Making time for "quality time"
Our Family Festivities Program is an ongoing program, one in which each family participates three times each year. The families we serve carry weights of their own and often find it difficult to organize outings for their family. The Casey Cares Foundation makes an effort to support the intellectual, emotional, and social development of our children with a multitude of different art, entertainment, and culturally related activities to make sure they get rare and important experiences. Children battling critical and terminal illnesses sometimes don’t get to learn about the world outside of a hospital. Our experiences increase the scope of the child’s knowledge and keep their dreams and passion for life strong.
When the children are feeling well, a trip to the zoo or an amusement park with their family can become an invaluable memory. Even if a child is not well enough for an outing, we provide ways for the whole family to spend quality time together. Movie & Pizza Nights can be a great way to enjoy a quiet evening, either at home or at the hospital. Breaking up the routine of treatment can aid families in improving the outlook on their situation and not suffering from depression or anxiety.
We focus on planning these activities with the interests and abilities of our families in mind.
In addition to providing tailored activities, we try to be mindful of the logistics that a family with a critically or terminally ill child may need to handle when they go out. Our staff works hard to make sure families receive vouchers for parking and food. This way, a family whose child is weak or wheelchair-bound can have preferential parking, instead of making expensive garage payments and parking a long distance from the venue. Covering these additional costs is another way that the Family Festivities Program allows families to enjoy an activity without any financial strain.