When children are diagnosed with cancer, they endure long, strenuous treatments; often, the intense focus on beating the disease means the child’s emotional well-being takes a back seat. But thanks to Tracy’s Kids, young cancer patients can engage in meaningful creative work, restoring a sense of control, individuality, and wholeness to their lives. At art tables located in three DC-area clinics, patients explore complex emotions in the company of their peers and under the guidance of a highly-trained art therapist. Whether receiving chemotherapy infusions, waiting for lab results, or just hoping to relax, participants enjoy complete artistic autonomy (a gift during the regimented treatment process), while their creations offer medical teams valuable insight into their emotional health. The art therapists welcome siblings so patients’ brothers and sisters can unpack and process complex feelings, and parents, too, benefit from connecting with one another to share struggles and triumphs. In 2014, Tracy’s Kids provided 11,014 free art therapy sessions. Your contribution brings art – and healing – to children who need it most.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Howard County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)
Population(s) Served: Not applicable
- Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:
More than 3,500 in the DC area
Awards & Recognition
Washingtonian of the Year 2007: Matt Gerson (Founder and Chairman)
Featured on Harris' Heroes on ABC7 on July 8th 2015.
Featured on Comcast Newsmakers on April 1st 2015 and March 24th 2014.
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- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for Tracy's Kids is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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