Helping children with chronic illnesses
Helping children with chronic illnesses
Helping children with chronic illnesses
Helping children with chronic illnesses
Helping children with chronic illnesses
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Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
Help and hope for families with seriously ill children since 1976

Kelly Anne Dolan
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund helps families caring for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and injuries. We provide financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance, respite programs, and non-cash items to families in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware; we advocate for and provide education and information to families nationwide.

Families in crisis are referred to us by an extensive network of social workers, case managers, physical therapists, and healthcare professionals within hospitals, medical facilities, social service agencies, and treatment centers. The Fund has assisted approximately 25,000 families in more than 39 years of operation. We help keep the lights on, fill the oil tank, pay the rent, purchase handicap equipment, and provide relief to families through respite events and duringthe holidays.

If you are a healthcare professional and you would like to make a referral, please click Log In above to register on our site. To learn more about the full scope of our services to help families, read about our Programs. Also, check our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions.

Our Story
When Kelly Anne Dolan was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, her parents Peggy and Joe learned how the serious illness of a child can affect an entire familyemotionally, physically, and financially. After six-year-old Kelly lost her battle with the disease in 1976, Peggy and Joe created the Fund to help families dealing with the illness or disability of a child. Learn more about the Dolans' story in this short video, produced by Center City Film and Video when Peggy received the Please Touch Museum's Great Friend to Kids Award.

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Great Gatsby Gala
he night before Halloween, dress up in your Gatsby era fashions for the 4th Annual Young Friends Ball. Celebrate life and raise funds for families caring for children with serious illnesses, injuries and disabilities. More than 250 young professionals will enjoy a night of casino games, fine food and open bar while dancing and taking in spectacular nighttime views of Philadelphia and New Jersey from the 33rd floor of the Loews Hotel!

Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 pm to midnight
Location: Loews Hotel


An Evening of Hope!
An Evening of Hope, is a rejuvenation of “ Wine in Winter” – our highly successful annual event/fundraiser presenting a great selection of tastings from the area’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors (wines, beers and spirits). This year’s event now titled “An Evening of Hope” will include the fun and excitement of casino games and music filling both ballrooms at the beautiful Pine Crest Country Club. We hope you will join us this year. Your participation will help us in our ability to respond to so many critical requests for assistance for families with seriously ill, disabled or injured children.
Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund's Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program provides presents and gift cards to families whose budgets are so strained by the costs of caring for a seriously ill or disabled child that there is no money left for the holidays.
GuideStar Gold
We are pleased to announce that the KADMF has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates the KADMF’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability, as we share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our constituents and supporters and with GuideStar’s online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.
Creative Ways to Contribute
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund participates in the United Way's donor option program (for United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, use donor option number 03972). We also participate in the Combined Federal Campaign for Southeastern Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley Areas, South Jersey, and Delaware (use campaign number 66587). And did you know that you can benefit KADMF by searching the web using GoodSearch? Or by shopping at Amazon? Find out more about these other ways to give.

American Red Cross
We are honored to be able to include the insignia for the American Red Cross Blood Services on our website, because Kelly Anne Dolan and her sister Kim relied on the generosity and kindness of blood donors throughout their illness. They, like so many children diagnosed with blood disorders, leukemia, and other forms of cancer, required regular transfusions for their treatments and to get beyond a crisis. Kelly Anne and Kim were transfused as often as 15 times a month
approximately 700-800 units of blood products during the course of their illness.

How can you thank a blood donor? The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund was established as a way to "give back" to the more than 700 blood donors who allowed the Dolan family time to enjoy Kelly Anne and who also made it possible for Kim to live long enough to find a cure. Blood donors are our heroes! We can't thank them enough!

The need for blood is ongoing. Please consider making a donation soon, if not today! See our Resources and Links page for more information about the Red Cross.

Peggy Dolan's Blog
A Bountiful Season (Already)
As John Keats wrote, so memorably, 200 years ago, Autumn is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the season when the harvest yields the rich rewards of months of nurturing, labor and love.
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

The official registration and financial information of Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1-800-732-0999 (toll free in Pennsylvania). Registration does not imply endorsement. IRS Form 990 and audit for fiscal years 2010-2013 can be viewed in our Image Library.

The KADMF is a proud member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO), the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and is registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Please see our Mission page to read our Confidentiality and Privacy Statement.