To help young doctors learn how to speak the hardest words they’ll ever have to say- “your child has died.”
What We Do:
The Cameron Kravitt Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit foundation that provides grants to leading medical schools to help them teach young pediatricians how to respond to the death of a child, both to help the grieving parents and to handle their own grief.
Doctors are prepared to console families coping with the loss of their child.
Cameron’s Story and His Foundation:
Imagine an expectant mother and father-to-be going to the hospital and losing their child.
Many years ago, Beverly and Jason Kravitt lost a child, Cameron, when Beverly went to the hospital to give birth. It was a terrible time, as anyone can understand. It was particularly difficult because the medical community then was extremely poorly equipped to deal with the situation and meet the needs of parents who went from eager anticipation of all life holds into an emotional abyss.
Out of that experience, Jason and Beverly decided to establish a foundation named after their dead son, the Cameron Kravitt Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing doctors and other health professionals the knowledge and training to meet the emotional needs of those whose physical needs they otherwise attend to with such high devotion.
The Cameron Kravitt Foundation has been in existence for over 25 years, funding a program for twenty years at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore that trains doctors to themselves deal with the death of a child and support the parents of such children in their hour of great need. Ten years ago, the Foundation began to support a nearly identical program at Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City.
The Foundation is now planning to expand its programs to other highly rated teaching hospitals in other parts of the country and beyond.