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6 People Who Inspire Us With Courage, Strength and Selflessness

Our signature fundraising gala Live It Up! kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 with a VIP reception for our generous sponsors and this year’s Live It Up! Awardees. Doors for the main event open at 7 p.m. Get your tickets today!

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Each year we honor individuals who have impacted our organization and their communities with their bravery, selflessness and strength with our annual Help, HOPE and Live Awards.


This year’s Help Award goes to…The Zeldathon Team for excellence in fundraising.


In December 2015, a group of avid video game players and live streamers joined forces for a 150-hour “The Legend of Zelda” gaming marathon. Streaming their activities live, the gamers collected donations for HelpHOPELive throughout the course of the marathon. Gamers encouraged donations from viewers at home by initiating “donation trains” and incentives, turning watching gameplay into an interactive and collaborative philanthropic experience.

Zeldathon Hope raised over $250,000 for HelpHOPELive through the generosity of contributors in over 40 countries. The funds raised were used to meaningfully contribute to HelpHOPELive’s mission to support community-based fundraising support for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses and to provide one-time emergency assistance grants for families facing an immediate financial need due to a medical crisis.

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“We pursued HelpHOPELive because we wanted to work with a charity that could make a direct impact through donations,” explained Zeldathon executive director Matthew Moffit. “We’re creating something more than just a marathon – it’s a real community, dedicated to the forces of good.”

Moffit, Zeldathon assistant director Liz and spokesperson Brooke are among the dedicated gamers who devoted their personal time to planning, managing and streaming the nonstop gaming marathon. They hope to support HelpHOPELive’s mission again during a future Zeldathon.


The HOPE Award goes to…Maria Weaver-Hollowniczky and Elizabeth Casperite for living donation and organ donor awareness.


Liz Casperite was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in 2005. Her kidneys grew from fist-sized to football-sized. She joined the transplant waiting list in 2013, facing an average wait time of 4 or 5 years.

Liz and her family initiated a social media push to help Liz cut her wait short by finding a living kidney donor. Maria Weaver-Hollowniczky, a friend of a friend, saw Liz’s social media efforts and felt moved to step forward as a potential living donor.

Liz received the gift of life from Maria on September 17, 2015. Liz and Maria became inseparable during transplant preparations and have stood by each other ever since, partnering to share their story and lobby Congress in support of living donor protection legislation. They attended the 2016 Transplant Games in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Fundraising with HelpHOPELive will be an ongoing effort for Liz, who still faces post-transplant medical expenses from co-pays and travel for follow-up appointments to a lifetime of expensive antirejection medications. Liz must maintain Medicare A and B coverage until 2018 to financially protect Maria in case of post-transplant complications—something they hope to change for future living donors through their advocacy of the Living Donor Protection Act.


The Live Award goes to…John Michael LeMoine for inspiration after injury.


In July 2014, John Michael LeMoine was an Air Force airman enrolled in a firefighting technical school. On a day off, John was goofing around on the beach with his buddies. To avoid hitting a child playing on the beach, John jumped into the air to try to flip over him. He kept the child safe but shattered his cervical spine in the process.

It took six weeks of intensive therapy before John could wiggle his big toe.

John devoted himself to exercise-based therapy. Once insurance stopped covering his physical therapy, he turned to HelpHOPELive to fundraise for a lifetime of out-of-pocket medical and related expenses. In March 2015, John was able to stand independently for the first time since his injury.

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John and his mother, Lori, document his progress and his post-injury adventures, including skydiving, off-roading and adaptive sports with support from the Air Force Wounded Warrior program. “He can now make a sandwich,” Lori wrote in February 2016. “It seems so simple, but this was an impossible task before. These small achievements give him his independence back.” John embodies what it takes to build an engaged, motivated and multi-faceted new life after injury.


This year’s awardees will be honored at Valley Forge Military Academy’s Mellon Hall on September 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. among HelpHOPELive’s generous local supporters, board, staff and friends. Join us to celebrate the incredible milestones clients, volunteers and donors achieved in 2016!

10 Reasons You Can’t Miss Live It Up! 2015

We are less than one month away from our 3rd annual signature fundraising event, HelpHOPE-Live It Up! Here are 10 reasons why you have to be there.


10. Where else can you eat an Oreo Lollipop? (Trust us on this one and stick around for it!)

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9. Complimentary beer, wine and signature cocktails all night long!

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8. How many other charity auctions can boast presidential autographs from Washington, Reagan, Clinton, Ford and more?

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7. Delicious food with a unique progressive menu approach!

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6. If you win the “COOK” silent auction package, you’ll be a hero with the food lover in your life! COOK is “one of the best things that has happened to Philadelphia’s dining scene,” according to former Top Chef contestant and Philadelphia’s own A-Lister Jennifer Carroll.

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5. We guarantee you’ll get an amazing Facebook profile photo out of it.

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4. Enjoy a well-deserved night out and dust off your little black dress or cocktail attire!

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3. Catch up with your friends who are hosting and sponsoring the event!

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2. Every dollar raised at Live It Up! goes directly to our general operating fund!

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…and finally…


1. Be inspired! Meet our 2015 Live It Up! Awardees.

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HelpHOPE-Live It Up!

Friday, October 16, 2015
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Mellon Hall at Valley Forge Military Academy

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through October 15 at helphopelive.org. Tables are filling up quickly. Secure your spot today!

Meet Our 2015 Live It Up! Award Honorees

Our signature fundraising event Live It Up! kicks off on Friday, October 16, 2015. Here are the individuals and families who will be honored for their vision, dedication and courage.


The Help Award goes to…

Libby Judge Love Live Give 2015

Team Libby Judge

for excellence in fundraising for the Mid-Atlantic Spinal Cord Injury Fund.


The HOPE Award goes to…

KYW’s Jim Melwert

for giving the gift of life.


The Live Award goes to…

 Aaron Loy HelpHOPELive prosthetics

Aaron Loy

for inspiration after illness.


 The Advocacy Award goes to…

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey

for supporting organ donor awareness and the ABLE Act.


 The Volunteer of the Year Award goes to…

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Christine V. Kanter

for service and dedication to HelpHOPELive.


Stay tuned: we’ll be featuring each of these Live It Up! honorees in upcoming Blog posts! Recipients will be honored by HelpHOPELive on October 16 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Valley Forge Military Academy’s Mellon Hall. Join us!