Robin and Joseph Kanarek founded the Kanarek Family Foundation in 2006 to honor the memory of their son, David, who lost his five-year battle with leukemia at the age of 15. The purpose of this family foundation, based in Greenwich, CT, is to pay tribute to David and his valiant battle with cancer. Through innovative and collaborative projects with leaders in health care, the Kanarek Family Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Context for our Work
The Kanareks believe that the advancing education of the professional nurse will have a crucial role in the quality, efficiency and cost management of the future of health care. Their family foundation will promote projects that advance the role of nursing and substantiate its multifaceted role in health care.
As a teenager, Robin was on her way to art school when a summer job at a doctor’s office introduced her to the nursing profession, prompting her to change her path. Now, as a nurse and mother, she knows all too well how crucial a role palliative care can play in a good end-of-life experience. As the President of the Kanarek Family Foundation, she seeks to bring nurses into the forefront of end-of-life conversations with patients.