About The Jennifer Creed Fund
Little Jennifer, daughter of Ed and Mabel Creed of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, was two years old when she was first brought into the Floating Hospital in September of 1972. She was already blind with fast developing symptoms of a brain tumor. Following brain surgery and other tests, she was diagnosed as leukemic. Subsequently, she had several prolonged hospital admissions until her death in January 1974. These fifteen months can be best summed up as a life of anguish, turmoil and suffering for the Creeds.
One evening during this period, the friends of the Creeds got together, not only to share their anguish but also to help alleviate some of the family's financial strain. This group of selfless individuals, people who care, has grown in numbers but their enthusiasm and purpose remains the same. What started out as a humble gesture, soon turned into a noble cause to help other families who confront many of the same difficulties as experienced by the Creeds. And so the Jennifer Creed Fund was established, which is an appropriate memorial to Jennifer.
The broad aims of the Fund are to help families whose children have been inflicted with the unfortunate disease of cancer, including leukemia as well as children with birth defects. Initially, transportation and lodgings were the main area of services, but recently the committee has helped many families whose children were in need of wigs, special shoes or appliances and families in need of babysitters, homemakers or home health aids, etc. The needs of these families are insurmountable no doubt, and yet, we all know the great comfort that is experienced through such help made possible by the Jennifer Creed Fund, people who care.