Our Foundation Partners

Our Foundation Partners
American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education advocacy and service. We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, get well, find a cure and fight back.

Phone: (518) 220-6907
Contact: Jeff Winters
Email: jeffrey.winters@cancer.org

American Cancer Society HopeClub:

Our mission is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer (men, women, teens and children along with their families and friends). Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.

HopeClub provides social and emotional support to persons touched by cancer. Services include support and networking groups, social activities, wellness programs like yoga, Qigong and Reiki, and educational programs. Kids Club provides support to children and teens touched by cancer. Membership to HopeClub is free. HopeClub on the Go takes the program to locations in Albany’s south end, Troy and Rotterdam.

Phone: (518) 782-9833
Email: tracy.pitcher@cancer.org

American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association is committed to our mission to build healthier lives of free cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Contact: Kim Sheedy (Heart Walk Director)
Phone: (518) 626-8757
Fax: (518) 459-3952

American Heart Association’s Cardiac Kids Connection:

The American Heart Association's Cardiac Kids Connection helps families connect with other families who have experienced a similar situation.

Phone: (518) 869-4043
Email: kim.sheedy@heart.org

Bridging People and Places:

The mission of Bridging People and Places is to bring individuals, organizations, and corporations together for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of others. Bridging People and Places connects those willing to volunteer their time or service with programs designed to bring comfort to others during difficult times.

Phone: (518) 583-3734
Email: bridgingpeoplelt@aol.com

Bus Stop Club:

Picture this...You have a 13-year-old son with Autism. You spend a great deal of time caring for your child, and he is making progress every day. You go above and beyond to care for him. Each morning is a struggle while you get him ready for school, make his breakfast, and pack his bag. Regardless, you do everything that you can to help him to be successful because he is your son. Then, you go to work. When you return home, it will be time for dinner, homework, and getting ready for bed.

Your 10-year-old daughter is a great help at home. She washes dishes, folds the laundry, and helps to prepare dinner. She is doing okay in school. However, you notice that she becomes easily frustrated at home. Lately, she has been getting upset at her brother for little things. She thinks it is her Autistic brother who gets all the attention from you. What can you do to help this child? Where can a family in this situation turn?

Welcome to “The Bus Stop Club” is a FREE program for siblings (ages 7 to 15) of chronically ill, mentally disabled or physically handicapped children. Monthly sessions allow siblings to share experiences, to ask questions, and to learn about the disease process that their brother or sister is experiencing. It also includes fun activities such as swimming, basketball, arts n’ crafts, as well as group trips to area sporting and community events. The monthly meetings currently take place at area YMCAs.

Meetings are staffed by volunteer Social Workers, Physicians, and other qualified staff in an effort to enable these kids to express their feelings in a casual group setting. Siblings can play games, eat pizza, and just be kids. It allows children to learn from other children. It also allows them to see that they are not alone and that other kids may be struggling the same issues and feelings. 

Living with a sibling with an illness is very common. In fact, there are over 25,000 chronically ill children in the Capital District alone. Siblings often feel as if they are overly responsible for helping the family or like they are missing out on many opportunities that other kids can enjoy. The Bus Stop Club meetings allow them to have fun, experience new things, and build their self-esteem. Their mission is to provide support to empower these siblings to cope with adverse life events they may face because they have a sibling with an illness or disability.

If your family is in a similar situation or if you know a family who could benefit from this program, visit www.busstopclub.com for more information. You can also email the “Bus Stop Club” at info@busstopclub.com.

Contact: Angela Tobin
Phone: (518) 221-4402

Cancer Information Service of New York:

The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service is the foremost source for the latest and most accurate cancer information for patients and their families, the public, and health professionals.

Phone: (518) 271-3534
Fax: (518) 271-3459

Camp Erin Albany:

Camp Erin is a free weekend overnight camp for children and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one. Fowler Camp and Retreat Center is located on Sacandaga Lake in Speculator, NY, and transportation will be provided from Rotterdam, NY.

Staffed by Community Hospice bereavement counselors, nurses, and trained community volunteers, it combines traditional, fun, high energy camp activities with grief education and support. Campers have the opportunity to remember their loved ones, develop coping skills and enjoy a positive camp experience. 
Camp Erin is free to all campers ages 6 through 17 who have experienced a loss in their lifetime, regardless of whether or not their loved one was a Hospice patient.

Phone: (518) 285-8189
Email: Tara.Hempel@sphp.com

Catie Hoch Foundation:

The Catie Hoch Foundation is dedicated to helping kids take a break from cancer. Children are treated to a day off from the hospital and encouraged to do something fun. The Foundation pays for housing during treatment and purchases medical equipment for doctors researching pediatric cancer.

The Children’s Hospital at AMC:

The Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center brings together the full array of pediatric, medical and surgical specialties essential to caring for critically ill children. The Children's Hospital is the only hospital of northeastern New York and western New England that is just for kids. It serves 35,000 children each year.

Phone: (518) 262-3125

Community Hospice:

A member of St. Peter's Health Care Services, serving the Capital Region: Albany, Amsterdam, Columbia/Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga & Schenectady. Our mission is to serve seriously ill people and their families during the process of dying and grieving and to enhance quality of life with comprehensive, compassionate services that respect the dignity of those we serve.

Phone: (518) 724-0200

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives.  The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle. The CFF's focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure.

Phone: (518) 453-3583
Email: dclark@cff.org

Donna M. Crandall Memorial Foundation:

Created as a tribute to her enduring spirit and determination, The Donna M. Crandall Memorial Foundation's mission remains simple: to positively impact the lives of those affected by Cystic Fibrosis (CF).  Just as it was when it began in January 2000, the Foundation remains a family-run organization, with no overhead or administrative costs, relying entirely on the generosity of donors.  Gift Bag Programs, Hospital Room Expense programs and Financial Assistance are an essential part of the Foundation’s ongoing effort to help make life with CF a little more tolerable.

Phone: (518) 453-6369

Double “H” Hole in the Woods Ranch:

Double "H" Hole in the Woods Ranch provides specialized programs and year round support for children and their families dealing with life threatening illnesses. Our purpose is to enrich their lives and provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. All programs are free of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.

Phone: (518) 696-5676
Email: myurenda@doublehranch.org

Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast New York:

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast New York will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research.

Phone: (518) 456-7501 or (800) 894-3223
Fax: (518) 452-1282
Email: lkidd@epilepsyneny.org

Gabby Rocco – Let it Shine:

This is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to supporting the immediate and long-term spiritual and physical needs of families throughout Saratoga County who are grieving the death of a child or sibling from birth to 18 years old. Parents can receive financial assistance for funeral and burial expenses. The whole-family is offered “time-outs from grief,” and resources are available to help preserve the memories of the child. In addition, grieving families are offered comfort, support, and encouragement. Comfort For Those Who Mourn a Precious Child is the foundation’s non-denominational Christian bereavement support group offered to families free of charge. 

Phone: (518) 867-1559
Email: info@gabbyroccofoundation.org

Haven Grief Counseling Center:

Haven Grief Counseling Center devotes itself exclusively to ministering to the needs of the bereaved and those experiencing other life losses.

Phone: (518) 370-1666

Let Hope Live:

Let Hope Live (aka The Andrew Christian Bryce Foundation) was established to help encourage and help "let hope live" in the lives of children to age 21 with serious illnesses.

Phone: (518) 273-8020
Email: hope@lethopelive.org

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:

Dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS services include support groups, a peer-to-peer phone support program, two financial assistance programs, a National Information Resource Center Hotline (800) 955-4572; and free educational materials and programs about blood cancers. Our local chapter is the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter, located in Albany, NY.

Phone: (518) 438-3583
Information Resource Center Phone: (800) 955-4572
Email: maureen.thornton@lls.org

Living Resources:

Living Resources began in 1974 in Schenectady, NY with a single group home for people with developmental disabilities. Today, the agency has grown to provide a wide range of innovative programs and services for people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries and their families throughout the Capital/Saratoga Region and in Westchester County.

Phone: (518) 218-0000
Email: slovelock@livingresources.org

Maddie’s Mark:

Maddie’s Mark Foundation was established in early 2012 to honor Madeline Musto. An independent, vibrant 5 year old who was taken away from the world too quickly by an inoperable brain stem tumor (DIPG). The foundation's mission is to spread Madeline's spirit by providing opportunities, creating environments, and enabling children and families live a life of 'best days ever'.

The goals of the foundation are a reflection of Madeline’s outlook on life. All support and donations will be going toward these goals:
  • Maddie’s Mark provides ‘best days ever’ for children suffering from major illness, and provides support for their families;
  • Maddie’s Mark actively encourages child enrichment, through financial grants to improve public and private entertainment, educational and athletic facilities for children - including schools, parks, playgrounds, and theatres; and,
  • Maddie's Mark honors Madeline’s legacy and love of learning through a scholarship program, to provide meaningful and significant financial assistance to remarkable young women.
Email: erin@maddiesmark.org

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York:

This organization grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Phone: (518) 782-4673
Email: wtrigg@neny.wish.org

Myles of Smyles Foundation:

Dedicated to “putting happy faces in needed places" for families in the Northeastern United States facing life-threatening challenges.

Executive Director Laurel McAdoo founded and leads this organization in honor of the memory of her son, Myles McAdoo of Delmar, NY, who passed away in July, 2012 after his second battle with brain cancer.  Bolstered by the love and support of myriad volunteers from all walks of life, this young non-profit organization is thriving in fulfilling its mission to support families facing life-threatening challenges.

Email: laurelmcadoo@gmail.com

The Kidney Foundation of Northeast New York:

Our mission is to prevent kidney and urinary disease, enhance the health and well-being of individuals and increase the availability of organs for transplantation.

Phone: (518) 458-9697
Fax: (518) 458-9690
Email: carol@nkfneny.org

Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation:

The mission of ‘Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation, Inc.’ is to support pediatric blood cancer patients as well as serve the young adult blood cancer community. We strive to improve quality of life by promoting well-being, reducing stress within the entire family, and providing resources to help children with blood cancer lead fun and fulfilling lives.

Services provided include financial support (request through The Melodies Center’s social worker,) comfort bags for ages 10-25 (requested through The Melodies Center’s child life specialist; electronic refresh for DVDs and video games in clinic; partially fund clinic’s child life specialist position.

Janine De Tillio Cammarata
Phone: (518) 466-5558
Email: info@fighttobehealed.org

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The Oley Foundation:

Striving to enrich the lives of those living with home intravenous nutrition and tube feeding through education, advocacy, and networking.

Founded in 1983 by Lyn Howard, MD and her patient, Clarence “Oley” Oldenburg, the Oley Foundation is a national, independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to enrich the lives of patients dependent on home intravenous nutrition (parenteral) and tube feeding (enteral) through education, advocacy, and networking. The Foundation also serves as a resource for consumer’s families, clinicians and industry representatives, and other interested parties. Programs are directed by the staff and guidance is provided by a board of dedicated professionals and patients.

Phone: (518) 262-5079
Fax: (518) 262-5528
Email: oleyfoundation@gmail.com
Website: www.oley.org

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region:

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region provides comfort, support and respite for families of seriously ill children in a compassionate and home-like environment. We do this through the operation of the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Albany Medical Center. We enhance the lives of children throughout our community by awarding grants to programs that directly benefit children.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. promotes the health, development and well-being of children and their families. Our three core programs are as follows: the Ronald McDonald House of Albany – A home away from home for families of seriously-ill children being treated at nearby hospitals, the Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center – A haven located just steps from the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, the Family Room provides a place to escape the stress and tension of the hospital. and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – Operated in partnership with St. Peters Health Care Services, is a 45 ft long mobile dental office complete with two dental suites which provides free comprehensive dental care to underserved, underinsured or uninsured children in the Capital Region.

Phone: (518) 438-2655
Fax: (518) 459-6529
Email: dross@rmhcofalbany.org 

Rosie’s Love:

Rosie's Love provides emotional and financial support to children and their families when they receive a diagnosis of a life threatening illness and are undergoing treatment at the The Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

Phone: (518) 448-5683
Email: rosieslove@verizon.net

St. Catherine's Center for Children:

A haven for hope offering services, treatment and education for our community's most at-risk children and families in order to heal and preserve family life.  St. Catherine’s Center for Children's multi-service programs address issues of homelessness, child abuse and neglect, family instability, and special education.

Phone: (518) 453-6757
Email: jmorehouse@st-cath.org

St. Jude Research Hospital:

St. Jude Research Hospital is the world's premier center for research and treatment of leukemia and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Our world renowned physicians and scientists have revolutionized leukemia treatments in children since 1962.

Phone: (518) 452-6800

Starlight Children’s Foundation:

Starlight brings together experts from pediatric health care, technology and entertainment to create programs that help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families. Unlike any other charity, Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings that enable us to provide ongoing support for children and families — from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment. Whether it’s helping to pass long hours in a hospital, learning more about a disease or just having the chance to make special memories together as a family, Starlight’s programs help children and families cope with the challenges they face daily.

Phone: (518) 368-7568
Fax: (518) 935-9080
Email: shaina@starlightnyc.org

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital:

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital is a 104 bed regional hospital serving as many as 10,000 inpatients and outpatients annually. Sunnyview is the most comprehensive rehabilitation hospital in the region, serving children and adults, and is one of only four such hospitals in all of New York State.

Phone: (518) 382-4543

Wave Riders - A weekly support group for grieving families:

The Community Hospice's Wave Riders program is a free weekly support group for grieving families with children or teens, aged 3-17 years old.  
Working in small groups facilitated by the professional bereavement staff of Community Hospice, children can recognize and express their feelings in a safe and caring environment, receive guidance and support as they adapt to changes in their lives and families, and build self-esteem by validating the normal feelings of grief.

Phone: (518) 285-8137
Email: Dana.Carll@sphp.com

The YMCA Circle of Champs:

YMCA Circle of Champs (Guilderland Branch) is a Capital Region YMCA program dedicated to improving the quality of life for children who have been touched by a life threatening illness. Our program offers unique year round activities that provide support and fun to the Champs child, their siblings and parents.

Phone: (518) 456-3634
Website: www.cdymca.org 
Email: jjura@cdymca.org
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