Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down with my longtime friend, David Gaynes, to discuss the Adam Gaynes Foundation. The foundation was started by David as a legacy to his son, Adam, the namesake, to support children who suffered from brain and spinal tumors.
David’s son Adam was born with a brain tumor. As you can imagine, this illness dramatically changed his family’s life. While David was fortunate enough through work and finances to provide his son with proper care, given the limited amount of kids that are impacted by brain tumors (roughly 100,000 a year), it’s a pretty underfunded area of child illness.
After Adam passed away, David and his wife felt like the best thing for them to do would be to make life easier for the children while they were going through the same therapy that treated Adam.
The goal of the Adam Gaynes foundation is simple. It’s to make life easier for children and their families while they’re going through a life-threatening time. And when it impacts the child, the whole family is impacted.
In an attempt to help both families and kids, the Adam Gaynes foundation funds a variety of projects. Over the years, David and the foundation have paid for family fun day every year for a couple of different hospitals. This day offers kids the opportunity to go out, have a special kid-oriented day, and feel like kids again. This was once one of Adam’s favorite events.
Another one of their initiatives was getting machines that allow the children to watch a movie while getting an MRI. When someone has a brain tumor, the MRI process is about an hour and a half. It’s a very lengthy procedure and with the movie on, the children don’t need anesthesia because watching a film keeps them calm in the machine.
A lot of effort and work has been placed on making hospitals more kid friendly, such as funding playrooms and libraries so they can stay open on weekends for kids. Basically, anything the organization feels Adam would have enjoyed or benefited from, they are putting into action.
One of their most recent projects has been to bring virtual reality opportunities to children who’ve undergone transplants. Following this major procedure, the children are isolated in a room for 30 days. With these virtual reality programs, the children can take a trip to an aquarium, walk inside a painting, or take a trip to their block and see their room.
Where They Work
The foundation has worked closely with the Children’s Hospital of Montefiore, Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and their local university hospitals. Through various fundraising efforts, the Adam Gaynes Foundation has been able to donate more than a million dollars to both Montefiore and Hassenfeld.
The main flagship event for the Adam Gaynes Foundation is a golf tournament, which will be held on July 12th this year at the Cold Spring Country Club. While it’s only golf, it brings together medical professionals, families, and those with an interest in funding the foundation to learn more about what’s going on and the outcomes for children with brain or spinal tumors.
Throughout the year, the foundation offers smaller events for fundraising. If you’re interested in learning more, check out their website at: http://www.chillinwithadam.org/
At Heller Wealth Management, we believe in support and giving back to our communities. The Adam Gaynes Foundation is just one example of the many incredible charitable opportunities you can find. If you’re looking to give back, and would like to know more about Adam, head on over to their website today.