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Teen Choice Awards 2015

August 15, 2015

 Teen Choice Awards 2015

Sunday, August 16 5pm to 7pm Pacific on FOX

Be sure to tune in on Sunday to the FOX Teen Choice Awards 2015!  This year, FOX is honoring 8 teens from across the country who are out to make positive change in the world and our Founder, Claire Wineland is one of them!

Thank you so much – without our amazing supporters, we would not be able to make a Fight Songdifference in the lives of children and families living with cystic fibrosis.  To date, we have been blessed to aid many families with our Extended Hospital Stay Grants.  If you know of a family raising a child with cystic fibrosis and they need a helping hand, please refer them to us..we are here to help.

Want to join in on the fun? We are hosting a beautiful Amaris Art Show and Wine Tasting Soiree here in the Los Angeles area on August 22nd.  All proceeds will benefit Claire’s Place Foundation and Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Long Beach.  Tickets are going fast…be sure to BOOK your ticket today.

Much love and gratitude,
Claire’s Place Foundation


Blog & Events, Families we have assisted, Newsletters

Please Consider Making a Donation to Help These Families

July 13, 2015

Thank you so much for visiting our site!  We are busy raising funds to provide assistance and support to families like ours living with cystic fibrosis.  Our Extended Hospital Stay Grant Fund provides financial support to families who are experiencing a hospital stay of 14 consecutive days or longer.  Long hospital stays are quite common for “CFers” and something we refer to as a “tune up” in our community.  IV antibiotics, bronchoscopies and nutrition improvement are some of the things these tune ups include.  Behind the scenes, there are many single income families struggling to keep up with the incurred expenses and we aim to bridge the gap and allow them the peace of mind they need in order to stay at their child’s bedside.

We have been fortunate enough to assist many families in the past 4 years.  Here are just Extended-Hospital-Stay--online-sa few and the beautiful sentiments they have shared with us.

It is only by enlisting supporters such as yourself that this is possible!


Thank you so much

Claire Wineland, Founder


The Dr Oz Show

November 11, 2014

The Dr Oz Show


Friday, November 14

This has been the hardest secret for us to keep but we finally get to announce it: our Founder, Claire Wineland was a special guest on The Dr Oz show in NYC last week and the show airs THIS FRIDAY!
Dr Oz found Claire through her latest project, The Clairity Project and  her recent video “The Perks of Going to the Hospital“. Of course, we were honored and excited to take a little weekend in NYC to meet his wonderful production team and make big strides in forwarding our mission of spreading awareness about cystic fibrosis through both The Claire’s Place Foundation and The Clairity Project.
Please be sure to TUNE IN on Friday, November 14th to The Dr Oz Show and if you know any others living with cystic fibrosis that might want to watch, feel free to forward this announcement and/or post on your social media pages.
The Dr Oz Show website will tell you how to find your local listings and times. The segment will also be posted on their website for a short period of time after it airs~ just in case you miss it.

Our Moonlight Glow Ride was A BLAST!  Thank you to everyone who showed up to ride with us and to those of you who supported from afar by making a donation.  Be sure to visit us on Facebook to see some of the great pictures.  If you didn’t get a chance to make a donation to the glow ride, please take a minute and do so this week.  We raised just under $15,000 which is phenomenal!  We will leave our Crowdrise Page up until November 20th in the hope of getting a little closer to our original goal of $30,000.  Remember, every penny counts and goes directly to assist families struggling to make ends meet while raising a child with cystic fibrosis.
If you know of a family living with cystic fibrosis that is in need of support, please share our website with them.  We are excited that our foundation is growing and are always looking to meet new families that may need a helping hand.  Raising a child with a chronic, life threatening disease is difficult at best – we want families to know we are here to help.
Thank you ~
Melissa Nordquist
Executive Director

2014 Changes to our Board of Directors

February 7, 2014

As we embark on a new year, we welcome two additional board members and say goodbye to our current Secretary, Heather Baker.  Heather remains a dear friend of our family and continues to support Claire in her mission to help other families living with cystic fibrosis.

Heather served as our Board Secretary and provided a tremendous amount of support for the first year we were established. Thank you so much for your loving service, you are an exceptional friend and a woman committed to charitable works.  One of our heroes!”
~ Melissa Nordquist, Executive Director

heather bakker clairesplaceHeather Baker, Founding Board Member,Past Secretary

Heather Baker has extensive management experience in both the business and family world.  She has been employed in sales, law, and marketing, and possesses highly developed organizational skills recognized throughout the Las Vegas community.  Heather has a diverse employment history, which includes shipping for entertainment celebrities and participation in the development of major Las Vegas resorts. Heather has most recently spent her time concentrating on friends and family, was a co-recipient of the “Power of One” award for dedication to the Jewish community, and assisted her daughter, Dylan Sage, in receiving the American Legion Award.  She has also been recognized by the Clark County School System for her educational involvement.  Ultimately, though, Heather is known as a dedicated worker, a faithful friend, and a tireless supporter of Claire’s struggle to achieve a long and meaningful life.


We have been so very blessed by like minded members of our community and board of directors stepping forward to provide charitable service to our newly established foundation.  Please help us welcome our two newest board members, Dr Leila Yoonessi and  Mr. David Martell.

Leila BIODr Leila Yoonessi, Director

Dr. Leila Yoonessi is currently a pediatric pulmonology fellow at Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach. Dr. Yoonessi holds a BA in psychobiology with a minor in religious studies from Occidental College. She graduated cum laude and was awarded a psychobiology departmental award for her academic achievements. She then studied at the University of Southern California where she earned Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health care promotion. She then went on to complete her medical degree at New York Medical College. She relocated to California to rejoin her family where she completed her pediatric residency at Los Angeles County University Southern California. She is currently a board certified pediatrician. She has several research interests with several publications pending including Progression and Prognostic Indicators of Bronchial and Alveolar Disease in Children with Sickle Cell Disease, Cortisol levels as predictors for need for vasopressor support in the first 48 hours of life, environmental factors contributing to lung function and growth velocity decline, and inflammatory cytokines as predictors of respiratory disease in Cystic Fibrosis related metabolic syndrome. She remains committed to patient advocacy, research, complementary medicine, preventive medicine, holistic health, and non-profit work.

Practicing locations:
Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach
New York Medical College, 2009
Pediatric Residency, University of Southern California, 2012
Professional society memberships:
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Thoracic Society

“I enjoy positively impacting the lives of my pediatric patients. They constantly inspire me with their imaginations, zest for life, energy, enthusiasm, and infinite kindness. When you meet a brilliant young girl like Claire Wineland, who is filled to the brim with inner and outer beauty, you will know exactly what I mean.

During my pediatric residency at the University of Southern California, I began to understand the complexities that doctor’s face when trying to promote underlying health and facilitate healing.  By adopting a multidisciplinary approach, physicians, patients, and their parents can create and implement effective treatment plans.  My decision to pursue a pediatric pulmonology fellowship stems directly from my passion for the field of pediatrics and my desire to aid in the timely diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases.
During my third-year pediatrics rotation, I came to a clearer understanding of my skills and abilities and how this best fits into my vision for my professional future.  I discovered which direction I would pursue in this field.  While making my rounds in the Westchester Medical Center Outpatient Clinic, I saw a child struggling to breathe during a cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbation.  Her mother was completely distraught at seeing her child in pain, – but after the child was hospitalized her condition rapidly improved, the mother expressed a sense of gratitude that even surpassed her previous sense of worry and concern was even greater than her worry had been.  Children living with cystic fibrosis require coordinated interdisciplinary care including endocrinology, pulmonology, and infectious disease.
On a personal level, during high school I had a talented and gifted friend who lived with cystic fibrosis without complaint.  She carried herself with quiet reserve and internal strength.  I admired her tenacity and, the drive to live life to the fullest, and developed a deep respect for her and perseverance in the face of daunting despite her health issues.  Academically and personally, she demonstrated leadership among her peers, and always treated others with an abiding sense of kindness.  In many ways I was inspired by my interactions with her. I knew I wanted to contribute to the the constantly growing body of research in the pulmonology field in the hope of improving the quality of life and reducing the mortality and morbidity of children living with respiratory disease.”

David Martell PhotoDavid Martell, Director

David Martell is a veteran in the financial services industry with experience and a passion for fundraising for charitable organizations. Currently, David is an account executive with a large firm in the commodities industry where he is responsible for the buying and selling of new and rare precious metals. Previously, David was the primary fundraiser for an outreach educational organization. He conducted fundraising strategy and outreach trained other fundraisers.  On a personal note, David has been a long time friend and supporter of Claire Wineland and her family.  He believes in and is committed to helping her further her mission to support families living with cystic fibrosis.