Allie is a 15 year old, vivacious teen living with cystic fibrosis. In 2017, she suffered 3 extended hospital stays as her CF continues to progress.
Her Social Worker sent us a referral and describes her family’s situation as follows:
“Allie has been admitted for her current hospitalization since October 30, 2017. It is important for her mother Brandy to be with Allie for supportive reasons but she is therefore unable to work due to how far away the family lives. Brandy’s loss of income during this admission is creating financial burdens for the family in many ways. Even though Allie’s father continues to work, his income is not sufficient alone. As their social worker, I have referred the family to assistance programs to help with some of their bills but these programs have severe limitations and will not cover some of the more extensive expenses such as car insurance which is due to be cancelled and is very important in getting Allie and her family back and forth to the hospital. Any assistance your foundation may see fit to provide will be greatly appreciated.”
Our organization was established because we heard this story so many times and understand on a deep level the amount of work lost and support is required when raising a child with cystic fibrosis. We also understood that there were very few resources for family’s in this particular situation. Living with cystic fibrosis entails many many extended hospital stays over a life time and is absolutely unmanageable for most middle or low income families.
We were thrilled to offer Allie’s family a grant that covered their living expenses for a complete month and caught them up on their car insurance due to the incredible fundraising our donors have done this year. We are grateful to be the shoulder they could lean on during their time of need.
Allie’s parent write “Words can never truly express our thanks for what Claire’s Place has done for us. I made a promise to both my daughters when they were born that no matter what I would always be by their side. Because of all of you I have less stress about getting bills paid. My children understand that due to so many hospital stays this year, there was going to be no Christmas money. But, because of all of you my children won’t need to miss Christmas or go without heat. God bless you all”
Thank you for your continued support of this program ~ as you can see, your donations are hard at work helping families every day that have nowhere else to turn.
Wishing you all a happy, joyous holiday season!