Kids Healing Kids
Kids Healing Kids® is a volunteer choir of students in third, fourth, and fifth grade from West Ottawa Public Schools in Holland, Michigan. Kids Healing Kids choir sings to make a difference in the lives of children having to deal with the everyday burdens of illness. We make videos for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, offering hope and encouragement. These videos are distributed free of charge upon request, to hospitals and individuals all over the world.
We Have Important Work To Do!
Kids Healing Kids is a nonprofit organization. We are able to distribute videos for free because of the generosity of the community and local businesses, who donate funds and services to us. All donations are tax deductible. All businesses and persons donating are advertised as being a sponsor on our video.
Kids Healing Kids has received numerous awards including:
- Allegan-Ottawa County Group Award for Volunteerism (1995)
- The Governor’s Community Service Award as an Exemplary Youth Organization in the state (1995)
- The Points of Light Citation — from the Points of Light Foundation and President Clinton (One of 28 Nationwide) (1996)
- The Meijer Monument Award (for which they were featured in a commercial on FOX-TV) (1997)
- The Herman Coleman Award — from the Michigan Education Association (1996)
- National Communicator Award for Film (1997)
- Life Savers® Take A Bigger Role Awards Finalist (1996)
- Golden Hive Award from Holland Community Hospital (1998)
- Wal-Mart Corporation grant in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day (1998)
Kids Healing Kids have participated in the following events:
- American Cancer Society Relay for Life (1994, 2002, 2003)
- Created TV commercial for Holland Area Volunteer Center (1994)
- Holland Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast Meeting (1995)
- Michigan State Service Learning Convention in Lansing (1995)
- Holland Hospital Physicians Recognition Dinner (1996)
- Hospice Annual Meeting (1996)
- National Service Learning Convention in Detroit (1996)
- Eleventh Annual Clergy Symposium (1996)
- Lighting of Holland Centennial Park for Christmas (1996-2003)
- Tulip Time Parade (1997-1999)
- 4 C’s Breakfast (1997)
- Trendway Employee Appreciation Night (1997)
- United Way Santa Luncheon (1997)
- National Make a Difference Day (1997-1998)
- Challenge of the Children Conference (1998-1999)
- National Symposium of Partners in Education (1999)
- Hope College Dance Marathon (2000-2001, 2003, 2004)
Kids Healing Kids – Additional Resources
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
The mission of Gilda’s Club is to provide meeting places where men, women, and children living with cancer and their families and friends can join with others to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda’s Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops, and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting.
Candlelighter’s Childhood Cancer Foundation
Candlelighter’s Childhood Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide information and awareness for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to advocate for their needs, and to support research so every child survives and leads a long and healthy life.
Hospice Foundation of America’s mission is to provide leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the American health care system and the role of hospice within it. Hospice Foundation meets its mission by conducting programs of professional development, public education and information, research, publications and health policy issues. Their programs for heath care professionals assist those who cope either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief, and are offered on a national or regional basis. Their programs for the public assist individual consumers of health care who are coping with issues of caregiving, terminal illness, and grief.
Hospice is a concept of caring derived from medieval times, symbolizing a place where travelers, pilgrims and the sick, wounded or dying could find rest and comfort. The contemporary hospice offers a comprehensive program of care to patients and families facing a life threatening illness. Hospice is primarily a concept of care, not a specific place of care.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
By creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is working to better the lives of children and their families around the world.
The three core programs of RMHC – the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – are focused on helping families in need. Their cornerstone Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room program extends the comfort of a Ronald McDonald House to a hospital setting. Typically located just steps from neonatal or pediatric intensive care units, the Family Room provides a place to escape the stress and tension of the hospital.
Through relationships with local health care providers, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program brings cost-effective medical, dental and health education services directly to underserved children in both rural and urban areas around the world.
In addition to supporting the core programs, RMHC and their global network of local chapters in 48 countries have awarded more than $400 million dollars in grants and program services worldwide to make an immediate, positive impact on as many children as possible.
We Make A Difference!