As much as we can

Esther’s Friends, The Esther Viola Frey Memorial Foundation is partnering with Chicagoland hospitals to provide support to children, and families of children, facing long-term hospitalizations.


Thanks to the generous outpouring of donations, Esther’s Friends has partnered with:


  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to provide critical support by funding a parking pass for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit families for the next four years, supporting the position of Child Life Specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for one year, supplying adaptive toys and switches for use in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and providing 70 books for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit inpatients to keep and take home;

  • Loyola Medicine Children's Hospital to create the Esther Viola Frey Patient Support Fund to meet the greatest needs of patients and their families suffering from financial insecurity;

  • Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy to provide funding for a new therapy dog to visit children at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Visit the page "Our Therapy Dog, Eva" from the dropdown above to learn all about her;

  • Comer Children's Hospital (University of Chicago Medicine) to provide 525 comfort care kits to families in the Pediatric Intensive Care and Isolation Units. These kits include basic hygiene materials, activity books, games, fuzzy socks, blankets, a journal, and thanks to your donations, will now also include a meal voucher and parking pass;

  • Rush University Children's Hospital to provide 660 books for inpatients to keep and take home as well as 20 iPads for pediatric inpatient use. The new iPads support learning needs, connect families, and prepare and support these inpatients through diagnosis education and upcoming procedure information;

  • Advocate Children's Hospital to provide 200 comfort care kits to pediatric inpatients. These kits create a needed diversion for the children and include coloring books, toys, and games;

  • Children's Hospital University of Illinois to provide 100 parking passes for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and pediatric inpatient families facing financial insecurity; and

  • Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's to provide meals for families staying at the house.


We aren't done yet.


We have received proposals from other Chicagoland institutions and are reviewing those based upon current funding and identified need that coincides with our purpose. Because of you, we will continue to grow and find innovative and creative ways to provide assistance to the children and families. Once hospitals are able to lift certain pandemic-related restrictions, we believe we will be able to accomplish even more!


This page will continually be updated with our progress.