The Conner M Holland Foundation’s Financial Grant Program follows a formalized process to evaluate and determine the level of need. We partner with social workers from Penn State Hershey, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital to find families who can benefit from our services. Upon referral, each applicant files a formal request, and a board member interviews the file to understand the family’s financial hardship. Once approved, the foundation will pay a grantee’s rent, mortgage, grocery bill, utilities, etc… to ensure donor money is properly distributed.
Children who receive inpatient hospital care for cancer are typically limited in their ability to play, often spending most of their days in bed. We believe making a child comfortable during their stay is important to their overall well-being. We created the Conner’s Comfy PJs program to meet this need. Each year during the month of May. We collect new pajamas that are distributed year-round to pediatric cancer units all over the country.
The Holland family started the foundation after their 3-year-old son Conner was diagnosed with Leukemia in January of 2010. He went through chemotherapy treatments, and like an adult cancer patient suffered all the terrible side effects from his medication. On September 4, 2011, Conner lost his battle with cancer.
In the midst of their grief, they started a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the hopes of helping others thru their own battles with pediatric cancer. The generous support of our donor community allows us to provide financial support to families across the nation that have been reduced to a single income or worse in order to meet the treatment demands of this terrible disease. Mortgages, rent, electric, and travel expenses are just a few of the financial obstacles we are able to eliminate as they care for their family