Transforming the lives of chronically ill children, and their families,
shifting all from surviving to thriving - until cures are found. 

What do "3" and "000" have in common?

They are both Bounce milestones!


Bounce just celebrated it's 3rd birthday and, my how time flies when you're having fun!

More important than the "3" that marks the passage of time, are the "three zeros". Why? Because they represent the more than 1,000 people now supported by Bounce:

  • kids who live life more like a patient than a person;
  • siblings living in the shadow of angst & anguish caused by their brother/sister's condition;
  • parents who are called upon to manage challenges & crises for which there is no training.

As fiscal year 2017-2018 draws to a close, that 1,000 is more than double the number of members enrolled in Bounce this time last year! We are ALL proud of this milestone - especially since our size, as measured in $$, has hardly grown.

Yes, with essentially the same number of dollars, Bounce has achieved:

  • supporting twice as many members;
  • a 50% increase in the number of Bounce Bash® family adventures hosted;
  • a 250% increase in the number of Bounce Back Kit® family care packages sent
  • and the launch of the Bounce Academy® education workshop program.

That's a lot of stretching a dollar!! Yet every dollar can only be stretched so far. With your support Bounce plans to double our growth again this coming year. If the number of new member applications received this past month is any indicator, we are on track to do so. And, so we are also doubling down on increasing Bounce's visibility and resource base. From partnering with Spirit of Chicago for our largest Bounce Bash yet to going live with iHeart Radio, and squeezing in one last fundraiser, we're excited for what comes next - and hope you are too!
Joan M. Steltmann
Chief Executive Officer
Biggest Bounce Bash® Ever - 250 Bounce Members!
 generously sponsored by
We Came,
We Saw,
& We Danced!
  A most special thanks to our friends at   Spirit Of Chicago  for creating unforgettable memories for the Bounce Community !
Coming Soon: Catch Bounce On Air!

107.5 WGCI

Inspiration 1390

Kiss FM

Lite FM

BIG 95.5
Bounce has given a pair of Community Affair interviews with iHeart Radio which will air over the next two weeks. Details to be announced soon.
Summer Solstice Celebration: A Night to Remember...
Hosted by the Emerging Leaders Board, Summer Solstice was a fun mix of delicious food & drink, spectacular raffles, mystery gift bags, mingling & more!

Just a few highlights:
  • Over 100 people attended the event to support Bounce children and their families
  • 2 Bounce Families joined us for a special night out in the city
  • Guest were treated to delicious food and drink prepared by Left Coast
  • Live music courtesy of the Feel Good Party Band
...and sunshine emerged just in time for the celebration!
Thank you to our sponsors:

Amy & Patrick Jones
Susan & Richard Murbach
It was a Par-tee at Bounce Bash ® Mini-Golf!
For the 2nd year, Bounce Families had a blast
putting around Skokie Sport Park's 18 holes of ADA Accessible Mini-Golf.
Delicious sandwiches, fresh watermelon, & sweet treats were catered from:
Introducing Bounce's New Operations Coordinator:
Meghan Jones
Prior to joining Bounce, Meghan worked as an English teacher in China. She graduated from Drake University where she earned her BA in Public Relations. Her career in nonprofits began in college where she had the opportunity to serve as a Program Assistant for a community organization called Children and Family Urban Movement. 

We are thrilled to have Meghan join the Bounce Team !