A Leg Up For Kids Foundation

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About Us: Our Founders, Board of Directors, Volunteers and Sponsors
Circle of Friends
Become a Volunteer

A Leg Up for Kids Foundation is made up of our two co-founders, our Board of Directors, fabulous volunteers, our Circle of Friends, and our supporters!

Cynthia Smilyk, Co-Founder
Executive Director

Cynthia Smilyk"All children deserve to enjoy a day at the park, to watch a brother or sister play soccer, and to just feel the warm sun on their cheeks. For many children, the only thing standing between them and the great outdoors is finding a safe, convenient, affordable vehicle to carry their medical equipment. As a volunteer at AI DuPont Children's Hospital, I saw the joy on children's faces as they wheeled out of the hospital in Mark's custom built strollers and I wanted to provide as many children that opportunity as possible. It will be wonderful when every child who needs a stroller from A Leg Up for Kids can enjoy that same thrill!"

  • 2 children
  • Bachelors in Chemistry (University of Delaware)
  • 9 years with HP as program manager and business consultant

Mark Nickerson, Co-Founder
Director of R&D

Mark Nickerson "Over the years that my son, Sam, needed care at AI Dupont Hospital for Children, I grew to respect the philosophy the hospital staff fostered. They always strived to educate and empower the families so that they could care for their special needs children in the home environment. After I began volunteering at the hospital, I worked with therapists and engineers to develop ways to let children on ventilators gain mobility, so as not to be confined to bed. The time was right to form A Leg Up for Kids when Cindy offered her organizational skills. Improving the quality of life for these children and families is one of the most rewarding aspects of my life."

  • 2 children
  • Bachelors Mechanical Engineering 1977 (General Motors Institute)
    Masters Mechanical Engineering 1978 (Virginia Polytechnic Institute)
  • 25 years as R&D engineer and consultant
  • Volunteer at AI Dupont Hospital 10 years

Board of Directors

Dr. Scott Penfil, M.D., Chairman
Critical Care Physician
AI DuPont Hospital for Children

Ms. Stacey Brittingham, Vice-Chair
PT Asst. AI DuPont Hospital for Children

Mr. Tom Marta, CPA, Treasurer

Ms. Mickie Calkins
Hewlett-Packard Co.

Mr. Denny O'Brien
Pendle Hill

Ms. Tammy Teel
Advocate for ventilator assisted children

Ms. Dianne Briggs
ING - Direct

Ms. Vicky Lyon

Staff Volunteers

Matt Kane
Craig and Cyndi Nickerson
Audrey and James Poole
Bob Rodriguez
The Teel Family
Lois Errington
Mickie and Ellen Freed
The Fogelman Family
Sandra Person
Lydia Mathenge
Kevin O'Neill
Linda Robinson
Jaime Warden
Angelo Perrucci
Joan Hill


So many people have supported A Leg Up for Kids over the years and we want to thank you! We have lost contact with a few people, though. If you have contributed to A Leg Up for Kids in the past and you have not heard from us, please let us know. We would love to hear from you.

American Manufacturing Technologies
The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
The volunteers and staff at the AI DuPont Hospital for Children
The volunteers and staff at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Home Ventilator Program

Contact info

A Leg Up for Kids Foundation
Email: ellen@alegupforkids.org
Web: www.alegupforkids.org

A Leg Up for Kids is registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.
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