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Meet Reid ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

July 4, 2016

Reid was referred to us by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Compass Program, a personalized service to help “CFers” with the insurance, financial, legal and other issues they face dealing with cystic fibrosis, a lifelong, chronic illness.

Reid came to us with a unique situation, requiring us to expand our reach to be able to provide her with much ReidSmithneeded assistance. Rather than one extended hospital stay, she was struggling with an exorbitant out of pocket medical bill resulting from years of hospitalizations due to cystic fibrosis.

She wrote “I am a married 30 year old female with Cystic Fibrosis, working full time and supporting my own medical expenses. Through my job, I have health insurance; however, each year I meet the $6,1250 in out­of­pocket maximum. Over the years, these expenses have compounded, leaving me with over $12,000 in debt to (hospital name confidential) and a hefty monthly payment. With the help of the CF Foundation, I have negotiated a settlement sum with the hospital to eradicate this insurmountable debt so that I can move forward and investigate a new insurance plan that will relieve this monthly burden.”

A special meeting of our Board of Directors resulted in our decision to provide several thousand dollars towards Reid’s hospital bill, making it easier for her to meet the initial lump sum payment agreement she had negotiated and move forward with a more realistic monthly payment plan.

Reid sent us a beautiful quote to share with all of you that support our efforts in the hopes that you understand how incredibly helpful your generosity is to people in the CF Community.

“I wish to express my gratitude to Claire’s Place Foundation for assistance with out of pocket medical costs. Most adults strive to find the right work/life balance; as a working adult with CF, one must find a work/life/CF balance. Lengthy hospital stays and missed time at work combine with oftentimes untenable medical expenses. I am extremely grateful to Claire’s Place for helping relieve some of this stress by assisting with my medical bills and allowing me to seek the proper care. Yours is an extremely helpful and wonderful service to provide to the CF community.”

Reid, we wish you all the very best ~ you are an inspiration to others!

As always, thank you for your support!  To make a donation to this program, please click here

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In Loving Memory of Maria

July 1, 2016

Maria’s family came to us almost 4 years post double lung transplant.  Their daughter, Maria, received a lung transplant in 2012 and enjoyed many years with great health.  Sadly, in February 2016, she was admitted for chronic rejection and subsequently passed away in April 2016.  Maria Fajardo fence picture

Her family spent 3 months with her in the PICU as Maria and her doctors fought to reverse her rejection. Her mother says “Maria was a real fighter, a lover of life, we will miss her more than words can say.  Our long hospital stay created great financial hardship and of course emotional as now we must deal with laying her to rest.  Thank you Claire’s Place Foundation for your support ~ we really needed a shoulder to lean on and you came through for us.”

Thank you Claire’s Place Foundation supporters ~ your donations are making a real difference!  Click here to make a donation today so that this important program can continue to provide much needed assistance to families like Maria’s

Rest in Peace dear Maria

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Meet Trent and Tremmell ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipients

May 24, 2016

Tremmell’s parents were referred to us during a particularly difficult time.  Tremmell had been in patient for 2 weeks and his little brother, Trent, was also experiencing 20151129_183259symptoms that would land him in the hospital next.  Raising 2 children with cystic fibrosis is a herculean effort and we were thrilled to be able to assist them with an Extended Hospital Stay Grant so that they could focus on getting both of their children  home and healthy.

Claire’s Place Foundation was a real life saver for our family last month!  We had been struggling as it was but add to that 2 children in the hospital and it was nearly impossible to make ends meet.  We both work very hard to support our kids financially and emotionally and it’s difficult asking for help ~ thank you for paying our mortgage, cell phone bills and utilities! Just knowing that there is someone out there to lean on when times are tough makes all the difference.”

Your donations are hard at work ~ thank you for your support!



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Meet Barrett ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

April 21, 2016

Barrett was born in February, 2016 and has been fighting for life ever since.  His family came to us in desperate need of assistance as they too had been in the NICU for over a month, caring for him, watching as he gained ground, only to have a set back a few days later.  If you have ever been a parent in this difficult situation, you understand how stressful and consuming it can be.  Shauf Barett

We were thrilled to provide much needed assistance to Barrett’s family so that they could continue to be by his side and cheer him on.

We are happy to report that young Barrett is doing well, thanks to a loving family and an amazing team of physicians!

” The Social Worker at our Children’s Hospital, referred us to Claire’s Place Foundation.  They were so kind and paid our past due bills that we couldn’t afford to pay due to our extended hospital stay for our son in the NICU. This has taught me to always be humble and that everyone needs a little help sometimes. We could not be more grateful” ~Barrett’s Parents

Claire’s Place Foundation supporters ~ thank you for all you do to help actual families such as this one, your donations are hard at work

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Meet Maximus ~ Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

April 5, 2016

Your donations are hard at work here at Claire’s Place Foundation.  Meet Maximus, our most recent Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient.  Maximus’ family came to us just 5 days post double lung transplant and were having to support 2 living locations due to the great distance between their home and the transplant center, which is very common for transplant recipients.

Maximus’ graMaximus2ndmother and guardian writes “We were getting ready to lose our home due to having to be near  Maximus during his recovery while trying to pay rent in both places.  Our social worker told us about your foundation and your mission to help families in our situation and we are so grateful for your help!”

Helping families to stay with their child during extended hospital stays due to cystic fibrosis is something we are very passionate about and the reason we fundraise so diligently.

We could not fulfill our mission to help families like this without our dear supporters and your donations ~ thank you all so much!   untitled

Maximus ~ We wish you a very speedy recovery