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Help for Children in the Hospital

Imaginary Friend Society

A free kid-friendly short film series covering a wide range of cancer-related topics, including topics like defining cancer itself to chemotherapy, shots, surgery, and MRIs. The videos are offered in English and Spanish.
imaginaryfriendsociety.com

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Support Groups

Support groups at NCH can connect you with other families and resources in your time of need.

  • Adolescent & Adult Congenital Heart Disease Online Community
    (614) 722-5622
  • Bariatric Surgery Patient Support Group
    (614) 722-3501
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Support Group
    (614) 962-6366
  • Celiac’s Gluten Free Gang
    (614) 722-3093
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Resources
  • Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
    (614) 278-3377
  • Seasons for Caring (Hospital Family Bereavement Group)
    (614) 722-5250

700 Childrens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6300
nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/support-groups

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Medical Equipment & Supply Store

Offers home medical equipment and supplies in a convenient retail space. Samples of equipment include: bathroom aids, breastfeeding pumps, special bottles, braces, orthotics, walking aids (like crutches, walkers and wheelchairs), stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors, phototherapy blankets and more.
7853 Pacer Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(614) 355-7911
nationwidechildrens.org/homecare-home-medical-equipment

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.
1250 Memory Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 258-3186
spwish.org

Dream Factory

Healthcare providers can refer their patients from ages 3-18 who have a chronic illness, to this national program which offers to help 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.
Dream Factory of Southeast Ohio
PO Box 1674, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601
dreamfactoryinc.org/chapters/southeastohio

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

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Family Resource Center

Offers several services for families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during their visit, including informational sessions, lounge, kitchen, laundry room, shower, breastfeeding room with breast pump, infant massage, massage therapy for adults, haircuts and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2252
nationwidechildrens.org/family-resource-center

Nellie’s Champions for Kids (NC4K)

Helps make life a little easier for pediatric cancer families by providing them financial support and assistance, hospital support, family fun events, and more.
374 Morrison Road, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 300-3995
nc4k.org

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

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio

Provides a home-away-from-home for families who have hospitalized children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A small donation is requested, but no family is ever turned away because of their inability to pay.
711 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 227-3700
rmhc-centralohio.org

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF)

Provides medical grants to help families access and pay for health care services that are not covered by their family’s commercial medical insurance plan. The medical insurance plan does not have to be through UnitedHealthcare. Learn more and apply directly on their website.
(855) 698-4223
uhccf.org