Today we celebrated For a Day Foundation's 18th anniversary at Florida Hospital for Children! We turned girls into queens and boys into superheroes with the help of our special guest, Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004! Together, we went room to room, visiting a total of 7 children (4 girls and 3 boys.)
This party was made possible only with the huge support of FAD's Young Ambassador, Kirsten Zeleny. Thank you for raising the funds to make it possible and for being so available to the families. A special thanks to our volunteers, Mercedes, Carolina, Linda, and JR Nessary (Miss Anaheim!).
We're thrilled to have the support of Global Welding Service to make our hospital visits become a reality. With their generous sponsorship, we've started planning our first hospital visit for August 9th! Thank you Global!
Maddie was also interviewed by the Owatonna newspaper, and was incredible. “They all deserve a day like this,” she stated, referring to the other children with cancer she got to know while staying at the Ronald McDonald House during treatment phases. The story made the front page, appropriately titled “Queen Maddie.”
“Our Firefighters from Engine 16 were able to join us; just as they were settling in, they received a call and had to leave. But we also had 4 Green Beret from the Army join us. They were SFC Edward J. Prescott, SSG Tyler A. Irwin, SFC Horne A. Cory and SSG William R. Musil. They entertained the boys with party favors, and their gear. The boys and girls joined in that fun. “ [photos in post]
Today was a busy day for the Palm Beach chapter as we confirmed the support of CenterState Bank as a sponsor. We're very excited to host the employees as volunteers at our visits to Palm Beach Children's Hospital.
Speaking of, we also confirmed our first visit with the hospital: June 14th!
“As we were leaving, one parent spoke very earnestly on how grateful she was for our activities. She emphasized how much it meant that instead of just finding a good TV show to watch they were able to have a special treatment and activities for fun during their appointment. It was very touching to see the impact and the bright smiles.”
"One little energetic boy couldn’t stop jumping, running, and even tackling things. The same little boy thought it was a better idea for him to paint the nails and face of parents and staff of the house.
"We walked around and offered toys, coloring books, masks and capes which one of the little boys immediately put it on. He beamed with happiness and portrayed a real superhero with his energy and personality. It was amazing making them smile..."
"One patient, 5 years old, was at the hospital all alone, as her family had to work and siblings go off to school....It felt nice that we were able to provide a little company and fun to what would have been an otherwise very lonely and scary day for a 5-year-old."
We were happy to have two wonderful boys attend our first event. Noah (5) and Corey (2) came to visit with their parents. They chose their capes and masks and then sat down to decorate a picture frame for their superhero picture. Both boys were a joy to interact with for the hour and a half we were there.
Many patients were not able to attend due to being in isolation. Shalese and Melissa, from Child Life, took capes, masks and some frames to 1 girl and 3 boys that we were not able to visit.
A huge thank you to Haylor, Freyer, & Coon and their employees for a generous donation of $1140! As of February 1st, we have raised $1650 towards our $1500 goal. In addition, the employees are generously hosting a supply drive for toys and gifts for our hospital visits. The additional funds we continue to raise will go towards hospital visits and special experiences for families in 2018. Our BIG goal is $3000, so please keep giving! We cannot wait to bring this joy to our next visit!
Our incredible local committee worked some real magic to send one of our local kids to a Vikings game. It just so happened it was quite the game to attend - at the last minute, the Vikings made an incredible play and won, sending them to the NFC championship. Better yet, the miracle play was made by our lucky attendee's favorite player and they were only yards away from the thrilling action.
AND THEN...Roger Goodell handed our Viking fan and his brother two tickets to THE SUPER BOWL! We worked it out so the entire family can now attend and we are THRILLED for this experience of a lifetime!
This is what we and our volunteers LOVE to do. For those of you who donate or participate in our For a Day 5K, this is what it's all for and we thank you for providing us the means to jump into opportunities like this.
On Thanksgiving Day, Style Aesthetics in Portland's Pearl District donated over $200 to push over the $1,000 goal! I am so grateful for the community support rallying behind our efforts to help the kids.
Since my birthday is here, too, I'm increasing the goal by $500 more dollars. Your generosity is really making my heart swell. Thanks to each and every one of you who contributes!
You can help the Orlando chapter by directly purchasing the requested supplies through this Amazon Wish List - thank you in advance for being there for the kids! Together we can truly make incredible experiences! Click below to get started (items purchased from this list will be shipped directly to the chapter).
Several girls were in shock to see the princesses and took a bit to warm up to them. Several girls and boys “melted” into Ana’s arms with a huge hug! Several questions regarding activities happening back at the princess’s castles. After all nails and lips painted, crowns selected and tutus on, the girls were excited to have a portrait taken with the Princesses. So much fun to watch these faces.
Hi, my name is Taylor Tyson and I'm honored to be joining the For a Day family! I've had many wonderful and humbling experiences playing key roles in organizations aimed at improving the quality of children's lives, including founding a 501(c)(3) donating instruments to children in need, fundraising for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and mentoring children in my community...
...As we colored with one of the kids, we overheard the parents appreciating our visit to the staff. They said their daughter hasn't been as cooperative in coming to her appointments lately, but when they found out there was a special event today, she was eager to get there. I was humbled to hear, yet again, how our presence was enough to make things just a tad easier on the kids and their parents. It's why we're here.
Not unlike the parable about the Star Thrower, tossing beached starfish back into the ocean and stating "it made a difference to that one!", we had a smaller-than-usual crowd for our October "Fun Friday" event, marking the end of a radiation treatment week for just one special little girl. The party, however, was extremely heartwarming and memorable to the hospital staff & FADF volunteers.
Please help me give a warm welcome to Jordynn Barnhart! She has been recruited as For a Day Northern NY's Community Outreach Coordinator.
Jordynn is working towards her Bachelor's in Broadcast Journalism & Public Relations, while minoring in Graphic Design. She has experience as the Lifestyles Editor for the MD Newspaper, Social Media Manager for C&K Magazine, and Radio Host at "The Pulse" Radio Station. As for volunteer experience, she mainly works with children, but also has participated in causes to help the homeless, veterans, seniors, education and disaster relief.
Her three focuses in life are: people, positivity and passion. She gets her energy from being around people, especially those who share similar passions; which is why she has always loves volunteering. She is constantly surrounded by people who are trying to make our world a better place. She believes that we are all here on Earth to help each other.