Our friends at Leah's Foundation in Wethersfield introduced us to a 6 year old Linda who is battling Leukemia. Linda, along with her parents and 4 year old sister, make frequent jaunts from Stamford, CT to CCMC in Hartford for medical needs. To ease some financial stress CTCF provided a grocery gift card and granted these Stamford sisters wish for American Girl dolls to call their own.

Wonderful teen

A loving couple with 3 young children selflessly accepted custody of their wonderful teen aged nephew living with a diagnosis of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Costs associated with caring for their disabled nephew, included purchasing a handicap van, have caused financial hardship for this hard working Waterbury, CT family. CTCF's grant helped to reduce van debt and provide groceries to lighten their load. Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who make grants like this possible.

A service dog for Nicholas

We were introduced to Nicholas thanks to a Cherish the Children Foundation Volunteer.

Nicholas is a vibrant 5 year old boy with Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the nervous system and is characterized by learning disability and developmental delays as well as a variety of types of seizures and problems with movement, balance, falls and being disoriented. He needs constant attention. At night, Nicholas has difficulty sleeping and wakes the household up at all hours of the night so that he is not alone. His bedroom is set up as a safe room with padding on the walls, no furniture with the exception of a bed, and shelves which are bolted to the wall and filled with only stuffed animals and soft toys. His parents have 2 monitors to watch and hear him in his bedroom.

The family is confident that a trained service dog would provide Nicholas with safety and protection. If he has a seizure, or is in harm's way, the dog can alert the family. Service dogs are trained to assist their companion during seizures as well as daily activities. A trained dog can help keep Nicholas away from stairs, counters, or something that is dangerous to him. Nicholas will gain independence, growth, health and hope with this gift in his life.

For the past two years, the family has been working hard to raise the funds necessary to obtain a service dog for Nicholas. However, despite the efforts of the family and friends, only half of the cost has been covered. Cherish the Children Foundation has granted to the family the remaining funds necessary to obtain a service dog for Nicholas, as well as travel expenses associated with the training session for the family. The family is now on a waiting list, awaiting a perfect match of a companion dog. Once this match has been made, the family will travel to Ohio to train with Nicholas' dog.

Sadly, Maven lost her battle and peacefully passed away.

Diagnosed with DIPG (a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer) Maven had her first surgery and infusion in 2017.

Sadly, Maven lost her battle and peacefully passed away. Her family remains grateful for your encouragement and support in their time of need.

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Michael Battles Brain Tumor

Cherish the Children Foundation has assisted a lovely young single mom meet some critical living expenses while advocating for her 2 year old son Michael who is battling a pediatric brain tumor.
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