The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) (KENTUCKY) understands the challenges families face when caring for a seriously ill or disabled child. It is a 24/7 Herculean calling which requires every last ounce of energy and optimism. This goes for everyone; parents and siblings, as well as the child living with a serious illness. This is the very reason that CCK exists and offers its services to these “courageous kids” and their families, free of charge. Children and their families experience days filled with horseback riding, bowling, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, just to name a few.
When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, everything changes. Long-term plans and dreams for the future often must be placed on hold. In addition to health issues, there are ongoing decisions and concerns regarding medical treatments, financial worries and family dynamics. An overwhelming desire to protect, to comfort and to carve out a future of joy and realized potential-this is the heart of every loving parent. So when a diagnosis is confirmed, there is no choice but to grieve, and no option but to wonder: “Now what?”
CCK is a 501(c)3 world-class medical camping facility which provides life changing experiences year-round for these seriously ill and disabled children and their families. We are a turn-key facility with programs designed exclusively for children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Our medical and program staffs are highly trained pediatric professionals with expertise in medicine and therapeutic programs and are able to conduct continuing care (i.e. chemo, dialysis, transfusions, etc.) on site. Our goal is to enrich these children’s lives with fun, education and psychological support while ensuring they are receiving the proper medical care in a barrier free environment. CCK successfully accomplishes this goal by serving a diverse population of underprivileged medically fragile children in need of respite, recreation, and education.
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $7,500.
In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $10,000 will be used for physical disabilities Summer Camp Week (2016) helping build independence & self-confidence while learning about team-work & building self-esteem.
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $10,000 was used for the 2015 Physical Disabilities Summer Camp Week.