Who We Are

For twenty plus years, A Kid Again has helped to restore a sense of normal for families thrust into the situation of having to care for a child with a life-threatening illness. Often these families are unprepared and unequipped to deal with what follows. A Kid Again hosts year-round events to support these families and provide them with memories that will last a lifetime.

We make life for families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness “normal” again by helping them gain back moments of positive, family-shared experiences and memories.

People we've served
last year
since our start

Why We Do It

A Kid Again is specifically designed to involve the entire family (not just the child who is ill) to improve the wellbeing of everyone affected by the situation. The families who participate in A Kid Again give back as much as they receive by connecting with each other and sharing their own stories of strength and encouragement.

What We Do

Year ‘round fun-filled adventures that allow children with life-threatening illnesses to feel like A Kid Again.  A Kid Again works to create a communal and interactive environment. Our program establishes ongoing, nurturing experiences that complement but do not overtake their day-to-day living.

How We Do It

We accomplish this mission through the dedication of our volunteer network and the generosity of our donors. We strive to go beyond activities, providing comprehensive, practical support to help families cope with the extended effects of life threatening illnesses.

Support A Kid Again

Your generosity will help thousands of kids living with a life-threatening illness receive the gift of hope, happiness, and healing in the time they need it most. Please donate today and  help us fuel adventure. You can have an impact on kids and families who truly need it.

Text AKA to 41444 to donate on your mobile device or see below to donate online.

Donate Your Time

All volunteers will need to register with A Kid Again and pass a background check before being able to volunteer at events. We can always use volunteers in a variety of roles. Data entry, stuffing envelopes and helping at our events. We are in current need of office support. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for A Kid Again, visit our Volunteer page!

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Enroll A Child

Do you have or know a child with a life-threatening illness? Enroll them with this chapter to be a part of the A Kid Again family!

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Office Staff

Oyauma Garrison
National Office
President and CEO
Jeffrey Damron
National Office
Executive Vice President of Advancement and Development
Christine Airhart
National Office
Engagement & Communications Coordinator - Centralized Support Services
Nicole Barfay
National Office
Director of Finance
Kevin Harty
National Office
Financial and Administrative Coordinator
George Henry
National Office
Mike Teague
National Office
Digital Coordinator
Chris Elliott
Central Ohio Chapter
Executive Director
Kathy Derr
Central Ohio Chapter
Director of Volunteers and Programs
Mary Derr
Central Ohio Chapter
Engagement & Communications Coordinator
Christine Bucknell
Northern Ohio Chapter
Executive Director
Katie Kochan
Northern Ohio Chapter
Director of Family Programs and Communications
Julie Nagy
Northern Ohio Chapter
Development Assistant
Katie Pappas
Indiana Chapter
Executive Director
Nick Wagner
Southwest Ohio Chapter
Executive Director

National Board Members

Brian DiMasi
Board Chair
Senior Corporate Counsel
Safelite AutoGlass
Carrie Maun-Smith
Vice Chair
AVP — Customer Experience
Grange Insurance
Matt Monnin
Immediate Past Chair
Business Development VP
Messer Construction Co.
Tom DiMarco
Interim HealthCare
Michelle Galligan
ViaVero, a GBQ Joint Venture
Teddy Douglass
Steven English
Senior VP, Office of Government Relations
Oyauma Garrison
President & CEO
A Kid Again
Joseph Hamrock
President & CEO
Dennis Hoffman
Assistant General Counsel
Greif, Inc.
John F. Kelley
Chief People Officer and Vice President
White Castle
Sheela Kunduru
Sritech Global Inc.
John A. Price
Head of Business Development
SBM Life Sciences
Ernie Sullivan
Executive Vice President
Who’s Who Publishing Company
Dr. Markita Suttle
Pediatric Critical Care Physician
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Poe Timmons
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Billy Vickers
President & CEO
Modular Assembly Innovations LLC.
Nicole Wilson
Director of Strategic Sourcing
Carnival Cruise Lines
Taylor Cooper
Honorary Board Member
Karla Berberich
Fisher Board Fellow

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