We’re For a Day Foundation and we’re thrilled to meet you! For 18 years, we’ve been quietly serving kids with cancer and other serious illnesses with quality of life programs throughout the US - over 7,000 of them, in fact! Specifically, we host parties in hospital playrooms, like Queen for a Day & Hero for a Day, to bring a little piece of childhood directly to the hospital playroom.

If you aren’t familiar with childhood cancer, over 15,000 kids and teens will be diagnosed with the disease this year - JUST THIS YEAR! That’s 15,000 childhoods interrupted, to say the least. In addition to treatments that cause massive physical changes and the isolation from friends and a normal schedule, patients and their siblings experience emotional trauma as well.

That’s where we come in. For a couple hours, we’re there to treat the child with play and laughter and smiles. Maybe even a little dancing or ‘flying!’ From mini makeovers with Almay cosmetics, kid-friendly nail polish, tiaras and boas, to superhero feats in capes and masks and games with fire fighters and police officers, we aim to distract, cheer up, and support.

We implement these fun times through a network of local chapters throughout the US. You can plug into a chapter or look into starting one yourself! See our current chapter list here: LOCAL CHAPTERS

and explore starting a chapter with us here: START A LOCAL CHAPTER

Otherwise, you can host a supply drive (as an individual or a company), purchase items from our Amazon registry, donate (scroll down), or join our Board of Directors. Get started here: TAKE ACTION

Donations are our #1 need.

Our structure allows us to purchase bulk items at wholesale pricing, then distribute supplies to local chapters as needed. So, while you could buy items for us, we can make your dollar go further. This also allows the home office to absorb indirect costs, saving the time, money, and energy of our local volunteers. Specifically, we’re looking for donors to cover these items and amounts:

  • Founder’s Circle - 12 donors committed to $2500/year each, covering our indirect costs, so we can focus on the kids! (can be a one-time or recurring donation) - donate here or email jenna @ foradayfoundation.org

  • Faux feather boas - $2000 - to cover our 2019 projections

  • Hero’s Heroes - donors committed to a $50/month recurring donation - we’ll send you a For a Day memento!

  • Local chapter sponsors - small businesses or corporate volunteers can connect with a local chapter to sponsor a hospital visit and possibly even volunteer, too! Email jenna @ foradayfoundation.org to inquire. *Contingent upon group numbers & hospital availability

  • Small donations go a long way with us! $5 covers the cost of a superhero cape or a tiara; $25 could cover the cost of a make-up kit; $250 can cover all the activities we bring for each hospital visit (crafts, mad libs, etc). Consider a monthly recurring donation so we know we’re covered for the year.

  • Fashion Show sponsor - for 10 years, we hosted a fashion show in Carson’s department store, until the store closed. Local patients, siblings, and survivors were the models and it was a special opportunity to put them in the spotlight. Now, we’re looking for a venue and a sponsor for this event in the Troy, MI area (Nordstrom’s, we’re looking at you!) For $2,000, we can cover our usual costs and focus on finding a donated venue. Inquire with jenna @ foradayfoundation.org to bring back this iconic event to the Detroit area.

  • Florida Tour - would you like to sponsor our growth in Florida? We have a plan to expand our three chapters into additional areas of the state and we’re looking for a special sponsor to support this plan. There’s the potential for media coverage and a certainty for brightening the lives of children across the state. Inquire with jenna @ foradayfoundation.org for details.

Keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram!

If you’re on a desktop, look for the “Locations” tab on Facebook to follow your local chapter (this is a new feature for us & is not available on mobile)


A HUGE thanks to Foundation Medicine employees

for hosting a supply drive and raising over $2,000 for superhero capes and tiaras!