Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death for children in the U.S. under the age of 15. For families, the emotional and economic burden associated with a child’s cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and at times, unmanageable. To help address these challenges, in 2019, Carlos Correa and his family founded the Correa Family Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to provide transformative experiences and financial support to children battling cancer and their families.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, parents miss an average of 17 work days in the first month alone. Even more, 94% of parents who have a child with cancer face ongoing work interruptions that can range from losing shifts or days, decreasing hours, sacrificing overtime, declining educational or work advancement opportunities, or quitting or losing their employment altogether. Studies have shown that the top three major material hardships for these families fall under the categories of food, energy and housing insecurity. In addition, the emotional toll on families is immeasurable. As such, the Correa Family Foundation has two major goals: First, to provide transformative experiences to improve the emotional status and wellbeing of these kids and their families, and second, to offer financial support in the form of grants to help cover the indirect and non-medical costs associated with a pediatric cancer diagnosis.
As part of our mission, during extraordinary circumstances, we also support communities affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.
CHILDHOOD CANCER SUPPORT
Childhood Cancer Support
Childhood Cancer Awareness is represented by the color gold, which symbolizes how precious children are, as well as the resiliency of our childhood cancer heroes.
Hero of the Month
The Correa Family Foundation’s “Hero of the Month” initiative honors cancer patients who exemplify bravery, hope and outstanding courage as they work to overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges.
Joy and love to hospitals
A long-standing tradition of our Foundation is to bring love and laughter to children’s hospitals.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020
Due to the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, we created an initiative along with JAK Entertainment to call on a selected group of Puerto Rican artists and professional athletes to help during the pandemic.
In early 2020, Puerto Rico suffered its strongest earthquake in over 100 years followed by an unrelenting sequence of earthquakes. Hundreds of families were left homeless and in need of essential supplies.
Hurricane Florence, 2018
Hurricane Florence devastated North Carolina and left thousands homeless. Hence, we decided to visit these communities and provided 2 full days of free baseball clinics for children living in underserved communities.