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Claire’s Quotes Stickers are HERE

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

We are thrilled to announce 3 custom products memorializing Claire Wineland’s inspiring quotes! Check out all of our collections on our website under the ” Swag” tab

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

KISS CUT STICKERS
These stickers are a great way to remind you of the deeper missions in your day to day life.
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JOURNALS
Claire kept journals every day listing her to do’s, her gratitude lists and her ideas for ways to make an impact in the world. Pick up your journal today and get busy creating your goals just in time for the new year.
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Claire’s Place Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

October 23, 2019

Claire’s Place Foundation Welcomes New Board Members
Los Angeles, CA, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis, welcomes Richard K. Mathis, M.D. and Interior Design Firm Owner Rozalynn Woods to the organization’s board of directors.

“Dr. Mathis was a long-term caregiver and close friend to my dear daughter Claire and our entire family. He is deeply committed to the goals of enriching the lives of individuals with cystic fibrosis,” said Claire’s Place Foundation Co-Founder & Executive Director Melissa Yeager. “Rozalynn Woods has personal experience with cystic fibrosis in her family and has been instrumental in creating the designs for Claire’s Place Hospital Playrooms. Their professional and personal experiences with cystic fibrosis are a huge asset to the foundation. As extremely kindhearted individuals, Dr. Mathis and Ms. Woods have already contributed so much to the foundation. We are absolutely thrilled to have them both join our board of directors.”

Owner of Rozalynn Woods Interior Design, Woods’ designs have received extensive media coverage, including California Homes, Metropolitan Home, Pasadena Magazine and HGTV. She was recently awarded “Best Interior Designer” by Pasadena Weekly. “Cystic fibrosis is a disease that has become a personal experience for my family,” said Woods. “My nephew has cystic fibrosis and we have fought the fight alongside him. Having witnessed the devastation it causes, I feel compelled to help create awareness and raise money to fight this disease. Claire’s Place Foundation is the perfect avenue for me to do so.”

Dr. Mathis began working with patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) early in his career, caring for a full age range of patients with CF for over forty years in multiple hospitals nationwide. Within his practice he has developed novel approaches specific to CF nutrition and has participated in the consensus development of nutrition guidelines for CF at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “I am deeply committed to the goals of enriching lives of individuals with cystic fibrosis,” said Dr. Mathis. “I have a great understanding of both the emotional and physical factors in this condition. The rewards of being elected to Claire’s Place Foundation’s board are many: an opportunity to give back; to share my knowledge with a wider CF community; to continue to honor Claire’s passion with efforts that represent my love for her; and to promote and help achieve triumph over this complex condition.”

The Claire’s Place Foundation board also re-elected NorthStar Moving Company Co-Founder Laura McHolm as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for another term. Claire’s Place Foundation Co-Founder & Executive Director Melissa Yeager, mother to Claire’s Place Foundation’s late founder Claire Wineland, was elected as a board member to represent the family on the board. McHolm and Yeager join Trish Dixon, Kathie David, Irwin Feinberg and David Gersholowitz in welcoming Dr. Richard Mathis and Rozalynn Woods to the board.

Irwin Feinberg, Patricia Dixon, Rozalynn Woods, Melissa Yeager, Laura McHolm,
Kathie Vang David and Dr Richard Mathis *David Gersholowitz not pictured

About Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc.

Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) 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 who lived with CF her entire life and passed away at the age of 21. Claire was an activist, author, TEDx Speaker, social media star, inspiration for the film Five Feet Apart and received numerous awards. Claire’s foundation was a way for her to assure that others living with CF enjoyed the same hope, strength and joy that she enjoyed. Recipient of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Small Nonprofit of the Year,” the foundation provides grants to families affected by CF, offering both emotional and financial support. Today, Claire’s Place Foundation continues to carry on Claire’s legacy. For more information and make a donation, please visit www.clairesplacefoundation.org.

Carrie N Callahan
Claire’s Place Foundation
6174134589
carrie@nashcallahan.com

Families we have assisted

Meet Aiden – Extended Hospital Stay Grant Recipient

September 5, 2019

Last year alone, Aiden spent just over 100 days in the hospital due to Cystic Fibrosis. This disease is an endeavor that involves the entire family and sometimes an entire community to manage.

Aiden and his family were referred to us by their CF Center Social Worker at a time when they were barely holding on, even though both parents were juggling full time jobs and caring for 2 other children all while trying to spend as much time with Aiden during his hospitalizations.

Claire Wineland founded this organization because she saw a huge gap in care for families just like this, families who are working hard and doing everything they can possibly do but are still coming up short on monthly bills coupled with extensive hospital fees, especially during long hospital stays.

Aiden’s father writes “We are very grateful to everyone at Claire’s Place Foundation who understand what families with CF kids go through. It’s great to see that there is support for us and that helps us come closer together as a family. Very proud of Claire for providing happiness! We send many blessings your way

Thank you all for supporting this important program!

Blog & Events

CLAIRE YouTube Documentary

September 2, 2019

We are proud to announce the release of the documentary CLAIRE exclusively on YouTube. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Nick Reed and Ryan Azevedo and Produced by Paul Foley, the film tells the story of Claire’s Place Foundation Founder Claire Wineland through interviews and footage, exploring her fight with CF and how she has inspired millions to find purpose and to live proudly.

Blog & Events, Celebrity Friends, Press

Hear how Claire Wineland influenced actor Haley Lu Richardson

March 14, 2019

Haley Lu Richardson deeply committed to ‘Five Feet Apart’

By Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service

Haley Lu Richardson knows that with a casual glance “Five Feet Apart” looks like another angst-filled teen romance. It’s the story of two star-crossed teens who fall in love in a hospital. The angst comes from how they must stay 6 feet apart because both are suffering with cystic fibrosis (CF), which is extremely contagious between CF patients.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that makes the body produce thick, sticky mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. Approximately 30,000 people in the United States have CF. The film’s title comes from how Richardson’s character, Stella Grant, decides to defy CF rules and move a foot closer to Will Newman (Cole Sprouse), the young man who has captured her heart.

© Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA/TNS Haley Lu Richardson arrives at the “Five Feet Apart” Los Angeles Premiere held at the Fox Bruin Theatre in Westwood, CA on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Richardson wants audiences of all ages to see “Five Feet Apart” as a universal story about unrequited love, the frailty of life and the imperative need for human conduct.
“One of the major reasons I like acting is so universally (is) just anyone can watch a movie and feel something. That means a lot to me,” Richardson says.
Richardson’s research to play the role included meeting with Claire Wineland, a CF patient whose nonprofit, Claire’s Place Foundation, supported and organized people with terminal and chronic illnesses. Before she died at the age of 21, Wineland was in the documentary series “My Last Days,” produced by “Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni.
Baldoni, producer and director of “Five Feet Apart,” helped Richardson make contact with Wineland.

“She was so open and really wanted this film to do its job of representing her life and the life or real people with CF,” Richardson says. “She was such a wise human being.
“I did a lot of research and we had a CF nurse on set every day to get the medical stuff as accurate as possible. But, the most important thing was getting to spend time with Claire. She really taught me the emotional effect of CF on the child and the family.”

Richardson took all that knowledge and mixed it with her own thoughts of what Stella would be feeling. She concluded that Stella was dealing with a lot of guilt and pressure because of the dark cloud that hung over her and her parents from the day she was born.

The key to the film is Stella defying the cardinal rule of falling for Will. The connection is important to both, as Stella has lived a very regimented life through her battle with CF, while Will has resigned to the reality his days are extremely numbered and lives each day as if it could be his last.

Playing out the love story was easy for Richardson because of working with Sprouse (“Riverdale”).
“I was surprised and excited by the fact that Cole is a real artist and takes everything he does – whether it be acting or his photography – very seriously and he cares a lot,” Richardson says. “I also care to a fault about playing a character and so we both cared the same amount.
“When you have two people who are genuinely invested in doing the best they can do and bringing justice to these characters, then we could feed off each other and connect in these big moments.”

Part of Richardson’s focus when playing a role comes from her early days as a leading dancer with the Phoenix-based Cannedy Dance Company from 2001-2011. Her days as a dancer drove home the importance of training, rehearsal, hard work, determination and organization. These are all traits she brought to the acting world in projects such as “The Bronze,” “Ravenswood,” “The Chaperone,” “Recovery Road” and “Split.”
Stella has a master list of things she wants to do in her life, but Richardson doesn’t have such a document. She does have one thing she knows she would like to do and that is to star in a movie where dance isn’t just something the characters do. She wants dance to be used to tell the story. That’s a big hope for Richardson, but she’s never backed down from any test.