Philanthropy at its finest!

The holiday music was playing setting the tone for a perfect sewing event with the brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The pillowcases this philanthropic group created will make for an extra special hospital holiday delivery as the children who receive them will no doubt feel the love that was put into every stitch!

She is one in a million!

Please join us in congratulating our very own Janice Hamilton, Case for Smiles Southeast Louisiana coordinator. She was recently recognized as the People’s Health Champion by People’s Health and the New Orleans Saints for her philanthropic work. She was also selected as the 2022 Ryan’s Case for Smiles JoAnn Shaw award winner recognizing outstanding service. Well done and well earned Janice!!

What a day!

We had an AMAZING day Ryan’s Case for Smiles had with this EXTRAORDINARY team from Affiliated Distributors in Wayne, PA. This philanthropic group raised $9,510 which funded their Giving Back Day enabling them to sew 125 pillowcases and to create 125 Coping Boxes. Our hearts and “cupboard” are full❣️. Read more about this spectacular event involving our Indianapolis chapter as well here.

Miles of Pillowcase Smiles

September kicks off our annual Miles of Smiles campaign to coincide with #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth. Throughout the month, generous volunteers in our chapters will be sewing up pillowcases to help reach a collective goal of 55,000 pillowcases. Will you join us and help to bring comfort to children and their families? Click here to learn more.

2.5 MILLION Pillowcases Delivered and Counting!

“Nothing makes me happier than a pile full of pillowcases!” Founder, Cindy Kerr

Or in this case, a MOUNTAIN or two!  Our hearts are full as we celebrate this incredible accomplishment!  Thank you to our board, coordinators, volunteers, donors and corporate partners who have been with Ryan’s Case for Smiles every step of the way cheering us on and selflessly supporting our mission! This HUGE smile says it all! Your kindness has helped Ryan’s Case for Smiles bring this kind of joy to so many children every day through the delivery of our whimsical pillowcases which act as the vessel for information about our coping resources for their families.  #gratefulforyou

2022 Team Buildings are in Full Swing!

Gather your crew for a rewarding day of team building while fostering camaraderie among your employees!  Each corporate team building event is custom tailored for your organization, helping to strengthen the collaboration between team members while giving back to the local community.  By partnering with Ryan’s Case for Smiles you will be helping us bring comfort to children in need and coping resources to their families at a time when they need them most.  For more information click here or contact Cindy Berlacher at


Join us for our 5th Fun, Food and Fabulous Handbags Bingo on Friday, May 20 at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA!  We are thrilled to be able to bring our community together again in support of our mission. All proceeds will help to expand and grow the many coping programs made available to children and families by Ryan’s Case for Smiles.  We’ve missed you! Hope to see you there! For more information, please click here.

South Bend Chapter Volunteer Spotlight

Please join us in congratulating Barb Peterson Martin who was recently recognized for her outstanding service and volunteering by Lippert Components, in Elkhart, Indiana. Last fall, Barb introduced her Lippert Components co-workers to Ryan’s Case for Smiles and organized three sessions with her associates who pressed, packaged, and helped with the many steps in the pillowcase assembly line process. Barb participates in monthly chapter sewing sessions and also sews pillowcases at home. Barb is giving and ‘all in’ with her time and devotion to Ryan’s Case for Smiles – which is no easy task with working full-time and a family. Thank you and way to go Barb!

The Sky’s the Limit!

Ryan’s Case for Smiles’ The Sky’s the Limit event honoring our founders, Cindy and Gavin Kerr was a HUGE success. The evening was magical, filled with love for The Kerr Family. Our guests mingled under a gorgeous white tent lined with celestial themed pillowcases representing the support of our incredible sponsors, including our Presenting Sponsor Penn Medicine (shown) and donors.  For the past fourteen years The Kerr’s have brought not only comfort and hope to so many families who have a child suffering from a life-changing illness or injury but also joy to the many volunteers throughout North America who have found a community—or family—at Ryan’s Case for Smiles.  Cindy and Gavin, it was an honor to celebrate your incredible vision!  Your impactful work will forever keep Ryan’s light shining bright




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