Frequently Asked Questions


General Topics

How many kids get diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year?

Each day in the U.S., approximately 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. That’s nearly 16,000 kids each year. Cancer does not discriminate; it affects kids from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socio-economic groups. That’s why Roc Solid’s vision is to one day build hope for 16,000 kids and families every year.

I know a child with cancer. Can you build a playset for him/her?

Yes! Our Play It Forward playset program is available throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Families in those areas can get more information from their child life specialists or social workers at their children’s hospitals.

Our Roc Solid On Demand program provides playsets to families fighting pediatric cancer everywhere else. Click here for more information.

If you have further questions, you can contact us any time.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely. We are always looking for extra hands at community events, our major fundraising events, playset projects and Ready Bag Packing Parties.

Click here if you’d like to receive emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities, or click here to sign up for a project or fundraising event through our online volunteer calendar.

If you’re interested in volunteering regularly by becoming a Ready Bag or Playset Build Leader, please send us an email at info@rocsolidfoundation.org, and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate team member.

Do you take donations of medical equipment or other items for kids and families in need?
We get this question a lot. And we are happy to ask around, but we will often refer you to another local organization that provides these types of resources to children and families. Let us know if we can point you in the right direction.
I’d like to plan a fundraiser for Roc Solid. Where do I start?

First of all, that’s awesome! If you have something in mind, please send an email to info@rocsolidfoundation.org and we will put you in touch with the person who handles community events in your area.

What percentage of donations goes to your programs?

Impacting 16,000 kids and families a year is a big goal, but one we are determined to reach. So we strive to utilize every dollar possible toward growing and implementing our programs. We plan with the 80/20 rule in mind, meaning around 80% of all donations go straight toward our mission.


Roc Solid On Demand (ROD)

What is ROD?

ROD stands for “Roc Solid on Demand.” Roc Solid is best known for surprising kids fighting cancer with playsets in their backyards. Our traditional playset program (Play It Forward) is offered in Virginia and North Carolina, but with the introduction of ROD, we are now able to build hope for families fighting pediatric cancer no matter where they live! ROD allows communities to build hope for families fighting pediatric cancer by shipping the entire Roc Solid playset experience directly to families or a “HOST” – someone in the community who has stepped up to lead the playset build for a local family.

Who qualifies to receive a ROD playset?

Our mission is to build hope for kids fighting cancer, and our playset program is designed for kids ages 1 – 9 who are in active treatment for pediatric cancer.

We can currently ship playsets to families living within the U.S.’s 48 contiguous states. We are working on plans to reach families beyond that soon!

Who requests a ROD?

RODs can be requested either by families fighting pediatric cancer or by someone in the community who would like to HOST a ROD project for a family.

Since pediatric cancer families are juggling a lot, often they don’t have the physical time or emotional energy to build the playsets themselves. We encourage friends, family members, really anyone in the community to rally around them to get these ROD playsets built, and we’ll provide everything needed to make it a great day.

After a pediatric cancer diagnosis, families often get asked, “What can we do to help?” ROD is the answer to that question.

What exactly is shipped?

ROD includes the actual playset itself, along with easy-to-follow instructions on how families or HOSTs (the community) can safely construct the playset and make it a fun, memorable experience. ROD also includes a list of tools needed, as well as a “play kit” with other fun items and activities for build day.

If I commit to hosting a ROD project, who is my “community”?

Community = friends or family, your neighborhood, church, school, co-workers, local fire department, local business, sports team, rotary club, junior league, Kiwanis club… the options are endless! Anyone who wants to join efforts in order to love and powerfully impact a local family fighting pediatric cancer.

I’m ready to sign up. What’s the catch?

There’s no catch. Seriously.

We ask for basic information and photos, as well as photos of the kiddo playing on the completed playset. It’s not required, but it’s a great way for us to show our sponsors the impact they’re having by supporting the ROD program.

How much does ROD cost?

For families and hosts? Nothing. We seek out organizations to sponsor our ROD projects to cover all the costs. And the smiles they produce are priceless! Roc Solid is actively searching for supporters who would consider sponsoring ROD projects. For more information, click here.

Sponsors are matched up to families, and we’ll share the child’s story with you, as well as photos from the “reveal” of the playset so you can see and share your impact and the smiles it’s created.


Ready Bags

What are Roc Solid Ready Bags?

Roc Solid Ready Bags are given to families during one of the worst times of their lives… when they find out their child has cancer. They provide all the necessities for unexpected hospital stays, but more importantly, they send a message to families that they are not alone as they begin the terrifying journey of fighting pediatric cancer.

Who receives Ready Bags?

Ready Bags are distributed through our children’s hospital partners all over the U.S. They are typically given to families shortly after diagnosis. Our mission is to reach every one of the 16,000 kids diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and we won’t stop until we get there.

Can I request a Ready Bag for my child?

If your child has recently been diagnosed with cancer, please check with your child life specialist or social worker to see if our Ready Bag program is offered at your hospital. If not, feel free to contact us and we’ll put you in touch with our in-house child life specialist who can provide you with more information.


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