Mission Statement The Lucas Ryan Foundation

The mission of the Lucas Ryan Foundation is to create awareness of pediatric cancer while raising and allocating funds that will directly benefit children undergoing cancer treatment.

What is the Lucas Ryan Foundation?

The Lucas Ryan Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to help children and their families who are fighting cancer. The Foundation is compliant with the IRS and adheres to all state and federal laws concerning non-profit organizations. All donations and contributions made to the Foundation are recognized by the IRS and are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Along with a Director of Finance, the Foundation also has a CPA, which aids in preparation of all monetary transactions and tax reports for the IRS each fiscal year. Board members serve as volunteers only, receiving no pay for their service. The Foundation is headed by Gratziela Lazarov, Monti Motorga and Camelia Mihaila and of course Lucas Ryan himself.

Why the Lucas Ryan Foundation?

t's simple. Because it’s a win, win situation. It's Lucas’s dream and wish to inspire people while helping other kids like him who need it most. Lucas Ryan is a fortunate kid to have beat cancer and the Lucas Ryan foundation is his vision and his biggest pride, his wishes are to help others on this long and painful journey and give families the opportunity to create more memories with their loved one. As you read this, about our amazing volunteers these amazing people are doing the same incredible things for other children and their families. It's a win for pediatric cancer research, with the hope that one day no longer will a family have to endure such a journey. It's a win for those who are traveling this road and need some form of assistance to help them in their great time of need. And, it's a win for those who gave in our time of need.

YOUR donations help

The Lucas Ryan Foundation Funds are allocated to the children and their families to support them in any way possible also in advancements in pediatric cancer care, programming, research, and facilities as well as granting wishes and providing wigs for those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.For Lucas Ryan the worse part of his treatment was loosing his hair, he felt as if cancer had left its autograph on his head.Lucas Ryan Foundation also distributes gift bags and hosts food parties for the children and their families while admitted on the floor for cancer treatment as well as provide entertainment and educational material. Needs and assistance to families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment given in the form of gift cards (gas, meal, and other basic necessities as well as rent/mortgage payment, eclectic and water).

Lucas loves

Lucas Ryan inspired a lot of people, many of whom he never met. He also inspired those closest to him, including his own parents and their close friends. But, many around us also inspired us. Throughout Lucas’s journey, our family was helped out in so many ways. This is our way of giving back in return, of doing something to all those who helped our little Lucas along his long and painful journey, that you may benefit from and be very proud of. Lucas loves Joe DiMaggio’s Children's Hospital...the nurses, doctors, music/art therapists, food workers, you name it...anyone who worked there. He also loved his friends, those who were living on the same floor and were going through the same trials as he was. His parents also grew to love them.

With YOUR help

YOUR selflessacts have made this a reality. Without it, much of our foundation would not be possible, especially the commitment to our local Children’s Hospitals. However we hope to help everyone and anyone that’s going down this painful road. We thank you and hope you take great pride in this foundation that was made possible by YOU and the blessings it will create for many deserving children. Any Help is welcome just as any donation is, weather you’re a vendor providing a gift card for a family to have a night out on the town and ease their mid for just one minute or weather you’re providing toys for a child who is completely bored in a hospital bed or you provide funds for a family that may need it, and need it desperately.

Make this YOUR story too!

Our family lived there for practically for three years. Without these people and the resources offered to us, our son would have not survived this horrible disease, and our journey wouldn’t have been possible. As...so many gave and demonstrated many selfless acts of kindness throughout those long three years, that’s led us to lead an organization that will help those in need, just as we were. These children and their families will benefit more than words can describe, and it will be made possible because of YOU. It is an amazing feeling for a child who is sick to know that people are thinking about what they are going through on a daily basis and are trying to help them in any way they can. It did wonders for our family and it will for others too.

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