About Us

The Foundation

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The Helping to Heal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to print and distribute Helping to Heal, the comprehensive, yet simple common sense resource guide for parents caring for children who are fighting serious illness.

In 2012, the Foundation began making the book available free of charge to parents and caregivers through hospitals and other recognized health institutions – and over 20,000 copies of this essential guide have been distributed since then. Beginning January 2018, individuals can request a free book, as well. This outreach is made possible through generous donations and fundraising efforts by individuals and family foundations, and we are forever grateful for their support.

The Author

Patti Wood

Patricia (Patti) Wood is founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education, a not-for-profit environmental health organization located in Port Washington, LI and Rye, NY. The organization uses science-driven arguments for clean air, clean water and a safe food supply to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health.

A Visiting Scholar at Adelphi University, Ms. Wood lectures on the environment and related health issues in the College of Nursing and Public Health, and advocates for stricter regulation of non-ionizing radiation and chemical toxins.

Ms. Wood is co-producer of the documentary film “Our Children at Risk,” which explores the latest scientific research linking environmental toxins to children’s health problems.  She is also the author of “The ChildSafe School,” a program which promotes and provides a framework for a comprehensive approach to reducing environmental toxins in schools. Patti was a recipient of the EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award in 2016.


Helping to Heal is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained from a qualified health professional. The author and publisher disclaim any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of ideas, suggestions and recommendations contained herein.