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Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation funds the nation’s best science in the fields of leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers of the blood. In recent years, we have expanded our reach to include the funding of select pediatric oncology initiatives, music therapy programs, and international projects.
In 2013, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation visited Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. with Board Member, celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, for an inspirational day of jewelry making with five very special children. This art therapy session gave patients and their siblings the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind pieces with real gems courtesy of Lorraine. The children’s designs were then manufactured by her team of professionals and featured on the red carpet at the 2013 GRAMMY® Awards by the night’s biggest stars: Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry. Reigning pop diva Beyoncé even sported the jewels in her feature for SHAPE Magazine. Lorraine and her siblings Ilan and Ofira Sandberg felt a special connection with this project which they also did with their mother when she was in treatment for lung cancer. They created the Shulamit's Hope Foundation in her memory. Special thanks to Lorraine, Ilan, Ofira, Justin, Mario and the entire Children’s National team for bringing this healing initiative to these deserving young angels.
In the summer of 2015, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation visited Cohen Children's Medical Center with Lorraine and her team for another inspirational day of art initiatives for patients and their loved ones. The Foundation provided support for an art therapist at the hospital in January of 2016.
Through a $25,000 gift from Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their Child Life Program purchased five new Kidzpace gaming machines for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The machines were placed in various areas of St. Jude, primarily in their waiting rooms. Jennifer Smith, a Child Life Specialist, saw first-hand the difference this gift made not only to the patients, but to their visiting brothers, sisters and friends. “The Kidzpace Centers offer unique games and activities [that] help them focus on something other than time or anxious thoughts and provide therapeutic diversion to help them make it through the day. Thank you for making this possible!”