Ryan Andrew Kaiser Memorial Foundation
We lost Ryan suddenly and unexpectedly to heart disease on January 25, 2003, the worst day of our lives. Ryan inspired us every day of his life. He was brave through so many obstacles without ever complaining. He was passionately interested in so many things like wolves, whales, pirates, owls, the planets, fishing, and karate. When he was interested in something he would soak up all the information like a sponge. He made the simplest things more fun and got our whole family involved in his interests.

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About Us

RAKMF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, named in honor of our 6-year-old son Ryan.

Shortly after Ryan died, my brother Pete asked if we would be setting up a foundation. At first we said no, the pain of having to do anything related to our son's death was too great. A few months later, we floated the idea of funding the build out of a park in our town, and talked about other ways to help kids and be charitable. Friends and family embraced the idea and soon funds started to come in. Through their gracious support, the Ryan Andrew Kaiser Memorial Foundation was started. Click here to read more.


  1. Financially assist local families with critically ill children, who may not otherwise be able to afford proper healthcare
  2. Provide Grants & Funding to doctors and hospital groups that specialize in the care and cure of pediatric heart patients. According to the March of Dimes, the #1 birth defect in children is Congenital Heart Disease-CHD
  3. Fund, plan and build childrens' playgrounds. In our new partnership with GameTime, the worlds largest playground manufacturer, the Ryan Andrew Kaiser Memorial Foundation is building safe places for children to play! We have been involved in six new playgrounds to date and are continually looking for new projects on the East Coast.

Through this web site, we will keep our friends, family, sponsors and donors informed as to our progress. Should you wish to make a donation, simply follow this link DONATE

If you have thoughts about RAKMF, or ideas that may help us achieve our goals, please CONTACT US.

Thanks for your interest in our organization and events.

Andy Kaiser