How the Program Began

When Nicholas was diagnosed with pediatric cancer, a quilt group brought him a handmade blanket. Being a lifelong quilter myself, I knew the time and talent that went into making the blanket and I was humbled that someone would give away their beautiful work to someone they didn't know. That act of generosity inspired me to start the Smiles Quilt Program. -Christy (Nicholas' Mom)

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Quilting for Children with Cancer

Handmade quilts delivered to Children's Hospitals across the country.

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Pediatric Cancer

Childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. About 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades. Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more. Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970's, when the 5-year survival rate was about 58%. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents). About 1,250 children are expected to die from cancer in 2015. (American Cancer Society)

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Registered 501(c)3

Founded in 2007, the Nicholas Rydzynski Foundation is a registered charitable organization.