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The Jester & Pharley are on the Move!

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones this weekend at Booth 572 at the L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC. Always great to catch up with students who’ve participated in our Reading Makes A Difference literacy program to donate The Jester Has Lost His Jingle book and doll to hospitalized children. We’re expecting lots of visitors from the #USC Family of Schools who’ve benefited from the program with sponsorship from the #USCGoodNeighborsCampaign. And it’s always a special pleasure to meet former patients who’ve had their spirits raised with The Jester book and doll through our programs. 

Sending Smiles to Smith Elementary and
Hospitalized Children in Long Beach

Jester & Pharley Phund board members are committed to bringing our Reading Makes A Difference program to Smith Elementary School in Long Beach. They have begun a JustGive campaign at We hope Jester fans will help support this effort.

Principal Monica Alas saw how much the program empowered students at her previous school. “Students connect with the idea of helping hospitalized children and extend their learning by participating in the Read-A-Thon. In my current low-income community where we have scarce resources and limited opportunities to expand literacy, this program offers a hands-on experience that truly makes a difference. Students enjoy reading and giving back to our community. I look forward to inspiring our students to becoming life-long readers!" Help The Phund turn all 801 students into life-long readers and help hospitalized children smile with Jester books and dolls donated from student Read-A-Thon participation.

Please call (310) 544-4733 with any questions.

Celebrating the Life of Neil Fachon

Wendy & Dean Fachon have established The Neil Fachon Phund in memory of their exuberant, valiant 20-year-old son who recently died of a rare form of brain cancer.

In the Northeastern University student's short lifetime, Neil discovered The Jester Has Lost His Jingle as part of his volunteer work and studies with the Student Leadership Training Program in Rhode Island. Like Jester author-artist David Saltzman, Neil was imaginative, smart, creative, playful and generous.

He took The Phund's mission on as his own -- joining us to help children with cancer and boost reading among young students. Like David, Neil never failed to cheer people up. His impact on every life he touched has been deep and lasting.

All donations received in his honor will result in Jester books and dolls donated to children with cancer. In addition, The Jester & Pharley Phund will match all donations. Contributions may be made through the "PayPal Donate Now" button on the right. Checks made payable to The Jester & Pharley Phund should be mailed to The Jester & Pharley Phund, P.O. Box 817, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

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.

This year, David's New York Times best-seller celebrates its 22nd anniversary of giving hope and humor to children nationwide. The Jester book and doll have been bringing smiles into the lives of thousands of children coping with serious illness. And our literacy programs make it possible for students to join The Jester's journey to help children in crisis.

David wrote and illustated 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/Spanish 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 2016, 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 170,000 Jester books and dolls have been given to hospitals, shelters, underserved schools and other specila-needs facilites. "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.

CBS Sunday Morning
Mother's Day 2015 Segment

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Daily Breeze, May 17, 2015
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, May 14, 2015

The Jester Joins

Barbara and Michael Saltzman
t the Los Angeles Times
Festival of Books
April 2015

See How The Jester Helps Kids Cope With Cancer

As part of our Smiles For Kids With Cancer Program, four-year-old Rena received The Jester Has Lost His Jingle while being treated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She has heard the story so many times that she now "reads" it to her friends and family constantly. "It makes me feel so happy," Rena says with a big smile.

You can bring the same joy to children with cancer in your community with a donation today.

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