2015 Tracy’s Kids Expenditures

We are especially proud that Tracy’s Kids offers so much impact with so little overhead. The percentage of our funds dedicated to delivering our services is well above industry norms.

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See our 2015 Annual Report!

The Tracy’s Kids 2015 Annual Report describes a year of growth and continued impact.  Thanks to generous support from donors, Tracy’s Kids was able to provide nearly 10,000 art therapy sessions at five sites.  We opened a new site at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital, and we enjoyed celebrity visits from a famous artists, NFL and NHL players.  But, as usual, our inspiration comes from the amazing children we serve and their families!

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Click here to view the report: Tracy’s Kids Annual Report 2015


Tracy’s Kids’ Ability to Reach Adolescents

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at our San Antonio site explains how critical our Art Therapist is to adolescents in treatment:

“Adolescents see the Art Therapist as an adult who is “safe.”  She is different from a parent, doctor, or nurse and over time becomes a trusted friend.  The discretion and professionalism Courtney provides along with the therapy enables the teen to better cope with the illness and side effects, as well as the fears, separation from their social network, and concern for how the cancer is impacting their loved ones.”

Tracy’s Kids 2015 Fundraiser

First of all, we would like to say


to everyone who came out to support Tracy’s Kids on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 for our 10th Annual “And the Winner Is” event. It was an amazing night spent celebrating Tracy’s Kids on the red carpet and at the movies.


To everyone who came to the event and donated to support Tracy’s Kids, we sincerely thank you. It is only with your continued support that we are able to do this important work.


We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for helping make our ninth annual event such a great success:

  • Carly Glazier Photography
  • Comcast/NBCUniversal
  • NFL Players Association
  • Regal Entertainment Group
  • Susan O’Neill and Associates
  • The Studios – 21st Century Fox, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, IFC, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Time Warner, Viacom, Warner Bros. Pictures, and The Weinstein Company

This year was a little bit different than most, as we presented three Courage Awards.

First, we presented Congressman Tom Marino (R-10/PA) with the Courage Award. Congressman Marino has battled kidney cancer for over a decade — including having a kidney removed in 2012. He also has a special appreciation for our mission because his daughter has spent a great deal of time in hospitals in connection with her Cystic Fibrosis. He is deeply committed to raising awareness of the path traveled by American families that confront serious pediatric illnesses.


Then, we were honored to present Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals with a Courage Award.  The story of Devon and his four year old daughter captivated NFL fans following Leah’s neuroblastoma diagnosis in June.  Interest swelled in late August when the Bengals cut Devon from the 53 team roster but re-signed him to the 10-man practice squad so that he could continue to receive medical benefits.  An opposing coach who had never met Devon — the Saints’ Sean Payton — bought 100 of his jerseys when he learned that the proceeds were being donated to support children with cancer.  Some opponents’ cheerleaders wore Devon’s jerseys during games this season.  To date, jersey sales and Devon’s efforts have raised over $1.3 million in contributions to fight pediatric cancer and raise awareness of the struggles that the disease and its treatment impose on families. We are thrilled that Devon’s daughter Leah is now cancer free!


Matt Gerson is presented with a surprise Courage Award

Finally, we surprised Tracy’s Kids Chairman and Founder, Matt Gerson, with a Courage Award. Matt is our fearless leader, a constant advocate for this program, and the last person to draw attention to himself for this work. Because of that, Board Member Marcelle Leahy and Event Planner Susan O’Neill conspired to award Matt for his good work – and the perseverance he showed when battling cancer as a child. This program would not be as successful, as far reaching, or as effective without Matts leadership.


We were honored to have the company of many Members of Congress again this year. Our guests included Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Representative David Cicilline (D-RI-1), Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-9), Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-9), Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-21), Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6), Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Mrs. Grassley, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mrs. Marcelle Leahy, Representative Tom Marino (R-PA-10), Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA-2), Representative Jerrold Nadler (R-NY-10), Senator Rob Portman (R-PA), Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Representative Fred Upton (R-MI-6), Representative Greg Walden (R-OR-2).

As a reminder, the 2015 movies that our guests chose from were:

  • American Sniper — Courtesy of Time Warner
  • Birdman — Courtesy of 21st Century Fox
  • Boyhood — Courtesy of IFC 
  • Foxcatcher — Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • The Imitation Game — Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
  • Selma – Courtesy of Viacom
  • The Theory of Everything – Courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal

Once again, we auctioned artwork done by Tracy’s Kids as well as a pieces by Tracy’s Kids friends and fellow artists, Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers. We also auctioned off a guitar signed by Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan; two tickets to watch a live taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; two tickets to watch a live taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers; a phenomenal package from the Washington Nationals that includes 4 VIP seats, on field passes to watch batting practice, and the chance to call “Play Ball” or deliver the Lineup Card; a set of Nike Vapor Irons, three Nike Golf wedges, and a Nike Golf bag; a foursome to play a round of golf at Creighton Farms; and a raffle for two tickets to see Taylor Swift in Concert at Nationals Park on Monday, July 13.


It was another great year of “And the Winner Is” – we look forward to seeing you all next year and celebrating with you then!

Tracy’s Kids 2015 Program

Buy Tickets to the Tracy’s Kids 2015 Event!

Purchase tickets online to the 2015 “And the Winner Is” event on February 11, 2015


We request $200 per individual ticket – click here for details.

For more information, please call Susan O’Neill and Associates at 301.229.0124 or email tracyskids@oneillevent.com – we hope to see you on the red carpet!


David Cohen and Matt Gerson are pleased to announce that Tracy’s Kids will be recognizing Congressman Tom Marino with our 2015 Courage Award on February 11, 2015 at our tenth annual “…And the Winner Is…” Tom has battled kidney cancer for over a decade — including having a kidney removed in 2012. He also has a special appreciation for our mission because his daughter has spent a great deal of time in hospitals in connection with her Cystic Fibrosis. He is deeply committed to raising awareness of the path traveled by American families that confront serious pediatric illnesses.

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Above is the invitation to the charity’s unique, movie-themed event where 500 Washingtonians walk the red carpet before eating, drinking and then watching one of the six nominated and award-winning films that we will screen right in the heart of Hollywood’s award season. We are honored that our red carpet hosts are Senators Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Patrick Leahy.

Tracy’s Kids helps children cope with the emotional toll imposed by cancer and its treatment. The Courage Award is presented to a public person who exemplifies the strength, dignity and perseverance necessary to face its daily challenges. The past recipients are Arlen Specter, Marcelle Leahy, Barbara and Tim Johnson, John McCain, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sue Myrick, Barbara Grassley, Dave Camp and Heidi Heitkamp.

If you require any additional information or have any questions please reach out to the event planner, Susan O’Neill, at 301-229-0124.

10th Annual “And the Winner Is” Event!

Save the Date!

The tenth annual “And the Winner Is…” event will be on Wednesday, February 11, 2015!




The format for the event this February will remain unchanged from previous years – as we are proud to host one of Washington’s most unique and anticipated fundraisers with no dinner or lengthy speechifying – just a reception and then the chance to watch one of the six nominated and award-winning films that we screen that night. 

If you would like to purchase tickets, have any questions, or are interested in learning more, please contact Susan O’Neill & Associates at 301-229-0124 or TracysKids@ONeillEvent.com.

To purchase tickets with a  credit card, please visit our Click and Pledge website!


We are looking forward to another great year and hope to see everyone on Wednesday, February 11, 2015!

From A Dear Friend of TK

Tracy’s Kids’ mission is very personal to me.  As a parent, I stood by holding my own critically ill child and appreciated how Art Therapy filled in the gaps where the acute healthcare system stops.  Without Tracy’s Kids as part of the appointments, hospitalizations and the isolating post-transplant care, the children would be without a way to express their emotions.  It enables them not only survive but thrive as children.”


Jalene’s mom asked us to post these pictures of all the wonderful art she does with Tracy’s Kids at Methodist Children’s Hospital-San Antonio! What a prolific artist she is!

From TV29 in San Antonio

A San Antonio TV station recently ran a segment about our work at Methodist Children’s.

In two minutes and thirty seconds, it captures the essence of what we do for children with cancer.

Kathleen, the featured art therapist, explains, “the children we work with don’t have choices about getting medicine, they don’t get choices about when they go to get treatment.  But when they come to the playroom, everything is up to them.  They get to make what they want, they get to use what they want, they get to decide whether they even want to do it or not…”  “[Tracy’s Kids] gives them a way to express themselves without having to talk and a lot of times these kids don’t want to talk about [their feelings.] They are either not ready, or it is just too hard to find the words — especially for younger kids.  But they can put all their feelings into the art work.” One little girl in the clinic confides that the art projects “make her not want to think about everything she is going through” — and one day she wants to be an Art Therapist so she can help other kids like her. [Her ambition is not really far fetched — as a handful of our former patients have done just that.]  One of the experienced nurses enthusiastically relates how Tracy’s Kids “decreases fear through color and drawing and gluing.  We love it.  Literally it has changed our lives.”

Please take a minutes to watch the video.  And thank you for the contributions that enable us to help pediatric cancer patients and their families get through this scary and difficult time in their lives.

Thanks to Fox San Antonio for their coverage of our program at Methodist Children’s Hospital.

Tracy’s Kids 2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report is now available! 

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During 2013, Tracy’s Kids provided 10,777 art therapy sessions, made 22,357 patient contacts, and spent 841 hours of consultation with medical treatment teams – all designed to help children with cancer address the emotional toll imposed by the disease and its treatment.

Included in the 2013 Annual Report are updates and photos from each of our programs, a review of some of our larger projects from the year, and the financial information from fiscal year 2013.  

You can access the report by clicking here.

A Profile on our Founder

Children’s National Medical Center profiled Tracy’s Kids Chairman and Founder, Matt Gerson, in its April 2014  Newsletter.

“Admired as a trailblazer for art therapy, Matt Gerson is a Washington, DC-based executive who established Tracy’s Kids as an independent charity. Since 1998, he has raised almost $4 million in philanthropic support to help children with cancer cope with the emotional stress imposed by the disease and its treatment. Of that, $1.6 million has benefitted children and families at Children’s National-where the program is donated at no cost to our patients.”

Matt Gerson

The complete interview and profile are available here: Matt Gerson – Philanthropist Profile