Tracy’s Kids 2017 Annual Report and Audit

Our Tracy’s Kids 2017 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements are here!  Read the stories of our bright, brave patients and the work of our incredible art therapists.

“[The Tracy’s Kids art therapy room] was the guiding light and force for me to keep fighting for my baby when all I wanted to do was cry. I wanted [my son] to be one of those kids playing in that art room, a ‘normal’ kid having a childhood.” — a young patient’s mom at Children’s National Medical Center

This picture shows an impromptu preschool ‘graduation’ that Tracy’s Kids art therapists organized for a patient’s sister.  Because of her brother’s cancer treatment schedule, she was going to miss her school’s promotion ceremony — but our art therapists made the situation better with a tailor-made graduation with “all her favorite people” attending.

Holiday Giving 101: How You Can Help Provide Art Therapy to Children with Cancer

Every day, our Master’s-trained art therapists help young cancer patients and their families navigate an exceedingly difficult chapter in their lives. Our work is only possible because of supporters like you. This giving season, there are many ways you can give children with the cancer the gift of art therapy.

 

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Jane Woo, MA, ATR, one of our art therapists at Children’s National Medical Center, decorates masks with a patient.

This #GivingTuesday, we raised $7,565 from individual donors like you. Because the Wiliam Rosenberg Family Foundation agreed to match this number, we have doubled the power of those contributions.

If you are planning on making some final charitable contributions in 2017, please consider giving the gift of art therapy via our website here. Or, you can:

  • Shop using AmazonSmile and the website will automatically donate a portion of what you spend to Tracy’s Kids. Learn more here.
  • Donate your appreciated stock values if the stock market has treated you well. For more information please contact bridget@tracyskids.org.
  • Federal employees can give here through the Combined Federal Campaign. Our number is 21655.
  • Maryland state employees can give here via the Maryland Charities Campaign, which runs through December 15.
  • Virginia state employees can give here via the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, which runs through December 21.
  • Send a check made out to “Tracy’s Kids” to: Tracy’s Kids, 5509 Devon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

We are committed to maximizing the impact of every dollar we raise. In 2016, more than 80 percent of our budget went directly toward Art Therapists’ salaries and art supplies.. Read our 2016 annual report to learn more about where your support goes.

Tracy’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our federal tax ID number is 26-3835257.

To learn more please go to our Facebook page, website, or contact Bridget Gray at bridget@tracyskids.org.

Catalogue for Philanthropy Interviews Matt Gerson

We are so honored to have been selected for this year’s Catalogue for Philanthropy, which features some of the best community-based charities in the Greater Washington area. Last Thursday our chairman and founder Matthew Gerson was featured in their weekly blog, with an interview that describes the work and impact of Tracy’s Kids, and touches on his own inspirations. To learn more about the important work he and Tracy’s Kids are doing, click here to read the full interview. Thanks so much to Catalogue for Philanthropy!

Tracy’s Kids featured on ABC 7

On July 8th, Tracy’s Kids was featured on the ABC 7 segment “Harris’ Heroes,” which showcases local organizations and people making a difference in their community. In 2 minutes it perfectly describes what we do.  Take a look!

ABC’s Leon Harris wrote a brief article to accompany the video that features some of our kids, their parents, and our director Tracy Councill. A big thank you to ABC 7 and everyone who participated in this great segment!

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.”

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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!

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

Incredible Creativity

When a kid is fascinated by something, he may amaze you with his creativity. One of our kids invented a remarkable way of building airplanes out of paper. He captures all the salient details, draws the whole plane on paper, cuts it out and shapes it into a 3-D airplane!

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Medical condition or no, this guy is an amazing spatial thinker—and he chooses to display his creations in the art room at his hospital where airplane aficionados of all ages (other kids and doctors too!) can appreciate his talent.

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The 2014 “And the Winner Is” Event

First of all, we would like to say

THANK YOU

to everyone who came out to support Tracy’s Kids on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. It was an amazing night spent celebrating Tracy’s Kids on the red carpet and at the movies.

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

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

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At the event we presented Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) with the Courage Award for the perseverance and bravery she has shown during her personal battle with cancer. She spoke briefly about her own experiences, and we were honored with all that she shared. You can watch her speech by clicking here.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at the 2014 And the Winner Is Event

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at the 2014 And the Winner Is Event.

David Cohen, Marcelle Leahy and Matt Gerson present the Courage Award

David Cohen, Marcelle Leahy and Matt Gerson present the Courage Award

We were honored to have the company of many Members of Congress again this year. Our guests included Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), the 2013 Courage Award Winner Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly was also in attendance.

Tracy's Kids participants and supporters Devan Tatlow and his mother joined us on the red carpet again this year!

Tracy’s Kids participants and supporters Devan Tatlow and his mother joined us on the red carpet again this year!

Here’s a quick roundup of the event, for those of you who were unable to join us.  After Matt Gerson welcomed everyone and spoke briefly about his own fight with cancer and his continued dedication to the Tracy’s Kids cause, Tracy Councill introduced Dr. Aziza Shad of Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center. Dr. Shad spoke of the positive impact that Tracy’s Kids has had at the clinic and personally thanked Tracy’s Kids supporters for enabling us to do this important work. Marcelle Leahy introduced David Cohen from Comcast/NBCUniversal to present Senator Heidi Heitkamp with the Courage Award. Melissa Maxfield of Comcast/NBCUniversal then drew the raffle winner for tickets to see Katy Perry at the Verizon Center, and announced the movie theaters where each of the six movies would be screened. Our guests then made their way upstairs to the theaters to enjoy popcorn and the movie of their choice.

As a reminder, the 2014 movies that our guests chose from were:

  •  Gravity – Winner of the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film [Courtesy of Time Warner]
  • 12 Years a Slave – Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture [Courtesy of 21st Century Fox]
  • American Hustle – Winner of three Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture [Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment]
  • Dallas Buyers Club – Winner of two SAG awards recognizing both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto [Courtesy of Comcast/NBCUniversal]
  • Nebraska – Winner of Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, and from the National Board of Review and LA Film Critics — all recognizing Bruce Dern [Courtesy of Viacom]
  • Philomena – nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress recognizing Dame Judi Dench [Courtesy of The Weinstein Company]

This year we auctioned artwork done by Tracy’s Kids as well as a piece by Tracy’s Kids Program Director, Tracy Councill. Tracy’s Kids friends and fellow artists, Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers, were also generous enough to donate pieces to our event. The artwork was extremely popular, and gave our guests a chance to see some of the pieces done at each of our program locations.

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It was another great year of “And the Winner Is” – we look forward to seeing you all next year for our 10th Annual “And the Winner Is” and celebrating with you then!

And the Movies Are…

Thanks to our friends at the studios, we have once again lined up a fantastic slate of movies for this year’s “And the Winner Is….”
On Tuesday evening, February 25, 2014, please join us in walking the red carpet before eating, drinking and then watching one of the six nominated and award-winning films that Tracy’s Kids is showing right in the heart of Hollywood’s award season.  David Cohen and Matt Gerson wanted to let you know that our guests will be able to choose to see either:
  •  Gravity — Winner of the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film [Courtesy of Time Warner]
  • 12 Years a Slave — Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture [Courtesy of 21st Century Fox]
  • American Hustle — Winner of three Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture [Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment]
  • Dallas Buyers Club — Winner of two SAG awards recognizing both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto [Courtesy of Comcast NBCU]
  • Nebraska — Winner of Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, and from the National Board of Review and LA Film Critics — all recognizing Bruce Dern [Courtesy of Viacom]
  • Philomena — nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress recognizing Dame Judi Dench [Courtesy of The Weinstein Company]

That night we will recognize North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp with our Courage Award. Her determined advocacy for breast cancer detection and prevention made her an easy choice. Each year we present a Courage Award to a public person who exemplifies the strength, dignity and perseverance necessary to face the daily challenges imposed by cancer and its treatment. Past recipients of the award are the late Arlen Specter, Marcelle Leahy, Barbara and Tim Johnson, John McCain, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sue Myrick, Barbara Grassley and Dave Camp.

If you would like to purchase tickets to the event you may do so online or by contacting Susan O’Neill and Associates at tracyskids@oneillevent.com.

We hope to see you there!