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It is the goal of the Mikey’s Way Foundation to be able to connect every hospitalized child with their friends, family and school, enabling them to cope with the separation during long-term treatment for cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

We ensure this connection through the use of the Internet (Skype) and our ability to supply every child with a laptop computer, netbook or similar electronic device. In creating this connection we are in turn presenting the child with a form of diversion. This diversion helps create the Mind-Body Connection and a way for them to escape…Mikey’s Way.

Mikey’s Way Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity

Mikey’s Way Fifth Annual Drive for Dreams Gala—Silent Auction now open!

The Mikey’s Way Foundation is pleased to offer electronic bidding for the second year in a row, enabling our supporters across the country to participate in our exciting silent auction! If you cannot attend the Drive for Dreams Gala and Golf tournament on August 3 and 4, don’t worry! You can still bid on our impressive array of silent items by going to 501auctions.com/mikeysway and registering to bid!

The process is simple. Go to: 501auctions.com/mikeysway and click on “Register” at the top right. To be able to bid on the silent auction items, you will need to provide credit card information (items may still be previewed on the site without giving credit card information). All silent auction bids will be made electronically, either remotely or at the event (via iPhone, Android or with the help of our bidding assistants). The silent auction will close at 7:30 pm on August 3, the night of the Gala.

With the electronic bidding, you can enter a bid from anywhere. You can choose to be notified via text or email each time someone outbids you so that you can compete. You can also pre-program your maximum bid so your bid will continue to go up as others bid against you (up to your maximum bid limit).

In addition, the Mikey’s Way Cart allows you to buy a single (or more) item that goes on the Cart—such as an iPad, iTouch, laptop, etc. These are all listed on the website and will be available for guests to sponsor the night of the Gala as well.

Mikey’s Monthly Hero August 2014 — CHRIS

 

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Name :  CHRIS

  • Nickname:
  • Age: 15
  • Hometown: Sherman Oaks
  • What electronic did you choose from the Connection Cart? Nintendo 3DXL
  • School: Burbank High School
  • Grade: 10th
  • Number of Siblings: 1 brother 2 sisters
  • Favorite Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Favorite Athlete:
  • Favorite Movie: Captain America
  • Favorite Movie Star: Robert Downey Jr.
  • Favorite TV Show: Lost
  • Favorite Song: Taxicab
  • Favorite Musician/Band: 21 Pilots
  • Favorite Food: Lasagna
  • Favorite animal: Horse
  • Favorite time of year: Winter
  • What do you want to be when you grow up: Doctor
  • Favorite subject in school:  Math
  • How do you like to spend your extra time? Gaming
  • Favorite color: Blue

Support Mikey’s Way at the Knox Memorial Cup

The Friends of Knox Farm State Park, Inc. will host the Knox Memorial Cup polo match at Knox Farm State Park on July 19, 2014 (July 20, 2014, rain date). A Champagne Brunch catered by The Roycroft Inn and silent auction will be held field side at 11 a.m. The Match begins at 1 p.m. and General Admission is free to the public. Tickets for the brunch are $75.00 and include VIP parking near the field.

The Knox Memorial Cup will benefit the restoration and renovation of the State Park facilities and The Friends of Knox Farm State Park will be granting 20% of their proceeds for the event to the Mikey’s Way Foundation.

For ticket and event information, please visit www.friendsofknoxpark.org.

From Our Visit to Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)

Dear Mikey’s Way,

In your one day visit, you had the ability to bring smiles to those in pain,

laughter to those in sadness, and

comfort to those struggling through a very difficult time in their young lives.

Mikey’s vision was one of selflessness and love.

You have all fulfilled that beautifully.

With deepest thanks, Katie & the CHAM Child life team

Support Mikey’s Way While Cheering on the Connecticut Sun!

Special discount tickets are available for $22 (box office regular price $24). $6 from every ticket sale will be donated to Mikey’s Way Foundation. Tickets include:

  • Convenient online ordering and at-home ticket printing
  • Free parking
  • Intense basketball action!

Click here to download more information or purchase tickets online and use the special offer code “mikey’s way“.

What they are saying

This particular child had lost the ability to communicate due to a brain tumor and subsequent operation. A request was made to Mikey’s Way for help, in the form of an electronic tablet, to assist in his recovery. We honored the request and received this e-mail:

Dear Les,

The speech pathologist installed some communication apps and his mom installed a piano app to help with his dexterity. He used to be an excellent piano player and is slowly gaining some movement back. I cannot tell you how much it means to them to have the tablet. Junior is elated.

Thanks again,

Mika McLane-Bowes, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS
Child Life Specialist/ Art Therapist
Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital
4802 10th Avenue, Aron 6, Room 625
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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“Mikey’s Way Foundation is amazing and beyond words. It was so great to see the kids smile, some of them have not done that in a long time.”

Kim Tabatt-Haussmann
Senior Creative Arts Therapist
Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

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“Thank you for your amazing visit. Our kids, as well as our staff, were so overwhelmed by the enormity of your generosity. The children are going online, connecting with friends and just having a wonderful time. The distraction has certainly helped the children cope better.”

Jennifer Hickok
Director of Special Events
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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“Mikey’s Way has made such an amazing difference in the lives of our pediatric patients. The children are excited and connecting with their friends at home. There is an energy/excitement on the floor that was not there yesterday. There is no way we can express the gratitude we have for the amazing work your foundation does. Keep up the great work – you really do make a difference!!”

Kendra L. Frederick, MS CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Pediatric Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Unit
Yale- New Haven Children’s Hospital
Child Life Department SP7-414
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06510

What happens after Mikey’s Way leaves?

My name is Mariah Turk and I am the recipient of the very first Mikey’s Way Day gift at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Mikey’s Way Foundation coming to Roswell was a shock to all the kids on the floor, not just myself. The generosity and kindness coming from one foundation was amazing to witness, and be a part of. As they handed me a brand new laptop, I was astonished that this gift was for me; I immediately started crying and thanking them over and over again.

I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma right as my senior year of high school was ending.  I was forced to put off college for a semester and start in the Spring. The laptop I received from Mikey’s Way enabled me to connect with my friends and family. I was away from them for long periods of time. Through Skype, I was able to talk with them and keep in touch. After Mikey’s Way left, I was on the computer 24/7. I was learning more about what this gift could do for me and my boredom of being in treatment. Connecting to my friends and family was the most important thing, just being able to talk to them was the thing I needed most.  Every morning I would wake up and genuinely get excited when I would see my computer, still in the place I left it. With each passing hour I was on the computer my mind was diverted off treatment and focused on whatever I was doing on my laptop. I would forget, for just a little while, that I was in a hospital, receiving treatments for a life threatening illness. As I was on my computer my mood would constantly be good, my bed was always upright and the lights were turned on; reflecting the state I was in. It truly helped me cope.

Now, two years later, I still use that laptop for everything. Being in school requires you to have access to the internet and word documents. Without this gift I would have been lost in treatment, I wouldn’t have been able to connect with my family and friends and the boredom would have taken over. From personal experience, the effect of a Mikey’s Way gift is one that is long-lasting. It has been two years since I received my Mikey’s way gift and it is a part of my life just as much today as it was the day it was given to me.