“We found Claire through her incredible book, ‘Every Breath I Take: Surviving and Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis.’ I was so inspired by her story,” said Southbay Magazine Editorial Director Darren Elms.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Los Angeles-based 15-year-old Claire Wineland was awarded two honors this week for her work helping other children and families affected by cystic fibrosis and her unique ability to find the sunny side of life with cystic fibrosis.
On March 12, 3013, Looking Beyond, an established non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of children with special needs, presented Claire with the organization’s “Soaring Spirit Award” at their annual Spring Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Molly Sims presented the award to Claire, which is given to community members that embody the mission of helping children with special needs.
In the April 2013 issue of Southbay Magazine, which hits stands today, Claire is featured as one of their “Top 10 South Bay Teens”. The editors selected Claire for her courage, accomplishments as a young author and founder of Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to help children and families affected by cystic fibrosis, as well as her vision for her future.
“We found Claire through her incredible book, ‘Every Breath I Take: Surviving and Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis.’ I was so inspired by her story,” said Southbay Magazine Editorial Director Darren Elms. “I personally nominated her to be one of our South Bay Top Teens. All of the nominees were presented at a meeting, and Claire was a clear choice to be featured in the April issue along with nine other amazing local teens.”
Claire has dedicated her life work to making a difference in the lives of others living with cystic fibrosis. At age 15, she has lived her entire life battling the life threatening genetic disease, and has spent more than a quarter of her life in the hospital. In fact, just last week she was hospitalized for a bronchoscopy, bronchial lavage and G Tube replacement.
But she does not allow her disease to define her. Founder of Claire’s Place Foundation and author of bestseller “Every Breath I Take,” co-authored with Chynna Bracha Levin, Claire continues to spread her message of how to live a fulfilling life while taking care of a condition that requires constant treatment and frequent hospitalization. “I believe in making the best of what life gives you,” Claire says.
To assist Claire’s mission in helping other children with cystic fibrosis please visit her website to make a tax deductible donation.
About Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc.
Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to help children and families affected by cystic fibrosis. Claire’s Place Foundation is named in honor of Claire Wineland, now a teenager, who has been living with cystic fibrosis her entire life.
Claire and her parents want other families to experience the benefit from the kind of support that they received and continue to get; hence, this is the motivation for the foundation. Claire’s experiences have catapulted her into a position of being a spokesperson and an inspirational model for people living with this disease. She has documented and created videos on how to enjoy life with CF and live life to the fullest. Claire’s Place Foundation is a way for Claire to give back and make meaning of what she has had to go through; the foundation is her way to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To read more about the foundation and make a donation, visit the website (http://www.clairesplacefoundation.org), which has generously been hosted by BlitzMetrics at no cost to the foundation.