We need your support to help children thrive in the face of cancer. By giving to Riprap, you are providing these children with opportunities to smile and find joy. Such positive moments of normalcy provide fuel for their fight and enable them to continue growing and meeting developmental milestones. SUPPORT RIPRAP FRIENDS! 

  • $20 provides safe, clean materials for most Riprap sessions (think art supplies, cooking ingredients)
  • $100 provides a child with an individual Riprap session
  • $200 provides special supplies like keyboards and guitars 
  • $1000 provides a child with an entire semester of Riprap Sessions

We recognize the extreme financial burden that caring for a pediatric cancer patient has on many families. A 2012 survey conducted by the American Childhood Cancer Organization (“ACCO”), in collaboration with Inspire/ClinicaHealth, Inc. (“Inspire”), of more than 100 parents of pediatric cancer patients indicated that 3 out of 10 families surveyed spent between $2,500 and $10,000 out of pocket on uninsured medical expenses, such as co-pays, home care, mental health services, lab procedures, nutritional supplements, and alternative treatments.¹.A further 6 out of 10 families spent between $1,000 and $10,000 out of pocket on additional non-medical expenses, such as transportation, lodging, childcare, and education services.

²A separate survey of 1,708 families, conducted by the ACCO, indicated that nearly 50% of the families surveyed incurred “considerable” to “severe” household debt as a result of the diagnosis; with over 38% of families surveyed reporting that one adult family member had to stop work entirely to manage and maintain a child’s illness.³With that in mind, Riprap intends to facilitate these home care services to qualifying families at no cost to the families.


Riprap Friends, Inc. (“Riprap”) is a New York not-for-profit corporation, formed under the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and registered as a public charity with the New York State Office of the Attorney General.  Riprap is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Tax ID #47-4857624. A copy of Riprap’s latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the organization, or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

¹ Retrieved on September 23, 2015, from Inspire/ClinicaHealth, Inc. infographic; see

² Need footnote here and link. 

³ Retrieved on September 24, 2015, from American Childhood Cancer Organization website;