To all supporters of the Tyler Foundation,
The earthquake and tsunami that occurred in the Tohoku region on Friday, March 11 has caused severe damage, and its victims include children receiving in and outpatient treatment for a variety of illnesses as well as thousands of children who have been displaced by the disaster and are now experiencing varying degrees of post traumatic stress disorder.
In the Tohoku region, the Tyler Foundation is providing physical and emotional support to pediatric patients and their families, as well as caring for children in the affected communities who need extra psychological encouragement and support.
We aim to provide this very special level of support by:
- Directly communicating with families of patients in hospitals to evaluate their needs and offer support based on their individual requirements
- Sending our Smile Ambassador – TF’s professionally-trained magical clown, TF’s Shine On! Therapy Dog team, and other skilled professionals to provide psycho-social support in evacuation centers, schools and hospitals
- Using Strands of Strength – part of our Shine On! Beads of Courage Program – to enable children in schools outside of the affected areas to provide a creative gift of personal encouragement to children struggling to return to normalcy
As always, our projects to support children and families in Tohoku are consistent with our mission of empowering children and improving quality of life while they go through their individual struggles and challenges.
Thank you for your continued support in helping us make this unique and powerful project touch as many lives as possible!
Kimberly Forsythe, President