A Kid Again

Organize a Fundraiser 

——— All of our Adventures are dependent upon the kindness and generosity of our supporters who donate to A Kid Again.  Any fundraiser that your group would like to organize to raise funds for A Kid Again is appreciated.  For example, we’ve previously received donations from students who held bake sales, car washes, a dodge-ball tournament, carnivals.

Who can help: People of all ages and groups of all sizes can put on a fundraiser to support A Kid Again. 

Support an Event: Volunteer at our Adventures 


When we hold an Adventure for the kids and families, we always need volunteers to assist. For example, volunteers are needed to register families as they arrive at Adventures and we need help with serving and cleaning up the meal that is served.


Who can help: People of all ages and groups of all sizes can put on a fundraiser to support A Kid Again. 

Generally, fundraising and volunteering are the service projects we need most often.  However, if you have another idea, we will be happy to work with you!

Contact A Kid Again under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects! 

What is your organization’s mission statement?


A Kid Again exists to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising kids with life-threatening illnesses.

What population do you serve? 


We serve any child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and his or her immediate family.  Once enrolled, a child can remain in A Kid Again until he or she reaches age 20.

How many do you serve in a year? 


We currently serve 1,685 families across Ohio as well as parts of Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

What region or area do you provide services in?


We serve families all across Ohio. We also serve families in Northern Kentucky, Northeastern West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Indiana. 

How and when did the organization get started? 


We started in 1995. Over 27,000 children are diagnosed annually with a life-threatening illness in America. Today, due to medical advances, most children will fight their illnesses for five to ten years! After spending more than a decade granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, a group of caring individuals from central Ohio saw one great need … ongoing hope. These compassionate volunteers believed that smiles, laughter and friendships are truly life’s best medicine. They saw an opportunity to provide continuing support, with fun-filled group activities for these children and their families. Families told us each Adventure we provided allowed their kids to leave the hospital and illness behind and just be … A Kid Again!

How many employees do you have? 

We have 6 full time employees.

How many volunteers does your organization use? (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more)


We have over 500 volunteers helping A Kid Again each year.


How does your organization help the community?

Families thrust into the situation of having to care for a child with a life-threatening illness are not prepared and usually unequipped to deal with what follows. They often feel they have lost their hold on the situation and their own lives. A Kid Again helps to bring back a sense a “normal life” for their child and themselves. 

We strive to give these kids an opportunity to have fun and feel like they should— the kid they are meant to be each day. Our adventures are designed for kids to have something to look forward to, to have fun with friends and give their sisters, brothers and parents a break as well. Siblings are often left on the sidelines due to the stress and necessary attention and time demands of the ill child. The adventures also give families a time to connect and network with other families that can empathize and understand what each another is facing. They connect and become resources to one another as well.

Program Descriptions

We offer over 40 programs/outings each year. Here is a sample of what we offer:

Kings Island Adventure – Each summer, we take 3,500-4,000 A Kid Again family members for a fun day at Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason, Ohio. Each person attending the Adventure receives free parking, an admission ticket, a free t-shirt, lunch, passes to visit Dinosaurs Alive! and all kids receive $10.00 to spend in the park. And they get to enjoy one of the greatest amusement parks in America!

Various Adventures – In addition to our annual Kings Island Adventure, we also take families to other great Adventure locations such as Cedar Point, The Cleveland Indians, The Cincinnati Reds, The Columbus Blue Jackets, the Columbus Crew, a Father-Son basketball clinic with the Ohio State University Men’s Basketball team, a Mother-Daughter day of pampering at the Charles Penzone Grand Salon, Dream Night at the Columbus Zoo and an annual Holiday Party at year’s end plus many more!

How many volunteers does your organization use? (click “Service Projects” tab to learn about volunteer opportunities)

We have over 500 volunteers helping A Kid Again each year.


A Kid Again’s Wishlist:

  • Small gifts to deliver to ill children on our monthly hospital visits
  • craft supplies
  • face paint
  • gift cards
  • DVDs
  • cash

Name: Kathy Derr

Title: Director of Programs and Volunteers

Organization: Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio

Email: kderr@akidagain.org

Work: (614) 797-9500

777-G Dearborn Park Lane
Columbus, OH 43085

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