Forrest Spence Fund

Empathy. Understanding. Hope.
Forrest Spence Fund Mission
In honor of Forrest, the organization strives to support families dealing with similar difficult situations and to give back to regional children’s hospitals like Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Baptist Women’s Memorial Hospital, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where the amazing medical staff fights for thousands of children each year.
About Us
The Forrest Spence Fund is an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 in memory of Robert Forrest Spence. The mission of the Fund is to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South.
Services & Programs

Family Care Bags

The fund strives to identify specific needs of families who are coping with critically or chronically ill children. As an introduction, we supply patients and families with care bags that include helpful supplies for their stay in the hospital. These bags provide items that are comforting and necessary during their stay. Moreover, our bags let the families know that someone cares for them during this difficult time and that we are available to them as a resource. Each bag includes information about our Fund and establishes an open line of communication to establish a relationship with the family. Learn More>>

Baptist NICU Reading Program

The Forrest Spence Fund has partnered up with Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women’s NICU to launch a new Reading Program. A book will be given to every patient that is admitted to the NICU to provide positive developmental stimulation and promote language development.

If you would like to donate new children’s books for the Baptist NICU Reading Click Here.


The illness and loss of a child is one of the most difficult things a parent or a family can experience. One of the goals of the Forrest Spence Fund is to connect families with counseling and support groups. If a family loses a child, we refer them to professional counseling and pay 100% of the cost. We are working together with the Christian Psychological Center in Memphis to make sure that families receive the emotional care that they need. For families outside the Memphis area, we ask they find an appropriate counselor and we will help cover the cost.

The counselors help families in dealing with the stages of grief, coping with the loss, and the impact of the death on their family. This is such an important step in healing for the families in our community. Learn More>>

FSF Grant Program

The FSF grant program provides financial grants to families with children who are suffering from critical or chronic illness and able to demonstrate need.
In order to qualify for a financial grant you must:

  • Live in the Mid-South
  • Have a child with a chronic or critical illness
  • A copy of your most recent tax statement (Form 1040 or equivalent) and your two most recent pay stubs
  • Be able to attain 2 letters of recommendation in the healthcare industry
  • A letter from your child’s attending physician or healthcare provider including your child’s diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of treatment
  • A letter of recommendation from someone in the healthcare industry (physician, social worker, nurse practitioner, etc.) who can vouch for your family on your need and eligibility.

Please email for more information

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