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Make your YEAR END donation today!

December 28, 2016

thxesgyfniWe can’t believe there are only 4 days left in 2016 ~ what a year!  We have grown our giving by nearly 300% this year and continue hearing from more and more CF Centers across the country referring families in need.  What a blessing!

If you are inspired by the work we are doing and our efforts in raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis on a global level, please consider making a donation before midnight on December 31st to be included in our Year End Campaign.  We are only about $5,000 away from our goal!

You may also want to check in with your employer and share this link to see if they will match your doaation for an even bigger impact!  Global  Giving Year End Campaign

Thank you and CHEERS to a happy and healthy 2017!

 

Blog & Events, Families we have assisted

A Team Effort to Help a Family in Need

December 19, 2016

Recently, our friends at The CF Foundation helped us connect with The Breathe Foundation, a similar organization that serves CF families living in the state of New Jersey.  A family had an enormous hospital co pay that was nearly impossible for them to catch up on having only one income, a family of 6 and a child with great medical needs.  We were thrilled to work together in getting this bill completely paid off with all of your generous donations.

Elizabeth’s mother writes in their application “Elizabeth had a 2 week hospital stay shortly after my husband was laid off, causing us great high_elizabeth-picstress as he is the sole wage earner for our family of six. We struggled to make the payments on our hospital bill but it was shortly turned over to collections.  Last year, my husband earned only enough for us to get by and continue to make our insurance payments.  The Compass Program at The CF Foundation put us in touch with you and The Breathe Foundation as avenues for support…we sincerely hope that between the two of you, we can get some assistance that will help us get back on our feet.”

We reached out directly to our new friends at The Breathe Foundation and came up with a plan of action.  In a few short days, the bill was paid in full and the family notified.

The speed in which both foundations responded to our needs was so greatly appreciated.  We were just so relieved because we are also currently applying to colleges and the application fees alone are quite significant for us.  This grant has also made Elizabeth less stressed about all the costs associated with her illness and now college.”

Your donations are always hard at work here at Claire’s Place Foundation.  Please consider supporting us during our year end campaign so that our programs will continue to make a difference in the lives of so many children living with cystic fibrosis and their families.

Elizabeth ~  we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and are sending you best wishes as you begin your college journey!

 

Blog & Events, Families we have assisted

Meet Emma ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

December 12, 2016

Meet Emma, a theatrical, vivacious teen living with cystic fibrosis.  Over the last year, her CF course has been plagued with several admissions, most recently for nearly an entire month, in a city quite far from their home.  Admissions such as this place a huge burden on families as it can 123_1_2cause a family to be separated for the duration and need to maintain the cost of what can feel like two households.  Food costs and lodging for caregivers, transportation costs of traveling to and from the hospital, child care for other siblings and many times, the loss of income adds up to an insurmountable financial crisis.  fb_img_1478017166739

We were so very grateful to be able to grant this family some much needed assistance, with the support of our donors.  Checks were sent out directly to their landlord, utilities company and car loan for the month so that they could focus their energy and time on being with Emma while she received the care she needed.  We are happy to report that Emma is now home and doing well ~ our thoughts and prayers are with you little fighter!

Emma’s mother writes “We are so appreciative of your organization and we know how very blessed we were to receive a referral from our social worker and ultimately a grant. Having support helped us get caught up and that meant so much to us. We are a one income family and it’s tough. Thank you for making it easier for us to be there for Emma.” 

 

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A Little Thanksgiving Inspiration

November 22, 2016

happy-thanksgiving-day-pic-26Sending you best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving

We sure do have a lot to be thankful for here at Claire’s Place Foundation and YOU are one of them.  Thank you for supporting our efforts this year and making a real difference in the lives of children and families living with cystic fibrosis.

Our Founder, Claire Wineland, had the opportunity to speak to 1500 Zappos employees about what a gift it is to make a positive difference for others.  Enjoy a little inspirational boost and remember that even a small gesture by you can make a big impact in a CF family’s life!

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 YouTube Link
 Claire Wineland at Zappos All Hands Meeting
 November 1, 2016

 

Blog & Events, Families we have assisted

Meet Patricia ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

November 13, 2016

photostudio-pruittpruitt_pic2Meet Patricia ~ she was referred to us during an extended hospital stay due to a collapsed lung.  Thus far, she has been in the hospital for nearly one month, working hard to regain her lung function and enough strength to go home.  Patricia is one of two children in the family that suffer from cystic fibrosis and this current hospital stay has taken a real financial toll on her mother as the sole bread winner in the family.   We were very grateful to be able to assist them with getting caught up on their rent thereby avoiding an imminent eviction.

Her Mother writes “What this grant means to us is less stress.  We can continue to function as a family.  It gives us assurance that my daughter will have a home to come back to when released from the hospital.  Thank you Claire’s Place Foundation!”

Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who make these grants possible!  Please remember us as we approach #GivingTuesday where your donations will be matched 50% on our Global Giving Page

We are all pulling for you Patricia ~ wishing you a speedy recovery!