In just over two years, ConKerr Cancer has …
•Delivered over 240,000 cheerful pillowcases to sick children in hospitals across the country.
•Established 117 chapters (so far!) serving children in 203 hospitals and pediatric hospices across the United States, Canada, South Africa, UK and Israel.
•Recruited thousands of volunteers – young and old - to sew and donate pillowcases.
•Recognized nationally by Martha Stewart, Omni Media, Talbots, Bank of America, Pfaff, and Loreal.
ConKerr Cancer started when Cindy Kerr’s son was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and she began making pillowcases to brighten up his hospital room and to put a smile on his face. He loved it and so she began making pillowcases for other children on the Oncology Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Since then the pillowcase project, A Case for Smiles, has grown in amazing ways. We have provided over 240,000 pillowcases made by thousands of volunteers from across North America and in South Africa. School groups, sewing circles, church groups and fabric stores have all pitched in and are making pillowcases for the kids. An exciting new program has been to take fabric and sewing machines to hospitals and sew with the patients and their families.
ConKerr Cancer has been able to make amazing progress towards fulfilling our goal of making hospital stays as pleasant as possible for chronically ill children and their parents. Simultaneously the pillowcase project has fostered a spirit of community and volunteer service in communities across North America. Unfortunately the number of sick children never ends, and we must continue to expand our efforts to help brighten patients’ lives and raise awareness about childhood cancer.
Our goal is to give a bright cheery pillowcase to every seriously ill child in North America by 2012. In addition, we are expanding internationally with chapters in Canada & South Africa.
ConKerr Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.
All donations of money, materials, and pillowcases are tax deductible under current IRS rules.
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