For most, the first 18 years of our lives are carefree and fun. Time is spent in school with friends, learning simple lessons and laughing.
Consider for a moment those who do not fit this mold - the children who battle disease. Little league games and pajama parties are replaced by bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy. Running is done in a wheelchair because strength is depleted. Simple lessons become extremely tough life lessons that rob them of their innocence and childhood.
A child with a life threatening illness becomes a ripple in the water, affecting the entire family structure. Quite often, at least one parent must leave the workplace focusing full attention on their sick child. The other parent may have to take on a second job; the other siblings may receive little attention. And unless there is support of some kind, each day is one of overwhelming medical, emotional and financial stress and anguish you can't even imagine.
The Casey Cares Foundation understands that although we can't cure the heart-wrenching illnesses, we can support the families in compassionate and creative ways. As one social worker states, "Your organization is like this little jewel that then gets placed in their lives to help provide opportunities for these children and their families to relax, laugh, celebrate, and be recognized as the special people they are."
The Casey Cares Foundation has a dedicated team of caring staff with years of experience in the field of helping critically ill children, many of who volunteer their time. Casey Cares Foundation is dedicated to providing uplifting programs with a personal touch for critically ill children and their families.
Casey Baynes overcame many personal and business obstacles in her life, including dyslexia. At a very young age, she was told that school would be very difficult. While learning was definitely a challenge, she managed to receive her AA degree before graduating high school and went onto become Towson University's youngest Master's Degree recipient at age 20.
After working for a children's non-profit, Casey left to help run her family's business. However, after missing a sense of fulfillment, Casey decided to leave that position to follow her heart. She initially met with social workers at hospitals and parents of children fighting cancer, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis and other life-threatening illnesses to find out how she could lessen their stress and make a difference in their lives.
Founded in 2000, Casey began the Casey Cares Foundation with five Baltimore families. Since then the charity has grown to serving hundreds of families throughout MD, DC, VA, WV, DE, and PA.
Among her many achievements, Casey has received the "Ravens Community Quarterback Award" (2003), "Howard County Volunteer of the Year Certificate of Recognition (2005), Baltimore Business Journals "40 Under 40" Outstanding Professionals (2006), "Bravo! Entrepreneur Award (2006) from Smart Woman Magazine, 2007 Unsung Hero Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter, 2007 Young Alumna Award, Salisbury State University; 2008 Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Woodlawn-Westview; named one of 2008 MD Daily Record's Influential Marylanders, 2008 Baltimore SmartCEO magazine's 25 Bravo! Women Business Achievement Award ("Up and Comer") recipients, named by Kraft to be one of "100 Extraordinary Women" nationally (2008), and in 2009 she was honored with the Top 100 Minority Business® Enterprise Award.
Casey is married to Mike and has 3 young children: Mackenzie, Jake and Hunter.