Tracy's Kids

Tracy's Kids

Tracy's Kids helps young cancer patients and their families cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment. Federal ID: 26-3835257

Lombardi Cancer Center of the Georgetown University Children's Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. PSV/Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia Methodist Children's Hospital, San Antonio Texas New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, N.Y. Sinai Hospital, Baltimore

Tracy's Kids uses art therapy to engage with young patients, their siblings and parents so that they can express feelings and reflect on their treatment experiences.

Mission: Tracy's Kids helps young cancer patients and their families cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment. Our mission is to ensure that the children and families we serve are emotionally equipped to fight cancer as actively as possible—and prepared for the time when they are cancer free. Tracy's Kids uses art therapy to engage with young patients, their siblings and parents so that they can express feelings and reflect on their treatment experiences. The program—which began at the Lombardi Cancer Center in 1991 and is based on the model developed there—employs Master's trained, Board Certified art therapists to address the multi-faceted needs of children with cancer through art and play therapy. The Art Therapists work directly with physicians, nurses and other medical personnel and are integrated as members of each child's treatment team. Today, well over 70% of children diagnosed with cancer will beat the disease and live the overwhelming majority of their lives cancer free. Tracy's Kids is dedicated to helping to ensure that the children we serve are ready to live full, happy and healthy lives. The program—which is offered at no charge to the patient and his or her siblings—works in hospitals, freestanding clinics and other appropriate settings. Our goal is to provide a child-centered, open studio approach for inpatients and outpatients and to interact with the children while they are receiving infusions and other treatments. We welcome the chance to work with siblings and parents because we know that the entire family is affected when a child has cancer.

Last night I attended a reception celebrating the nonprofits to be included in The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, 2019-2020. I learned a lot about what inspires other program leaders, including Little Lights Urban Ministries, Teens Run DC, PAVE(Parents Amplifying Voices in Education), and First Generation College Bound.

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June Charity of the Month | WTOP

Big news -- we have been selected as the WTOP News Charity of the Month for June. Please let us know if you hear one of the radio spots on 103.5 or 107.7 that talks about our work.

wtop.com The WTOP Charity of the Month is Tracy’s Kids For 21 years, Tracy’s Kids has used art therapy to help young cancer patients in the DC metropolitan area cope with the emotional toll imposed by the…

Celebrating $6 Million in Art Therapy Programming

Please watch and share this video celebrating our $6 million SMILEstone. Now in our 21st year, we are in eight different clinics helping children with cancer cope with the emotional toll imposed by the disease and its treatment. Our services are provided free of charge to 5,000 patients a year. Please take two minutes to hear testimonials from our kids, alumni, siblings, grandparents and community leaders. THANK YOU for making our work possible, and for the testimonials from Senator Van Hollen Monumental Sports & Entertainment Eleanor Holmes Norton Senator Mark Warner MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Children's National Medical Center LifeBridge Health Methodist Children's Hospital NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Pediatric Specialists of Virginia - PSV Inova Children's Hospital

$6 Million SMILEstone

Please watch and share this video celebrating our $6 million SMILEstone. Now in our 21st year, we are in eight different clinics helping children with cancer cope with the emotional toll imposed by the disease and its treatment. Our services are provided free of charge to 5,000 patients a year. Please take two minutes to hear testimonials from our kids, alumni, siblings, grandparents and community leaders. THANK YOU for making our work possible, and for the testimonials from Senator Van Hollen Monumental Sports & Entertainment Eleanor Holmes Norton Senator Mark Warner MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Children's National Medical Center LifeBridge Health Methodist Children's Hospital NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Pediatric Specialists of Virginia - PSV Inova Children's Hospital

[05/29/19]   Thank you to the The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington for including us in your 2019-2020 class of nonprofit partners. We appreciate the recognition and your highlighting the great work we do each day for children and families in the DC metro area.

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Honorary Degree Recipient: Marcelle Leahy

Congratulations to longtime Board Member Marcelle Leahy for receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Vermont. Her leadership on behalf of the children and families we serve has been invaluable. The following comes from today's commencement program --

"Transforming personal experience into public effort, Mrs. Leahy is a strong supporter of cancer research and of adjunct services to children with cancer. She currently serves on the board of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and has been on the board of Tracy’s Kids—a nonprofit organization that provides art therapy to children with cancer and their siblings—since the organization’s inception in 1991.

Mrs. Leahy is respected for her ability to bring people together across political boundaries to work toward common goals. A longtime member of Senator Leahy’s staff described the depth to which the Leahys are considered a team. As the senior member of the Senate, Patrick Leahy is often asked to headline events—the operative question in fielding those requests is: “Is Marcelle able to do it with him? Because if she is, it means the event is going to be good.” With art therapy as a shared interest, Mrs. Leahy introduced Karen Pence, wife of vice president Mike Pence, at the organization’s annual fundraiser. They participated in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for a new Tracy’s Kids program that will be starting at Walter Reed military hospital, to serve children of military families."

uvm.edu Marcelle Leahy, the daughter of French-Canadian parents who emigrated to Vermont from Quebec, is the warm, egalitarian, behind-the-scenes support and guide to the most senior member of the United States Senate, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy. For more than 55 years Marcelle Leahy has served as the se...

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The Art of Healing

Please take a few minutes to watch this wonderful video from our movie-themed celebration. The comments beautifully capture what we do for the children and families we serve.

comcastnewsmakers.com Advocates say art therapy is an effective tool to help young cancer patients and their families cope with the stress of disease and treatment. Tracy's Kids is a nonprofit focused on supporting these young patients through art therapy and awareness-raising events like its annual

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Yesterday, Washington Redskins players Darvin Kidsey, Danny Johnson and Casey Dunn showed off their artsy side in art therapy while visiting with kids at Inova Children's Hospital. We want to thank them for spending time with the kids and making a very special work of art!

We also want to thank the Redskins Charitable Foundation for this special visit and grateful of Tracy's Kids support of art therapy!

#ForTheKids #HTTR #TracysKids #ChildrensHospital

Yesterday Washington Redskins players Casey Dunn, Danny Johnson and Darvin Kidsy visited our kids at Inova Children's Hospital. The kids showed the players how to use syringes to make art instead of deliver chemo, and gave them a taste of how art therapy works. When all that paint dries, our giant football will be revealed! Thank-you, thank-you for making our day!

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'Redskins' players bring smiles, creativity to kids at Inova Children's Hospital

THANK YOU TO SOME NFL PLAYERS WITH BIG HEARTS

wjla.com “What’s up?? ” Casey Dunn, a Washington Redskins football player, said, smiling as he walked into a playroom at Inova Children’s Hospital. Dunn was one of three players bringing smiles and a little creativity to the kids on Thursday. “Can we paint the walls? ” He....

'Redskins' players bring smiles, creativity to kids at Inova Children's Hospital'

Congrats on another successful Derby Day Party in honor of Tracy's Kids.

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This is it! Race day is finally here! Don't miss our 2nd Annual Derby Day Party!! Join us at 2:30 PM for a truly amazing day benefiting Tracy's Kids. Derby themed foods and cocktails, a live auction, giant trike races, and bounce house and games! There is something for everyone. See you soon!

Today is the day! Come join us if you can for a Derby Day themed fundraiser sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 in Arlington!

Tomorrow is the day! The return of our annual Derby Day Party!! Please join us at 2:30 PM for a fun filled day supporting an amazing charity Tracy's Kids! Don't forget that we have a live auction. This we feature: An Alex Ovechkin singed hockey stick, 2 round-trip tickets anywhere in the continental US on SWA, 4 tickets in the NFL Players Assoc. suite at a Redskins game, Braden Holtby signed Caps goalie mask and Stanley Cup jersey, 2 nights at Lorien Hotel Alexandria with $500 Google Play Card, 4 tickets to Nats Star Wars Day vs. Diamondbacks in June,Ryan Kerrigan signed Redskins helmet, and much much more!! MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Saint Ann Catholic School Children's National Medical Center

They're getting in the Kentucky Derby spirit by making hats at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital -- even though the medical staff said "no" to mint juleps.
For those of you in Northern Virginia, don't forget our Derby Day Party on Saturday, May 4 being hosted by the Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 in Arlington.

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Children with cancer coping with anxiety, trauma through art therapy

Terrific piece on our program in San Antonio

kens5.com The ‘Tracy’s Kids’ program has been helping children with cancer and their families at Methodist Children’s Hospital since 2012.

On May 4, The Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 will host a Derby Day Fundraiser for Tracy's Kids! Patients and staff at our hospitals are already hard at work crafting their very own hat designs to get in the spirit of Derby Day. Check out our cool creations! Come join us if you can--it's a family -friendly fun way to support Tracy's Kids. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Children's National Medical Center

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HJF | Teaming Up to Help the Children of Our Nation's Heroes

We are so excited to be working with The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) to place an art therapist at the military medical center right in our backyard.

“This is the eighth program sponsored by Tracy’s Kids and it has been a dream of ours for years,” said Matt Gerson, Tracy’s Kids Founder and President. “We hope to build on the outcomes of Drexel’s research to better assess the impact art therapy has on children with cancer. Additionally, we are overjoyed to be partnering with HJF to support America's service members by caring for their littlest warriors.”

hjf.org Bethesda, MD, April 16, 2019 – The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is teaming up with Tracy’s Kids to support pediatric cancer patients in a local military treatment facility. Tracy’s Kids, a 501(c)(3), has provided a two-year, $140,000 gr...

This week we received this picture from a Mom who lost a four year old girl named Kynslee --

"We visited Walter Reed today, where our daughter spent most of her time during treatment. She passed away at Children's Hospital in November. We met the new art therapist, Kristin, and she helped us paint a tiara in memory of our girl on the end of treatment tree. We’re so thankful for your program!"

I responded:

"I am very sorry for your loss and hope that our colleagues at Children's were a comfort to Kynslee during the time she spent there. Thank you for sharing."

And the Mom responded:

"They were amazing and we will cherish the hand molds they made for us forever. Thank you so much ❤️"

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For Tracy's Kids Families -- A Kentucky Derby Party

Plan on coming by our Second Annual Derby Day Party on Saturday, May 4. The Arlington Knights of Columbus host the fun family afternoon on behalf of a patient from the Georgetown clinic. All proceeds from ticket, drink, food, and auction sales go to support the Tracy's Kids. Check out these pictures from last year. For more info click link below.

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Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473

Are you Derby Ready? Looking for some new attire to help celebrate our 2nd Annual Derby Day on May 4th? Don't forget about our hat contest! Head on over to Scout & Molly's at the new Ballston Quarter next Thursday (4/11/19) between 6pm-9pm for an event to help support Tracy's Kids! There will be food and 15% of all sales are donated to Tracy's Kids. See flyer below for all details!

Very proud that we earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar. Our entire team takes pride in the designation because it helps us fulfill our commitments to our donors and the kids and families we serve. #NonprofitProfile: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/26-3835257

If you give a kid a drawer full of junk, sometimes you’ll get a cool piece of art! Yesterday our friend Triton spent his infusion building “Triton’s Tough Rocket,” while his brother Derek (in the background of the picture—but equally our focus in art therapy) made a really cool shield. An art therapist helped with the lettering, but the rest was all Triton. His dad’s proud smile says it all!

The Tracy's Kids program at The Komansky Center for Childrens Health @ NY Presbyterian Hospital staged an art exhibit when work by their kids and families was returned after our show at Carroll Square last winter. We love showing hospital staff and visitors the great work our kids and families do in art therapy!

Danielle Eichner and Peyton Kirkendall lead the Tracy’s Kids program at the LifeBridge Health Walter M Samuelson Children’s Hospital in Baltimore. For Creative Arts Therapies Week a young patient led a master class on how to make a “spirit fish” out of clay. The resulting “tuna-verse” of sculptures represents important qualities of the artists who made them and how important each individual is to the clinic community.

Noise, art-making and fun all came together this week in our Tracy’s Kids program at The Komansky Center for Childrens Health @ NY Presbyterian Hospital Making rain-sticks became a way to celebrate Spring and Creative Arts Therapies Week. Jacqueline Tassiello leads the program, which started in 2016.

The Tracy’s Kids program at Inova Children's Hospital started in 2016 and is run by art therapist Catherine Rubin. For Creative Arts Therapies Week, patients, parents, siblings and staff painted silk hoops on the theme of “who or what makes you happy?” Tacos and fries, getting out into nature, and art were among their choices. Their paintings now hang like sun catchers in a hospital hallway for everyone to enjoy!

Congrats Aziza Shad, the undisputed Godmother of Tracy's Kids and Art Therapy. My favorite quote about us -- "it is not unusual for kids to have infusions in their arms, crayons in their hands, and smiles on their faces."

Congratulations to #LifeBridgeHealth’s Dr. Aziza Shad for being selected as one of Maryland Daily Record’s Top 100 Women. Dr. Shad was chosen for this award because of her professional achievements and community leadership. #Leadership #Top100Women #TDRawards

The Tracy’s Kids program at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia - PSV’s outpatient clinic started in 2008, and has been led by Jess Girard for the past seven years. Her work is most often with the whole family, because parents, siblings—and sometimes grandparents and friends—come to clinic appointments too.
Here is a set of affirmation stones a young patient and his family made together in clinic. Encouraging words and images are glued to clear glass “stones” and sealed in so they can be kept in a pocket or purse and pulled out to remind the artist of hidden strengths in moments of stress.

The Tracy’s Kids program at Methodist Children's Hospital in San Antonio, Texas started in 2102 and is run by Courtney Martin. Sometimes we use art-making to turn the hospital experience on its head, and a favorite way to do that is syringe painting. With some careful preparation, the same tool that delivers chemotherapy into IV lines is a great way to send colors flying! Our young friend Bella shows you how it’s done.

The Tracy's Kids program at Children's National Medical Center started in 2006 and is run by art therapists Beth Tutt, Elizabeth Burks, and Jane Woo. Here's what one mom said about her child's experience:
"It is impossible to imagine going through the last year and a half without the tremendous support of the Tracy's Kids art therapists here at Children's. They have been with us during some of Olivia's darkest days, and continue to provide a respite from the difficulty of treatment in a way that nothing else can. The incredible art therapists have provided an immeasurable gift of a safe and joyful environment where she has the opportunity to create and express herself. It is amazing to watch Olivia’s confidence when she is in the art room."

As we reflect on Creative Arts Therapies Week, we’ll be posting a special moment from each Tracy’s Kids program, beginning with our original program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and ending with our eighth program, newly launched.
At Georgetown a young patient got curious about how to make a “squishy.” It’s like a stress ball, but you make it yourself with balloons and some kind of filling. We made like Goldilocks and tried cellulose sponges, foam rubber, fiberfill and finally settled on model magic.
The pictures illustrate the whole process, from creation to decoration. It’s important to fill one balloon and slip it inside another to seal up the hole. And we found that paint pens are good to make them beautiful!

This was a very special day for Tracy Councill. A long-ago patient, Damian, his wife, Breanne, and their kids, Pierce and Emily, brought over six boxes of art supplies they collected for us. It’s inspiring to know that our “kids” remember their time with us fondly, even after their cancer is long gone!

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Celebrating $6 Million in Art Therapy Programming
$6 Million SMILEstone
"The Face of My Illness" - 2017 Annual Art Show Recap
A "Medical Moment" from WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore
Building community through art - Beth Tutt, Art Therapist - Ch...
Art Therapist Jess Girard - Pediatric Specialists of Virginia,...
What does Tracy's Kids mean to you? - #GivingTuesday 2017
The Washington Capitals Visit Medstar Georgetown University Ho...
"I have a whole bunch of people who are just like me": Patient...

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To contact Tracy’s Kids Program Director, Tracy Councill, email [email protected] or call 301-335-1811. To contact Tracy’s Kids Chairman, Matt Gerson, email [email protected] or call 202-256-4466. To contact Tracy’s Kids Head of Business Affairs, Ben Muller, email [email protected] To contact Tracy’s Kids Manager of Corporate Affairs, Marcy Romm, email [email protected]
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