Some programs focus on providing support to assist families with funeral expenses following the loss of a child. Other programs provide fun events and celebrations for siblings of critically ill children. All of these programs are inspired by our work with families over the years.
Eric Cares Donate to the Eric Cares Program
Honoring Children Following a Loss
Eric Cares is a program focused on providing support to assist families with funeral expenses following the loss of a child. After losing their own son Eric, parents Mike and Melody Jamali established Eric Cares, a program of There With Care, to help families celebrate and commemorate the beautiful life of their child.
In the Denver Metro Area, more than 420 children lose their battle with a long-term illness every year. According to our research, more than one third of families who have lost a child approach a social worker or other organization for assistance with funeral resources or defraying costs.
All monetary donations to Eric Cares are tax-deductible and used directly to help families defray the costs associated with their child’s funeral service so they can honor and celebrate the life of their child.
Donate to the Eric Cares Program
Madelene Cares Donate to the Madelene Cares Program
Supporting Siblings of Children Facing Critical Illness
Heartfelt Hugs by Madelene Cares is a program that provides fun events and celebrations for siblings of critically ill children. This organization was created by 15 year old Madelene Kleinhans, the sibling of a little brother with cancer.
In April of 2010, when Madelene was 8, her brother Addison began to complain of tired legs, had night sweats and excessive bruising. When he was diagnosed with leukemia, the entire family’s normal life drastically changed. Addison had to undergo 38 months of daily chemo which often meant that Madelene had to spend her own birthday or holidays at the cancer clinic instead of at home celebrating with her friends and family. In 2011, Madelene decided to start a support group for children whose siblings are battling cancer or have a critical illness.
Heartfelt Hugs by Madelene Cares meets every two months for a 2-4 hour for a fun outing, where each child feels special and can escape their sibling’s illness for an afternoon. All attention is focused on the sibling as they participate in events such as an afternoon at the pumpkin patch, a roller skating pizza party or a big outdoor picnic birthday party where each sibling gets to celebrate their birthday complete with cake and presents.
The families come to the group through Children’s Hospital Colorado, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL and other hospitals and hospice organizations. Madelene and the other members of Heartfelt Hugs are so grateful for your donations to make sure that no sibling is unable to attend an event.Donate to the Madelene Cares Program
Kyra Cares Donate to the Kyra Cares Program
Helping children with rare conditions access care
Some children have medical conditions that are so rare that doctors struggle to diagnose, let alone, treat them. These families are navigating the unknown, often incurring unimaginable tolls. The purpose of the Kyra Cares program is to help guide these families toward the specialized care that children with rare conditions require.
Kyra endured eight years of health complications due to an unidentified neurological autoimmune disease. Thanks to treatment advances, she was able to seize so much joy during the last two years of her life. Kyra died in July of 2017 but her spirit and light live on through all who love her. The Kyra Cares program is a manifestation of this love. She was a rare child with a rare condition and she very much wished for us to try and help other children like her. The Kyra Cares program supports families and science. Kyra would have loved that.Donate to the Kyra Cares Program
Care Letters Donate to the Care Letters Program
Let Families Know That They Are Not Alone In Their Crisis
Care Letters is a year-round written word program providing letters, poems, and other forms of encouragement & support to children and families facing critical illness. Our mission is to provide comfort and hope to these families during a difficult and often isolated time.
Holiday Care Letters is a seasonal program, sending festive, colorful letters to critically ill children, as well as their brothers and sisters who love and support them along the way. During the holiday season we assist the North Pole team in delivering special holiday letters to children. Our variety of letters, from Santa Claus and other Holiday models of hope & joy, are non-faith-oriented and support children of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Care Letters let families know that they are not alone in their crisis.Donate to the Care Letters Program