COOL KIDS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION INC

Supporting the Coolest Kids Fighting Cancer

Towson, MD   |  www.coolkidscampaign.org

Mission

Cool Kids Campaign is devoted to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families by focusing on the academic, social and emotional needs brought on by a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer creates an instant crisis in a family. Fear and anxiety are the first emotions young people may feel after learning of their illness and what they are about to face. Kids with cancer are still normal kids! Our program's focus is guided by the direct feedback we receive from affected families and advice from the Cool Kids Advisory Committees.

Ruling year info

2005

President -Founder

Chris Federico

Main address

8422 Bellona Lane, Suite 102

Towson, MD 21204 USA

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EIN

42-1634330

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

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Our programs

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Cool Kids Clubhouses

Our clubhouses located in Towson, MD and Huntersville, NC provide support to any child with cancer and their siblings and parents. Cancer renders a child’s immune system too weak to attend school regularly, and when they do, can cause them to feel differently with bald heads, medical ports, and fatigue. To address the academic, social and emotional needs of children with cancer, the Cool Kids Clubhouses are a facility and activity center serving all pediatric oncology kids currently in treatment or in remission. It's the only facility in the state that focuses on such needs of the pediatric oncology patient, with programs such as: academic tutoring, Parent’s Night Out/Kids Movies Nights, Smile Celebrations for patients/families, Teen Nights, and counseling and much more. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE.

Population(s) Served

One of our original programs, thousands of care packages have been distributed across the East Coast to children with cancer.  Our volunteers gather care package items that reflect each child’s specific interests, then assemble and mail the packages to their homes as a welcome surprise.

Population(s) Served

Our Cool Kids Connection newspaper is a quarterly newspaper that is all about the kids and their families. And it’s written by the kids and their families!  Family members and children living with cancer are invited to submit articles, poems, artwork, photography, anything that is a reflection of who they are.  The Cool Kids Connection is delivered to 130 pediatric oncology hospitals across the country.  We do our best to include all appropriate submissions.

Population(s) Served

This trademarked slogan was developed to empower cancer patients. We know fear is a dominant emotion when someone is given a diagnosis of cancer. Cancer Fears Me turns that fear around and puts you the patient in control. We are able to use this slogan on a line of merchandise which helps fund the Cool Kids Campaign programs.  Patients are also able to utilize the line of merchandise as a fundraiser for themselves through our Designated Patient Fundraising – this gives back to families 25% of sales, which they can use to cover some of their cancer related expenses.

Population(s) Served

Cool Kids CAMPaign is our weekend or day camp for kids who have or have had cancer and their siblings. The purpose of the CAMP is to allow kids with cancer and their siblings a chance to get away from their daily routines and reconnect with each other and with other patients and siblings.

Population(s) Served

Cool Kids Campaign offers pediatric oncology families accommodations at one of our two Beach condos, in Lewes Delaware or Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, free of charge for eligible families. This program is designed to allow the families a chance to get away from their daily routine and reconnect with each other.

Population(s) Served

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Charting impact

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The Cool Kids Campaign is focused on making the quality of life better for pediatric oncology patients and their families. Our programs are available from the time of diagnosis until the patient and their families no longer feel they need our services regardless of how long that is after treatment ends. We focus on the academic, social and emotional needs that play a large part in the quality of a families life and are all greatly impacted by one child being treated for cancer.

Cool Kids Campaign always maintains a focus on identifying the situations that the pediatric oncology families deal with on a day to day basis and the needs that are not currently being met. By recognizing these needs we are able to structure new programs and services that can help alleviate these stresses on the families lives.

Cool Kids Campaign is able to identify and implement new programming in a fairly quick manner and on average launches one to two new programs a year.

Since our launch in 2006 we have grown from providing Care Packages to Baltimore area hospitals to now providing them across the country. Our Cool Kids Connection newspaper and our Cancer Fears ME initiatives are also nationwide. Five years later we were able to offer in house programming with the creation of our first Cool Kids Clubhouse in Towson, MD. We then grew our programming to offer free vacations through our condo in Myrtle Beach, SC. We will continue to identify the needs of the families and grow our programming accordingly. Now in 2020, we open the doors to our 2nd Clubhouse in Huntersville, NC to help more families.

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COOL KIDS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 04/07/2022
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Board chair

Jim Prusak

First National Bank

Christopher Federico

Cool Kids Campaign

Ken Singleton

New York Yankees

Gregg Gorman

Legg Mason

Jim Prusak

First National Bank

Julie Cox

LifeBridge Health

Dan Jansen

Dan Jansen Foundation

Jon Price

Brown Advisory

Harry Wood

Jersey Mike's

Mike Eruzione

Winthrop Charities

Patty Graham

Founding Member Charlotte Committee

Board leadership practices

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  • 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes