 Christen Hawtin D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow where to start.. this foundation warms my heart.. think about them everyday .. I volunteered at the beginning..
I categorized toy donations.. went to events .. met families .. delivered the Joy bags to Children’s..
Many hours at the First Landing .. a place where families could get away from the hospital and meet their extended families ,pets etc
Scheduled outings for families to games and meet and greets..
How this organization warmed my heart and now have manyyyy connections to new forever friends that feel like family.. big time prayer chains always .. always someone there to speak to you and bring you comfort and Joy!!
Working with the families at events put a couple stent smile on my face ..
Miss the times volunteering..because I moved. But still family!!

2 Lora W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my Daughter was one of the first Dragonflies she was able to attend a Kieth Urban concert and go bag stage for a meet and greet, that is something that she will never forget the star even took time to take pictures with her and the other Dragonflies .and I love them for the parents page where I can go and express my anxiety over the multiple things that arise from having a child with cancer that often does and know that all of the others on the site understand completely my feelings and can offer support or advice and sometimes even make you understand something that you just can’t see because of your anxiety. In my opinion this is the best non profit organization I have ever been affiliated with they never ask there members for anything but they give so much to us,we truly are a family!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our youngest son Matt was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. That day changed our lives forever. We are very blessed to have a community of great supporters that have led to the creation of The Dragonfly Foundation. We couldn't do it alone, and we will work to make sure we continue to help more families facing this devastating diagnosis.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My involvement with The Dragonfly Foundation began in 2012 and and continues to this day. I have seen, firsthand, the work being done for families of pediatric cancer patients. At a time in life that no family wants to face, The Dragonfly Foundation anticipates the needs of families that are watching a loved-one suffer through the challenges associated with cancer and cancer care. TDF provides emotional comfort and real-life practical support to enable families to focus on what is most important - their loved ones. My long-term hope is that TDF support spreads throughout this region and the country to provide families the support they need to endure the twists and turns associated with the processes and challenges of pediatric cancer care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a length of experiences with Dragonfly over the past few years. Initially I participated in a couple Greek Life philanthropies where the proceeds went to the Dragonfly Foundation. My girlfriend ended up working full-time with Dragonfly post-grad, and I've subsequently volunteered within the organization since. Dragonfly is the textbook definition of a model nonprofit organization. Every day, they go above and beyond to ensure that no child with cancer feels like less of person because of their condition, and they do their best to make children and their families cope and forget about the situation, and just experience being a kid. Not only are there endless opportunities for the "dragonflies" to see sporting events, get out and enjoy life, but there are a multitude of resources available for parents and the rest of the family. No parent is an "expert" on having a child with cancer, and many don't know where to look for help--Dragonfly provides the help they need.

6 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.

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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!

6 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.

4 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.

2 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!

2 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)

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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!

5 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!!

6 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.

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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.

7 Debbie175

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that does so much for cancer patients and their families. Love love love this foundation. They are family

6 Brittany39

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love them. They bring such joy to kids fighting horrible sickness and the whole family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia during his senior year of college. He missed all but 5 weeks of senior year including prom and other events...The Dragonfly Foundation sent him the perfect gifts and when he was able sent him to outings that brought a smile to his face and joy to our family! We are so thankful to have his amazing foundation serving our kids during these difficult treatments. They are truly a blessing to our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a member of this organization, as is my whole family. We were first introduced to them back in 2010 when my older sister was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. They provided such support, love, and kindness to us through an unbelievable time for my family. Then, four years later when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, the support grew to exponential levels! They do more than just hand out free stuff and grant wishes. Dragonfly is a network of compassion and understanding and support that is unparalleled. The families a part of the organization get to know one another and talk to each other and help in any way we can. We are brought together by Dragonfly Organization. Ria and Christine have really created an amazing network of comfort and joy that will last for lifetimes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

You feel completely overwhelmed when the doctors tell you that your child has cancer. Everything becomes focused around an illness and it is easy to forget how to just enjoy life. That's what The Dragonfly Foundation does. It really does bring comfort and joy to families.

3 Jamila D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I give The Dragonfly Foundation 5stars cos they are very helpful and friendly I really appreciated how thoughtful they were with their hospital presents their bags contained all we needed and more we didn't know we'd need and thats aside from the moral and emotional support of all the families including events that bring like families together.Thank you Ria and co!

3 Michelle320

Client Served

Rating: 5

The dragonfly is a wonderful foundation. While my daughter was in the hospital for a bone marrow transplant they sent toys and a shirt as well as gifts for my husband and I. They have continued to show support via social media where they make everyone feel welcomed. They provide you a place to vent ask questions or just say hello. They more then exceeded my expectations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that brings a little normalcy to what is otherwise a chaotic, stressful, and emotional time. They are such a huge support for families of children who are battling cancer. They are a ray of sunshine during a dark time.

3 Crystal76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation as been great to me and my daughter Abby. We recently went to The Landing for the first time n she had a blast.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know what we would have done without the help from The DragonFly Foundation. Our son was diagnosed
June 13, 2011 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The biggest thing for me was having something to do or somewhere to go that would accommodate our son's compromised immune system. TDF always seemed to come through for us. It really enabled us to actually forget about the real things happening in our lives and focus on smiles and family laughter. Even when we were stuck at the hospital for weeks on end having tests and procedures done, sure enough we would come back to our room to find out a dragon fly had landed leaving little gifts to help our son forget even for a little while. Thank you Dragonfly!

3 Kim_190

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that provides for the whole family.

4 Jill M. B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation and its volunteers and donors have really brightened our days! Our son got to meet the Miami hockey team and play hockey with them as well as go to one of their games on a different occasion. We also were so happy to be in a Reds suite for the first time! These were much needed little getaways from his chemotherapy treatments!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very credible organization focused on the entire "spirit" of the children enduring incomprehensible days. This rise in spirit that the Dragonfly helps foster the child's ability to FIGHT through some tough days. Management is highly reputable and commendable.

3 Andy36

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great organization that lives up to their motto of bringing comfort and joy into the lives of those struggling with childhood cancer.

5 Stephanie163

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor in December of 2011. We became part of the Dragonfly Family soon after. The love and support of this wonderful non profit continues to amaze me. They do such a wonderful job of providing comfort and joy to families that go through the terrible struggle of having a child who is diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders. We have been to glow parties at their landing, been to see the circus, received gift cards, get well packages, beauty shop parties (spa night) and continue to be sent invites to other events. Even though we are still included, it's been a while since we attended because we want to make sure that the families who really need these much deserved escapes from their horrible realities can have that opportunity. I'm happy to say that my daughter Sage is 27 months cancer free!

I have also worked with this group professionally. I work for Spring Grive Cemetery and Gwen Mooney Funeral Homes. Unfortunately, not all of our Dragonflies have had the miracle of a full recovery and have lost their well fought battles with this terrible disease. I can say from experience when dealing with them professionally, that they go above and beyond to do whatever is needed to aid these families during this awful time.

If you are considering donating to this wonderful foundation, I highly recommend them. Rest easy knowing your contribution will go toward a worthy and much needed cause.

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

Stephanie,, thank you so much for taking the time o write this review!!!!! I can't tell you how good these comments make us feel!

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Rating: 5

I got involved with the Dragonfly charity through my company. The time you spend with the Dragonfly children and their families flat out makes you better. The children are gifts; beautiful, funny, amazing, tough and so brave. When you meet their families, you feel what they are going through, you will never understand it, but you feel it. You want to help them, even if it is just watching a baseball game and taking their mind off things for a moment. Later you cry, and you pray, and you're thankful, and you are a better person. I can't imagine a better charity, or a better use of my time.

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

We could not agree more!!!

4 mommadell

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dragonfly has been there for us since my son was first diagnosed with Leukemia. They gave us a care package at the hospital with much needed items for our long stay, including free meal cards for the hospital. They had us fill out a survey with everything my son liked, and when he was discharged, they began offering us tickets to events specifically tailored to him. He loves the Reds and we have had some premo seats. One game was on a Friday. We were on the Riverboat. After the game there was the most spectacular fireworks display we've ever seen and we had front row seats. They even sent him a care package in the mail with things he loves,. Dragonfly has lifted our spirits when we needed it most !!!

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

We are so glad that we have helped your family, and are grateful to the community that makes what we do possible.

3 MissElaine C.

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Rating: 5

So appreciative of the passion, dedication and hard work that the co-founders and volunteers put into The Dragonfly Foundation. I'm overwhelmed by the commitment you have to these families. I am proud to be a part of it all.

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

Elaine, thank you for everything you do to help us!!!! We are so grateful!

4 Mary_Lou

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Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the Dragonflies for 2 years and it has been the most incredible experience of my life. This group is so dedicated to helping the patient as well as the family. We want to bring comfort and joy to them while they are admitted and also once they go home. They receive gifts, the opportunity to get tickets to many events in the CIncinnati area, ball games, a free day at Kings Island, the Zoo, a group picnic once a year and so many more events. From Ria and Christine to the employees to the many volunteers, we are all there for one reason - to help children with cancer. They will try to do whatever the family needs to make their lives easier. I cannot imagine what all our families would be going through without the help of this wonderful group of people. I love working with them and also working for the families. We also have donated computers, beads of courage, toys, DVD's, and so many other things to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. If anyone needs something Ria and Christine are dedicated to making it happen. This is a wonderful organization for these kids.

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

Mary Lou, thank you for all of your hard work and continued dedication!!! We just adore you, as do our families!!!

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

Mary Lou, thank you for all of your hard work and continued dedication!!! We just adore you, as do our families!!!

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Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation is absolutely amazing! It's a place that families can meet other families that get it. It's a place that you KNOW everyone cares. It's a place that makes you feel "normal"...and a chance to go do things as a family to distract from the treatments, emotions, etc for a while. Thanks to The Dragonfly Foundation we have a second FAMILY. This is not just any organization....This organization is full of love and people who truly care.

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

(((((((HUGS)))))) THANK YOU so much for taking the time to comment about us. We are so glad being Dragonflies makes you happy!

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Rating: 4

Dragonfly is an organization that meet the needs of it's members on so many different levels. Some of the needs are "basic", but so overlooked by most organizations. They give "stuff", but for us it is so much more. They have become family that unquestionably offer emotional and sometimes physical support as we face life with a child diagnosed with cancer.

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

P, you are so sweet to post this review! Thank you so much!!!!

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Rating: 5

The Dragonfly Foundation is more than a "foundation", it's a family! My husband was diagnosed with a rare cancer and was treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. I had heard of TDF before his diagnosis, but never in a million years would have thought that he could be a part of it. They welcomed us with open arms and have given my husband, myself, and our two toddlers reasons to smile throughout this incredibly difficult journey. Thank you Dragonfly Foundation!

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TheDragonflyFoundation 09/30/2014

((((((HUGS)))) this is exactly why we are so needed. Thank you for sharing your story!