considerations of palliative and hospice care for dying children
are unique. Sadly the need for such care is not rare. In the US alone more
than 50,000 children become terminally ill every year, whether
from disease or congenital
Yet many hospitals lack the specially
trained staff that are needed, and this is a gap that the
Foundation seeks to fill.
made a grant of $20,000 to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing to
facilitate their pediatric hospice program.
Foundation made a grant of $10,000 to Hospice of Michigan's
Pediatric Early Care program to start a "Quality of Life"
fund for east Michigan, an area that, in addition to East Lansing, includes
the population centers of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Port Huron and Saginaw.
Their Pediatric Early Care program fills the gaps of many hospital
based programs and provides much needed home care as well as
support for bereaved families. The fund,
designed to help families in need, matches a similar fund
already established for west Michigan.
An important part of our mission is helping
families to deal with the devastation of dealing with terminal
illness and to try to offer them some relief from the pain of
bereavement. Sometimes an individual grant is needed to overcome
specific hardship, sometimes we can help to preserve cherished
memories, but our primary focus is on the therapeutic relief of
Where funds permit,
the Foundation will consider grants to individual families with
needs that fall outside hospice programs.
Families seeking individual grants should
send an initial email to
firstname.lastname@example.org to include:
Name of child, diagnosis and relevant dates,
Names of participating family members with ages of children
pictures are often memories to be
preserved. Sometimes they have a
story to them, and publishing the
picture and story helps to spread
the word about the need for hospice
care. We select children's pictures
that can be printed on canvas frame
for exhibition, sending a duplicate
to the family..
information, go to "Pictures may be stories only a
child can tell."
We offer scholarships for healing retreats combined with grief
counseling for families in the immediate aftermath of
We are building partnerships with
grief-trained therapists to manage retreats in quiet and
beautiful locations. As an example, see:
Growing Edge Adventures
for healing retreats on Cape Cod.
To apply please email us with the information outlined under
"Individual Grants" above.
How we achieve our objectives
To raise funds for our cause, Art for Charlie seeks sponsorships
sells cards and artwork, and arranges art shows, sales and auctions.
Our aim is to harness the artistic creativity of young and old,
amateur and professional, to support our objective of helping
children with brain stem cancer, or other terminal illness, and
helping their families to heal.
We organize children's art shows, partly as fund raisers, but
also to bring art to the community and find our artists for the
And we also solicit donations!