The Sunshine Kids Foundation was
founded by Rhoda Tomasco in 1982 while she was serving as
a volunteer in the pediatric
cancer unit of a hospital in Houston, Texas. After seeing the loneliness
and depression among children
during their extended hospital treatments, Rhoda had a vision to
provide these young cancer
patients with opportunities to participate in positive group activities
which promoted self-esteem,
personal accomplishment and just plain old fashioned fun! Today,
that vision has been realized
many times over, as thousands of children from hospitals across the
country have reaped the benefits
of The Sunshine Kids Foundation’s many programs and national and
regional events. Funded by
personal contributions, corporations and foundations, the Sunshine Kids
continues, as it has since its
inception, to provide all of its activities completely free of charge to
children and their families.
MISSION STATEMENT The Sunshine Kids Foundation provides exciting, positive group activities and opportunities for children with cancer so they may once again do what Kids are meant to do… have fun and celebrate life. GOAL We look forward to the day when The Sunshine Kids Foundation will no longer need to exist. Until that time, the entire Sunshine Kids family is dedicated to our goal of providing the most exciting activities, trips and opportunities for as many young cancer patients as possible.
THE SUNSHINE KIDS PIN The original yellow Sunshine Kids Pin was designed in 1982 so that the children would have a way of expressing their love to their friends. The sun was chosen as their symbol because of its positive life giving force, its bright hope for the future, and the warmth that good friends bestow upon each other. Each pin was hand pressed, painted, and baked by the children themselves. Throughout the years, as the demand for these special pins grew, the parents were enlisted to help keep up this tradition. Today the pins continue to be a symbol of love, life, and hope to each Sunshine Kid.
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