Making a Difference

Every day, people like you make a difference in the life of a child at Kennedy Krieger.

Welcome! There are many ways to make a difference in a child’s life, and just as many stories about how people—like you—have helped us fulfill our mission. This blog tells those stories. Check back regularly for inspiring stories, reports from our special events, and information about new initiatives and opportunities for you to get involved.

  1. Jacob's Story

    Jacob's Story

    Diagnosed with autism, Jacob was overstimulated, and couldn’t make it through the school day without acting out.

  2. Ellie's Story

    Ellie's Story

    When Ellie was three years old, she was diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial disease—a degenerative disorder that affects her brain and spinal cord.

  3. Anthony Rodgers

    Anthony Rodgers

    “I support Kennedy Krieger because it’s a wonderful organization that benefits a precious part of our society..."

  4. Mackenzie Clare

    MacKenzie Clare Fundraiser

    MacKenzie sustained the most serious injury - a spinal cord injury, losing the ability to feel and move below her chest.

  5. Victoria Sulerzyski

    Victoria Sulerzyski Honored

    Kennedy Krieger Board Member, Victoria Sulerzyski, recently received the Volunteer of a Lifetime Award from the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM).

  6. Crossing America

    Crossing America for a Cure

    The Heck and DeCesaris families have been instrumental in supporting the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at Kennedy Krieger.

  7. Sue Heether

    Sue Heether

    "Our son was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old... we were devastated, afraid, and overwhelmed by how much we didn’t know."

  8. Lyman Family

    The Lyman Family

    Through Cycle4CP, Chris Lyman raises funds supporting cerebral palsy research at Kennedy Krieger.

  9. Stephanie Cooper Greenberg

    Stephanie Cooper Greenberg

    Stephanie Cooper Greenberg coupled her love of animals with her dedication to the Institute by starting the R.E.A.D. program.

  10. Mason's Story

    Mason's Story

    Two hours before Crystal and Mason were scheduled to be discharged, doctors told them that Mason had tumors in his tiny heart.