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Claire’s Place Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

November 10, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10, 2015 — Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis, welcomes Paramedic-Nurse, Clinical Educator and Humanitarian Sean G. Smith to the organization’s board of directors.

Sean has practiced and taught Critical Care, Prehospital, and Emergency Medicine for over 15 years.  His career and service is diverse and notable. Sean holds advanced certifications in critical care, pediatric emergency nursing and flight nursing among other medical specialties. He has conducted research in molecular head shotneuroendocrinology, served on multiple international humanitarian missions and in the US Navy, as well as provided medical support to NASA. Sean recently returned from serving in the Ebola Emergency Response in West Africa and makes monthly medical trips to Haiti where he is working to make long term improvements in healthcare, particularly for newborn and pediatric patients.

“We are thrilled to have someone with the experience and profound passions that Sean has join our board,” said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Nordquist. “Sean has followed Claire’s journey for a number of years and shares her spirit for counting blessings and providing support to chronically ill children. He is a community leader with a big heart, focused on the issues of medical education for children and families struggling with illnesses around the globe, an extremely welcomed addition as our foundation grows.”

To assist Claire Place Foundation’s mission in helping other children with cystic fibrosis please visit their website to make a tax deductible donation.

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 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

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