Our programs and services are as many and varied as are YOU!!! Our members initiate all our programs, events, and activities! What do YOU want and need for your child? And for FREE! Just give us a call at 914 713 4065 or just sign up for our FREE membership! We look forward to sharing in your family's quality of life!
Our history is short and sweet! Incorporated since 2009, Fun For Cure, Inc.'s membership has always been free, including refreshments for our programs. We've incorporated all facility, material, and hospitality contributions into our therapeutic recreation support programs, as well as our special events and fundraisers. Through trial and error, we have found that our experienced and dedicated volunteers, rather than paid employees, bring a special compassionate effort into our services that could not be matched! That's not to say that our independent professional contractors are less significant to our mission and quality of work. We hope to afford more paid workers within our operation in the year 2016. Our current board of directors is searching for committee leaders to help us with just that task. Our passive fundraising history has led to a greater need for more cost effective programing especially this coming fiscal year, so that we may continue our FREE membership and services! But we wouldn't have it any other way! It is not our policy to aggressively solicit funds! We are sure that our mission will pay for itself by remaining efficient, effective, and purposeful! When there's a will, there's a way.... and our journey is our goal!
We are working on our archive documents so that we may collaborate them into our bi-annual newsletters and pamphlets... these will be available to view from past years for historical purposes! Also view our website from years past right here.... Enjoy!
2010 – 1011 TESTIMONIALS…
During the spring of 2011, I decided to take time away from the securities industry and choose between two options presented to me: Attend the U of Tx: McCombs School of Business or accept a new position with a well known Investment Bank. Wanting to consume this moment in life to broaden my horizon, volunteering presented me the perfect vehicle to do so.
It was during this period that I met Florence Egan, the founder of Fun For Cure Inc.
Florence is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Counselor, and the backbone for providing services to children with disabilities.
Volunteering at FFC has been both a challenge and an extremely rewarding experience.
This organization has shown growth in two very important aspects: community outreach and therapeutic services. Participating in events such as the Westchester County: 9-11 Volunteer Expo and the Halloween Fright Festival have helped increase awareness and support for our mission: recreational therapy for children with disabilities.
Furthermore, we also unveiled an exciting new tennis program for our members. FFC can now provide children with a safe non-threatening environment to either play casually, or receive a lesson from a former NCAA player.
Utilizing my business/advisory skills to help expand this organization has been a rewarding experience. I am proud to be associated with Fun For Cure Inc., and to support Florence who has become a true friend to me.
- David S. Lee
Fun For Cure, Inc. Volunteer Services
Fun for Cure, 501(3) (C)
Volunteer & Community Advocate
My role as a volunteer at Fun for Cure, inc. really began to develop during a yearly convention held in White Plains, NY. An estimated hundred NGO’s from around the area assembled to share the programs they offer to better serve their community and environment. In wandering from table to table, speaking with various organizations, I quickly realized that I needed to gather information from those organizations with the potential to share (I.e., give and take) something in common with out own organization. One, for example, was the Veteran Administration of Yonkers, NY, who serves their vets well but cannot provide assistance to family, spouses, or children. There was my first opening for mutually beneficial partnership!
It is important to make note that in my experience as a volunteer at Fun For Cure, Inc., what I liked the most about it was that there were few volunteers who could produce a lot. I learned that personal motivation is more productive than more personnel. Anyway, another highlight came later in the year, when we held a Fun For Cure, inc. Halloween Party! We spent a great deal of time preparing signs and invitations and decorating for the event; and though the turnout was not as large as anticipated, those who did come and those of us working there had a wonderful time. It was certainly sight-seer in busy downtown Dobbs Ferry.
It was at this time that I realized we really needed to push FFC, Inc’s message and awareness beyond the borders of the small town. To grow, we needed a greater physical reach and needed to widen our scope beyond the limits of a small town. To reach the more people and more communities we would need the use of web, news articles, and social networking. And thus, we continue today to spread our message about the wonderful programs we offer and the variety of people we care for! This is an organization that is only advancing and growing, and yet, it started solely with the good heart and selfless generosity of one woman, Florence Egan.
- Carolyn Hale
Fun for Cure, 501(3) (C)
Volunteer & Community Advocate
"Fun for Cure tennis lived up to its name: it was lots of fun for my daughter. The organizers did so many things right -- from setting goals before every session, to providing healthy snacks, to enlisting buddies who enhanced the social experience. As a tennis player myself, I am thrilled to see my daughter's newly found enthusiasm for the sport."
- Ann Horowitz, Westchester County, NY
"I looked forward to tennis every Friday. My favorite part was when I met Adelise, who was a buddy. I got better at tennis by practicing my forehand. We played games and there were prizes. I liked the snacks that Florence and Adelise brought. "
- Carly, Westchester County, NY
"This was the first experience at tennis for my 11yr old ASD son and it was terrific. Practicing eye/hand coordination and timing; tennis was a perfect exercise for him. Thank you."
- Lisa Colin, Westchester County, NY
Fun For Cure, Inc. is a tax exempt non-profit public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Fun For Cure, Inc. was created for the purpose of relieving the distress and hardship in children with chronic diseases or disabilities and their families by providing the opportunities for group support, quality time, recreational endeavors and fulfilling experiences. Our mission is FUN!!!
Our objectives are to provide the opportunities for members to socialize, support one another, and discuss or plan motivational activities for the children and other members. Also, to implement activities and organize events that the children wish to pursue. We also provide resource information through our professional membership and associates. We advocate for the children and their families and we support them as much as our resources will provide. We encourage positive outlooks and help promote the health and well-being of all our members!!!
Quality time is what we're all about!
Many of us truly have first-hand experience with how significantly the mind and body can work together with medical science to heal and beat the odds in strength, endurance, and perseverance! Fun For Cure, Inc. believes that it is extremely important to find recreational opportunities that motivate the children to pursue their dreams along with their families and other group members. The children of all ages will be able to develop special friendships through FREE meetings, planned events and activities, and age/interest appropriate groups. Our families will enjoy FREE coffee and refreshments as well!
American health care today must collaborate with other human service fields in order to reach its full potential! Physical and Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Art and Music Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation (just to name a few), are extremely closely related to medical science and health care when it comes to achieving the highest standards of wellness and good health. Fun For Cure, Inc.'s foundation is built upon the premises of many human service fields. Therapeutic Recreation, for example, emphasizes the development of individual strengths and abilities of children with disabilities or illness through professional goal-oriented programs under the guidance of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. Resources and information will be available for all members and their families regarding the many aspects of the human service fields, such as Therapeutic Recreation and the standards and practices of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Present Board of Directors and Interim and Associate Members*
*Please see below for a complete list of board achievements and qualifications!
Florence Egan - Founder/Board Chair
Diane Babu - Co-Chair
Arlene Heide - Secretary
John Pecoraro - Treasurer
Victoria Magee - Membership Representative
Email us or call us at - 914 713-4065
From Your Founder, Florence Pecoraro-Egan ....
1992 - a turn-key year. Yes, it was 1992 - after leaving my 10 year part-time sign painting job and my 13 year full-time receptionist position.....
I decided to join the human service field with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) while a student at Mercy College for my BS in Therapeutic Recreation as a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist). But then I had only just begun to learn what Therapeutic Recreation really means! Fast forward to about 15 years later, I had the opportunity to complete my MS in Education while being blessed with my 3 beautiful children against the odds and the medical prognosis I was given back in 1992 when I had my life altering experience! I was hit by a van the day after I graduated and boy was my life put on hold for a while! I had 12 broken bones and a crushed pelvis, cuts from head to toe, and my face needed stitches on the spot due to a gaping hole in my upper lip. After 10 days in intensive care and 20 in the hospital, I also needed 6 months of rehab. That's when my passion for skiing and bicycle riding kept me hanging on and working hard at healing! I remembered all the important aspects of TR and used them to come to my own treatment plan! TR for sick or injured people truly can increase their stamina, outlook, hope, and overall ability to cope and heal! And it surely helped me! My goal was to ski as soon as medically possible, and when I got the OK, I was out on the slopes! This may sound silly and superficial, but it was a passion of mine back then, and a great motivation to me. I was truly hopeful!
But even way before that time, back in my childhood, after my brother’s death from Leukemia in 1973, I knew deep down that FUN really makes a big difference in a child's quality of life... and I realized I wanted to have a career in the “helping” fields! I felt a strong appreciation for Recreation, Art, and Music, realizing that my brother would have had a much better quality of life if he had more opportunity to play his guitar and join a group of children for adaptive art or fitness sessions in the hospital. It was very hard emotionally for my parents and me at that time, dealing with losing him. I suffered from depression and severe anxiety at age 16 stemming from the adjustment period after his death without any counseling or therapy. My parents had their share of emotional scars, as well… I’m sure TR would have helped us all back then…
Over two decades later, I came to realize that so much has improved within the health care and human service fields. We now consider caring for the whole person rather than just the illness! We try to look at the person’s ABILITIES, rather than their disabilities! We realize that a person’s mind, body, and spirit all work together! Healing occurs at all levels! Spirituality and family support are major factors as well! Personally, my will to ski and bike again, as well as my involvement with my family and church, had motivated me and given me self-confidence and enthusiasm toward my own recovery!
The next period in my life turned out wonderful – three beautiful children, Continured Education after my Master of Science, and enjoying a career in art and TR. Until 2006, when my son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. He had endured more pain and suffering than I would ever want to believe, and still is experiencing a life of hospital procedures, meds, diet, and treatments. He is the reason I founded Fun For Cure, Inc., although my brother’s death at 9 years old set the foundation !!! I put a small blurb about my son in our website, when he was medically overdosed with potent immunoblockers and had to needlessly suffer from the toxemia for a long period of time – in addition to all his Crohn’s ailments!!!
The reason I love my position as Founder of Fun For Cure, Inc. is because I get to honor both my brother and son by helping other children like them!
Thank you for reading my story and being a part of Fun For Cure, Inc.!!!
Florence Egan CTRS, MSEd, Founder
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FUN! EXCITEMENT! YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DESERVE IT!
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When a loved one is ill it is too easy to put fun and excitement on the back burner. The illness may start to become overwhelming!
Our families are all of YOU! You are reading this because you know a child with a chronic disease, disability, or perhaps who is suffering from a poor situation! Families can become tense and exhausted. Family members may need a healthy outlet for their stress. They may need rejuvenation! Coping and healing is much easier when the mind and spirit is positive and hopeful!
Children who are ill or disabled especially need be MOTIVATED and to ENJOY LIFE! They need to feel EMPOWERED! They need to
have a guaranteed safe and special place to come to with their families where all their problems will seem to disappear!
Fun For Cure, Inc. is based on fun and quality time. It is in many ways holistic and therapeutic. Our members are families like yours who wish to grow stronger and closer to each other, despite the hectic schedules and difficult situations they may endure. Each week we meet to support one another and plan events or activities to meet the needs and abilities of the participants. Healing is a total mind and body process, and we all know that FUN AND LAUGHTER REALLY CAN BE THE BEST MEDICINE!!!
Each group is led by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Certified Teacher, Art therapist, or School Counselor who aids in the planning and implementation of a
variety of activities. These activities may help strengthen the physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities of the children. We will also have resources available for any member interested in
finding out about Therapeutic Recreation, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, or a related form of holistic healing. We follow universal safety precautions and respect the privacy of all our members. We
insure that no contagious infections or illness are brought to our meetings or events.
Medical treatment for children with chronic diseases or disabilities can be very stressful, to say the least. Children receiving medical treatment need a way to RELIEVE THEIR STRESS through healthy and rewarding experiences. The ongoing Fun For Cure, Inc. groups and meetings will provide the opportunity FOR THE CHILDREN to share their thoughts and feelings with their peers. They will look forward to collaborating with each other about their RECREATIONAL DREAMS and how they can achieve them as a group.
Children are naturally hopeful and open-minded!
Give them the chance to explore their inner POWER!
Let them gain a sense of control with their own health! Let them try the limitless ways to enjoy the healing processes that the body is capable of!!! The whole family will join in this most rewarding experience!!!!
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