Caitlin's Smiles - Giving sick children laughs, hopes and smiles.

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Events

  • Craft Assembly Night (6-8 pm) - FULL - Bring a box of ziplock baggies (snack or sandwich).
    Thu Sep 4, 2014
  • Craft Assembly Afternoon (2-4 pm) - FULL - Bring a box of ziplock baggies!
    Sat Sep 6, 2014
  • Craft Assembly Night (6-8 pm) - Bring a package of NEW pencils or crayons!
    Thu Sep 11, 2014
  • Craft Assembly Night (6:30 - 8:30 pm) - FULL - Bring a package ZIPLOCK baggies - sandwich or snack size.
    Wed Sep 17, 2014
  • Craft Assembly Night (6-8 pm) - FULL - Bring a box of ziplock baggies (snack or sandwich).
    Thu Oct 2, 2014
  • Boscov's Friends Helping Friends Shopping Pass PRESALE & Cardmaking, Camp Hill Shopping Center
    Sat Oct 4, 2014
  • Craft Assembly Night (6-8 pm) - Bring a package of NEW pencils or crayons!
    Thu Oct 9, 2014
  • Craft Assembly Afternoon (2-4 pm) - Bring a box of ziplock baggies!
    Sat Oct 11, 2014
  • Craft Assembly Night (6:30 - 8:30 pm) - Bring a package ZIPLOCK baggies - sandwich or snack size.
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • A NIGHT OF SMILES Art Auction
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Saturday Smiles Halloween Event - Boscov's in York (11 am - 3 pm) - Crafts, treats, and cardmaking
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Craft Assembly Afternoon (2-4 pm) - Bring a box of ziplock baggies!
    Sat Nov 1, 2014
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About Us

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The Difference a Smile Can Make: Caitlin’s Story

Caitlin Hornung’s favorite colors were yellow and pink. She loved swinging and taking walks and playing outside. She loved to dance and sing along to Disney songs, play dress up, and take care of her baby sister, Danielle. One of her greatest joys came from creating art. In 1997, at the age of four, Caitlin was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She spent the next three and a half years battling for her life.

Caitlin underwent surgeries, chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, radiation treatments, hundreds of blood transfusions, two long stays in the Intensive Care Unit and was treated at four different medical facilities. Several times her cancer appeared to have been in remission but it kept coming back.

Despite the tiring treatments and long hospital stays, Caitlin managed to keep a positive attitude by finding joy in creating art. She could always be found with a backpack full of arts and crafts supplies, coloring pictures for friends, family and hospital staff.

In October of 2000, shortly before her eighth birthday, Caitlin lost her battle with cancer. What friends and family learned from Caitlin was that healing is as much a mental process as it is a physical one. That is why in March of 2004 Cheryl Hornung, Caitlin’s mother, began Caitlin’s Smiles.

Though Caitlin passed on in 2000, her smiling spirit is kept alive through the work of Caitlin’s Smiles™.

Our Goals

We provide patients with "Bag of Smiles" packages through our Creative Arts Care Program. These packages promote activities such as drawing, creative writing and sculpting. Hospital staff distributes the packages while the children are in the hospital.

We provide individual arts and crafts kits to hospital departments and clinics where children wait for lengthy treatments.

We offer children a monthly card program.

We provide family support through family care kits that include items such as gas cards, local restaurant gift cards and phone cards.

We also provide small toys for treasure boxes.

Board Members

Valerie Ventre (President) Valenti Mid-Atlantic
Management LLC
Rafael Perez-Bravo (Vice President) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Christine Igue (Secretary) Deloitte Consulting LLP
Timothy Finnerty McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Robbin Crossley Central Penn Multi-List, Inc.
Susan Grab Kiwanis International
Stacy Koppenhaver Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Sharon Marburger Penn National Insurance
Brinton Motto MassMutual Financial Group
Amy Beamer Murray and
Stephanie Gibney

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Cathy Orwan Waddell & Reed, Inc.
Elsie Stroup Foresters International
Cheryl Hornung Founder & Director of
Caitlin’s Smiles

Contact Us

Cheryl Hornung caitlinssmiles@comcast.net
3303 N. 6th St Harrisburg,PA 17110
www.caitlins-smiles.org
(717) 412-4759