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Welcome to the home of The Jester & Pharley Phund, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping children with cancer and other serious illnesses with the inspiration of David Saltzman's award-winning The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.
David wrote and illustrated The Jester as his senior project at Yale University before his death from Hodgkin's disease in 1990. His desire was to give The Jester, with its upbeat and hopeful message, to children facing serious challenges. Today our promise to fulfill his wish remains our commitment.
When you give the joy of The Jester, you make a real difference in a child's life. And now the bilingual English/Spansh edition of El Bufon ha perdido su gracia makes it possible for Spanish speaking families to share the magical love of life and laughter in David's story.
In 2017, another 15,700 children will start their personal fight with cancer. By joining our Smiles for Kids With Cancer program, you can help us give The Jester book and doll to each of these youngsters.
While we wait for tomorrow's cures, The Jester & Pharley Phund gives children hope and laughter as they battle cancer and other serious illness today.
The Jester Doll has been carried into hundreds of hospitals to help children keep their jingle while going through medical procedures that might be scary. "I like to hold the doll when I get my spinal taps," 9 year-old Morgan O'Brien told us. "The doll and book make me feel better when I get chemo."
Our Literacy Programs inspired by The Jester Has Lost His Jingle, give students a unique and engaging way to help ill children while expanding their reading skills. Children and teachers join The Jester's Journey with a Read-A-Thon that earns Jester books and dolls for local hospitalized children.
Jester & Pharley Smile Carts™ make laughter a part of the healing process in hospitals, clinics and shelters. The Smile Cart activity center with audio-visual equipment includes Jester & Pharley books and dolls for patients.
Through these programs as well as special projects, more than 200,000 Jester books and dolls have been given to hospitals, shelters, underserved schools and other special-needs facilities. "The Jester came to us in our time of need and gave us hope when we needed it most," said one grateful mom.
The smallest donation will bring the biggest smile to many children.