Risha, then a 7 year old who underwent an Auto Islet Cell Transplant in March 2004 for Chronic Pancreatitis, understands very well the challenges of being in the hospital room and staring at the bare white walls! The Kids Who Care Foundation, a 501c3 tax deductible non-profit foundation, was founded by Risha with the help of her parents to cheer up and support other children with Pancreatitis and other chronic medical conditions.
Kids Who Care’s mission is to brighten the days at the hospital for kids that are having major surgeries. Kids Who Care volunteers send out “smile packs” to children in the hospital and Ronald McDonald House nationally to brighten the days of the hospitalized children. The “smile pack” box contains a giant “quilt cards” consisting of 20 “cheer up” cards made by the caring youths, along with books/DVDs, toys, board games, etc to bring a smile and make the hospital room bright and cheerful!
Kids Who Care’s traveling variety show is also a big hit. Caring youths show off their talents to entertain children with special medical conditions by doing magic tricks, puppet show, dancing, singing, etc. Risha also makes presentations at schools to educate kids on Pancreatitis/ Diabetes as well as teach the kids to be more caring and compassionate towards children with chronic medical conditions.