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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!

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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

 

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Meet Allison ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

August 2, 2017

Allison’s story is very relevant to today’s insurance debate and we were grateful to be able to make a difference for her, even if only a small one.  Allison is a young woman with Cystic Fibrosis who recently lost her Medi Cal insurance which is devastating for anyone living with a chronic illness like “CF”.  Being privately insured demands that the individual pay exorbitant co pays and are expected to pay very high “out of pocket” expenses for a calendar year.  In Allison’s case, her yearly deductible was met in February due to such high medical costs and her illness makes it very difficult for her to maintain a steady paycheck.

Allison with her loving family, second from the left

Allison was referred to us by our friends at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Compass Program, a personalized service to help you with the insurance, financial, legal, and other issues you are facing.  She came to us with a hospital bill that she had been chipping away at but was still out of her reach.  We were thrilled to be able to make a payment towards her bill but were unable to pay it in full.  We have committed to working with Allison and her hospital to help pay this down as funds allow.

Allison writes “I have been having financial hardships since the end of 2016 due to medical costs and issues. I was denied from Medi-cal  and could no longer afford my medications out of pocket. With my new insurance, I was expected to pay $5,700 for out of pocket expenses for the 2017 calendar year. With high medical costs, my deductible was met in Feburary 2017. Since January I have had 3 hospital stays amounting to a bill of ___ dollars. I am very grateful to Claire’s Place Foundation for contributing towards my bill. I have had a stressful year and receiving help from this foundation has helped put my mind at ease.”

Thank you for all of your support dear donors!  Your donations are hard at work in our community making a difference for people like Allison

This grant was made possible by 2 fundraisers going on right now!  Riki’s Ride 17 and Cycling USA for Cystic Fibrosis.  Way to be awesome guys! Let’s show them some support!

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Meet Lori ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

July 17, 2017

Lori is a young woman with cystic fibrosis that was referred to us by her hospital social worker.

Her referral reads “Lori is a beautiful and strong young woman living with cystic fibrosis. We have witnessed her endure numerous obstacles, while simultaneously participating within the CF community. Any assistance that you may provide to her and her family would be greatly appreciated.”

Lori had just been hospitalized for a long period of time and she and her fiance desperately needed help catching up on bills as she tried to return to her daily life.  Because of you, our generous supporters, we were able to provide them with a grant to cover one month’s expenses so they could get back on their feet.

She writes “Thank you so much for all that you do. I appreciate how much you have helped my me and my fiance with the Extended Hospital Stay Grant, it has made a huge difference!

Thank you to all of our supporters ~ your donations are hard at work in our CF community and are making a real difference for many children, young adults and families.

This grant was made possible by 2 fundraisers going on right now!  Riki’s Ride 17 and Cycling USA for Cystic Fibrosis.  Way to be awesome guys! Let’s show them some love!

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Meet Logan ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

June 6, 2017

Logan is an 11 year old boy living with cystic fibrosis and has had a particularly rough year.  He was referred to us by his CF Center Social Worker who let us know that he has been hospitalized 4 times in quick succession and the family was facing extreme financial difficulties as well as a move to a new city.  Logan’s parents made the decision that many parents of children with Cystic Fibrosis do and were depending on only one income so that one parent could take care of all the many hours of treatments, doctor appointments, missed school and hospital stays that constitute living with this disease.

Out of desperation and in an attempt to bring in more money, Logan’s father accepted a job for better pay in a city far from home.  The cost of moving expenses coupled with 4 hospital stays became too much to bear and the family was in a critical position.

We are so grateful that our supporters continue to make donations to the Extended Hospital Stay Fund so that we can help families like this.  We were able to cover the rent and utilities for the month of May so that they could take a breath and get settled in to their new home and new CF Center/hospital.

This grant was made possible in part by our friend Douglas Forsyth and the fundraising he is doing in honor of his young friend Connor, a 5 year old with Cystic Fibrosis.  Douglas is riding his bicycle 3400 miles from Portland, OR to New York City beginning in July.  Please support his efforts and thank him for his generosity by visiting his Go Fund Me Page to make a donation and following his Facebook Page.  Thank you Douglas and everyone who is helping with Cycling America for CF!  Your efforts are making a real difference in this family’s life.

Logan’s parents write “Our family took a huge pay cut so that my husband could attend a 2 week job training for his new position and at the exact same time, we were hit with another long hospital stay, the 4th this year.  Without help from Claire’s Place Foundation, we would not have had the money to cover our rent and make the move needed to start a better life.  Knowing that it was taken care of took a huge burden off of our shoulders and allowed us to focus on Logan.  We feel blessed! Thank you all

Cycling America for CF is sponsored byIdentified Talent Solutions, Dixon Construction, Inc. and Hermosa Cyclery