For 20 years, our Foundation has assisted over 400 children each year with grants of equipment, by sharing items for rehabilitation and referring families to partner organizations working to meet a variety of challenges for medically fragile children.
The Foundation staff is comprised of a full time Executive Director, Development Director and a part time program coordinator. Dedicated volunteers assist with administrative and fund raising projects to supplement the work of the small staff. A Medical Advisory Board and community Board of Directors guide the Foundation’s policies and operations.
The ages of children we aid range from birth to twenty-one but the majority of the children we serve are between two and ten years old. It is a privilege for our staff and volunteers to assist families through programs that help them bridge the gap between what insurance and governmental programs will cover and what they truly need to thrive.
Healthcare Grants Program:
The Foundation provides equipment to safely transport a medically fragile child without injuring them or their caregivers, as well as specialized equipment for daily care such as:
- Wheelchair lift for the family van, stair-lifts, and overhead lifting systems*
- Ramps to transport children from home to vehicle
- Specialized Car seats
- Communication Aids
- Toileting and Bathing Systems
*Please note: The Foundation will consider a one time “Transportation Grant” to support families requiring assistance to adapt a van for a wheelchair lift or in need of a van with a factory-installed lift; families may apply annually for other durable medical goods annually unrelated to transportation. .
The Loaned Equipment Program:
- Specialized Strollers
- Positioning and Feeding Chairs
- Gait Trainers
- Therapy Benches
- Therapeutic Tricycles & Bikes
- Portable Ramps
- All-Terrain Wheelchairs
Families may receive one Healthcare Grant of equipment and up to two pieces of loaner equipment per year, for as long as the equipment is helping the child achieve his or her therapeutic or quality of life goals.
Fragile Kids Foundation launched a new program in 2010 to support our many partner agencies with equipment to be shared by many children–seating, therapy bikes and assistive technology. 501(c)3 organizations may apply for equipment and supply aid for respite programs, special-needs schools, day camps for medically fragile children and other 501(c)3 programs serving medically fragile children in a group setting. For an application for the Partners Program Grant, click here.