The idea for Chasin A Dream Foundation began five years ago when a few locals started a toy drive for children battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Lori Griffith, the founder, along with an amazing team built this into a huge community event, highlighting the need in our community to help others.
Kiting for Kids is one of our signature events and the reason for its success is simply: locals helping locals. It’s the community coming together to take care of and support sick children that didn’t ask for their diagnoses. The community sees the faces of our warriors and are driven to help heal their spirits.
We are taking Kiting for Kids and building upon its success to further support our families throughout the year, not just during the holiday season. The value that sick children place on a new donated toy cannot be underestimated. They hold onto that toy when they are scared, especially during procedures, they cling to that toy to calm their fears as they walk into the hospital for yet another round of treatments and or surgeries. They hold tight to that toy as they try to sleep in an unfamiliar environment. This is why it is so important to continue to support these brave faces year round.
At Chasin A Dream Foundation, we are planning events year round where your donations will go directly to the children and their families, giving your generous gifts maximum impact. And through Chasin a Dream Photography, we will share with you the visual journey and story of each of these local children battling disease. You will be able to follow their treatments and progress as they face their most difficult challenges in their conquest for good health.
Many times families struggle to keep up financially when a child is given a devastating diagnosis. Parents often times feel helpless when faced with critical pediatric illness, and they are forced to make difficult choices between paying necessary medical bills so that their children can receive critical treatment, or paying their mortgage, utilities, groceries, fuel and even holiday and birthday gifts. At Chasin A Dream Foundation we aim to help ease the families financial impact in the form of short-term financial relief, so the parents can focus on supporting their children at the bedside.
By working with our established community resources and local business partners, we can help ease the stress of families when their children are sick.