Who We Are

Mission

Tracy’s Kids uses art therapy to help young cancer patients and their families cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment. Our mission is to ensure that the children and families we serve are emotionally equipped to fight cancer as actively as possible — and prepared for the time when they are cancer free. In 2016 alone, our art therapists conducted more than 10,000 hours of sessions with patients and their families at seven treatment facilities around the country.

The Tracy’s Kids Approach

Tracy’s Kids engages with young patients, their siblings, and parents using a wide variety of art supplies so that they can express feelings and reflect on their treatment experiences. The program — which began at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital in 1991 and is based on the model developed there — employs Master’s-trained art therapists to address the multi-faceted needs of children with cancer through art and play therapy. The art therapists work directly with physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel and are integrated as members of each child’s treatment team.

The program — which is offered at no charge to patients and their families — works in hospitals, freestanding clinics, and other appropriate settings. Our goal is to provide a child-centered, open studio approach for inpatients and outpatients and to interact with the children while they are receiving infusions and other treatments. We welcome the chance to work with siblings and parents because we know that the entire family is affected when a child has cancer. 

Staff
Matt Gerson, Founder and CEO
Tracy Councill, Program Director
Bridget Gray, Head of Business Affairs
Marcy Romm, Manager of Corporate Affairs

Board Members

Suzy Friedman Cohen, Chair

Manish Agrawal, MD

Tracy Dee Councill

Mary Louise Cohen

Wendy Donoho

Matthew T. Gerson

Marcelle Leahy

Melissa Maxfield, Secretary

Karen Pence

Marcy Romm, Treasurer

Preston Padden, Founding Board Member Emeritus