Positive Impact for Kids
Positive Impact for Kids is a 501(c)(3) which strives to improve the hospitalization experience for pediatric patients in the U.S.
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3300 Poinsett Highway
Furman PMB 28806
SC: Greenville 29613
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Date You Started Your Project Started
November / 30 / 2011
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)
1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
It is very frightening for pediatric patients to be in an unfamiliar environment where they may have no control over their bodies, hospital routines, and treatments. Distraction tools such as iPads and laptops are generally not included in hospital budgets. The money we raise is used to purchase distraction and education tools which are channeled to hospital staff to meet the emotional and physical needs of their hospitalized children.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
PIFK provides a multitude of technology such as iPads, gaming systems, laptops, virtual reality headsets, electronic instruments for pediatric patient use. These tools are used for education on upcoming procedures, distraction from hospital environments, and socialization with loved ones back home. These donations establish a sense of normalization and semblance of choice for hospitalized children. Each iPad affects between 365 to over 20,000 children per year depending on where it is utilized within the hospital (for example, one child in an isolation room versus a procedure room where they insert IVs.) These donations allow trained staff to provide preparation, procedural support, education, and play for thousands of patients and their families.
When children know what to expect they are often less anxious and more cooperative which allows procedures to be completed with ease. Most pediatric hospitals receive donations of stickers, Barbies, and stuffed animals. Teenagers deserve to have access to age-appropriate tools such as iPads and laptops. Technology can provide tremendous comfort and connection to patients in this age group.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
I, Leanne, was born with Aortic Valve Stenosis, a heart condition that afforded me a healthy childhood until the age of 11. At age 10, I was a nationally ranked jump roper, competitive swimmer, and gymnast. But in 2011, my cardiologist told me I could no longer participate in aerobic sports as exerting my heart would place my life in danger. This was inconceivable. Standing on top of an international jump rope podium weeks prior, I was oblivious of how devastating a loss I would soon brave. Yearning for an alternative identity, I remembered a $10 gift card I received from volunteers while I was in the hospital awaiting cardiac test results. This act of kindness restored my optimism by showing me that ordinary people care about hospitalized children. In that moment, I made the decision to use the time I could no longer spend playing sports to focus my energy and spirit on helping others.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
This year, PIFK is partnering with Furman University’s Shucker Leadership Institute. This partnership led to the creation of a six-student youth advisory board. Emily is an example of a passionate fellow who has become an asset to the organization. She is integrated in the day-to-day administrative tasks of PIFK. She is working alongside the youth advisory board to plan a 5K in the community of Greenville, SC. Her role includes contacting businesses for sponsorship opportunities, email correspondence with corporations, creation of event promotion materials, public speaking, and advocacy. She also has the opportunity to engage in effective grant writing, website development, and social media marketing. In general, new volunteers are encouraged to have as significant a role as they desire. Efforts should be conducive to raising funds.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
My holistic exposure as a patient, hospital volunteer, philanthropist, and policy advocate provide me with a comprehensive understanding of pediatric hospitals. Many people, organizations, and businesses are concerned with funding for treatments and cures to diseases. Focusing on the experiences of those currently battling the challenges of hospitalization sets PIFK apart. Additionally, private donors often purchase hospital donation items they believe the hospital will most benefit from; PIFK values working with hospital staff to ensure we are purchasing the items their hospital needs.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We have raised over $145,000 and impacted the lives of more than 600,000 pediatric patients. Physicians have reported that our donations often necessitate less pain medication to be administered as a result of patients’ increased entertainment and comfort. Below is part of a thank you letter from a hospitalized child after they received a $10 iTunes gift card from my non-profit.
“I’ve spent most of my teenage years here. Things don’t seem to be getting any better, sometimes I really, really want to die, but music is one of my most helpful coping skills. Songs like I Prevail - Crossroads, Rachel Platten - Fight Song, and Nickelback - Lullaby have stopped me from making a bad decision. So in a roundabout way, you have helped me stay alive and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Thank you, you reminded me that people do care. Keep doing what you do, the world needs more people like you."
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
PIFK is partnering with a leadership institute at Furman University. This partnership has led to the creation of a youth advisory board and plans to organize a 5K fundraiser in the community.
Our vision for expansion is to increase youth involvement by at middle schools, high schools, and colleges. We also plan to establish teenage playrooms in hospitals to provide young adults with a comfortable environment to regain a semblance of normalcy. A designated adolescent area will provide this age group in particular with an opportunity to socialize and relate to peers in similar situations. Creating this space requires a significant budget, pre existing space or minor construction, acquisition of furniture, and entertainment items.
9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?
10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations less than $100
Donations between $100-$1k
Donations between $1k-$5k
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?
White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?
Religious minority (non-Christian)
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