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
12,638
last year
206,460
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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A KID AGAIN PLANS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH, NAMES FIRST NATIONAL CEO

Office Staff

Oyauma Garrison
President and CEO
ogarrison@akidagain.org
Jeffrey Damron
Executive Vice President of Advancement and Development
Lena Crider
Vice President of Development
Blythe Burtch
Marketing Coordinator
Kevin Harty
Financial and Administrative Coordinator
Mike Teague
Digital Coordinator
Nicole Barfay
Accountant
Frederick Okyere
Accountant
Sherry Lloyd
Event 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
Liz Koszuta
Southwest Ohio Chapter
Executive Director
Sarah Chaney
Southwest Ohio Chapter
Engagement & Communications Coordinator
Katie Pappas
Indiana Chapter
Executive Director

National Board Members

Matt Monnin
Chair
Business Development VP
Messer Construction Co.
Brian DiMasi
Vice Chair
Senior Corporate Counsel
Safelite AutoGlass
Tom DiMarco
Treasurer
President
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
President
TrashCab
Michelle Galligan
CEO/Co-Founder
ViaVero, a GBQ Joint Venture
Oyauma Garrison
President and CEO
A Kid Again
Joseph Hamrock
President & CEO
NiSource
Dennis Hoffman
Assistant General Counsel
Greif, Inc.
Sheela Kunduru
CEO
Sritech Global Inc.
Ernie Sullivan
Executive Vice President
Who’s Who Publishing Company
Dr. Markita Suttle
Pediatric Critical Care Physician
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Poe Timmons
EVP, COO and CFO
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Billy Vickers
President & CEO
Modular Assembly Innovations LLC.
Nicole Wilson
Director of Strategic Sourcing
Carnival Cruise Lines
Taylor Cooper
Fisher Board Fellow

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