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REGISTER HERE for our 3rd Annual Glow Ride for CF

September 5, 2017

Join us for our 3rd Annual Glow Ride for CF Presented by Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Zappos

Saturday,  September 23rd at 6:00pm

Hermosa Beach, CA 

Please register if you can join us or even better, create a fundraising team and help us reach our goal of $10,000.  Every penny helps families looking for assistance with bills while enduring an extended hospital stay.

This is truly our favorite event of the year because it’s family friendly and it’s an excellent excuse to play at our favorite beach!  Don’t have a bike or don’t feel like lugging yours all the way to the beach?  No problem!  Our sponsor Hermosa Cyclery has everything you need and all rental fees will be donated back to our event.  Call them today to reserve your bike:   (310) 374-7816

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors ~  Vertex Pharmaceuticals,, NorthStar Moving Company, Bluewater Grill Redondo Beach, Renzwear, Hermosa Cyclery, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Paciugo Gelato Hermosa Beach

Blog & Events, Families we have assisted

Meet Samantha ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

August 29, 2017

The fact that patients are living longer, fuller lives with Cystic Fibrosis is a blessing!  We at Claire’s Place Foundation initially began our mission to serve children under 18 but realized that young adults living with CF are out in the world trying to support themselves while dealing with a very high maintenance illness and are also in need of assistance.  We expanded our guidelines to include young adults and have been amazed by the super stars we have been able to meet.  Here is one, her name is Samantha.

Samantha and her husband James are both young professionals working to pay their way while dealing with her disease that is getting more and more difficult to manage.  This year alone, Samantha has been hospitalized 6 times, twice for over 14 days.  The stress of missed work and bills piling up in her absence is enough to take her attention away from her recovery, to say the least.

Samantha says she had been a follower of Claire Wineland on social media but was unaware of her foundation until she saw her on the Gunnar Esiason’s “Making it Matter” Podcast a few weeks ago.  She immediately reached out to her social worker who began the process of referring her for assistance through our Extended Hospital Stay Grant Program.

Being at the point of having to decide which bills can be paid and which ones have to paid late is not an easy place to be.  We were thrilled to be able to offer Samantha and her husband a grant that covered one month’s living expenses paid to the mortgage lender, utilities, etc. so that they could begin the next month with a clean slate and a little bit less of a burden.


Samantha says “I received the email saying we had been approved after I got off of work.  I literally sat in my car and cried tears of joy and relief.  We are so grateful, beyond words!  We know there are many families who request assistance and we are honored and humbled to have been helped.  We will happily pay it forward when we are able.  You are angels!”


Thank you to Gunnar Esiason, Julia Rae and all of our donors, supporters and friends who share our message.  We are grateful to have reached Samantha in her time of need and it is all due to our amazing circle of support!

Blog & Events, Families we have assisted

Meet Amara ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

August 9, 2017

Currently we have 2 individuals doing phenomenal fundraisers for Claire’s Place Foundation.  Doug Forsyth just completed his 31 day, 3800 mile bike ride across America and Riki Rachtman has just completed 10,000 miles on his motorcycle for #RikisRide17.  We want to show you what their efforts have done for this family and many more over the last 2 months.

Amara was referred to us by Boston Children’s Hospital as having “severe Cystic Fibrosis” and being evaluated for lung transplant at the very young age of 6 years old.  Cystic Fibrosis has many genetic mutations, some more difficult to manage than others and some patients have coexisting conditions that make it even more deadly.

Amara has been hospitalized for over 3 months since January 2017, one of the stays included a very severe infection that ended up in her needing to be intubated.  Luckily, she was strong enough to recover but it has resulted in both significant emotional and financial stress for her single income family who is struggling to stay with her and provide her with the support and love she needs.

Due to the hard work of both Riki and Doug and all the people who sponsor and support their efforts, we were able to assist this family with back rent and associated late fees.

Amara’s mother writes: “As a parent of a child as sick as mine, it feels so refreshing to know that there are people who care.  Any support goes a long way and my family and I are so grateful for this gesture.  I pray that this organization is able to help other families in need as they have helped mine.  Thank you beyond expression!”

Riki and Douglas, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Your efforts are herculean and are directly helping kids and families every day here at Claire’s Place Foundation.  BIG thank you to all the sponsors as well:  Hermosa Cyclery, Identified Talent Solutions, Dixon Construction, DIAL Insights, Glastonbury Dental AssociatesLafayette-DuPont#19 Fan Page, MESH, Hot Leathers, LawTigers, DeathWish Coffee, RonzWorld Guitars and GFrames 

There is still time to donate to each fundraiser, let’s show them some love ~

Cycling America for CF Facebook Page (be sure to watch the video of Douglas crossing the finish line in NYC yesterday! To donate on his FB page, click “shop now”)

Rikis Ride 17 Website – You can follow him on social media by using the hashtag #RikisRide17



August 2, 2017 Goes Back to His Roots During WORLDZ Titan Award Speech

Hollywood Reporter
10:49 AM PDT 8/1/2017 by Rachel Ettlinger

Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Brands like 20th Century Fox, VICE and Reddit all came together early Monday morning for a two-day summit to learn from and network with peers across different facets of the business world.
The Loews Hotel in Hollywood became a playground for young and established business hopefuls and executives from all over the world at the WORLDZ Chapter 2: Losing Sight of the Shore conference, which hosted brands from Facebook to iHeartMedia.
More than 150 speakers, ranging from Caitlyn Jenner to Shaun White and keynote, took over the two-day cultural marketing summit.
“I went to an all-white school and grew up in a Mexican neighborhood, but the whole thing was to dream your way out,” said, who was given the Titan award during his address for his work founding “I’m not going to pay attention to my nightmares, and ignore my dreams. Everyone was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to keep it real,’ and I was like, ‘I’m going to keep it imaginative.'”
The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard’s president, John Amato, also made an appearance at the event’s opening “Meet the Masters” series, where he spoke one-on-one with WORLDZ attendees about the two media brands’ missions and goals for the future, as well as to give advice to other business professionals.
“The future of what media is and how all this stuff is converging, it’s like all these companies in the world — literally, Apple, Amazon and Google — all have serious music initiatives,” Amato said. “Those same companies all have serious entertainment initiatives and being the head of the biggest music and entertainment media brands in the world, I think, just makes everything so much more interesting.”
Neon posters guided more than 1,600 WORLDZ attendees, representing 40 different countries, around every corner with faces of the “masters” of the organization, such as Claire Wineland of the Claire’s Place Foundation, Sebastian Terry of, CEO of Vaynermedia Gary Vaynerchuk, and the co-founder and president of Red Interactive Agency, Donny Makower, who all also spoke at the conference’s opening keynote.
While opening the conference at the keynote address, Roman Tsunder, CEO of PTTOW! and a WORLDZ co-founder, discussed why he created the conference for business officials of all levels in the first place.
“It’s our greater intention to help make your journey,” Tsunder said in an address to the audience. “The reason we call it WORLDZ is because we want to take you and your world, and collaborate with you and your world to create the most inspiring outcomes.”


This girl with a terminal illness is using social media to normalize death

August 2, 2017

This girl with a terminal illness is using social media to normalize death

By Nathalie Basha


December 04, 2016 09:55 PM EST

Claire Wineland is 19 years old, but she already has a very close relationship with death. She has cystic fibrosis, a chronic and progressive disease that will eventually end her life.

But Wineland is using social media, and her very positive attitude, to normalize death and illness. Her message is that you can not only have a great life despite pain and suffering but because of it.

“The people who have been through the most are the people with the most to give” ~ Claire Wineland

She uses herself as an example. Cystic fibrosis is an all-consuming, terminal disease that has caused her to spend a third of her life in and out of the hospital. It creates an overload of mucus in the body that coats all the internal organs, and over time, causes them to shut down.

But she’s not only happy, she’s thriving. She lives a very full life and she credits CF for giving her the ability to see the beauty of life through her pain. She encourages her followers to find the same beauty.


She is vivacious, laughs easily and breaks off into passionate tangents, and she is exceptionally eloquent. Now, she’s also a professional speaker. Her inspiring talk at Zappos is excerpted in the story, but is worth a full listen.

Claire and her family have started a foundation to help other children living with CF. Claire’s Place Foundation gives grants to provide financial support to families living with cystic fibrosis.

Claire’s life expectancy is up in the air. It’s been pushed back from 10 years old, to 15, and now it’s the early-to-mid 20’s. She could die next year, or she could live for decades more. That part depends on the medical advances made for CF (there is no cure, only management of the symptoms) and Claire’s own determination to work on her health.
In the meantime, Claire says she’ll continue to use social media, public speaking and her foundation to help people live their best lives.
Check out Claire’s Instagram, YouTube  and  Twitter accounts for some serious inspiration.

Nathalie Basha
Nathalie Basha is Circa a Multimedia Journalist for Travel and Leisure, based out of Los Angeles