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May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month: Share A Story & The Facts

May 5, 2017

Laura McHolm, Contributor NorthStar Moving Company Co-Founder

May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month: Share A Story & The Facts

05/04/2017 02:45 pm ET

How can you help? Use your voice and get involved. Participate in walks and other events to support CF and share the facts on social media and elsewhere. There is a great foundation working to find a cure: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as well as, a foundation that supports children and families living with CF: Claire’s Place Foundation. Get involved. Donate. Come to their events.



Claire’s Place Foundation, founded by Claire Wineland when she was just 14 years old, is a 501c3 non-profit organization designed to help children and families affected by cystic fibrosis. Claire and was born with CF. In her short life, Claire has undergone more than 20 surgeries and has spent months at a time in the hospital. She survived months in a coma on mechanical ventilation despite the odds and was also a Make-a-Wish recipient. She has 40% of ideal lung function and the doctors have estimated two years left to live. This is not, however, what characterizes or defines her. Claire has dedicated her life work to making a difference in the lives of others living with CF.

Now 20 years old, Claire’s Place Foundation is a way for Claire to give back with hope, strength, and joy. She wants to live with intention and purpose. In her own words, “I know my life will be shorter so every day has meaning.” She strives to find new ways to help the CF community and other children afflicted with chronic illness. Claire’s Place is making a huge impact through its two programs – The Extended Hospital Stay Fund and the Family Support Program. These programs are in high demand and the foundation needs your donations to continue assisting young patients in need. You can meet Claire and support her foundation at her next fundraiser, “Glow Ride,” in September in Hermosa Beach, CA.

To find others ways you can help bring awareness to CF find a local chapter near you. In May and through out the year, let’s share Claire’s story to help find a cure!


Thank you Val’s Pal’s

October 7, 2016

This morning, our favorite radio team did a shout out for Claire’s Place Foundation as part of their “Nissan MYFM Vals Pals” campaign that helps bring awareness and support to Southern California charities.

We thank you for shining a light on our programs that support children and families living with cystic fibrosis!  We will also be competing to win a $20,000 grant sponsored by Nissan to assist even more families in the coming year…stay tuned for the date ~ we will need you all to place your VOTE!

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NorthStar Moving Company to Partner with Claire’s Place Foundation

April 11, 2016
We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with NorthStar Moving Company to assist families living with cystic fibrosis in LA County. Thank you NorthStar Moving for your support and generosity!

Press Release | Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:07am EDT

Claire’s Place Foundation Receives Free Moving Services from NorthStar Moving for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Claire’s Place Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis, is pleased to announce a partnership with NorthStar Moving ® Company, the leading eco-luxury mover in California, to donate moving services to Claire’s Place grant recipients in Los Angeles County that are in need of relocating. Whether it is a need to live closer to treatment or move to a home that meets their health needs, NorthStar Moving will move them for free.

Recently, NorthStar Moving moved a Claire’s Place grant recipient that was undergoing evaluation for a double lung transplant and her disease had progressed to a debilitating state. She could no longer climb the stairs to her second story apartment and was in desperate need of relocating to a more suitable, first story apartment. Within a few days, the NorthStar Moving team coordinated her move around her schedule, packed her belongings and moved her seamlessly into her new place, all as a charitable donation.

“I want to thank NorthStar Moving for their continued support of our mission to provide services to families living with cystic fibrosis and their incredible gift and outstanding effort in regards to our recent Extended Hospital Stay Grant recipient. They certainly ‘moved’ us all with their generosity,” said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Nordquist. “A mere mention of this family and their team went into action. Living with cystic fibrosis, especially during the end stages, can make even the simplest tasks seem impossible. Their incredible kindness, speedy and professional service has made a deep impression on us as a foundation and on this beautiful girl and her family. We are thrilled to continue this partnership as other families affected by cystic fibrosis in Southern California are in need of relocating.”

“We are truly honored to work with Claire’s Place and help those that are in great need of moving to a home that meets their health needs,” said NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm. “We know that moving is much more than a new home, we move for big life-changing reasons and needs. We are grateful that we can work together to make a real difference for children and families living with cystic fibrosis.”

Claire’s Place Extended Hospital Stay Fund is a special cache of funds available to families with children that are experiencing a hospital stay of at least 14 consecutive days. Extended stays are a financial stress and often the children are in a city far from home. If you know a family raising a child with cystic fibrosis and needs a helping hand please reach out.

About Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc.

Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF). Claire’s Place Foundation is named in honor of Claire Wineland, now a teenager, who has been living with CF her entire life. The foundation provides grants to families affected by CF, offering both emotional and financial support. A young author of bestseller “Every Breath I Take, Surviving and Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis,” Claire’s unique inspirational model for people living with this disease has led her to be a TEDx Speaker and receive multiple awards including Seventeen Magazine’s “17 Power Teens” of 2016, Fox Teen Choice Awards 2015, Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, Southbay Magazine’s “Top 10 South Bay Teen”, Looking Beyond LA’s “Soaring Spirit Award,” and winner of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Small Nonprofit of the Year.” She has been featured on Inside Edition, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, Huffington Post, ABC News, Cosmopolitan, People, Ladies’ Home Journal and more. Claire’s Place Foundation is a way for Claire to give back with hope, strength, and joy and make meaning of what she has had to go through. For more information and make a donation, please visit

About NorthStar Moving

Founded in 1994, Los Angeles-based NorthStar Moving® Company has redefined the moving industry as the first to offer eco-luxury moving services, elevating basic moving and storage services to a new unparalleled level of customer service, customized care and environmental consciousness. Honored with more awards for service than any other moving company: “A+” rated by the Better Business Bureau, voted Citysearch “Best Mover,” earned the most five star ratings on Trustlink and Yelp, and recipient of dozens of awards for corporate culture, green practices, community outreach, and growth including multiple “Best Places to Work” awards and ranked on the Inc. 5,000 list for the fastest growing companies in the U.S. for seven consecutive years. The company’s local, long distance and international moving, storage services, and eco-luxury packages have been featured in leading magazines including The Robb Report Collection and on multiple home and design television shows. NorthStar Moving has proven the state-of-the-art way to move is with its red carpet service, recommended by Coldwell Banker Concierge, The Franklin Report, and an impressive list of celebrity clientele. NorthStar Moving’s mission is to exceed their clients’ expectations with graceful customer care and to move service back into what should have always been the ultimate service industry: the moving industry. For more information, please visit or call (800) Ask-Pros (800) 275-7767.

CONTACT:Carrie Callahan

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Seventeen Magazine -17 Power Teens

March 8, 2016

THANK YOU Seventeen Magazine for the honor!  Just in time for #NationalWomensDay 2016

“For years now media has focused on the vapid and self centered side of young women. It’s time for a change,” said our Founder, Claire Wineland. “Our values as a society are shifting and this generation of young women are steering the ship. There are so many incredible women out there who are finally getting a chance to show off the good they do for the world, and I am so honored to be considered along side them.”

We are out to make a difference in this world and are so grateful for all your love and support over the years!


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Meet the Teen Choice Awards Pro Social Honorees 2015

January 9, 2016

Founder, Claire Wineland “I Fight for Happiness Despite Disabilities” on the blue carpet, Teen Choice Awards 2015

What an amazing time we had participating in the Teen Choice Awards this year!  I was honored to be on stage with some pretty incredible young women from all over the country.  Our time on stage was only a few minutes but getting to meet and connect with these women will be a highlight of my life, I am certain.

Here is a page showing all of the honorees for 2015 ~ please take a minute and visit their sites to see the powerful things they are doing to make this world a better place.



Teen Choice Awards Pro Social Honorees 2015