Philanthropy Friday: A Kid Again

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Where a Child With A Life-Threatening Illness Is A Kid Again. A Kid Again began in 1995 as Adventures For Wish Kids, in Columbus, Ohio. Their quest was to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses, as well as their families, by providing healing times of respite through fun-filled group adventures year round. That year, two adventures took place for almost 500 attendees. By 2008, the organization grew to serve almost 1,500 children who were being treated at Children’s Hospitals in Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland. As the organization grew across the state, they decided to apply for a service mark to own the name nationwide. However, to their dismay, they were denied by the Federal Trademark office and as a result had to change their name.

Instead of picking a new name on their own they went straight to the source asking the parents of the children they serve to contribute their thoughts and ideas. Parents shared that upon learning their child had a life-threatening illness they were devastated, and after watching their child go through chemo, lengthy hospital stays, surgery, and everything else that accompanies the illness, they had one dream; for their child to be a kid again. On January 1, 2009 they received a nationwide service mark and grew up to be… A Kid Again.

Adventures of a Lifetime

There are two sets of criteria for a child to have an adventure: 1) The child is under the age of 20 years; and, 2) A doctor diagnoses the child as having a life-threatening illness. If those two criteria are met, the ill child qualifies for the program. Together with their siblings and parents they can begin their adventures of a lifetime. With the whole family involved, everyone experiences the healing and supportive times of respite, leaving the hospital and illnesses behind to be … A Kid Again! Adventures take place at exciting family-friendly destinations like Kings Island, Cedar Point, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Charles Penzone’s Grand Salons, a year-end holiday party and so much more.

Enriching Lives: Theirs and Yours

Volunteers are invited to help plan and carry out the exciting events for A Kid Again children and their families. They also help to plan and produce spectacular fundraising activities, from acquiring items, to registering attendees, to decorating at the event. Volunteers make it all happen! To find out the various ways you can get involved visit their website.

Miracles and Magic and Ways You Can Help

A Kid Again enjoys partnerships with some amazing corporations, incredible volunteers and leaders who enable them to serve even more children and families. They are currently seeking local and national partners that will allow for their continued growth allowing them to assist children outside the state of Ohio.

On-line donations can also be made to support local children. Make an on-line donation for Columbus children on their website.

Their largest annual fundraiser, A Kid Again Gala, takes place October 17, 2009 at the Aladdin Shrine Center. Individuals are invited to attend, donate an item or volunteer to plan and assure the success of this event. This year, co-chairs Greg Scheid, VP/GM Kings Island and Clerk Kellogg, CBS Lead Commentator will be honored. The event presents hundreds of items for auction and 600 attendees are expected. Corporate tables are a great way to support this wonderful event and individual reservations are available. For information email Renee.

Be on the lookout next spring, for Miracles and Magic at the Capitol Theater. It’s an annual event filled with illusion and comedy raising money for A Kid Again.

Pieces of the Puzzle

A Kid Again is likened to an amazing puzzle. Each puzzle piece has a different color, shape and size. Their puzzle is made up of extraordinary Board leaders, ten person statewide staff, generous donors, and incredible volunteers. Every one plays an important role. If one piece is removed, the puzzle is incomplete. But assemble all the pieces and a magnificent gift to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families is created. It is truly a sight to behold!

To read a touching behind the scenes story about A Kid Again and to see more photos visit www.columbusimpressions.com.

For more information on A Kid Again visit www.akidagain.org.

Philanthropy Friday is a feature article by columbus imPRessions that will highlight a Columbus area non-profit organization every other week.

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