All for the Kids Fund
Having a child who suffers from a chronic or terminal illness, or has sustained an injury, is difficult enough without having to worry about the financial costs that come with it. However, those costs are an unfortunate reality for many families regionally and nationally.
In an effort to raise awareness Anthony Spano, Founder & Executive Director of The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley & the Spano Foundation, saw the need for assisting these families right in the Mahoning Valley. But he knew that the need for assistance reached well beyond the valley. So Anthony joined with a national network of organizations, community leaders and legislators all sharing a mission to proclaim May 15 All for the Kids Day in March of 2016. In December 2016, Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio HB 580 into law, which included companion legislation offered by Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, D-33, establishing All for the Kids Day for May 15.
The All for the Kids Fund was established to help children suffering from a chronic or terminal illness or an injury. Often, with limited resources, families & organizations are doing everything in their power to provide the highest level of care and comfort for their loved ones. This fund will assist programs & families who are financially struggling to help their child who is chronically or terminally ill or who may be suffering from an injury
A mom shared this story, “The day my daughter was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney disease was a moment of sheer terror and confusion. Everything I knew and believed was tested. Getting to soccer practice on time suddenly seemed trivial. Testing, medical procedures, medications, hospitalization, learning medical lingo and putting on that brave face for my child puts you in a place you never thought you would be. The fear of outcomes and the everyday anxiety tied to uncertainty can be debilitating. With the help of organizations, like the Spano Foundation, and All for the Kids Day, I know that there is a whole community of individuals and organizations that understand that my daughter, and kids like her, thrive when they know they are not alone and there are opportunities for support.”
-Cristina N. of Hilliard, Ohio
The fund’s goal is to raise at least $15,000, to start, so we are able to help assist programs and families caring for their chronically or terminally ill children, or to help those who have children who have suffered from an injury. Additionally, proceeds from the selling of all apparel promoting All for the Kids Day will benefit this fund while helping to create awareness for the ongoing struggles for these families and children.
You can help to spread the message and support the fund by making a donation, by visiting AllForKidsDay.org, sharing on social media, and by purchasing apparel and take a photo wearing the item and sharing it on social media throughout the year. The more that people share the more we can raise awareness for this great cause.