Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is KIDS THAT CARE?
KIDS THAT CARE, also known as KIDS THAT CARE PEDIATRIC & CANCER FUND, is an all volunteer "kid-run" organization committed to improving the lives of children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
2) What motivated the creation of KIDS THAT CARE?
In 1994, five year old Kyle Amber began selling stickers to raise money to establish a bone marrow transplant unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital while his ten year old brother Ian was fighting leukemia. As Ian's health improved the two of them realized how much more needed to be done to help youngsters fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
KIDS THAT CARE was founded by Kyle and Ian Amber as an outlet for students to help critically ill children. Our philosophy is that you cannot compare the donation of a millionaire with that of a group of youngsters working diligently to raise $100. KIDS THAT CARE makes sure that in addition to rewarding large donations, children putting forth their maximum effort receive the public recognition and awards they deserve.3) What are some examples of children who have been helped by KIDS THAT CARE?
Children at cancer clinics all over Miami receive toys from the KIDS THAT CARE "Ouch Box" every time they visit the doctor. Children who can't afford the clothing they stain during chemotherapy receive clothes from KIDS THAT CARE. Pediatric oncology patients and their siblings call their KIDS THAT CARE peer counselors to share their experiences. Jared, a heart transplant patient, received a trip to Sea World. Reynaldo, in end-stage renal disease, received a used car for his mother to take him to his appointments. Mariel, a leukemia patient, received a trip to visit her family who lived out of town. Stephanie received a party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her heart transplant. Virginia, a cancer patient, received money to pay for additional anti-nausea medication that was not covered by insurance.
4) What are some examples of KIDS THAT CARE fund raising projects?
There are many ongoing fund raising projects. Individuals and groups may join a KIDS THAT CARE project or create their own, such as the annual Palmetto Elementary School bake sale for KIDS THAT CARE. There are toy drives, clothing drives, bake sales, sew-a-thons, garage sales, Stick It to Cancer Day, basketball tournaments, Bar/Bat Mitzvah projects, church flea markets, and the Memorial and Honor Program.
5) Does KIDS THAT CARE receive any support from other not-for-profit organizations?
KIDS THAT CARE has received support from other not-for-profit organizations such as the Health Foundation of South Florida, the Miami Dolphins Foundation, the Florida Marlins Foundation, and the Ben & Jerry's Foundation.
6) What are the goals of KIDS THAT CARE?
- Our immediate goal is to improve the lives of children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses... one child at a time.
- Our long term goal is to establish an umbilical cord blood bank in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
- Our ultimate goal is to eradicate childhood cancer.
All donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowable by law. KIDS THAT CARE is affiliated with the Jackson Memorial Foundation, an approved IRS 501(c)(3) charity with Federal Tax ID # 65-00077727. The foundation is also registered with the State of Florida Certificate #23-08-390179-56C. KIDS THAT CARE will acknowledge gifts upon receipt and provide proper documentation for IRS purposes.
8) Are there categories and levels of donations?
All donations are very much appreciated. No amount is too large or too small. Donors giving $50,000 or more become members of the Golden Angel Society, Jackson Memorial Foundation's prestigious donor recognition club. Members are celebrated for their generosity with a series of honors, privileges and invitations to a variety of functions held throughout the year. Golden Angels receive recognition at the Jackson Memorial Foundation's annual gala and other special events, with privileges provided by the Foundation at Jackson Memorial Hospital. They also receive VIP patient privileges provided by the Foundation at the hospital for themselves and their families.
9) How can I make a donation?
You can make an online donation using a credit card by visiting our Donations page and following the instructions on the page.
You can also send a check or money order to:
KIDS THAT CARE
7731 SW 62nd Ave, Suite 202
South Miami, FL 33143