It’s About Caring for Kids (IACKids) is extremely pleased to announce an annual partnership with the Golisano Children’s Hospital & Pediatric Social Work Team. IACKids has pledged an annual commitment of $25,000 to assist families with some of their most basic needs during their child’s extended hospitalization at the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Through a relationship with the Pediatric Social Work Team, the IACKids will identify the most appropriate families that are truly in need. “There are parents in this community that unfortunately are faced with their child’s severe illness. While they tend to their child they still have many responsibilities outside of their child’s hospital room. IACKids will help families so that they can concentrate on what’s most important; their child,” said Neil Butera, Co-Founder of IACKids. Loreto Barbone, Co-Founder of IACKids added, “Through the help of the Pediatric Social Work Team we’re identifying families that fall through the cracks. These are families that are not on government assistance, have jobs, hold their own insurance, and simply can’t keep up with their outside responsibilities while managing their child’s illness.” Tiffany Amalfi, Pediatric Social Worker at Golisano Children’s Hospital stated, “The proceeds from IACKids will help multiple families who are falling behind in basic necessities such as mortgage, rent, utility bills and transportation- simply because they cannot work and stay bed side with their child at the same time. This collaboration with the Pediatric Social Work Team will allow us to identify and assist the most crucial and pertinent situations.”
It’s About Caring for Kids (IACKids) was started in 2012 by five Italian-Americans in an effort to give back to families going through trying times due to their child’s severe illness. We are a not-for-profit organization that supports families with severely ill children that are patients at the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The IACK has pledged a minimum annual contribution of $25,000 to support the families in most need; specifically middle class families not on government assistance. We work directly with the Pediatric Social Work team to identify the most appropriate families to help them with some of their most basic needs during the challenging times of having a child in the hospital for an extended period of time. Visit us at www.iackids.org.
About Golisano Children’s Hospital
U.S. News & World Report ranked Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals for Neonatology, Orthopaedics and Neurology and Neurosurgery. Our 124-bed children’s hospital serves as the referral center for upstate New York, surrounding states and Canada. We combine award-winning research, internationally acclaimed education and compassionate care to serve our children and families.