Our clients work hard to engage their communities in fundraising, and the media is taking notice! Here are three standout stories.
Wade Smith: 8-Year-Old Needs Transplant
Wade Smith is an 8-year-old boy in Belington, West Virginia who has experienced more medical emergencies than most of us will ever face. Diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes cardiovascular issues and developmental delays, Wade was born without a right hand. He underwent open heart surgery at 3 months old and was diagnosed with FSGS at age 4. Today he receives daily peritoneal dialysis treatments while he awaits a kidney transplant.
Wade’s story has moved local families and businesses, including the McDonald’s in Philippi, which has agreed to donate 50 cents from every small fry order to HelpHOPELive in Wayne’s honor every Sunday throughout October. (Philippi McDonald’s helping boy with medical expenses)
Sarah Carr: Selfless Mom Seeks Accessible Van
Carol Amore of Beverly, Massachusetts has been the primary caregiver for her daughter, Sarah Carr, for 33 years. Sarah is unable to walk or talk and has been enduring debilitating seizures since she was 5 months old. Now 60, Carol is fundraising for a wheelchair-accessible van that would ease the burden of transporting Sarah to her daily activities and specialty medical appointments.
Carol credits Sarah’s life with teaching her about patience, strength and unyielding compassion. (Beverly family seeks help acquiring handicap van)
August Murphy: 5K Run for Lungs Honors CF Fighter
August Murphy will run her first nonstop mile on September 13 at the 5K Run for Lungs event in Portland, Maine. Diagnosed with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis at 4 months, August is fundraising with HelpHOPELive for the double lung transplant she’ll one day need. August’s trainer, Brian Ligotti, plans to run alongside her every step of the way, ready to provide oxygen from a tank if August needs it to finish the race.
August and her medical team hope that fundraising now will limit the amount of additional stress placed on August as she grows stronger in preparation for a transplant. (Maine woman will run for a new set of lungs)
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