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Everyday Health Heroes Episode

May 21, 2012

Hi everyone ~

Several months ago, we were lucky enough to meet Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca from Everyday Health TV.  They came out to Calabasas and helped us organize another flash mob for Claire’s Place Foundation and raising awareness for cystic fibrosis.

We had such a great time working with them and fell in love with Ethan and Jenna.  We hear Ethan is battling yet another phase of cancer.  Our hearts and prayers are with him!

They came back again in February to film our Day at the Beach Fundraiser.  We will get that episode up as soon as possible for those of you interested.

As always, thank you for your love and support!  We are working so hard to keep our foundation up and running,…we are committed and excited to help other families living with cystic fibrosis.

Our foundation and the services we hope to provide are only made possible by your generous donations.  Please keep us in mind and spread the word!

Lots of love,

Melissa and Claire

Blog & Events, Celebrity Friends

Actress Patricia Hastie Supports Claire’s Place Foundation

May 1, 2012

Claire and Patricia HastiePatricia Hastie, our new BFF, plays George Clooney’s wife in the Academy Award winning movie The Descendants.  To prepare for her role, she actually researched video and photo footage of people that had actually been in a coma and WOW, she did such a great job!  When researching for this role, she was introduced to Claire’s story and was moved by her experience.

Recently, we had the great opportunity of meeting her and making this beautiful video.  You can really see her heart shining through as she makes a plea for support!

Thank you Patricia for your generous and loving spirit ~

Melissa and Claire

Youtube Video: Patricia Hastie Supports Claire\’s Place Foundation


Blog & Events, Celebrity Friends

We will be on Everyday Health TV on Saturday, April 28th

April 26, 2012

Hi everyone ~

Some of you may remember that  Everyday Health TV did a show on our foundation featuring a flash mob with Ethan Zohn!  Well, they are running another brief follow up episode on us due to air this Saturday, April 28th on your local ABC station!  Click here to see a preview of the episode that will feature 3 Health Heroes including Claire Wineland.  Watch Everyday Health TV

Please check you guide or if you are in the Los Angeles area, tune in to KABC at 11:00am for Everday Health Heroes!

As always, thanks so much for you continued support!


Melissa and Claire


Blog & Events, Celebrity Friends

Register Here for our upcoming fundraiser “A Day at the Beach” on February 11, 2012

February 1, 2012


Hi everyone!  We have an exciting fundraiser coming up on February 11, 2012 in Santa Monica, CA.

Visit our Eventbrite page to register and get all the details:

A Day at the Beach Registration Page

Here’s a fun video with True Blood’s werewolf, Joe Manganiello and another video with Chad Lowe:

Joe Manganiello and Claire Wineland telling us all we need to know about A Day at the Beach fundraiser for Claire\’s Place Foundation

Video – Chad Lowe showing his support for Claire’s Place Foundation

Hope to see you all there!


Celebrity Friends, Press, Video

Everyday Health Heroes with Ethan Zohn, Jenna Moraska and Laila Ali!

September 8, 2011

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for stopping by our foundation website.  We had such a great time filming Everyday Health with Ethan and Jenna! You can click to see the previews!

Here’s a little bit about it from my perspective.  ~Claire

It was about two months ago when we got the call from ABC, they wanted us to be on one of their new shows, “Every Day Health”.   My first thought was “how cool is it that they are doing a positive show about people, which we all know is rare”.  Then I thought, “Oh my gosh..they want ME to do it!”

Meanwhile, we had just started a foundation for other children and families living with Cystic Fibrosis.  We did a flash mob to kick start the foundation.  It went so well that we were thinking about doing it again but we had not put much thought into it until Everyday Health contacted us.  They said they would love to do another one with us/for us.  That sort of sold us on it!

They were scheduled to come film in about a month so we just went on with our normal life.  Sadly, I caught a virus that reacted with mouth sores caused by my chemotherapy.  I got lesions in my mouth and down my throat the same time filming started!  It was crazy, but I was able to talk and eat, just not very well.  We tried everything to get rid of them but it had to run it’s course.

The first day we started, I got to meet Ethan and Jenna, they were awesome!  It was great talking to them about our foundation and what it is like living with a disease like this.  I think Ethan really understood having gone through his cancer.  The next day, we took them to the Doctor’s appointment with us.  It was strange, I am not used to being filmed while he listens to my lungs and gives me a check up but it was great showing them that hospitals aren’t so bad.  I have been a patient at Long Beach Memorial Hospital on and off since I was 4 years old..they have the BEST doctors and nurses!

Day 2 also had a big surprise for us..I won’t give it away in case you haven’t seen the episode yet but it was unbelievable!  During all of this, we had been rehearsing our flash mob dance and trying to round up participants, get the music right, find the location, etc…it was a lot of work and a lot of fun.  Everyone with Everyday Health, The Pretenders Dance Studio and our community really came together to support us.  We are so grateful!

Finally, the big day was here..time to DANCE!  Okay, so Ethan and I are not the best dancers but this was all about having fun and raising awareness for cystic fibrosis and Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc.  We had done a flash mob before but this one seemed so much more full of impact and purpose.  I think everyone was a little nervous..and, that day my mouth was really hurting.  All the energy and excitement made me forget about the pain for a little while, I felt on top of the world.

A flash mob is really an amazing, joyful event..looking around at all the smiling faces was such a rush and knowing that people would be seeing this and maybe taking a minute to learn more about cystic fibrosis was a good feeling.  Thank you to everyone at ABC and Everyday Health for the amazing, once in a lifetime experience!

Watch the episode:

And the follow up: