February 12 - Join us for a fun Valentine Party at City of Hope, open to all pediatric oncology families. Enjoy manicures & massages, catered lunch and home-made valentine crafts for Parents, Siblings or your favorite nurse!
Make a Connection
Adopt a Family Smiles
How We've Help
With compromised immune systems, childen with cancer are high risk for the COVID 19 virus. Many of their parents have had to drastically change their lifestyle to protect their child from this pandemic. Megan’s Wings is working to keep these children safe. We are working diligently with social services at medical clinics and hospitals to identify families with needs and get them help. Thanks to emergency donor support, Megan’s Wings Patient Aid and Gas Assistance Programs are functioning at a high level during this critical time.
We continue to help families with house payments, utilities, transportation issues, food and gas gift cards and more through our Patient Aid Program. We were one of a small group of cancer charities to receive an emergency grant from the Inland Empire United Ways to help house, feed, and keep the lights on for many local childhood cancer families. Our Gas Assistance Program has provided 70 families with up to 4 months of gas card support to help get their child to treatment. Thanks to tremendous efforts from volunteer sewers early in the pandemic before masks were widely available and PPP equipment was scarce, we dropped off hundreds of homemade masks to pediatric oncology clinics to help protect families and their children. We are very grateful to our supporters who recognize the work we do, and continue to support us during this worldwide health crisis.
December brings smiles, hope and care packages to pediatric oncology families! Megan's Wings is adopting 50 families this year from local children's hospitals and we need your help. If you are interested in adoption or volunteering as one of our busy elves, click on the Donor/Volunteer Link above to join our team!
Help bring puppy love!
GIVING TUESDAY - DEC 1
Megan’s Wings is participating this year in Giving Tuesday, a nationally recognized day of giving. We were $15,700 short of meeting our $100,000 goal for Megan’s Virtual Walk and would like to end the year strong by meeting this goal. If you plan to participate in Giving Tuesday or if you make an end of year donation to a favorite charity, please consider giving to Megan’s Wings. Donations help pay bills and providing gas cards to families in need. Click here to make a donation or watch for details in November. Be the light these children need right now.
We are making Hope Boxes for Hospitals this Dec, and need help assembling the boxes on Dec 9. We also need art supplies and coloring books. If your group or business is looking for a project, please sign-up by filling out the donor/volunteer form above.
MEGAN'S VIRTUAL WALK
Ryan, Age 11
Ryan was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in January 2020 and finished his 4th round of chemotherapy mid-April. Ryan is in the hospital monthly for 5 days of chemotherapy treatment, but had an extended stay in April since his white cell count was so low and with the pandemic, it was not safe for him to return home until it raised to a safe level. He and his Mom missed their family very much. Mom says, “We are very thankful for Megan’s Wings programs! The bill assistance we received in March helped us catch up with utility bills, and the gas and grocery cards helped us get back and forth to Miller Children’s Hospital from Covina, and enabled me to leave groceries at home and bring some to the hospital before knowing my family would be so affected by COVID-19. I had to stop working to stay at the hospital with Ryan since state law only requires one parent to stay permanently. Ryan is sad he hasn’t seen his dad or siblings for a couple weeks, but we are praying we’ll all be back together again soon.”
Healthy Living Program
DOWN MEMORY LANE
Tip the Firefighter
Our 18th Annual St Patrick's Fundraiser at Big Al's was canceled on March 12 due to the pandemic to keep our community safe. We had hoped to reschedule, this event, but was never able to due to closure mandates from the state. We are so appreciative of the sponsors who still donated. Our support programs and services are needed by childhood cancer families more than ever. Stay tuned for 2021 Event Details. We look forward to coming together soon!!
Fun Times at our Galas
Megan's Race Memories
Virtual Walkers and Sponsors!
Emergency Fund Appeal
With uncertainty, comes strength and unity. When fundraising events became uncertain and Financial Aid Need drastically increased, we sent out a social media and email campaign asking for help to raise critical funds for our programs. Thank you to all who responded to our Emergency Fund Appeal! Your donations have helped many vulnerable families keep their children safe during the pandemic.
A Simple Way To Help ~ During the pandemic, we are all shopping more than ever online. Why not help a favorite charity, Megan's Wings at the same time! Login to your Amazon account, choose Megan's Wings as your favorite charity and shop Smile.Amazon. Amazon gives back a percentage of every purchase. It's that EASY!
We are very grateful to our grant providers this year! Thank you for your continued support of Megan's Wings. Our programs take flight because of you!!
Megan's Wings Joins
the LiFT Network
We're excited to announce our partnership
with the LiFT Network, a national group of
like-minded nonprofits who work together to fight against the financial burdens brought on by a cancer diagnosis. This fall we will begin offering long term solutions which includes financial planning and education to help families better understand and plan for the financial impacts of their child's cancer diagnosis before they reach a crisis level.
The Financial Treatment Program aims to support families before they hit critical financial breaking points. The program pairs families with a Certified Financial Planner who help with:
Organization of family finances
Developing a plan to prioritize payments
Debt consolidation and management
Review of savings and investments
Life insurance and disability
Review tax issues
Review of general estate planning
With a financial planner's guidance, families can gain peace of mind about their financial well-being. Healing should be the main focus during treatment, and planners help make that possible.
Together, we are reaching more families. Together, we are stronger.
Host a Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook!
Facebook fundraisers are simple to set up and a great way to support your favorite charity! Facebook does not charge the donor or the charity credit card processing fees so 100% of your birthday donations to Megan's Wings go directly to support kids with cancer by helping pay bills so families can concentrate on getting their child well.
Megan's Wings, Inc.
1042 N. Mountain Avenue, Ste. B303
Upland, CA 91786 • Phone (909) 532-8135
We have been honored with a Top-Rated Award for 2020 from GreatNonprofits! We appreciate all of your contributions! https://greatnonprofits.org/org/megans-wings-inc
16th Annual Megan Savage Memorial
Participants walked & ran from all over the US and beyond
We are so grateful to our participants, near and far, this year!! Our virtual event was highly successful with many, many past supporters who continued to support our cause walking virtually at McCarthy Park, local trails, and neighborhoods. We also had many new participants, and we loved having you join us this year for our fall fundraiser!
We had participants from 24 US States, Canada, and the Cupps family completed the walk from Seoul, South Korea. We had great support from the Inland Empire but this year 82 California cities were represented in our virtual walk.
Click here for Race Results for those participants who recorded their finish times.
We lost our daughter, Megan at the tender age of nine after a long 2 ½ year battle with Leukemia. She was a sweet, caring, feisty, outgoing little girl. She taught me to not put off tomorrow what we can do today, to love those around us with all our heart, to be thankful for what we have because it can all be taken away in a heartbeat, and that it is our destined journey here on earth to reach out to those in need, helping anyway we can. Megan was such a kind considerate soul, always reaching out to others even in her toughest times. Megan faced her illness with a brave smile and a courageous heart, seldom shedding a tear for herself. While I held her hand, caressed her back and shed a lifetime of tears while she slept, and after she was gone. I never wanted her to see my fears. I couldn’t take away her pain or the cancer that forced her to go through everything she had to endure to fight it. I could only give her medication, soothe her aches with mommy’s tender touch and put my faith in the doctors and God to heal her. As a parent, you feel so helpless.
Megan’s Wings was founded in January 2005 in memory of 9 yr old Megan Savage who lost her Leukemia battle on April 2nd, 2003. During Megan’s 2 1/2 yr struggle with cancer, the Savage family met other families struggling to cope financially and emotionally. It’s often necessary for a parent to cut back hours at work or one parent quit work to care for their sick child. Money eventually runs short to pay the bills & expenses increase such as gas expense for numerous appointments and hospital stays, phone calls to family, meals away from home, increased medical bills. Treatment often stretches into years with relapse, making it difficult to recover financially, even with savings. It is our wish to help ease the financial burden and foster hope through caring so families can concentrate on their sick child.