The whole world has stepped into the life of a pediatric cancer family.
Covid-19 is a time of "firsts" for many of us. For pediatric cancer families, it's life as usual. Staying inside. Washing hands and constant disinfecting. The fear of a simple sneeze leading to the ICU. The economic uncertainty. Restlessness. Loneliness. Fear.
For a Day Foundation has served kids with cancer for 20 years in June. In our standard programming, we host themed parties in hospital playrooms, like Queen & Hero for a Day, to bring back a little piece of what cancer took: a normal childhood. In 20 years, we've served over 8,000 children!
Because of Covid-19, hospitals have severely restricted vistor access and volunteer programs. Siblings under 18 aren't allowed at all. Sometimes, only one parent can visit at a time. Even hospital staff has to limit their interaction with patients - all to decrease the risk of transmission to kids with compromised immune systems.
Since hospitals have paused visits like ours indefinitely, we recognize the heightened importance of continuing to provide engagement to patients and their families. Using this challenge as an opportunity, FADF aims to grow stronger, reach more kids, and expand further because of the unique circumstances.
As a result, we're compiling a variety of online and hands-on activities to distract, educate, and entertain. We'll be using funds to send activities to hospitals to distribute to patients, and possibly even directly to patients. We've created an online library of content geared specifically to hospitalized kids and we continue to research methods of providing stress-reducing activities within Covid-sensitive parameters.
We've even established new partnerships with other organizations serving pediatric cancer patients to increase our reach and our impact.
This Go Fund Me campaign will keep us in business as we pivot our programs to an online platform and rearrange our 2020 fundraising plans. While we applied for PPP relief, the application has yet to be processed. The CARES Act passed on March 27 included a little known relief for donors: an additional $300 per individual above-the-line deduction for those who take the standard deduction on their personal tax returns ($600/married couple). For those who itemize their deductions, the adjusted gross income cap for individual taxpayers has been suspended, which increases the cap from 60 percent to 100 percent of adjusted gross income. The cap for corporations has been increased from 10 percent to 25 percent. Please consult with your tax advisor on how this may affect your personal income tax for 2021. Thank you, in advance, for any donation you can give. EVERY PENNY HELPS.
With your support, we will come out of this situation even stronger than before, and having a broader impact on the community of pediatric cancer patients.