2018 October Impacts

Health Issues and Cure Research

Avenues to Independence, an organization which helps adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities live and work in the community with independence and dignity, received a $3000 donation from the Foundation.

With a vision to improve the standard of care in breast health and the quality of life post diagnosis through fitness, Barbells for Boobs seeks to mobilize and empower people to take action against breast cancer.  The Foundation was pleased to support Chris Lagioia in his efforts to support this mission with a donation of $208.  

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, now part of Northwestern Medicine, provides intensive physical medicine and rehabilitation to individuals who have experienced an illness or injury. The Foundation was pleased to make a donation of a Cog Hill Golf gift basket to the silent auction for Marianjoy’s Annual Gala to help generate revenue for the hospital.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center exists to provide compassionate care that empowers, encourages, supports and provides hope to cancer patients and their families. LivingWell’s trained and licensed staff and volunteers facilitate more than 75 programs and services, all provided at no charge, designed to encourage, educate and empower cancer survivors and their families. With a donation of $5000, the Foundation was proud to support the important work being done at LivingWell.

In October, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake generated a deadly tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The earthquake toppled buildings and destroyed roads while a towering 20-foot wave washed over coastal communities, killing more than 840 people and forcing at least 48,000 people from their homes. An estimated 2.4 million people were affected by the double disaster, according to the Indonesian disaster management agency. In response, the Foundation donated $1500 each to Shelter Box and Americares to help survivors access food, water, medical supplies and other necessities.

Extra Differences for October

The Foundation made an extra difference this month in remembrance of those lives lost on a beautiful Saturday morning during Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. In a matter of minutes, 11 lives were taken, the worst attack on the Jewish community in the history of the Unites States. A donation of $1500 was made to the Tree of Life L’Simcha Congregation to help the victims’ families and survivors. 

As Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their first food truck serving the homeless in Austin, the Foundation made an additional $516 donation. FT Cares Director of Development, Lisa Weier, was honored to be a part of MLF’s celebration at Community First! Village to celebrate MLF’s mission of empowering people into a lifetime of service with the homeless.