Claire Wineland Documentary Wins IMPACT DOCS Award for Outstanding Achievement

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The film “CLAIRE” featuring Claire’s Place Foundation founder’s inspiring life with cystic fibrosis celebrates one year with prestigious award

"Now more than ever people need a source of hope and inspiration. Everyday we get messages from people around the world whose lives have been touched and transformed by Claire,” said Co-Director Ryan Azevedo.

Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF), is proud to announce the documentary CLAIRE, that can be viewed exclusively on YouTube, is the recipient of the IMPACT DOCS Award for Outstanding Achievement, Documentary Short by The Global Film Awards.

As the film CLAIRE celebrates one year of impacting millions of lives across the globe, the prestigious honor recognizes Directors Ryan Azevedo and Oscar-winning filmmaker Nick Reed and Producer Paul Foley’s exceptional craft and creativity in telling the story of Claire’s Place Foundation Founder Claire Wineland and their outstanding talent in documentary filmmaking. The Global Film Awards (GFA) have been honoring filmmakers for more than 14 years, awarding filmmakers with exceptional talent including Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA winners. Their international IMPACT DOCS Awards recognize courageous filmmakers who produce standout entertainment and contribute to profound social change.

"Now more than ever people need a source of hope and inspiration. Everyday we get messages from people around the world whose lives have been touched and transformed by Claire,” said Co-Director Ryan Azevedo. “It’s an honor to help carry her message forward and we’re deeply grateful that IMPACT DOCS is helping Claire’s message reach more people.”

The documentary explores how Claire has inspired millions to find purpose and to live proudly. At 21 years old Claire had over 35 surgeries and spent thousands of hours in the hospital, but her fight with CF is not what defined her. Claire was an activist, speaker, philanthropist and author. She committed her life to traveling the world and speaking about her experience, from the beautiful and humorous, to the painful parts of her life. She continues to inspire all who follow her journey and she breaks down barriers for those who live every day with a chronic illness. A successful life is about creating a winning mindset, this film shows you how to do the same.

“If you want to get more out of life you need to understand what life is all about and that’s exactly what Claire brings you,” said Co-Director Nick Reed.

In one year the documentary CLAIRE has over ten million views across Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Most importantly, the film has helped raise needed funds. Since the film's release, Claire's Place Foundation has given over $206,000 in grants to over 150 families, keeping Claire's legacy alive, assisting families in need living with CF. The grants have enabled these families to pay their mortgage, rent, medical bills and other essential living expenses.

Watch the award-winning YouTube Original film on Claire Wineland’s YouTube channel
and view the trailer here. Viewers have posted thousands of comments. Share your story with the hashtag #FightLikeClaire.

To help support Claire’s Place Foundation and their COVID-19 emergency fund please visit here to donate.

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 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 http://www.clairesplacefoundation.org.

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