Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas is the State chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation for Missouri and Kansas. Make-A-Wish is the legacy of Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix, who's wish to be a police officer set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity. Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. Make-A-Wish believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides Make-A-Wish and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve. More information is available at mokan.wish.org.
The Academy of St. Louis
Founded and operated by Dunn Family (Ann and daughter Terri O’Daniels) of Incarnate Word Parish, this extraordinary operation specializing in providing a Catholic education to children with Asperger's syndrome (autism spectrum), ADHD, speech/language delays, and other cognitive disabilities. Presently the enrollment is 12 students. It’s located in the former Linda Vista Catholic School in Southwest Chesterfield. You can find more information about this unique school at acadstl.org.
Friends of Kids with Cancer
Friends of Kids with Cancer was founded in 1992 by Jill Turec, a Developmental Specialist, along with Molly Henry and Suzie Snowden, who were parents of children in treatment who witnessed their kids struggles and saw the need for diversions in their lives.
Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood -related diseases. Their mission is to be an advocate for these special kids and provide them and their families with the educational, emotional, and recreational support needed as a result of the long hours of chemotherapy, illness and isolation.. More information is available at friendsofkids.com.
Incarnate Word Parish School One Classroom Program
One Classroom is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation dedicated to creating inclusive Catholic educational opportunities for children with special needs in the Saint Louis Archdiocese. We believe every child deserves a Catholic education in their local parish school in full community with their peers! Incarnate Word Parish School is one of the schools participating in the program.The mission of One Classroom is as follows:
- Build Awareness & Promote inclusive Catholic education
- Educate about inclusive learning
- Support parish schools
- Connect families & building a community
- Provide access expert resources and practitioners
- Create forums and opportunities to share best practices
- Fundraise and provide funding to schools through grants
- Welcome every child with special needs into our Catholic schools!