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. Unlike other “wish” organizations, 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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National Office Staff

Oyauma Garrison
President & C.E.O.
Jeff Damron
Executive Vice President of Advancement and Development
Kathy Fredericka
Kevin Harty
Financial & Administrative Coordinator
Mike Teague
Digital Coordinator
Lena Crider
VP of Development and Marketing
Blythe Burtch
Marketing Coordinator
Frederick Okyere
Sherry Lloyd
Event Coordinator

Board of Directors

Matt Monnin, Chair
Business Development VP
Messer Construction Co.
Brian DiMasi, Vice Chair
Senior Corporate Counsel
Safelite AutoGlass
Tom DiMarco, Treasurer
Interim HealthCare
Carrie Maun-Smith, Secretary
AVP — Customer Experience Grange Insurance
John A. Price, Nominations
President Perio Inc. — Barbasol Brands
John F. Kelley, Immediate Past Chair
Chief People Officer and Vice President
White Castle
Teddy Douglass
Michelle Galligan
ViaVero, a GBQ Joint Venture
Kurt Gatterdam
VP of Finance
Fillmore Capital Partners
Joseph Hamrock
President & CEO
Dennis Hoffman
Assistant General Counsel
Michael McCurdy
Purchasing Manager
Kimball Midwest
Barbara Matta
Honorary Board Member
Poe Timmons
EVP & Chief Financial Officer
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Nicole Wilson
Director of Corporate Responsibility
Tommy Hilfiger
Christopher L. Henn, SouthWest Ohio Chapter Representative
NCP Finance
Vakeeshan Periyathamby
Fisher Board Fellow
Tim Swartz
Fisher Board Fellow

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