Help and hope for families with seriously ill children since 1976.
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund was founded to provide financial assistance to those families who are caring for a seriously ill, disabled or injured child. The Fund was founded by Joe and Peggy Dolan after the loss of their daughter, Kelly Anne, to a 5 year-battle with a rare form of leukemia. We pay for critical needs not covered by insurance including rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, adaptive equipment and so much more.
It can be difficult to care for a sick or disabled child. During the pandemic, with virtual school and therapy, the challenges have been bigger than ever. But we are here for you – Ryan’s Case for Smiles and the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund are teaming up to help you through this trying time!
Please join us on October 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. for a virtual support group beginning with an amazing presentation from Dr. Barry Jacobs & Dr. Julie Mayer.
When you sign up for this support group we will send your family a “comfort box” with activities for the kids, so you can relax and participate!
Here’s what we are talking about:
Promoting Positive Caregiving—Even During Tough Times
It is never easy, though often gratifying, for parents to care for children with special needs. But during the pandemic, home and outpatient services have been interrupted. Families have become isolated and providing comprehensive care has become almost entirely the responsibility of parents. In this workshop, Barry Jacobs, PsyD, and Julie Mayer, PsyD, married clinical psychologists, will present ideas for increasing self-care, improving marital relations, and finding the elusive silver linings to this pandemic’s dark clouds
Barry Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and Principal in the Philadelphia office of Health Management Associates, a national healthcare consulting firm. Julie Mayer is a clinical psychologist with a private psychotherapy practice in Media, PA. They are the co-authors of AARP Meditations for Caregivers (2016) and the new book, AARP Love and Meaning After 50—The 10 Challenges to Great Relationships and How to Overcome Them (2020).
We look forward to seeing all of you and spreading the love and support during this time.
44th Anniversary Virtual Celebration
If you missed our 44th Anniversary Virtual Celebration with our Master of Ceremonies Fox 29’s Sue Serio and special guests. Here it is! We wish we could have celebrated in person.. but please know we thank you for helping us lighten the burdens of over 34,000 families with seriously ill children for the last 44 years because we can’t do what we do… WITHOUT YOU!
2020 Holiday Adopt-A-Family
2020 has been a roller coaster for all families, but the Holidays will be especially hard and lonely for parents with a severely ill or disabled child. Your support for our annual Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program can make a big difference. To comply with CDC guidelines, we will be providing gift cards this year instead of actual toys/gifts. But each card will be designated for a specific child or family member that you will learn about. Just click below to brighten the Season for someone special:
The Good news is that the date for taste2021 has been set. It’s Thursday March 4, 2021. Fox 29’s Sue Serio has already marked it on her calendar… we hope you will to!
Payments or donations for taste2020 can be fully applied to taste2021 and we’ll honor all pricing from this year. If you do not wish for your payment to go to next year’s event, please email Linda Bean at email@example.com