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.
A Children’s National Hospital Art Therapist's daughter had a cookie and hot chocolate sale and raised a little money to keep our program going. It all adds up -- especially the extra cute initiatives.
I love this Valentine's greeting from 11 year-old Sydney. She made it during her clinic visit at Methodist Children's Hospital
Photos from Tracy's Kids's post
Photos from Tracy's Kids's post
Photos from Tracy's Kids's post
What a night!!! We raised $340,000!!! and this morning woke to this terrific shoutout in Politico --
SPOTTED at Tracy's Kids' 15th annual Red Carpet Hollywood Awards event to support kids with cancer at Lucky Strike and Regal Gallery Place on Wednesday night: Matt Gerson, second lady Karen Pence, Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Gayle Wicker, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Marcelle Leahy, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Myrna Cardin ...
... Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eve Schiff, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Amey Upton, Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), David Cohen, Mitch Rose, Tim Keating, Reinhard Wieck, Mike Huppe, Wendy Donoho, Gordon Smith, Henry Waxman, Howard Berman, Brendan Daly, and Tom and Alissa Clees.
Billie Eilish dominated at the Grammy's.
She's performing at the Oscars.
And we're RAFFLING OFF TWO TICKETS
to her March 18 concert at the Capital One Arena.
The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday when our guests walk the red carpet and watch one of 6 award-winning films we're showing on the big screen that night.
Buy chances thru the “Donate” button on our website. We’ll email you your raffle numbers. Good luck.
There's still time to Click enter our Oscar Prediction Contest.
Play for a chance to win four seats to a movie premier held in Washington D.C.
You don't have to attend Wednesday's unique Hollywood-themed celebration to play (but a "Tickets" button is conveniently located alongside the "Contest" button on our website -- www.tracyskids.org)
(The contest closes at 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 9.
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In addition to raffling Billie Eilish tix, and auctioning experiences that celebrate the District of Champions and our Mystics, Nats and Caps, and a beautiful quilt made by a Tracy's Kids Mom, Karen Pence has donated this signed watercolor that you can bid on next Wednesday, February 12 at our unique, movie-themed celebration.
In addition to raffling Billie Eilish tix, and auctioning experiences that celebrate the District of Champions and our Mystics, Nats and Caps, a Tracy's Kids Mom donated this beautiful quilt that you can bid on next Wednesday, February 12 at our unique, movie-themed celebration.
In addition to raffling off tickets to see Billie Eilish, our auction will celebrate the District of Champions with --
-- a ride on the Olympia ice cleaning machine at a Caps game
-- on field batting practice passes to a Nats game
-- amazing Mystics swag
Please join us at our Wednesday, February 12 movie-themed celebration
Billie Eilish dominated at the Grammy's.
She's performing at the Oscars on February 9.
And we're RAFFLING OFF TWO TICKETS
to her March 18 concert at the Capital One Arena
at our Wednesday, February 12 event where
our guests walk the red carpet and watch one of
6 award-winning films shown on the big screen that night.
Last Saturday I had the privilege of leading an art therapy support group for parents whose children are cancer patients at Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. The Tracy’s Kids art therapists organize and lead the monthly meetings, and the Cool Kids Campaign hosts at their bright and cozy facility. In honor of flu season, we made felted soaps. The parents gamely tried what admittedly seems like a weird idea. They made beautiful soaps with a naturally “scrubby” surface, as they talked over some special challenges familiar to parents of young cancer patients. There was a lot of wisdom around that table.
Charlotte, age 10, created this fashionable and fierce vest to showcase her style and strength. Working with an Art Therapist, she transformed a hospital pillow case and wore it proudly while receiving treatment in the Children’s National Hospital art room.
Unfortunately, treatment regimens do not take vacations -- even if our Art Therapists do. Tracy found this waiting for her when she returned to work. [Note the signature -- "Keep Drawing"] I never wonder whether we make a difference for the 5,000 people we serve each year. And this note makes that clear.
Angelo, an art room regular at Children’s National Hospital, wanted to pass along this message to our supporters and friends -- “Thank you Tracy’s Kids for making the art room REAL awesome. I made this for you all for 2020. Happy New Year’s everyone!”
Best wishes for the holidays and the new year. And thank you for helping us keep the season bright!!
Highlights from last night’s show reception at Carroll Square, 975 F St, NW. Come on by and see some inspiring art by some wonderful kids!
Tracy’s Kids at 975 F Gallery, within the Carroll Square office building, opens tonight! We have hundreds of wonderful pieces by young cancer and blood disorder patients and their families from all eight treatment centers. Hope you enjoy this virtual tour, and get there if you can before the show closes January 31, 2020. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Children’s National Hospital, Inova Children's Hospital, Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai, Methodist Children's HospitalHENRY Jackson Foundation
Thank-you Washington Capitals, Hope for Henry, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Ellie's Hats, Flashes of Hope for a great holiday visit! #Capscare
We hope you can join us for our annual art show at Carroll Square, 975 F Gallery. The show features work by participants in all eight Tracy's Kids programs.Playful, inventive, poignant, and beautiful--the work in all media express what it means to be a patient, and moreover what it means to be a kid. The reception is Friday from 4:30-6:30, and the show will be up through January, 2020!
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The Christmas Tree Ornaments given to us by First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan put smiles on the faces of these kids at Children’s National Hospital.
Santa came to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital today and we got to help host. It was exciting! Thank-you Fairfax County Police Department!
Thank you Washingtonian and The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington for the shout out. This Giving Tuesday, please help us buy the squiggle tables we need for our art therapy programs that help children with cancer cope with the emotional toll imposed by the disease and its treatment.
washingtonian.com ’Tis the season to give.
This Giving Tuesday, will you help us buy new squiggle tables for two of our programs? The fun shape easily fits IV poles, the adjustable legs accommodate bodies big and small, and they're easy to clean and disinfect (and our artists certainly put that to the test).
We need to raise $731.90. Will you help??
Not from one of our programs but too compelling to miss.
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Our annual Thanksgiving symbol of happiness, hope and health for the holiday season.
As you begin your Thanksgiving getaway, we thought we'd share 8 1/2-year old Kaytlynn's turkey... and smile. She is now back at school and created this colorful gobbler during her monthly clinic visit at Methodist Children's Hospital.
More from our alumni -- Daniel wrote us from a semester abroad in Ecuador where he says he is finishing a Spanish minor by hiking volcanoes, the Amazon and Galapagos. When he comes back to the real world he'll return to Virginia Tech to finish his mechanical engineering major. During the summers he's been working with Northrop Grumman's space division and hopes to work on satellites when he graduates.
During their long admissions at Children’s National Hospital, Meg and Aniyah became fast friends. One afternoon as they sat side by side at the art table, they created these colorful silk hoops with fabulous tissue paper flowers. They also made matching name bracelets and now each wears one with the other’s name so they can stay connected. Friendships with peers who understand the in’s and out’s of cancer treatment and hospital life are invaluable for both patients and families.
Karter was diagnosed with Leukemia at 16 months old. His big sister Khloe, just 4 years old at the time, sacrificed a lot while her baby brother received treatment at Children’s National Hospital. While many days were lonely, Karter and his sister always found happiness in the Art Room.
Sometimes healthy siblings are overlooked but the Art Therapists always made Khloe feel special, honored and cherished. When Ms. Jane heard that Khloe's mom and brother had to be in the hospital during her pre-school graduation, she organized a surprise diploma ceremony and festooned the Art Room with a big banner and decorations. Seeing Khloe smile that special day was something her family will never forget.
Karter is officially 2 years Cancer-Free and Khloe -- now 7 -- loves having her brother home but also reuniting with friends in the Art Room when they go for check ups. Their Mom says, "the Art Room will forever be a sacred place for both kids because they always felt safe and full of love."
Khloe and Karter's other favorite memory of the Art Room was the many trips they took with their friend Mason. No matter the age difference between Mason, Karter and Khloe- they always found a way to create fun animals with model magic, paint the best forts, and color the most magical pictures. The memories with Mason are even more cherished now after losing Mason to ALL in March of 2018. Both Khloe and Karter feel closest to Mason when they were in the Art Room and were reminded of the memories they shared each visit.
A young adult patient came to clinic following a long day of medical tests. It was quiet as MedStar Georgetown University Hospital activity was winding down. She asked to make slime as a way to relax, and before long was joined by nurses, pharmacists, social workers all creating a soothing rainbow of colors."
More from our alumni -- Sophia is a 17-year old junior at The Field School in Washington, DC. We met her when she was a 1-year old being treated at Children's National Medical Center. Even at that young age, the art room was the refuge she looked forward to visiting. Today, she volunteers her time to give back to other children going through what she dealt with. She also works in a lab where they're training t-cell specimens to fight cancer.
Through our grant to @HJFMilMedicine we make a real difference for the children of service members being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Board Members Karen Pence and Marcelle Leahy had a productive and inspiring visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center yesterday. Through our grant @HJFMilMedicine we make a real difference for the children of service members and their families. One of the docs observed that we lower the pressure on the doctors, too, because the kids are engaged and occupied instead of ansty -- a side benefit that is often overlooked.
hjf.org Second Lady Karen Pence observed military children with cancer participate in an art therapy session at the new Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program at the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement Of Military Medicine, located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Mrs. Pence was joined ...
We’re happy to support our patients’ siblings with our Scribbling Siblings program! Thanks for the shoutout!
Matthew, Micah’s older brother helped create these art pieces hanging up at Children’s National Hospital during his summer break when he joined Micah on treatment days. I love how the art room Tracy's Kids includes siblings! #ArtTherapy 🎨
Kory Billings is a 23-year old Kinesiology graduate from The University of Maryland. We met him as a 4-year old who relapsed 4 years later. He writes, "I struggled mightily to keep my little body active and preoccupied while I was getting pumped full of medicine and pricked with needles. The best way I found to do that was through art therapy.
Through endless clay pieces and bowls, doodles with scented markers, or paper mache sculptures that I still have, I found art therapy to be the escape I needed. Art therapy not only distracted me from my treatment but also helped me express my feelings and emotions when I could not find the words to do so."
25 year old Eliza Wapner is an artist based in New Orleans who we met as a nine year old at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Our program helped her appreciate how art can dramatically shift the mood and energy of a space. She remembers Tracy's Kids transforming a scary clinic to a place she wanted to be in and return to. Art Therapy propelled her as an artist, taught her how to turn fear into something tangible and beautiful, and is one of the reasons she enjoys teaching crafts to others. Today she designs earrings, makes naturally dyed clothing, and has sculptures on display in the US and abroad. FB @lilbitscloth
In anticipation of his upcoming bar mitzvah, an almost 13 year old boy being treated at Sinai Children's Hospital of Baltimore and his mother created these vases to help decorate the celebration following the religious ceremony. They say "mozel tov" -- which means 'good luck' -- and are decorated with holiday themes. Mozel tov indeed.
When Sonali was being treated for leukemia she loved spending time at the art table with her beloved dog Ginger as the subject of her work. In fact, she sometimes stayed long after her treatments were completed. She is now 11 and in 6th grade and loves art, cooking and dogs.
Today we remember Abby and how her action-packed, love-filled, 16-years taught her friends and family to pursue the things that are important and that they love with passion. For her it was swimming, being creative, jumping off cliffs and into pools, and using her authenticity and humor to bring joy to those she loved.
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