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Griffin's Friends




Griffin's Friends is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing support to children with cancer.  Founded in 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Griffin's Friends is named for Griffin D. Kelleher, who passed away at 14 months of age after a courageous battle with cancer.  His legacy is this special group which supports, in a unique way, children in treatment for cancer and their families. 


Griffin's Friends established the "Griffin's Friends Children's Cancer Fund" at Baystate Health Foundation, Inc., which is funded by donations from fund-raising activities organized by Griffin's Friends volunteers. 


Griffin's Friends raises funds in the name of, and on behalf of, the Griffin's Friends Children's Cancer Fund at Baystate Health Foundation, Inc., which is a tax-exempt, nonprofit entity that supports the nonprofit entities in the Baystate Health system, including, but not limited to, Baystate Medical Center, Inc.  Charitable contributions to the Griffin's Friends Children's Cancer Fund at Baystate Health Foundation, Inc., are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.



The mission of Griffin's Friends is simple and appealing:


To bring moments of joy to courageous kids.



Griffin's Friends has come to know that small acts of kindness can provide the relief that children and families need in times of greatest turmoil.  Countless expressions of hope and support result from Griffin's Friends activities each year.


For example:

  • holiday parties, trips to stage performances, and sporting events, an annual picnic, family getaway weekends, and in-hospital entertainment, including massage and music therapy;
  • the purchase of arts and crafts supplies, toys, computers and computer games, videos and other things needed for recreation in Baystate Children's Hospital.;
  • and funding a program coordinator whose sole function is the enhancement of activities for Hospital and Clinic cancer patients.



If you are interested in finding out more about Griffin's Friends Marathon Challenge, volunteer opportunities, fundraising or activities, contact 413-794-9745 or email Griffin's Friends 


Please send all donations, made out to Griffin's Friends Children's Cancer Fund to Baystate Health Foundation, Inc., 280 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199.