Our Story



We spread love to children whose lives have been affected by cancer or a chronic illness by sending them care packages full of love, hope, and joy on Valentine’s Day. The Valentine Project‘s outreach extends to current patients and survivors of chronic illnesses as well as to their siblings. Volunteers from anywhere in the world can sign up to be a “Valentine” and make a personalized Valentine’s Day care package for a child of any age. Valentines send their gift boxes to our headquarters in Ohio or San Francisco, where we ship each box to the child’s doorstep in time for Valentine’s Day.


Why Greg and Michaela Started The Valentine Project

The Valentine Project was started in response to our experiences working with children with cancer and their siblings. We noticed that many patients and siblings don’t look forward to Valentine’s Day because of what they’re going through. Cancer can be lonely for patients and siblings alike, and Valentine’s Day often highlights that loneliness. Because of the physical, emotional, and cognitive side effects of cancer treatment, not to mention the absences from school that come along with a serious medical diagnosis, these children may struggle to “fit in” with their peers.

Gradually, we learned that many of the social challenges that children with cancer face affect all children with chronic illnesses and their families; so, we adjusted our mission to be all-inclusive for children with cancer, children with chronic illnesses, and their families.

At The Valentine Project, our goal is for all children whose lives are affected by cancer or a chronic illness to feel special and loved each Valentine’s Day. We hope you’ll join us in supporting these deserving families. We’re true believers that one box filled with love can change someone’s life.

The Valentine Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization started in 2010.