Bounce builds community for chronically ill children and their families. 

A Letter From The CEO


It's holiday time! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, a combination or none at all, it's about being together. Yes, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Just as the holidays bring us together, so, too, does Bounce.  Offsetting the roadblocks of chronic illness, Bounce members forget, even if only for a day, the struggles of doctor visits squeezing out fun time together fun and medical equipment turning even basic outings into complicated endeavors. Laughter replaces tears, and an electric sense of joy fills the air. 

My thanks to you for enabling Bounce to bring families together throughout the year, and especially during the holidays.  Enjoy the magic of the season!

Joan Steltmann, CEO

Calling All Kids (and Parents, too!):

Help Us Name the Official Bounce Mascot!

Bounce is nearly ready to unveil our mascot, but we need a name - and that's where you come in!  

Got a great idea? Please share it and you could win our grand prize!  

Bounce Bash™ Nutcracker a Sm ashing Success
Thanks to Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire!

Bounce Bash™ Nutcracker was magical and awe inspiring! Sponsored by Marriott Theater Lincolnshire, Bounce families truly enjoyed this critically acclaimed musical version of the story.

Chicago Theatre Review declared: "Audiences looking for a colorful, musical holiday treat that's perfect for the whole family should look no further than Lincolnshire. A lovely, magical treat that will appeal to every family member is waiting just off Milwaukee Road!" - and they were right!

A very special thank you to Marriott Theater for making this event possible. The play brought holiday cheer to Bounce families and provided something extra to smile about this holiday season!

Bounce in Motion:

Bounce gave Tommy, who doe sn't let his illness slow him down, "the best day of my whole summer!" 

For Bounce Families!

Have a tip of your own?

Share with your fellow Bounce families via Bounce Net(TM) !

Have you seen our Bounce YouTube Videos?

Check out Bounce's YouTube channel with videos showing the joy that Bounce Bash™ events bring to our families! Stop by to check out past events, and be sure to subscribe so you can see future videos first.  Click here for Bounce Videos
 A Boost from Bounce...
...designed to inspire smiles and foster resilience:

" As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same. ." 

- Donald E. Westlake, American Writer

From simply surviving to truly thriving - until cures are found!