Celebrate Leap Year by "Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve" on February 29th!

Our "Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Day" is a special day when you can create BIG smiles and LEAPING hearts by wearing the KEYS heart on your sleeve in support of our KEYS kids!

Each sticker is just $2 and has room for you to write in the name of a friend or loved one that you want to honor!

How do you order stickers?  Simply click on our  "BUY NOW" button here to purchase as many hearts as you desire! 



***Get your workplace, classroom, friends & family involved to wear your hearts together to show your support!***

Click the link here Wear Your Heart Sticker Order Form  if you'd like to have an order form to collect and keep track of orders from classmates, co-workers, friends and family and then mail the payment for stickers in to our office by February 23rd!

Click here for a Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve Day Flyer to share with your friends, classmates and co-workers! 

Give us a call for more information at 315-363-6446 or email us at keysprogram@msn.com!

Net proceeds enable us to deliver music, hope and smiles to kids battling cancer & serious illnesses…all at no cost to the families we serve. ♥ After all… it’s all about the smiles!  


 The KEYS Program's Winter Newsletter is hot off the presses!

This quarter's edition of our newsletter talks about some everyday superheroes that come in all sizes. We share some holiday smiles, great news about partnerships and foundations and a look at our 2016 calendar of events!

Download the newsletter (in pdf formate) here:

KEYS 2016 Winter Newsletter

#ItsAllAboutTheSmiles

 


The KEYS Program is excited to offer a special 6 week Autism Movement Therapy class presented by Certified Music Therapist Cindy Legwaila!                                                

Date:                Thursdays, Jan 21st through Feb 25th

Time:                4:45pm to 5:30pm

Location:          Sherrill-Kenwood Library, 543 Sherrill Rd, Sherrill

Cost:                $75 for 6 week session

*Children (Ages 5+) and adults are accepted for this group. All participants must have a parent/support person attend the class with them.*

~Deadline to register for the class is January 14, 2016 ~

Class size is limited so be sure to register early!

Contact the KEYS Program at 363-6446

or keysprogram@msn.com to enroll TODAY!

Developed by Joanne Lara, M.A., Autism Movement Therapy combines a structured program of movement and music, connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain for a “whole brain” cognitive re-mapping approach that significantly increases concentration, focus, speech, language, and social interactions. Autism Movement Therapy is a natural strategy for individuals with autism and other developmental delays with limited speech and language communication skills and allows self-expression through music and dance while developing a strong sense of self-determination and independence.

#It’s all about the smiles!


 Each year, these wonderful folks collect toys to bring SMILES to kids throughout our hometown, the Mohawk Valley.  Click the link above to see where you can drop off a new toy for a needy family this holiday season.

Thank you to everyone at Roser Communications, Birnie Bus, Fidelis and WKTV for making this possible each year!


 It's All About the Smiles at the KEYS Program's "Smile Experience"!

Smiles were abound at the KEYS Program's summer Smile & Drive Experience held on Saturday, August 22nd at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club Track in Fulton, NY!  

This unique family experience is one of our special outreach programs providing a special family respite day at the track for families who have been impacted by pediatric cancer and serious illnesses. The day is full of family-fun and smiles, with each child suiting up and taking laps in one of our special USAC Quarter Midgets on the track and while their family and fellow KEYS families cheer them on in the stands! 

All of our events include music and our Smile Experience is no exception!  Our amazing music therapist, Cindy Legwalia, created a fun and interactive drum circle so kids could move, groove, drum and smile along with Cindy!  

We believe that cancer does not define a child, so any mention of illness stayed outside the gate of the track. Each child was free to just be the amazing, giggling, silly kid they are, enjoying a special Smile Experience with their family!

Special thanks to everyone at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club who generously donated use of their track facility in order to help us create BIG smiles!



KEYS Establishes Western Region Satellite Office In Phoenix, AZ and Partners with Arizona State University!  

KEYS Founders David & Colleen Bennett in Phoenix in November 2015

The KEYS Program is very excited to announce we have added a satellite office in Phoenix, Arizona in order to better reach the sites and kids we serve in the western region of the US! 

Here our western Smile Crew is checking out the South Mountain Quarter Midget track to begin planning to bring our Smile Experience Family Respite Day to kids in the west! 

KEYS is working in partnership with Arizona State University on a special project that will enhance the KEYS experience for our KEYS kids, families and the sites we serve across the US. This special project is in the development stage so stay tuned for more update throughout 2016!

All communication and mail will still go through our Main Headquarters in New York. If you would like to contact our Western Satellite Office, please call our Main Headquarters at 315-363-6446 or email us at keysprogram@msn.com! 


Paulie's Tractor Show at Granger's Farm!

KEYS kids and their siblings had a blast at our first annual “Paulie's Tractor Show at Granger's Farm” in Mexico on Sept 12th! Admission was FREE to the public with a tractor show, corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo, lots of pumpkins and smiles galore! Thank you to everyone who donated a raffle item for the event! Proceeds from the raffle benefitted our Paulie's Super Siblings program to grant wishes for siblings of kids battling cancer.  Special thanks to Granger's Farm who made this very special day possible!

         


On October 16, 2014 our KEYS Kids Ambassador and dear friend, 15 year old Hope Inslee, earned her angel wings after a courageous battle with cancer. Hope served as the representative and voice for KEYS kids across the country since May of 2013. Despite a difficult battle with cancer, Hope always had a smile to share with everyone she met. Hope's strength, positive attitude and amazing smile were an inspiration to all of us and all who knew her!

Thank you to everyone who sent messages and SMILES to the "Smiles for Hope" page on facebook. Your love and support meant so much to her and her family. Thank you for all you do to help to ensure that Hope's smile will shine on in the hearts of our KEYS kids for years to come! ♥


A special message from KEYS Founders Colleen & David Bennett ~

"Our beautiful cousin and superhero, Paulie Morley, went to heaven on July 17, 2014. We are so very humbled and grateful for all of the love, prayers, support and SMILES sent to Paulie, his Mom, Dad and sister Haiden, and our entire family throughout Paulie's journey. Thank you for sharing your hearts to ensure Paulie left this world surrounded by the LOVE and SMILES he so freely and generously gave to others!" ♥