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Growing Up with Health Problems

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.
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

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, horseback-riding and more. The camp is a member of the Serious Fun Network.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077
flyinghorsefarms.org

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

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

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

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.
Physical Address: 5000 Arlington Center Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Mailing Address: PO Box 153, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 946-7544
patchesoflight.org