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Growing Up with Health Problems

Make A Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

Make-A-Wish relies on wish referrals from caring individuals to help them reach more kids with life-threatening medical conditions. The eligibility consideration process is started when a wish referral form is submitted to the local chapter. Visit the website to learn about who is eligible for a wish, who can refer a child and how the referral process works.
2545 Farmers Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 923-0555 or Toll-free: (877) 206-9474
oki.wish.org/refer-a-child
National website: wish.org

Coping Club

Offers online support to kids coping with a health condition, from other kids with similar health conditions.  They have an extensive collection of parent-generated videos of kids sharing their experiences and encouragement, ways to handle stress, hospital stays and more.
Norton Children’s Hospital
231 East Chestnut Street, Louisville, Kentucky  40202
(502) 629-6000
copingclub.com

Dream Factory

Healthcare providers can refer their patients who have a chronic illness to this national program who offers to assist in making a child’s dream come true. A special trip, a favorite toy, an awesome visit from a special person could be possible for the patient who completes the process.
410 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202
(800) 456-7556
dreamfactoryinc.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Connecting Families

Connecting Families is a hospital-wide family-to-family mentor program. Connecting Families reaches patients of all diagnoses to link them with a family who has been through a similar situation. Social workers often match families based on like diagnoses, similar treatment paths or life situations.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6747
nationwidechildrens.org/connecting-families

More Help for Kids with Special Needs

Click below to go to the special needs page of CAP4Kids, which has information about fun and recreation, educational resources, parenting, autism and more.
Go to CAP4Kids Special Needs Page