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 Rainbows for Kids is the official charity of and was chosen as one of the six charities honored by the Ladue News in 2018!

Imagine a world without cancer. It would be great, wouldn't it? Unfortunately many children’s lives are filled with doctor appointments, treatments, and medicine protocols. At Rainbows for Kids, we know we can’t cure cancer but we can help these families enjoy their lives more along the way with the fun activities planned for them.

With the help of our extensive volunteer network, Rainbows for Kids has been able to put on approximately one event a month, plus all the other activities we participate in. This year we helped bring Christmas trees to children in the hospital in the Greater St. Louis area over the holidays. We were involved with remembering those who have passed away by sending cookies to their families during the the difficult time of the year. 

We support Camp Rainbow-- a free camp for kids with cancer, and we are active with The Ronald McDonald Houses of St. Louis by supplying them with various activity bags.

2018 will bring new activities and the first one was the bowling party. The picture shown left shows two youngsters who are batting cancer being able to forget about the cancer for a day and just have fun.They had never met before but the fun of bowling brought out a bond between them.

Donations can be made with a check made payable to Rainbows for Kids mailed to Rainbows for Kids 7221 Waterford Drive  St. Louis, MO 63123 or online:


Rainbows for Kids, a 501 (c)(3) charity for families of children with cancer was started in 2000 by our family. No paid employees so all donations go towards the  fun events for the families. If there is any way we can use this website to bring attention to the need for a cure for childhood cancer and to help these families, we will do that. We appreciate your prayers for the families and for a cure for cancer.

At Rainbows for Kids, they don't focus on what the children can't do-- we focus on what they CAN do.  All kids just want to have a childhood and be carefree and have fun. Rainbows for Kids provides fun activities for the entire family. 

The kids are at all stages of their medical treatments. Some are in the midst of it, some are finished with it and some have developed other medical situations due to the treatments they have taken. 

Besides the children who have cancer or other serious diseases, their siblings are welcome to every activity and all the kids are treated the same.

The activities also provide a time for the parents to have friendships with others who are in the same situation that they were.


Thank You to the Muny!

The Muny's Community Grant allows us to invite our families to pick the shows they want to see. As you can see this family was excited to be able to see The Wiz. 


Rainbows for Kids Baseball Team and All-Star Game

Every year we put on a big baseball team and All-Star game for the kids. They get to be normal kids on a summer ball team. Sometimes Cardinals players come out to play with the kids.The same week Aledmys Diaz played in the MLB All-Star Game in 2016, the Cardinals short stop came out and played in our Rainbows for Kids All-Star Game. He surprised the kids, pitched to them, and played catch with every child. It meant the world to the kids and their parents.

 Please consider helping us help these kids.

Thanks to our Rainbows for Kids Major Sponsors:

Wells Fargo Advisors

Drury Hotels

St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals Care

Steady Rain Website Design and Development


Neels Pharmacy

Forest Park Medical

Special Thanks: Joe Stone Golf Tournament, Kirkwood Evening Optimists, Italian Open. 

Jim Davis Golf Tournament, Bob and Jill Costas

2014 Rainbows for Kids All-Star Game

Matt Carpenter was volunteering at our All-Star Game when he received word he was selected to the MLB All-Star Game.


Videos from the 2014 Rainbows for Kids All-Star Game:

Rainbows for Kids is the official charity of The "All-Star Game" is annual event put on completely by volunteers. There are no paid employees in Rainbows for Kids-- just great people with a heart for helping families of children with cancer. As an added attraction this past year, the kids all got to take turns playing catch with the players: Matt Carpenter, Jason Motte, Trevor Rosenthal. B.J. Rains and Brian Stull served as the emcees for the event. Managers of the Rainbows for Kids All-Star teams are Rob Rains and Tim Bosch. The 2014  sponsors werere: Johnny Mac's Sporting Goods, Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen, and Lubeley's Bakery.

Audio/Visual Tribute to Rainbows for Kids All-Star Game:

More Videos from the All-Star Game:

B.J. Rains announces to crowd that Carpenter has been selected to All-Star Game:

General pictures from the game:

A 501 (c)(3) charity dedicated to helping families of children with cancer.

Thanks to all who support Rainbows for Kids.                    

Lindenwood U Softball, Hockey Teams Hockey Party

In February, the Lindenwood University softball and hockey teams host the Lindenwood Field Day Sports Party. It started as a hockey party but the success has grown it to include other teams and sports. It is held in the new multi-purpose building and our kids get to hang out with the big college kids. They are like movie stars to the kids and they teach them how to play various sports. We appreciate volunteer Sherry Opich and everyone at Lindenwood for their help. 

Mom's Party

Our volunteer Michele Carter has brought volunteers and support from Wells Fargo Advisors on board for this very fun annual event. Trisha Davis provides Hair styists from Salon Dacota, Cindy Goodnetter provides massage therapists from A Gathering Place, Susan Genz provides make-up and skin care from Mary Kay, Therese Syberg provides manicures and pranic healing, plus so much more from our volunteers. The moms get pampered in one room while the kids are down the hall having a fun party with our volunteers. This gives the moms a much-needed break, even if it's just for one day. When your children are sick, your focus is them. They appreciate us shining the light on them.

Grant's Farm Siblings Event

Some of our kids go to Camp Rainbows a free camp we support and it is for children with cancer. So while they are gone we host a special day at Grant's farm for the siblings and their parents. 

This gives the parents a chance to give some attention and spend time with their other kids, since often so much time is devoted to the sick one. 

They get to ride a special "off-road" vehicle and go behind the scenes. This is one of the groups after touring Grant's Cabin, Hardscrabble at Grant's Farm.


  Kids with cancer are just regular kids. They want to have fun like all the other kids. Their brothers and sisters sometimes get left out because so much emphasis is placed on the sick child. Rainbows for Kids steps in and provides a fun and exciting outlet for the families.

They don't need to plan anything. We plan it for them.

Rainbows for Kids puts on many fun events for the families. It's all designed to bring smiles and something to look forward to during a rough, stressful time.

Cardinals Baseball Game with Pre-Game Buffet

Thanks to the generosity of the Cardinals and our other sponsors we are able to take the families on a special day or night to the Cardinals game.

Craft Party or Tea Party- Spring or Fall

  RFK volunteers Joanie Protzel and Kathy Bosch plan an annual event, whether it is a tea party, painting party, craft party. Just a  special day for the families. 

Shriner's Circus- Spring

Every year two donors give us Circus tickets and we usually add more so that whoever wants to go gets to. It's always a lot of fun. 

Fishing Trip- Spring or Fall

For the past several years we have been doing an annual fishing outing at Suson Park. It started with the Department of Conservation and now the Parks Department helps us with it. We have been able to give away fishing poles and teach kids who might never have gotten the opportunity to go fishing, how to do it. Every child caught a fish. Sponsored in part by Cabelos, thanks to volunteer Sharon Hoyt.


Every Year We Take the Families to the Muny- 

Thanks to a wonderful grant from the Muny, families of children with cancer get to go to a Muny production. We were also able to send our "families of angels" to the Muny outdoor theatre in Forest Park, St. Louis. These families who have lost a child to cancer get to enjoy a fun, happy evening thanks to our partnership with the Muny.

Sunday Night Lights- Football Game event- Lindbergh High School 

This is an amazing event where the high school kids are the stars. The entire Lindbergh School District supports this event started by LHS football parent Lori Krueger. She worked with Rainbows for Kids to develop activities that would be safe for the kids and we talk to the students each year so they know what to expect.

Children can decide if they want to be football player, cheerleaders, pom dancers, or in the band.  They play with the high school students under the lights just like a "real game." It's an experience that is really excited for the kids, but it is equally rewarding for the Lindbergh students who work so hard to put it on.

It's a really fun event, but the icing on the cake is the students raise money and split the proceeds three ways for Rainbows for Kids, Friends of Kids with Cancer, and Camp Rainbow. We appreciate Lindbergh High School and all the wonderful parents, teachers, and students.

The 5th annual SUNDAY NIGHT LIGHTS will be held Sept. 28 (Sun) at Lindbergh High from 4-8 p.m. If you know of a child who has cancer or another serious disease who might want to participate please contact us: Email:

Annual Holiday Party at Drury Hotel in Brentwood- December

Last year was our first time to do the "Lunch with Santa" and it was so much fun that it will become an annual tradition. Thanks very much to Drury Hotels for getting on board with us for this special day. The parents got to have lunch with the kids, the kids talked to Santa and got pictures, then the parents left to go shopping and our volunteers watched the kids all day.!

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Click here for article on 2018 Baseball Game: Brad Thompson, Kyle McClellan, Fredbird Step up to the Plate for Young Cancer Patients

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Click here to see a video put together by Shelby Steingraeber, Miss Outstanding Teen America, who volunteered with us. 


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 Questions? Email: -  Rainbows for Kids, the official charity of is a 501 (c)(3) charity dedicated to helping families of children with cancer in the Greater St. Louis area. If you would like to donate, send check made payable to Rainbows for Kids to 7221 Waterford Drive, St. Louis, MO 63123 or go to our Gala website to pay online.




Drury Hotels


Steady Rain

Slyman Brothers

St. Louis Cardinals

Wells Fargo

Joe Stone Memorial Golf Tourney

Forest Park Medical / MEDEX

Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen

Johnny Mac's Sporting Goods

Salon Dacota 

Kirkwood Optimist Club

Italian Open

Cardinals players Aledmys Diaz, Matt Carpenter, Trevor Rosenthal are just a few who have come out for the baseball event, as does Fred Bird and Team Fredbird and the many volunteers who make it happen every year. The All-Star Game is sponsored in part by Johnny Mac's Sporting Goods, Norrenberns Lumber and Hardware, and Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen.





*Drury Hotels

*Plaza Land Rover St Louis

*Carpenters Regional Council

*Steady Rain, Internet Strategy, Design, Development

*Associated Electrical Contractors

*Crawford-Butz Insurance

*Norrenberns Lumber & Hardware

*Slyman Brothers Appliances