Bounce builds community for chronically ill children and their families. 

A Letter From The CEO


Halloween, the season of imagination, is almost upon us. Children are free to be as creative as they want and to become whatever they dream of - a soldier in a wheelchair turned tank, a princess, or a spooky ghost roaming the Chicago streets with parents in tow. More important than the costume, is the opportunity for kids, families and neighborhoods come together as a community focused on the well-being of children.

The possibilities of this month and the carefree attitude that it inspires are the same emotions that Bounce stirs within chronically ill children and their families. When you attend a Bounce Bash™ family adventure, there is an energy in the air - the pure joy of families letting go and kids being kids. We also create a sense of community, a safe haven for chronically ill children to come together and find happiness. And with events tailored to fit all children, we make it our goal to have every family leave with a smile from ear to ear - just like a Jack-O'-Lantern! So have a happy and safe Halloween, and may your nights be spooky and full of fun!

Joan Steltmann

Bounce Children's Foundation CEO

Bounce in Motion:

Halloween is a time to have fun!  To read about the impact helping to organize a Bounce Bash™ had on one of our Board Members, click here: 

Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch a Huge Success!

Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch Bounce Bash™ was a big success! Families spent the day enjoying a beautiful fall day, making arts and crafts, eating lunch and experiencing:

  • Petting Zoo
  • Pony and Camel Rides
  • Pumpkin Express Hayride
  • Corn Box and Corn Maze
  • Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur
  • Jumping Pillow
  • and a Pumpkin to take Home

Thank you to all the families that made this event possible, and a very special thank you to Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch for hosting this event. Our Bounce families were treated like royalty!

Upcoming Bounce Bash™: Halloween Hoopla 2016

When: October 23rd, 12 PM- 3 PM

Where: Jones Day Law Firm

We're excited to invite you to the next Bounce Bash! Join us for a spooky good time. Our fun-filled afternoon includes: Bounce Bingo, Trick-or-Treating, Games and Crafts, Snacks, Costume Contest and a whole lot of fun!

A huge thank you to Jones Day for sponsoring, hosting and volunteering at Halloween Hoopla 2016!!

Bounce Families:  check your email for an invitation. If you did not receive one, please email to request tickets.

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 A Boost from Bounce
The latest addition to our monthly newsletter designed to inspire smiles and resilience:

"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about
progress and prosperity   for our community...

Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others,
for their sakes and for our own."

- Cesar Chavez
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No matter who you tell, it will help the kids and families we serve

move from simply surviving to truly thriving!

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