Katie's Helping Hand is a charitable
fund which provides meals for families whose children are admitted
to the hospital for prolonged periods of time. This charity was
conceived and founded in October of 2005 by then 12-year-old Katie
Vacanti-Mitchell, who was hospitalized for Leukemia treatment.
Together, we can make a difference in people's lives when they
need it most!!
Parents of children suffering life threatening illnesses are impacted
not only emotionally, but financially. Gas for multiple trips to
the hospital, phone calls, babysitters for children who at home
without Mom or Dad, medicine co-pay costs, meals eaten out and
many other necessities while a child is treated for long-term life
threatening illnesses add up - to the already heavy burden for
these families. Regardless of a family's finances, all these
items are expenses not planned for, which can quickly mount up
and overwhelm a family.
In many cases, the parent who is missing work is not covered by
sick leave pay and, as such, their income is negatively impacted
at the same time their expenses are increasing.