Cape Ivy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides as many ponchos as possible to children who courageously fight for their health in and out of hospitals.
The mission of Cape Ivy is to provide warmth, comfort and support to children who have chronic or critical illnesses and their families. Cape Ivy provides fleece ponchos to children in the hospital because robes, sweaters and jackets don’t work well with IV lines and other medical equipment. Cape Ivy is a resource for families experiencing long-term hospitalization of children.
As a parent of a child who spent years in and out of hospitals before he lost his 12 year battle to a rare form of CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency), I know how difficult it can be for patients to stay warm while hooked up to IV and PICC lines. Robes, sweaters and jackets don’t work with the lines. I came up with a solution when my son, Gavin was 6. I created fun fleece poncho capes for him to slip over his head. He was cozy in bed and no more cold walks down hospital corridors. LEARN MORE
Cape Ivy, was founded in Gavin’s memory to provide as many ponchos as possible to children who courageously fight for their health in and out of hospitals.
How to request a poncho for your child
If your child is in the hospital or receiving regular infusions as an outpatient, please ask the Child Life team if ponchos are available at the hospital. Upon request from staff, we will ship ponchos to the hospital and mark one for your child by name. Contact us in other cases.
Cape Ivy is managed, promoted and sustained by volunteers and the support of the volunteer Board of Directors. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.