Meet Dr. David Sine

Dr. David Sine resides in Exeter, California where he and his wife have raised their 3 daughters. Together the Sines own Pine Street Pediatrics and are beloved pediatricians in their community. Dr. Sine has a special interest in ADHD, Pediatric Hospice & Palliative Care. He has dedicated his career to improving the quality of life for his patients with complex medical needs. Dr. Sine's passion for serving others led him to create Trillium Kids.

Why was Trillium Kids created?

Trillium Kids provides resources to families caring for children with complex medical needs. The lack of assistance for basic necessities for families did not sit well with Dr. Sine. He took it upon himself to provide families with extra gas cards, and food cards, etc. in order to alleviate the extra financial burden on parents.

Friends of Dr. Sine  encouraged him to create a non-profit so others could join in his efforts of giving to families in need.  The ongoing generosity of others has allowed Trillium Kids to meet the needs of families. Trillium Kids allows others to bypass the red-tape which often prevented families from extra support and services and directly meet the needs of special needs families. 

What additional support does Trillium Kids offer families?

In addition to the financial support given by Trillium Kids, Dr. Sine has also created a monthly support group for grieving families and is continuing to add resource pages to the TK website. The resource pages are filled with valuable information for families who are new to navigating life with a child with special needs. 

"Normal kids want to be special and do special things.   

Special needs kids want to be normal and do normal things"


Why is Trillium Kids important?

Often times families face emotional distress and financial burdens related to everyday care of a special needs child. During times of sickness, these stresses are increased due to uncertainty of health outcomes, increased hassles related to medical regimens, social isolation, accompanied by financial strain due to private medical insurance and government assistance programs not covering additional costs associated with treatment of a special needs child. Trillium Kids supports families caring for a child with special needs during times of sickness, including chronic or temporary illness.

Grief Support Group

Trillium Kids has partnered with the non-profit Sweet Nectars Society, to develop the Forever Sweeties Grief Support Group for parents who have experienced the loss of a child.


With donor support Trillium Kids has been able to:

  • Continue efforts to grant Mini-Make-A-Wish to children with a short life expectancy.
  • Supply gift cards and hotel vouchers to families in need to assist in long distance medical consult trips to places such as Stanford, UCSF, UCSD/Rady San Diego, and prolonged hospital stays at Valley Children’s Hospital.
  • Provide assistance with rent and utility bills when there are no other community options.
  • Assisted in the purchase of medical equipment that insurance will not cover, as well as transferring gently used equipment and supplies from one family to another in need.
  • Assisted with funeral costs for four of our children that we lost this year.
  • Development of a home/school visitation-based program where a therapist will work to support the siblings of these kids as their needs are often overlooked due to the demanding needs of the more medically fragile child.

Family Grant Opportunities

Trillium Kids awards grants to provide basic support so families can focus on proper treatment and sustained quality of life for their child. 

Understanding Palliative Care, Alexandra's Story

The founder of Trillium Kids, Dr. David Sine has collaborated with JUMO Health to create the very first illustrated, age appropriate, booklet to explain pediatric palliative care. 

Making Memories

Make-A-Wish offers our patients life experiences that motivate, encourage and make lasting memories.

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions enable Trillium Kids to improve the quality of life of incredible children who are faced with difficult situations.

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