Rainbows for Kids
Welcome to Rainbows for Kids
…a 501 (c)(3) charity in the greater St. Louis Area which works with families of children with cancer and other serious situations. We serve all three pediatric hospitals in St. Louis: Cardinal Glennon, St. Louis Childrens, and Mercy Pediatrics. We also work with Ronald McDonald House and Camp Rainbow. If you know of a family who could benefit by our services, please let us know: RSVPRainbowsForKids@gmail.com.
We Will Miss You Gary
The volunteers at Rainbows for Kids are saddened at the death of our great friend Gary LeGrand. We thank his wife Ruthann and their family for listing Rainbows for Kids for tribute donations in his memory. Gary was a big supporter ever since his son Tyler was one of our kids years ago. Now Tyler and his parents, Debbie (one of Gary’s daughters) and Ross Hammond are volunteers. Gary had a big heart and a huge smile. We were all truly blessed to have known him, and we will never forget him. To donate online in Gary LeGrand’s memory: CLICK HERE
Checks may also be mailed to the address listed above.
How it Got Started
Rainbows for Kids was started when a little six-year old girl named Anne was diagnosed with cancer. Her family put on one party at Cardinal Glennon, where she was being treated for a glio-blastoma brain tumor; and rather than be a patient– Anne was a volunteer! The party was such a success they decided to form a 501 (c)(3) charity and it has been going strong for 20 years.
She and her mom, Barb (shown together in the photo, left) sang at the first fund-raising gala in 2000. Annie was one of our best volunteers– always helping others despite her own battle. She got her angel wings at age 10– though everyone who knew her knew she was already an angel.
There Is So Much Hope
She took many experimental treatments and hopefully because of her and others like her there is more hope every day for new cures and treatments. If you are the parent or loved-one of a child diagnosed with cancer, we want you to know about all the research that is going on and has been going on lately so others can be cured.
We Choose Happy
One way we support our families is by trying to give hope to our families. Through a grant last year we produced a book called “Choose Happy” which was given out to mothers of children with cancer at a special spa day. The book is filled with inspirational stories. We have also added a Choose Happy Blog which will provide motivation and inspiration to those who read it.
What Does Rainbows for Kids Do?
Rainbows for Kids helps strengthen families during a difficult time by planning activities so they can be together having fun despite the medical treatments. These parties and events help promote a positive attitude– something very valuable in battling a medical crisis. They put on parties, events, spa days for the moms, and our most popular event each year: the All-Star Baseball Team featuring four practices and a game.
This year Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt came out and played baseball with the kids at their All-Star Game. It was a wonderful day for the kids and the parents that this “Manager of the Year” gave up his time to spend it with them that day.
How to donate to Rainbows for Kids
Pay By Check:
Mail checks payable to Rainbows for Kids to: Rainbows for Kids 7221 Waterford Drive . St. Louis, MO 63123
FOR TRIBUTES: We will send a notification to the family of those you wish to make a donation in memory (or honor) of. Please provide us with your name and address as well as theirs. Any questions please email: RSVPRainbowsForKids@gmail.com
With Rainbows for Kids, every child feels special. Wheel chair, prosthetic leg, visually or hearing impaired, developmental problems … we love them all!
To make a donation to help us improve on this playground CLICK HERE
Here are some pictures from some of the Rainbows for Kids events.
Rainbows for Kids… Giving Kids Something to Look Forward to.