Chiari Foundation

As seen on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – Julia Carter has been diagnosed with the disorder called Chiari Malformation and formed a support group, Chiari People of Montanta, that provides help and information to patients worldwide. Julia’s 21-year-old daughter, Jade, has also been diagnosed, and her two teenage daughters are showing symptoms.

Surgeries and medical bills had put such a strain on the family finances that their home was, according to the site of builder Jeff Junkert Construction, a “remodeled chicken coop.” That home was knocked down and redesigned, with consideration to the special needs the family has now and in the future.

Learn more about how you can help support the Chari Foundation here:

Emily’s Entourage

On April 7, 2011, Emily Beazley’s life was forever changed when she was diagnosed with Stage III T-Cell Lymphoblastic Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, the most aggressive form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Emily has been courageously fighting her battle this past year with many hospital stays. With the support of family, friends, and the entire community, Emily will win this fight! Unfortunately, Emily will have a lifetime of medical costs to cover follow-up care. Emily was 8 years old at the time of diagnosis. She will endure 30 months of chemotherapy treatments that include nightly chemo pills, injections of chemo into her spine, legs and port, and many scans. This treatment is tough on her little body. About two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors will develop at least one late effect sometime in their lifetimes. With early diagnosis and proper follow-up care, many late effects can be treated or cured.  Learn how you can help Emily and her family here:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Based in Washington, D.C., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War.  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, today known as The Wall, was dedicated in 1982. Two years later, the bronze Three Servicemen statue and a flagpole were added to the site on the National Mall.  The dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, to remember and honor the women who served in Vietnam, took place on Veterans Day 1993.  The most recent addition to the Memorial site is the In Memory plaque, added in 2004 to honor those individuals who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but whose names are not eligible for placement on the Memorial because of Department of Defense policies.

In 1982 the American people helped The Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund complete an impossible mission to heal a nation and bring comfort and solace to a generation of Veterans. Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is working to complete this mission by building The Education Center, the place on the National Mall where our heroes’ stories will never be forgotten.  Show your support and donate here:

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