Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
Lightening burdens and lifting spirits of families caring for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and injuries since 1976.
Help For Families
Who Qualifies

To qualify for financial assistance through the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund's Financial Assistance Program, a request must meet the following criteria:

  • All referrals must be made by a social worker, nurse, case worker, or other healthcare provider currently familiar with the child and his or her illness and family situation.
  • The child must have a diagnosed serious, chronic, or critical illness, disability, or condition currently requiring medical attention, although he or she does not need to be hospitalized at the time of the referral.
  • The child must be a resident of or be receiving treatment in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware.
  • The child must be dependent on parents or guardians.
  • The child's family must be experiencing financial challenges as a direct result of expenses related to the child's illness, injury, or disability.

Please feel free to contact the Fund at any time with any questions about the eligibility of the child you would like to refer for assistance. A staff person will be happy to help you.

Referral Process

Children being referred for assistance must reside or be treated in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware. Families may not apply to the Fund directly. Referrals must be made by a healthcare professional (for example, a social worker, case manager, nurse, doctor, or therapist). To read about the programs the Fund offers to help families, click here.


  • Healthcare professionals refer patients and their families to the Fund with our online application. To become a referring professional, click here.
  • Using the online application, referring professionals provide information about the child's diagnosis, the family's financial situation, and the type of financial assistance requested.
  • Requests for assistance are generally processed within 24 to 72 hours.
  • If the application is approved, funds are sent directly to the vendor by KADMF. This process ensures eligibility for assistance and avoids misappropriation of funds.
  • The referring professional may go online at any time to check on the status of an application at his/her password-protected account.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for the answers to some of the questions we receive most frequently. If you do not see the answer to your question, please call our office at 215-643-0763.
Philadelphia Zoo
Our family wishes to personally thank you for your generosity and help while our daughter was hospitalized. . . . The financial assistance helped us tremendously with all the extras like tolls, gas, and parking. What a wonderful program you have to help families.
Parent, New Jersey