Rainbows for Kids celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary in 2019. We had our first party in 1999 at Cardinal Glennon Hospital and incorporated into a charity in January of 2000. We exist to help families of children with cancer as well as other families going through a tough time due to health concerns.
We Are All Volunteers: No one gets paid, no building to pay rent on. All donations go to programs for the kids.
Thank you to our volunteers:
Rainbows for Kids volunteers help put on the parties and events for the families we serve. The picture above was from our 2018 holiday party.
Rainbows for Kids Donations are Tax Deductible
Want to mail a donation:? Please make checks payable to : Rainbows for Kids
Send to: Rainbows for Kids 7221 Waterford Drive St. Louis, MO 63123
For Questions: (314) 842-9724
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Elmo and Anna Heins Smith Scholarship Fund of Rainbows for Kids
We were proud to announce the 2019 Scholarship winner was: Jaci Griffin, shown left, with her parents.
This scholarship was started by the Bosch family of St. Louis. Kathy and Tim Bosch and their children Matthew and David Bosch wanted to honor their parents/grandparents as education was very important to them. The Bosches established the scholarship fund for children who have been in treatment for cancer (or other serious disease) and who participated in Rainbows for Kids events in 2015. To contribute to this scholarship fund please contact Kathy Bosch by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THERE IS SO MUCH HOPE FOR CANCER PATIENTS
From Mikey Loncaric, former patient:
“I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for me in the past. You and Rainbows for Kids are one of the reasons I am here today and one of the reasons I feel I made it through cancer. (During that time) I lost a few friends to cancer and it was hard for me to open up. I think about my friends everyday and it help fuels my work in the lab at Southeast Missouri State University, where I just graduated with my bachelor in chemistry. I am now pursuing my master in engineering physics there and hope I can make a difference in the cancer research I am currently working on.”
This is Mikey Loncaric– He is healthy, and happy– and judging by this picture, he’s smart too. He’s a college grad, and his mom sends word that he’s doing well. What a success story. During the time he had cancer, Mikey and his mom Patricia attended our activities and he always kept a positive attitude.
We want you to know that while some of our children have gained their angel wings, there are a good number who are growing up and living normal lives. It is due in part to the many who didn’t make it but tried experimental treatment– that ended up helping future patients.
Thank you to all who donate to or volunteer with Rainbows for Kids. You help children like Mikey have fun activities and meet friends when going through a tough time having cancer. You also help people like his mom have something to do to help her along the way during the long and terrible time that is cancer. And now we can all be proud of Mikey– he’s going for his masters degree.
*We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year. It is an all-volunteer-run organization started by a local St. Louis family with help from friends. No one has ever received a paycheck and Rainbows for Kids does not have an office to pay rent on so all them money we receive can go directly to our projects for the families.
* We started Rainbows for Kids 20 years ago when our family member 6- year old Annie was diagnosed with a glio blastoma brain tumor. At that first party, she didn’t want to be a “patient” she wanted to be a volunteer.
* How it started: One day when we were with Annie at the Costas Center at Cardinal Glennon we decided to have a party. Sally Rains had experience in event planning and charity work. Rob Rains, her husband had just written a book so he contacted his publisher and they donated books for all the families and we asked Ozzie Smith and Bob Costas to come to the party. The Rains’ sons, Mike and B.J. raised money to put on that first party and the Rains, Tippett and Schiller family and their friends all worked on the party. Annie’s grandparents Margie and Jack Tippett and Ed and Marie Schiller were there as well as her sisters Joan (Schiller) Turner and Ruth (Schiller) Loeffler and her parents Barbara Tippett and Bill Schiller. They all invited friends to help.
It was just a little party with cookie cakes donated by Lubeley’s Bakery and there were crafts and entertainment for the kids. It was so fun they decided to start a 501 (c)(3) charity.
“We sat around the dining room table with my family and my dad (Jack Tippett) came up with the name Rainbows for Kids and he made the first donation,” said Sally Tippett Rains, volunteer Executive Director for the charity.
*It has grown to where we help families from all 3 hospitals in St. Louis: Glennon, Childrens and Mercy Pediatrics.
*Rob Rains is a baseball writer and author of many books about the Cardinals and Sally had started out in the Sports Department at KMOX Radio so they know many people in the sports world. It is due to Rob’s many friendships that he has been able to bring many celebrities out to meet the kids at our events. Besides Ozzie Smith and Bob Costas, we’ve had Joe Buck, Mike Matheny, many Cardinals and Rams players. This year Cardinals manager Mike Shildt come out to our “All-Star Game.” They don’t charge an appearance fee, they do it out of friendship and wanting to help the kids.
*We started an annual All-Star “Baseball Team” because Annie was on a softball team, but due to her chemotherapy she was weak and had to sit on the bench the whole season. We decided to make it open to EVERYONE no matter how sick they are. It’s unique because we also have the kids’ siblings on the team. Often when a child has cancer the parents are so busy taking the sick kid to treatment they don’t have time to drive the other kids to sports teams. The Rainbows for Kids All-Star Baseball team is open to boys and girls of all skill levels (including wheelchairs and one player even has a prosthetic leg). We use whiffle balls, fat bats or whatever the individual child needs, plus Rainbows for Kids provides uniforms, we have practices, and a big “All-Star Game” complete with trophy presentation. This year Mike Shildt came after a Cardinals game and met each child individually and then he pitched to the kids and just hung out with them. He gave a motivational speech to the parents. It was particularly great because Shildt was named MANAGER OF THE YEAR.
*One year we had Matt Carpenter and shortly before our game Rob Rains (who was serving as the emcee but is also a baseball writer) found out Matt was selected to the MLB All-Star Game so it was very exciting for Rob to introduce him to the crowd and announce that while he was at their “All–Star Game” he was also going to the Major League All-Star Game. These kids and their families are going through so much that our parties and activities serve as a way for them to have family time and keep a positive attitude which is so important in anyone’s recovery.
*We have an annual “Mom’s Spa Day Party”–– The Mothers are in one year getting pampered with lunch, massages, manicures, hairstyle make-overs etc., while their children are in another room down the hall having a fun party with our volunteers.
*THIS YEAR at our Mom’s Party:
We applied for and received a grant from the NAILBA Foundation to produce a book called “Choose Happy; Find Contentment in Any Situation.” We wanted to produce a beautiful, uplifting book to give free to the moms so they could have some inspiration with them when they needed. Sally Rains volunteered her time to write the book and we used the money to make it beautiful with photographs from a local photographer, Allen Ahner and to produce copies to give out at this year’s Mom’s Party. That day Sally Rains gave a motivational speech and passed out the “Choose Happy” books to each mom.
The ladies were so happy to receive the book– which is full of motivational stories from people all over the country, some famous and some just regular people. One of our moms is featured in the book and it is particularly poignant because her daughter relapsed and the story tells about she gained confidence in herself which made her stronger when her daughter got sick again. The girl is doing well. For more information on the “Choose Happy” book CLICK HERE.
* The first year Rainbows for Kids was in business– we donated $25,000 to Cardinal Glennon to purchase a special MRI machine that had video and sound to calm the children down when they got their MRIs. Since this year is our 20th Anniversary we wanted to do something lasting. With seed money generated by donations made to Rainbows for Kids we embarked on a big undertaking. We will be announcing the project at our Gala on Nov. 23 –– and it is really awesome.
These events are for families of children with cancer in the St. Louis area. If you know of a family who could benefit by our services and events, please contact us to get on our list to find out more about our events.
You must RSVP to attend events– For planning purposes, no walk-ins. RSVP by email.
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