What is the JCK Foundation?
The JCK Foundation was created to further the work of John Cleaver Kelly who succumbed to OCD in March 2011. The Foundation continues John’s initial mission to educate and mentor students with OCD and other mental health disorders
What is OCD?
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is an anxiety disorder manifested by repetitive actions or thoughts which are performed to relieve the anxiety. It is probably a biologically based genetic disorder which usually begins in early adolescence. It is called a spectrum disorder with varying degrees of disability.
When did the Foundation begin?
The groundwork for the foundation was laid in June 2011, 3 months after John’s death. John’s good friends thought that his life should be memorialized. Their initial idea was to create a memorial softball tournament in Dobbs Ferry, NY. After three successful tournaments they decided it was time to spread John’s story to a wider audience and thus the JCK Foundation was formed.
What are the goals of the JCK Foundation?
The Foundation’s goal is to raise awareness for OCD and other mental health disorders. This goal is being realized through various speaking engagements and events that help alleviate the social stigma of these disorders as well as providing outlets where those affected (both directly and indirectly i.e., family, friends, classmates, etc) can seek help. The foundation has a lot of ideas in the pipeline, stay tuned as we roll out more programs!
How can I get involved with the Foundation?
The Foundation welcomes everyone to be involved as mental health disorders affect 1 in 4 people. There are opportunities in mentoring, event planning, fundraising and facilitating group discussions. Please contact us if you would like to be involved!
How can I donate money?
Please click the Donate link above. All donations will go directly towards our mission. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization all donations are tax deductible.