MIKEY'S WAY FOUNDATION

Helping Kids Cope with Cancer... Mikey's Way

Fairfield, CT   |  www.mikeysway.org

Mission

Mikey’s Way Foundation helps kids cope with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by gifting laptop computers, tablets and other Wi-Fi ready electronics while they are in treatment. The gifts provide diversion and connection with family and friends, creating a positive interaction between mind and body and helping kids to persevere through the fear, boredom and isolation of long-term treatment. The gifts we give are theirs to keep and can travel with them from doctor’s appointments to procedures to hospital stays and home. They are durable enough to last from the first day of diagnosis to the completion of treatment, helping kids to cope with cancer… Mikey’s Way. Mikey's Way is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that serves children's hospitals all over the USA.

Ruling year info

2006

CEO

Mr. Les Friedman

Main address

2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 311

Fairfield, CT 06825 USA

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EIN

20-3825973

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

On average, 15,000 children aged birth to 19 are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. The length of treatment is approximately three years. While significant funding is devoted to finding a cure for cancer, more needs to be done to serve the pediatric cancer patient while in the midst of treatment. Studies indicate that diversion and connection with friends and family help manage anxiety, stress and depression and enhance overall coping skills of patients undergoing long-term treatment. The mind/body connection between emotional wellness and physical well-being is important for all cancer patients, but is more pronounced in young people.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mikey's Way Foundation

It is the goal of the Mikey’s Way Foundation to be able to connect every hospitalized child with their friends, family and school, enabling them to cope with the separation during long-term treatment for cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

We ensure this connection through the use of the Internet, (Skype/Facetime) and our ability to supply every child with a laptop computer, tablet, or similar electronic device. In creating this connection we are in turn presenting the child with a strong, and positive form of diversion. This diversion helps create the Mind-Body Connection and a way for each child to escape…Mikey’s Way.

Mikey’s Way Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

When we visit selected hospitals to distribute our Wi-Fi ready electronic gifts to the children on the hematology/oncology floor.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We use our Wish List Program to reach patients we haven't seen on a Mikey's Way Day. With the help of a Child Life Specialist, patients complete and return our Wish List form and we package and ship the gift to them.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Mikey's Way Foundation also provides electronics that remain at the hospital to help enhance the play and teen room experience as well as electronics that are permanently installed in treatment rooms of the hospital.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of patients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of pediatric patients who received a Mikey's Way Gift, either via our Mikey's Way Day or Wish List Program.

Number of hospitals in our network

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of children's hospitals that have received Mikey's Way support since our inception in 2005.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to serve every pediatric cancer patient in treatment. We strive to create connection and diversion by gifting patients laptop computers, tablets, and other internet-ready electronics, allowing them to stay connected to family, friends and school. We distribute these electronic devices using both our Mikey's Way Days and the Mikey's Way Wish List Programs. The electronic gifts are theirs to keep and can travel with them to doctor's appointments, clinic treatments and other procedures. Pediatric patients also use the devices during periods of isolation either in the hospital or at home when their compromised immune systems don't allow them to return to school and other normal activities. The gifts we distribute are durable and adaptable, chosen to last from the day of diagnosis to the completion of treatment.

We will work to raise awareness of the need for diversion and connection among pediatric patients in long-term treatment and of the benefit of Mikey's Way electronic gifts. We will continue to expand our hospital network. Mikey's Way Days have been paused temporarily at hospitals across the country. We are encouraging Child Life Specialists to use our Wish List Program for patients. Since the pandemic, we have not been able to visit hospitals in person; however, we are still able to serve patients through our Wish List Program, and look forward to the day we can resume our in hospital visits. We gifted over 900 pediatric patients in 2021through our Wish List program. Our goal is to exceed that number in 2022.

Our capabilities include our record to date of serving over 9,700 patients in 25 states across the country since our founding in 2005. We are a recognized leader in understanding the importance of the mind-body connection and its positive effect on chemotherapy patients in treatment. We have made a conscious effort to educate the cancer community about the benefits of a Mikey's Way gift for the pediatric patient. As such we continue to expand our hospital network and our reach to different areas of the country. Our human capital includes 2 full-time senior positions, 3 part-time positions, 9 members on our Board of Directors, 1 Advisory Board Members, 9 Corporate Partner Organizations and over 75 committed volunteers.

To date we have served over 9,700 children in 25 states since inception! With 15,000 new cases of pediatric cancer diagnosed every year, we see a need for our kind of assistance for the foreseeable future. While accomplishing the short term goal of continued Mikey's Way Day's, and Wish List fulfillment we see an almost never ending need for us to continue to strive to achieve Mikey's original idea -- Helping kids cope with cancer... Mikey's Way

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    request formal feedback from the people we serve because they are in crisis.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MIKEY'S WAY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 03/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mikey Friedman

In Memoriam

Term: 2005 -

Michael Callahan

Counsel Financial - retired

Brian Friedman

Pegasus Capital Advisors

Dan Reininga

Lake Shore Bank

Eric Feibelkorn

Toshiba

Ryan Kagels

Counsel Financial Services

James Fleming

TP Link USA

Abraham Bartell

Westchester Medical Center - Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

Jillian Deck

Lippes, Mathias, Wexler, Friedman

Kevin Sanvidge

Chautauqua IDA - retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/15/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data