Claire’s Place Foundation Strives to Give $1 Million in Grants

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Cystic fibrosis families experience unprecedented struggles due to rising costs, Claire’s Place supporter will double your donation!

“With skyrocketing costs for everything from groceries to gas, the cystic fibrosis community needs us more than ever,” said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Yeager. “Families are pouring their hearts into caring for their children."

Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF), is pleased to announce that it has given $875,000 in Extended Hospital Stay Grants to families and individuals with CF since it’s 2011 founding. To reach $1,000,000 in grants given, the foundation has launched a fundraising campaign, #CPFoneinamillion, to support families during this difficult time.

“My daughter Claire is beaming down on us as we approach the incredible milestone of granting one million dollars in Extended Hospital Stay Grants since our founding,” said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Yeager. “As of today, we are $125,000 away from our goal. I know with your help, we can reach it.”

CF is a demanding disease requiring a lot of money, time and care. For example, one of the foundation’s grant recipients has five children, three of which have CF. This hard-working family has missed job income due to extended hospital stays for their children. Claire’s Place awarded the family two grants to pay for needed car repairs and their mortgage.

“CF is a genetically transmitted condition and presents with a spectrum of symptoms that may not be diagnosed at birth," said Claire’s Place Board Member Dr. Richard K. Mathis. “Diagnosing a child with CF later in their life may lead to multiple children having CF in one family, as the parents are not aware that they carry the CF gene. This clearly adds to a financial burden.”

The Claire’s Place Extended Hospital Stay Fund provides grants to families and individuals that are experiencing a hospital stay of at least 14 consecutive days. The grants cover essential expenses such as rent, mortgage and household bills, so that they can focus on health.

“With skyrocketing costs for everything from groceries to gas, the CF community needs us more than ever,” said Melissa. “The average yearly medical cost per CF patient is $43,000 and the average additional yearly cost of medications per patient is $25,000. Families are pouring their hearts into caring for their children. They go to bed at night worrying about their kids' health as well as paying bills. Please consider making your end of year tax-deductible donation to our #CPFoneinamillion campaign. Let’s make life a little easier for these hard working families.”

“My teenage daughters, Kendall and Karyn, are so moved by the power and resilience that Claire had and the special bond a mother has with her daughter, as am I,” said Mara Fortin, a Claire's Place supporter. “Through Claire’s Place, Claire’s spirit continues to make a daily impact on the lives of others. My daughters and I are honored to support this amazing foundation and encourage others to step up. In fact, we will match all donations up to $75,000, dollar for dollar!”

Double your donation! Please click here to give to the Claire Place Foundation #CPFoneinamillion campaign and the Fortin family will double it, up to $75,000!

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 died 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” and “Fundraiser of the Year” for its annual Glow Ride, 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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