The Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) Family Support Fund, managed by the Akron Children's Hospital Foundation, will focus on families who do not meet the financial requirements of other assistance programs. Assistance can include, but is not limited to, groceries and nutrition needs; transportation assistance; burial expenses; medical prescription and health insurance needs; care giver and respite care costs; household expenses and clothing expenses; assistive therapies or devices not covered by insurance; and other desires such as special gifts for patients or siblings that will augment the quality of life for the entire family.
A group of women who realized that many families within the Pediatric Palliative Care program could use a 'little help' formed the fund in the fall of 2013. Three goals were set - raise money, educate, and have fun! With an annual party, fundraisers and community events throughout the year the PPC Family Fund became an established fund at Akron Children's Hospital in the spring of 2015. The fund, a 501c3 non-profit organization, directs all fundraising proceeds to support the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children's Hospital, in Akron, Ohio.
"We all feel very fortunate that we are able to give our time and energies to help and participate. Many of us have volunteered in a variety of capacities that expose us to the trials and tribulations of familes with cricitally ill children. Helping these families through their daily struggles stems from the heart and our desire to postively impact their lives. "