Kids Konnected was developed on the premise that when a parent gets cancer, the entire family is affected and the needs of the children must be addressed. Our programs started in California and soon spread nationwide. Eleven-year old Jon Wagner-Holtz established Kids Konnected in 1993 after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He was feeling alone in the wake of his mother’s diagnosis and was interested in talking with kids his age going through the same experience. Jon approached Susan G. Komen, Orange County who graciously granted him $250 to start a hotline from his house that would enable him to reach other kids in the community affected by cancer. Originally known as Komen Kids, Kids Konnected grew quickly and was granted a 501c3 non-profit corporation status in 1997. Jon says, “The success of our programs lies in the tears of a child being wiped away by a caring friend and in the quiet ‘thanks’ of a sick parent that can worry less about the emotional stress their illness has on their children.” Kids helping kids is what we’re all about. Because of our “Konnection” you don’t have to be alone anymore.
Kids Konnected’s corporate office is located at 26071 Merit Circle Suite 103, Laguna Hills, California 92653. Our phone is 949-582-5443, and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Konnected is supported by the generous gifts from corporations, foundations, and individuals. We receive no county, state or federal funding and our board of trustees are non-compensated.