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Growing Up with Health Problems

A Special Wish (ASW) Foundation

A non-profit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes to qualifying children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder.
620 Taylor Station Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 258-3186
spwish.org

Center for Courageous Kids (CCK)

Offers summer camps and family retreat weekends for seriously ill children. Medical care is provided by volunteer physicians and nurses coordinated by a full-time medical director. They provide camps for kids with asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, blood disorders, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, spina bifida and more.
1501 Burnley Road Scottsville, Kentucky 42164
(270) 618-2900
Camper Admission’s office: (270) 618-2912
courageouskids.org

Midwest Genetics Network (MGN)

Provides information and resources to help families learn more about rare disorders diagnosed through newborn screening. Families can find support and learn more about these rare conditions.
midwestgenetics.org

Comprehensive Adolescent / Adult Transitional Care Home (CATCH) Program

Program provides personalized medical care and social support services to teens and young adults, ages 17 or older, with chronic conditions transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare. The members of the transition team are transition primary care doctors board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine, specialist doctors, transition coordinators, nurses, social workers and pharmacists. Visit the website for information on how a doctor can make a referral to their clinic.

  • Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Grandview
    895 Yard Street, Columbus, Ohio 43212
  • Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Hilliard
    3691 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

(614) 293-7980
wexnermedical.osu.edu/primary-care/catch

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.
copingclub.com

Dream Factory

Healthcare providers can refer their patients, ages 3-18, 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
(502) 561-3001
dreamfactoryinc.org

Flying Horse Farms

Provides a free camp experience for children with serious medical illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, sickle cell disease, asthma and arthritis. 24-hour care is provided by specialized doctors and nurses, and the camp is free. Campers step outside of their sickness to experience activities such as canoeing, swimming, high rope experience and more.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077
flyinghorsefarms.org

Make A Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

Grants the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. 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 (877) 206-9474 Toll-free
oki.wish.org/refer-a-child
National website: wish.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Connecting Families

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

Patches of Light

Assists with emergencies such as auto repairs, housing for long distance care, airline tickets; Ronald McDonald House fees, extermination and/or purification items for bone-marrow patients’ homes and much more, for families with critically ill children.
Physical Address: 5000 Arlington Center Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Mailing Address: PO Box 153, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 946-7544
patchesoflight.org