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March 27, 2020

Many of the CF individuals and their families we serve are already living dangerously close to the poverty line, often with only one income earner in the home or living on SSDI if a young adult struggling with extensive health issues and trying to support themselves.

The Emergency COVID-19 Fund will address the need in our CF community to cover costs of food insecurity, extensive medical and prescription drug co-pays during this pandemic due to isolation or loss of income.

  • If you are an individual with CF or a caregiver in this situation, please forward this page to your hospital worker and request that they refer you directly through the submission button below.
  • This emergency cache of funds is limited to providing Visa gift cards to individuals with CF or their caregivers if food/medication availability issues arise due to lack of finances for the next month that are caused by the COVID-19 restrictions.
  • The program will be available 3/20 – 4/20 for now and longer if needed depending on funds available. If you are a supporter of our mission and have the means, please make even a small donation here to help us rise to this occasion.
  • A hospital professional worker must submit a referral describing the financial need and diagnosis. This includes Social Workers, Doctors and Nurses.
  • Patient or dependent must have a confirmed cystic fibrosis diagnosis
    Once referral is approved, an application link will be sent to the patient at the email address provided in the referral.
  • This fund will not cover mortgage, rent, bills, etc. If the patient has had a 14 consecutive day hospital stay in the last calendar year and needs assistance with those expenses, please visit our Extended Hospital Stay Grant program for more information.


Blog & Events

A Message from our Chairman

March 27, 2020

Hello to our lovely Claire’s Place Foundation Family,

Slowly, we are all adjusting to the challenges of the new normal. Hopefully, now, we have stocked up on toilet paper, mastered Zoom meetings and have reached out to our loved ones.

So, now it’s time to do the real work; the work that makes you proud of your life. Now, it’s time to take action. Now it’s time to move forward, to protect and support our precious community.

As many of you know, COVID-19 attacks the lungs; which let’s face it, just plain sucks for the CF community. This puts us smack dab in the middle of the folks who are at the highest risk for this virus to wrack dire consequences.

Let’s do everything in our power to shelter the most vulnerable.

We announced a new program, the Emergency COVID 19 Fund, on March 20th to provide a little grocery money to families living with CF who have a severe financial need. We had no idea how many of our CF families need help this month with keeping food on the table while waiting for unemployment, government assistance or for their jobs to resume. Well vetted requests for assistance come in faster than donations. And, believe me, you all have been so generous. Thank you. Thank YOU!

Unfortunately, we are only at the beginning of this pandemic and the requests for assistance continue to pour in. Not only do we need donations to assist with this emergency fund, we need even more donations for the extended hospital stay grant program as more CFers begin to require extended hospital stays as a result of exposure to this virus.

Normally, a charity would just do a fundraiser event, where we could not only fundraise but celebrate and honor our supporters. We had a few planned for this year but we cannot in good conscious put our community at risk by bringing folks together anytime soon. 

We are in challenging times. We have never needed our donors and supporters more. But, lucky us, we know you.

I am sure with your kindness and your generosity, we will move forward together. In what could have been our darkest days, we will all be proud of what we accomplished together.

“I’m not stuck in this belief that challenges are given to us to hold us back. I am lifted up by the belief that challenges are here to help us move forward“~ Claire Wineland, TEDxMalibu

With a heart full of gratitude,
Laura McHolm, Chairman of the Board

What you can do to help:

  1. Donate to our relief fund
  2. Find out if your employer will match your donation
  3. Start a peer to peer individual or team campaign page by visiting the link here and click the “Fundraise” button in the upper right
  4. Share about our relief fund with friends, family and on social media
Blog & Events

CF Individuals are the Highest Risk Category for COVID-19

March 13, 2020

CF Families Advised to Take Preventive Measures to Avoid Coronavirus

CF Families Advised to Take Preventive Measures to Avoid Coronavirus
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With the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting thousands of people around the world, individuals with respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis (CF) need to take precautions, according to medical expert Richard K. Mathis, MD.

Mathis is a board member of Claire’s Place Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports CF patients and their families. He has personally been caring for CF patients for over 40 years.

The term coronavirus refers to a class of viruses that also includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The name COVID-19 is an acronym for COrona VIrus Disease, and the year that it was discovered, 2019.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that is believed to be spread through small droplets of moisture produced by sneezing or coughing. The primary mode of transmission is thought to be through person-to-person contact, but the virus can also live in droplets outside of a person. It is not yet known how long the virus can survive under external conditions.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and difficulty breathing. COVID-19 primarily infects the respiratory system, leaving CF patients particularly vulnerable.

In total, COVID-19 cases have been identified in over 100 countries. The disease has reached “community spread” — a term used when an illness for which the source of infection is unknown spreads throughout a community — in some regions of the U.S.

“COVID-19 is extremely infectious, and has recently achieved community spread status in the U.S.,” Mathis said in a press release. “This status means that individuals with CF and their household members are on the front line of the need for preventive measures.”

“The novel virus affects the epithelial cells lining of the lungs, which is detrimental to the health of someone with CF, as the epithelial cells are already damaged due to CF,” Mathis said.

Mathis strongly recommends people with CF consider whether it is worth attending a particular community gathering, as the risk of contracting the virus increases with the number of people. Public places and schools have already closed in some parts of the world to limit exposure.

Mathis also recommends wearing a N-95 face mask, a respirator mask designed to filter out droplets that potentially carry the virus.

Additional steps one can take to limit the possibility of infection include washing hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content, and avoiding touching the face and eyes.

Inside the home, Mathis recommends frequently disinfecting any surfaces that are commonly touched, such as TV remotes. This is important because COVID-19 symptoms may not appear immediately, making it possible for a person to be infected and not know about it.

“It is vital that caretakers and family members of individuals with CF do not bring COVID-19 into their home, and follow preventive measures immediately,” Mathis said. “In fact, someone can carry COVID-19 without symptoms, bringing it unknowingly into the home.”

Mathis also recommends being proactive about any possibility of having the virus. If a person suspects he or she has contracted the virus, that person should stay quarantined at home.

“Fever and increased breathing difficulty require prompt medical care,” and CF patients should call their pulmonary or CF doctor if these symptoms appear, Mathis said.

As COVID-19 spread is a developing situation, it is important to monitor the websites of agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the CF Foundation for updated information, Mathis said. The World Health Organization is also providing updates.

David Melamed


Please take measures to protect yourself and your loved ones with cystic fibrosis.

Make a donation today to Claire’s Place Foundation so we can be best prepared to help our vulnerable community when they need us.

Families we have assisted

Meet Christina ~ Recent Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

January 17, 2020

Christina or “Tina” to her family and friends is a vibrant and precocious young lady living with cystic fibrosis. This last year has been especially difficult for her as she enters in to an experimental Phage Therapy for an aggressive multi drug resistant organism living in her lungs. There are many dangerous, antibiotic resistant bacteria affecting our CF community in the last 10 years and treatments are often times difficult, time consuming and uncomfortable. However, we are grateful for new Phage Therapy addressing these issues and hope that Tina has a wonderfully positive result.

This last year alone, Tina has had 6 extended hospital stays and those can put an incredible burden on the family both financially and emotionally. Our Extended Hospital Stay Grant Program is alive and well and hard at work in our community thanks to our donors and supporters ~ thank you all!

Tina all ready for dance class

Tina’s mother writes “This grant brings so much relief to our family in this stressful time, especially around the holidays. We have spent months and months in the hospital and the stress that it brings is very hard on our family and it’s even harder during the holidays. This grant is such a blessing for us and takes so much weight off our shoulders. We will be forever grateful to Claire’s Place Foundation and all it’s donors for this wonderful gift!”

Claire’s Quotes Stickers are HERE

December 16, 2019
NEW PRODUCTS ARE HERE! Just in time for the holidays…

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P.S. These make GREAT stocking stuffers and Hanukkah gifts 🙂
*All proceeds benefit people living with Cystic Fibrosis

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