Caring Connections

Stronger together

Our Caring Connection Group Parties were initiated based on feedback we received from social workers about the needs of families coping with the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening illnesses. They suggested adding group events to give families much needed time to meet and learn from each other, share experiences, have fun together, and develop support systems. We instituted our Caring Connection Group Party Program to do just that in a safe and fun environment!  

Planned throughout the year, Caring Connection Parties take place in varied geographical regions. Movie theaters, moon bounce gyms, pumpkin farms, popular museums, science centers, aboard sailboats, at batting cages – the interests are varied and each party is designed to appeal to specific age groups. During these events, our families are surrounded by supportive Casey Cares staff and empathetic caregivers whose children are enduring the same treatment regimens for complicated diseases.

“I was standing next to Selena (diagnosed with leukemia) and Sofia (diagnosed with leukemia) at last month’s Caring Connections Party. Sofia and Selena’s mom were talking about an overnight camp for children with cancer. I guess Sofia was a little nervous about going to camp for the first time. So, I watched as Selena sat down next to her and told her that this was going to be her third year there and it was so much fun and that Sofia shouldn’t be nervous because they would know each other! It was so nice to see relationships being built through our group parties. Not only did the girls have a great day swimming, playing games and making crafts, but they also formed a bond. This exchange wasn’t mindblowing or unbelievable, it is just what happens when kids with similar diagnosis’ get together for an afternoon. It warmed my heart to know that because Casey Cares arranged this pool party, one seven-year-old was excited to go camping and not nearly as nervous as she had been earlier that day. It is something little, but that is what the Caring Connection Program is all about! I am so proud to run this program for our families! I gain as much as our families do from this program”

-Leslie Silverman
Caring Connections Program Coordinator


Pirate Party

Walkersville Railroad Train

Halloween Trunk or Treat

Casey and Nikira

Brian Matusz giving batting lessons to a young boy

Fall Festival

Nutcracker Ballet Night

Living Classrooms Sailing Party

Bingo Party

Maryland Zoo 2015

Under Armour Modeling Group

Science Center Holiday Party

Lasertag Party


We had a fantastic time at the game! Being on the field for the pre-game warmup was an incredible experience that we'll always remember. Jimmy was so excited to attend his first NFL game. You certainly gave him a lot to smile about! He starts his next round of chemotherapy tomorrow. The memories of being at the game will help sustain him through the treatment, and give him stories to share with his doctors and nurses.

The Alverson Family

Thank you so much for hosting Marisol and her brother at the Pirate Adventure Party. Although this has been the hardest year for her, it has also been the best summer for Marisol because of Casey Cares. We hope you can continue to make other children as happy as you have made Marisol.

The Ramirez Family

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