Who we are and what we do:
The Brain Child Fund is a non-profit company that coaches parents to build a sustainable support structure around every special needs child to help them finish strong.
Why this approach is so effective:
Healing the hearts, restoring HOPE and equipping parents to address the roots of problems instead of the fruit. This empowers parents, teachers, and medical professionals to engage and overcome.
Tree of Hope is a registered charity which offers a fundraising framework for parents seeking specialist treatment, therapy, and equipment for their children which is not available via state provision.
Working in partnership with our fundraising families, Tree of Hope supports over 1,000 individual campaigns, providing the governance and financial capability to allow parents to fundraise professionally and legitimately. It is not possible for a charity to be established to support one child, but having a Tree of Hope campaign allows parents to fundraise with a registered charity, specifically for the benefit of their child.
HOSTS for HOSPITALS host-home lodging is available for all patient-families without restriction to age, race, religion, family size, type of illness, length of stay, geographic origin or medical institution, provided the guests:
- have a permanent home to which to return
- can take care of themselves at the host-home
- are coming from out-of-town in association with someone receiving medical care in the Greater Philadelphia area
- are unlikely to put the hosts at any risk in any manner
A patient-family may include any individual who comes to town in support of the patient. Patients may be guests if they are independent, whether by themselves or the help of a support person.
Angel Flight East (AFE) is Pennsylvania’s first & largest provider of free air transportation for medically needy patients. Harry Morales, a general aviation pilot, wanted to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. He founded Angel Flight East, with the help of Jeff Kahn and Joe Staples, among others. Their vision and commitment to the principles of public benefit flying drove the dynamic force of what was to become AFE. Immediately, the organization began to fill the gap between the need to access crucial medical care at a distance and the high cost of transportation to get there. In 1993, the first year of operations, AFE’s small band of new volunteer pilots flew 17 flights. Today, 900 to 950 flights are flown each year in the Northeastern United States. We encourage you to visit https://angelflighteast.org/resources/ for additional organizations assisting families in need of help and support.
Fred’s Footsteps helps working families stay on their feet through a child’s illness or injury. We provide direct financial assistance for non-medical expenses (such as household bills) to make up for gaps in income, as well as one-time extraordinary expenses like medical equipment or home modifications. We are the only program in the region that provides this type of bridge—not just momentary help—to families during their time of need.
Hospitality Homes is a nonprofit organization that provides short-term housing in volunteer host homes for families and friends of patients receiving medical care in the Boston area. Our services are free of charge and are made possible by the generosity of our volunteer hosts and supporters. Founded in 1983, Hospitality Homes was the first program of its kind in the nation. Since then we have served more than 15,300 families. The need for convenient, caring, and cost-free accommodations for patients’ family members increases every year.
Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries, or brain injuries. Our team was created so we can provide answers and all types of assistance needed to help improve the quality of life for loved ones and family members with cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Group provides FREE support and useful resources to individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
The Kolbe Fund works with hotels near medical facilities to provide private and comfortable accommodations during stressful times. Monthly, they fund between 50 and 100 nights of lodging for families in need, totaling more than 1,000 nights since 2013.
According to United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), there are about 8,000 cerebral palsy cases in the United States each year. Cerebral palsy does not improve or worsen as a child grows, but its complications can cause additional health problems. The Birth Injury Justice Center was created to provide guidance and support to children with cerebral palsy and their loved ones. Our main goal is to help families get the assistance they need to improve their overall quality of life.