A Thanksgiving message

Dear Supporters of EBK:

The last 13 months have been nothing short of remarkable for Empowered By Kids (EBK).  EBK started as a wish and a dream to empower other families with chronically ill children.  It is often said that children learn from their parents, however I have learned much from my daughter.  I have been humbled by her courage, strength, compassion and hope.  EBK was founded by three parents to honor our children.  They empowered us to be better, to work harder, stand just a little taller and to make a difference.

The one thing that motivates me is this: Somewhere a family recently received news that their child is sick – The parents are sitting at the kitchen table saying what are we going to do and the child is in their bedroom saying why me. I have been there, and so have thousands of other families.

The one thing that got my family through the darkest days is to know someone else had walked in my shoes. On those dark days when all hope is lost – we’ve all needed that little push to keep moving forward.  Just knowing someone else succeeded was the strength my family needed on so many days.  This is what the EBK Book of Hope provides.  That little push to keep the course and know things will be better in the end.

Hope is magical; hope is often the best prescription one can offer.  Just over a year ago EBK set off on a mission to provide hope to as many families as possible.

Over the last 13 months EBK has: 

In the next two months EBK will:

  • Welcome the Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome into the Book of Hope family bringing our total Book of Hope count to over 21,000.
  • Release ‘Hope on Demand’ which provides stories of hope and inspiration direct to your IPhone or IPad.
  • Publish additional issue of ‘For Parents of Kids with IBD’ newsletter

We have plans for two more Books of Hope during the first quarter of 2015.

I ask for your continued support for the coming year.  It is our goal to touch 50,000 families with Books of Hope during 2015 and sponsor 30 kids to summer camp for their disease.  We are 100% volunteer and every dollar donated is tax deductible and goes to providing hope and inspiration to as many families as possible.

At times the successes of EBK seems surreal.  All of us have imagined our dreams, hopes and desires – to watch them come true is nothing short of remarkable.  None of this would have been possible without the support of all of you.  During this week of Thanksgiving we want to personally say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our mission.

Together we can make a difference, together we can lift spirits and together we can make someone’s tomorrow a little brighter.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Justin Vandergrift


Kids with the Book of Hope

We would love to see your child with the Book of Hope – please email them to info@empoweredbykids.com


Videos describing what the Book of Hope means to them

We would love to see your child telling what the Book of Hope means to them – please email info@empoweredbykids.com


Empowered By Kids, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). All contributions made to Empowered By Kids are tax deductible for those living in the United States.