The Kaitlyn Langlois Memorial Foundation, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, specifically to offer economic assistance to families of children with cancer and/or terminally ill diseases who are experiencing financial difficulties, and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors of David Prouty High School in memory of Kaitlyn Leigh Langlois.
In 2001, our excitement, as we watched Kaitlyn play soccer, turned to concern, as she struggled with her running posture and a swollen shoulder. That evening in the UMASS Memorial Hospital Emergency room, Kaitlyn was diagnosed, at the young age of 12 years old, with a malignant tumor on her shoulder and upper arm. She bravely underwent an entire year of chemotherapy treatments and several surgeries. Kaitlyn continued to fight through four relapses while attending classes at David Prouty High School and participating in extracurricular activities. She fought to maintain her daily routines with the addition of lengthy medical tests, procedures and treatments. Soon after her 16th birthday, Kaitlyn’s fight on earth ended as she left us on May 21, 2005.
David Prouty High School was one of Kaitlyn’s favorite places to be as she battled her illness. She enjoyed playing soccer, running track and socializing with her peers, while striving to meet her goal to become a nurse. Her dream was to help others and give back what was given to her. Although Kaitlyn is not with us to fulfill her dream, we have established the Kaitlyn Langlois Memorial Foundation to fulfill her wishes to help others.
The Kaitlyn Langlois Memorial Foundation is dedicated to the needs of families caring for terminally, critically and chronically ill children through advocacy and financial assistance.
Children of Families We Have Helped
Gift Giving Program
During the past 11 holiday seasons, thanks to the incredible generosity of many sponsors and the hard work of our amazing volunteers, the KLMF was able to brighten the holiday season for many families. This Program was established from of our belief that “no child should go without a Christmas”. The Program provides American Express Gift Checks to the families with a child in active cancer treatment at the UMass Children’s Medical Center, with the intent to help reduce some of the financial hardship of the devastating effects of cancer at Christmas time. This allows families to take pleasure in enjoying the true meaning of the holiday season. When we provide Christmas for a family, it’s not just about giving them Christmas gifts — it’s about trying to restore some normalcy, happiness and hope to their lives. This Program is organized by us and completely funded at the holidays by our base of generous contributors. Together, we work diligently to rekindle the hearts of families each holiday season.
The Foundation has also made numerous direct donations to local families who have faced adversity due to the overwhelming expenses which arise when a family is in a crisis caring for a child with cancer or another catastrophic illness.
Any family with a child, who lives in New England, and is currently receiving treatment for cancer or other catastrophic diseases.
You can refer a family to our foundation. However, The referral must be verified by a physician, social worker, hospital or human resource specialist. If you know someone who would benefit from our organization , please contact us.
We offer financial assistance that is unavailable through the normal healthcare programs to families of children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses who are experiencing financial hardships.