One more week!

Just a reminder that our

2013 “And the Winner Is” event

is one week away!

Tracy’s Kids Invitation – February 13 2013


Don’t forget to buy your tickets so you can join us on the red carpet next Wednesday, February 13, 2013!




If you have any questions, please contact

Susan O’Neill and Associates at 

301-229-0124 or


We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

And The Movies Are…

Tracy’s Kids has lined up a fantastic slate of movies for the Wednesday, February 13 “And the Winner Is….”  

It’s the eighth time that our guests walk the red carpet before eating, drinking and then choosing from among six nominated and award-winning films that we screen in the heart of Hollywood’s award season. 

Comcast NBCUniversal generously underwrites this event so that all donations go directly to Tracy’s Kids.
Thanks to our friends at the studios, we will be showing:
  •  Argo Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.  Courtesy of Time Warner.

  • Silver Linings Playbook National Board of Review awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay.  Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

  • Les Misérables — Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture (musical or comedy), Best Actor and Best Supporting ActressCourtesy of Comcast NBC Universal.

  • Zero Dark Thirty Awarded Best Picture by the Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago and Boston Film Critics’ Associations.  Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild — Winner of Camera d’Or at Cannes Film Festival.  Courtesy of News Corp.

  • Flight Writers’ Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.   Courtesy of Viacom.

  • Lincoln Nominated for twelve Academy Award including best director, best actor, and best picture.  Courtesy of Dreamworks Studios and Walt Disney Studios.

In addition, this year we will present Congressman Dave Camp with our annual Courage Award – which is presented to a public person who exemplifies the strength, dignity and perseverance necessary to face the daily challenges imposed by cancer and its treatment.  Cong. Camp was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma this summer and is responding well to his ongoing treatment.  The past recipients are Arlen Specter, Marcelle Leahy, Barbara and Tim Johnson, John McCain, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sue Myrick and Barbara Grassley. 


Tracy’s Kids Invitation – February 13 2013

Click the link above to view the invitation. Please share it with anyone who you think may be interested in this fun evening to help pediatric cancer patients cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment.  

 You can click here to purchase tickets via credit card.

If you require any additional information please give one of us a call or e-mail or reach out to Susan O’Neill at 301-320-8232. Thanks again for considering this extraordinary program.  We hope to see you on February 13, 2013. 


Tracy’s Kids Chairman

Learn more about Tracy’s Kids founder and Chairman,

Matt Gerson

and his personal reasons for championing this great program, click this link.





 In 2007 Matt was recognized as a Washingtonian of the year by Washingtonian Magazine as a result of his work with Tracy’s Kids. Under his leadership, Tracy’s Kids has grown from one therapist, our wonderful Tracy Councill at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center, to the eight fantastic art therapists that we are so lucky to have at our five program locations.

 Click here to read more about Matt and his award.

Matt Gerson


Thank you, Matt. We are lucky to have you.




The 8th annual And the Winner Is…Tracy’s Kids event is now taking place in Washington, DC on the evening of

Wednesday, February 13th 2013


2012 was another great year for Tracy’s Kids and the children and families we serve. This year we provided some 15,000 free hours of art therapy in five pediatric cancer clinics.  And we have now spent over $2.5 million to help pediatric cancer patients cope with the emotional stress and trauma imposed by cancer and its treatment.
But we could not have done any of it without the financial support from our wonderful friends.
We hope that you will be able to join us at the eighth annual “And the Winner is….” which will take place on Wednesday evening, February 13, 2013.
That evening our guests will once again walk the red carpet before eating, drinking and then watching one of six nominated and award winning films that we screen right in the heart of Hollywood’s award season. 
Thanks to the success of this annual event, the Tracy’s Kids program is offered at no cost to the children we work with at four Washington area clinics – the Children’s National Medical Center in both Washington and Fairfax, the Life With Cancer program at Fairfax/Inova Hospital and the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital – plus Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.


Click here to view the official 2013 invitation: 

Tracy’s Kids Invitation – February 13 2013


You can purchase tickets by credit card through our online donation site or with a check by contacting Susan O’Neill & Associates at 301-229-0124 or

We hope to see you on the red carpet celebrating Tracy’s Kids on our new night:

Wednesday, February 13th!

2012 Carroll Square Art Show

Tracy’s Kids is excited to announce our 2012 Art Show at the Carroll Square Gallery!
December 14, 2012 – January 25, 2013
Carroll Square Gallery
Washington, DC

We hope you will join us at our opening reception on Friday, December 14th from 4PM to 6PM!

We look forward to celebrating the artwork and many accomplishments made by our talented artists throughout the year.

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Opening Reception: Friday, December 14, 2012, 4:00–6:00pm

Artwork By Tracy’s Kids On Display at the Carroll Square Gallery

Tracy’s Kids art show at the Carroll Square Gallery

Washington, DC

December 14, 2012 through January 25, 2013


“Big Heads” by patients at Lombardi Cancer Center. Artists will star in a music video debuting at the exhibition featuring their work.


Opening Reception: Friday, December 14, 2012 | 4:00PM-6:00PM


Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday | 8:00AM-6:00PM


We hope to see you there!


Tracy’s Kids & MyCause Water

Tracy’s Kids has joined with MyCause Water!

MyCause Water is a bottled water company that gives 5 cents from every bottle of water they sell to a nonprofit that you can choose–and Tracy’s Kids is a great option!  The way you can get involved is easy:


Voice of America & Tracy’s Kids

Susan Logue from Voice Of America  recently did a profile of Tracy’s Kids entitled “Artful Therapy Helps Children Cope with Cancer. ” Below you can find the article she wrote as well as view the video that Voice Of America made at Tracy’s Kids in Georgetown Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center.

Artful Therapy Helps Kids Cope (VIDEO)

Artful Therapy Helps Kids Cope with Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, especially when the patient is a child. 

But art therapy is making it easier for some patients who go to Georgetown Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center for treatment. 

Calming influence

Alesia Allen, 10, is all smiles, even as she helps the nurse draw a syringe of her blood.

Although she has finished her chemotherapy, she returns to Georgetown Hospital for regular check-ups. She’s been coming here ever since arriving in the United States from Russia earlier this year.

“I like this place,” Alesia says. She enjoys drawing, painting and playing a fashion design game on an iPad.

The blood draw is almost an afterthought for Alesia now, but her father, Larry Allen, says she was scared the first time she came here, based on her hospital experience in Russia.

“Medically it was OK, but in every other aspect it wasn’t,” he says.

According to Allen, Alesia was strapped into a bed during her treatments in Russia and was told the cancer was her fault.

“The first time we walked in here, six months ago, the art therapy is what kept her calm,” Allen remembers. “Even when she looked like she was going to have a meltdown, Tracy helped her keep it together.”

Tracy’s Kids

Tracy Councill is the art therapist who works with Alesia and other kids like her. She founded Tracy’s Kids at Georgetown Hospital 20 years ago.  Since then, the pediatric art therapy program has been replicated at three other hospitals in the Washington area, as well as one in Texas.

“Just engaging in the art process can be very grounding and relaxing in a really scary place,” Councill says.

The clinic doesn’t look scary. It was designed so art would be the first thing patients see when they enter. There are paintings, drawings and craft projects everywhere.  Even the ceiling tiles are covered with pictures.

Most of the art is bright and cheerful, but there are darker works.

“We get a lot of monsters,” Councill says. She believes they are symbolic of the anger young cancer patients experience.  “A lot of times when patients are going through treatment, they really want to be good. They know their parents are sad, and they are causing everybody a lot of trouble. The art process opens them up and gives them an avenue where they can put their darker feelings and anger, because they have a lot to be angry about.”

No one is depicting monsters today. While he receives a transfusion for aplastic anemia, Akele Carpentier creates a model of an amusement park out of cardboard and modeling clay.

He comes here twice a week to get transfusions through the port in his chest. “It’s hard not to remember that I have a port in my chest.”

But designing a fantasy helps, Councill says.

“When a kid does a process like that, I think of it actually as they are creating a little world.  It’s a way of using their imagination to take them outside of the hospital and put them in another place.”

Lasting impact

Dr. Aziza Shad, who heads Georgetown’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, can’t imagine caring for her patients without the art therapy program.

“I think children who are emotionally comfortable with their diagnosis and who have emotional support stay fewer days in the hospital. I honestly truly believe that,” she says. “And I think more importantly when they are done with treatment for cancer, they tend to adjust better.”

Whether that’s true or not, it’s clear that art therapy has improved these patients’ quality of life, by helping them cope with their disease and its treatment.

From all of us at Tracy’s Kids, thank you Susan!

Just Tryan It

Earlier this month Ryan Darby was recognized as one of ABC 7’s Harris Heroes! We wanted to congratulate Ryan, who is a member of the Tracy’s Kids family at Lombardi, and share his story for anyone who missed it on the news.  Be sure to also check out this link to the video on ABC 7’s site!

Just Tryan It helping families deal with childhood cancer

Ryan Darby says treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia can be tough. He gets headaches, pain in his knees and pain in his back.

 “It was hard in the beginning, but I just kept working through it,” Ryan says.

When he has to stay in the hospital, he says his family and friends help him through it. He says they were always there for him, watching movies and bringing him games when he was down.

That support inspired him and his mother to start a foundation.

“We’re one of the more fortunate families,” Ryan says. “We can afford gas and food but some families can’t so we have to help out.”

The foundation is called “Just Tryan It.”

For three years, it has held an annual triathlon for kids to raise money to help children with cancer.

This year, 350 participants raced, raising $125,000.

Ryan recently presented a check to Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, where he’s being treated.

“It takes a little bit of the load off for somebody else so they can be with their child and there’s nothing more important than that,” Mollie Darby, Ryan’s mother says.

Doctors agree.

“They don’t have to worry about where next meal is coming or if lose health insurance or who is going to take care of the other children at home,” Dr. Aziza Shad, director of the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Blood & Marrow Transplantation Program at Medstar Georgetown.

Bernice Graham says Just Tryan It has allowed her to be with her 7-year-old daughter Kenyah in the hospital.

“When you’re a single mom and go from working to not working, taking care of three kids at the time to have someone out there that understands … it’s amazing,” she says.

And Ryan says he’s “just tryan” to make treatment easier for others and his work is far from finished.

“I feel like it’s my call,” Ryan says.


Way to go, Ryan. We’re proud of you.

Thanks, ABC7.

Senator Arlen Specter

On February 15, 2006 Tracy’s Kids presented our First Annual Courage Award to Senator Arlen Specter during our annual “And the Winner Is…” fundraiser. The Courage Award recognizes a public figure who serves as a role model, exemplifying the strength, dignity and perseverance necessary to face the daily challenges imposed by cancer and its treatment. Senator Specter fought hard over many years and is the embodiment of The Courage Award. He will be missed.

United States Senator Arlen Specter | February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012