Support The Kid was founded in 2010 by Nicholas Wolber and friends. Nick was touched by the spirit and innocence of the children he encountered during his time in treatment at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital in New York. He relished the big brother role and playing with the kids to brighten their day. When Nick was finally cancer free and had established a career for himself he began work on planting the seeds of what would become Support the Kid.
We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit with no employees or consultants on payroll. We make a focused effort to ensure that non-essential expenses are minimized so that each donation’s value can be maximized. Our goal is to ensure that over 85% of each donation goes directly to the Kids.
The foundation is currently run by a board of four family members along with associated regional and specialized volunteer representatives. All STK representatives volunteer their time, knowledge, resources and energies to the cause. Our board member backgrounds range from executive, engineering, financial, technology, and educational careers.
Who We Help
We help families with a financial need with children under the age of 18 who are currently undergoing cancer treatment or have been treated within the last 6 months. In 2016, we are committed to helping at least 24 families.
How We Help
Our primary focus for distribution of donations is to help families pay for the cost of experimental cancer treatments, resources for travel to these treatments and any meals or lodging needed while receiving them. Along with financial assistance, we use our network to connect families with community and business organizations that can assist with expenses, bill management, and transportation to treatments. We connect families who are going through this difficult time to offer support and if possible put them in touch with other children under treatment.
We work with a network of children’s hospitals, social workers, and patient connections in California, New York, and Texas to identify children and families who may need our help. Our process requires an interview with a parent/guardian to gain a better understanding of the child’s existing condition, treatment plan, and location. We also collect other personal information about their likes, favorite foods, and hobbies to better personalize our services toward each child’s specific needs.
How Can You Help
We work with people all over the country in a variety of ways. We would love to have you volunteer at one of our events, refer us to a child in need, donate to the cause, or discuss your own creative ideas with us! To keep up with our latest events visit our websites: www.supportthekid.org