Kathie came to Claire’s Place Foundation by a chance encounter. She was a member of the audience at Claire’s Place Foundation Founder Claire Wineland’s speech at Zappos and Claire’s words enchanted her. “When I heard Claire say, ‘Human beings are so adaptable. We have this incredible gift of taking whatever is thrown at us and making something with it. Everyone is going through something. Big or small, it can affect each and every one of us in a profound way.’ It immediately changed how I view life,” said Kathie. “These words from a 19-year-old girl who has been living with cystic fibrosis her entire life, gave me a moment of clarity through a simple shift in my mindset. I have a choice. I choose to live life with clarity. And it’s made an incredible difference.”
Since then, Kathie has been making a huge impact on Claire’s life and Claire’s Place Foundation. Kathie dedicated her recent bridal shower to raising money for the foundation in lieu of gifts; and her creativity and professional skillset has uncovered new opportunities to raise needed funds to continue to provide grants to families living with cystic fibrosis.
“Kathie is a one-of-kind, her heart radiates around her,” said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Yeager. “Even though I have known her for a short time, I feel like I have known her for a lifetime. Her kindness is infectious and her professional skills are a huge asset to the foundation. She has already contributed to helping us raise funds and is continually thinking of new ways she can help. We are absolutely thrilled to have her join our board of directors.”
“Being a part of Claire’s Place Foundation means I get to be at the forefront of an organization that is creating positive change,” said Kathie. “Together we will continue to raise awareness and help families who are affected by cystic fibrosis. When someone in your family is sick, it affects the entire family. Help in every form can make a world of difference. I also want to show my daughter what giving back truly means.”
To assist Claire Place Foundation’s mission in helping other children with cystic fibrosis please visit their website to make a tax deductible donation as well as support two summer 2017 bike rides fundraising for Claire’s Place – RikisRide & Doug’s Cycling USA for Cystic Fibrosis.
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 www.clairesplacefoundation.org.