Helping critically-ill children and their families since 1991

About Us

Our goal is to make families' lives easier

Children’s Road to Recovery was created by Michael and Della Polk in loving memory of their son, Christopher. They wanted to ease the financial burden of other families who were experiencing the pain of caring for a critically ill child. 

  • Michael L. Polk, President
  • Richard W. Wess, Vice President
  • Vivian A. Wess, Corporate Secretary

Chris getting ready for a bone marrow transplant at the Univ. of Kentucky Medical Center. 

Who We Are

Our Mission

We believe that every child deserves the chance for a healthy and happy future. The goal of Children’s Road to Recovery is to provide transportation, lodging and funding for related expenses incurred when critically ill patients have to travel to receive medical treatment at a hospital in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Funds Raised for Families


Children Helped


How We Help


With corporate support and the support of concerned individuals, Children’s Road to Recovery has been able to secure long-term commitments for a variety of helpful services.

Transportation Services

Round trip air fare, rental cars, mass transit & rail passes, medical air ambulance, gasoline gift certificates, hospital parking vouchers


Cafeteria meal vouchers, grocery store gift certificates so they can stock the pantry at their resident living facility 

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel and lodging arrangements at a nearby location while your child receives treatment


Prepaid telephone calling cards, financial pledges, & more!


of all funds went directly to patient aid and the remainder was used for fund raising.


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Children We've Helped


Whether it was an airline ticket for the child and his family or gasoline gift certificates to help with the added expense of driving three times a week back and forth to the hospital for treatments, we know that we played a part in that child’s search for a cure. We want every sick child to have a chance for a healthy and happy life.

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Family Testimonials

Our family will ALWAYS remain thankful to CRTR for their heartfelt caring and generosity. We have promised to return the help by remaining active in their events and fundraisers that can help to build their financial base for other families that are in desperate need.
Trieb Family
CRTR helped us by providing gasoline certificates, hospital parking and cafeteria vouchers. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Chamara's Family
Please give us your support! Together we can help critically ill children along the road to recovery.