TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Commitment to our community
This year has been a challenge for all of us. We had a lot of activities planned that had to be cancelled. However, with your generous support we were able to donate $500 to Ronald McDonald House, $500 Washington State Firefighter Association, $200 Catholic Charities Warming Center, $200 St. Margret's House. We were also able to sponsor a family from Medical Lake Middle School and we have been able to help several people get to medical appointments. We are hopeful that 2021 will be a healthier, happier year and we look forward to working with all of you and our community to continue to help those in need.
On 5-15-19 Akira was severely burnt by a caregiver who gave her scolding hot soup straight from the microwave. She immediately got life-flighted to Seattle where she had to undergo two skin grafts and will need many more. Akira suffered tremendously along with her family. It was the worst experience of our life watching our precious little girl suffer the way she did. Not only did it cause us to be emotionally and physically drained we also suffered a financial hardship because I had to stay in motels, while her mother Alisha stayed at the hospital with her critically injured daughter. Also, because this happened so fast and was unexpected Alisha was not able to pack any clothes or even prepare for being away from home.
Unfortunately, most of us are not prepared for a medical emergency and according to the statistics most people, who file for bankruptcy, is because of an emergency that they had not been prepared for. For this reason, we decided to get the Foundation for Akira to help other families with emergency shelter, transportation, hygiene, and clothing because these times are extremely unexpected and stressful. We don’t want it to be limited to children because if your adult child, spouse, or parents are ever in this situation then they need family support too.
When I drove to Seattle I had no idea where I was going to stay or what I was going to do because we couldn't stay at the Ronald McDonald Charity House because Akira wasn't in the children's hospital. This is why it is so important for these families to know that they can focus on the medical needs and recovery of their loved ones instead of worrying about their personal needs. This is a very stressful time and they need to be assured that they will be taken care of, so they don’t have the financial burden.
Did you know that Harborview Medical Center is the 2nd trauma center in the United States? This could happen to any of us without a chance to be prepared so please don’t wait until this happens to your family. While we were there we met people from Idaho, Montana, and even Alaska so you don’t have to be a Washington residence to make a difference. The time to act is now! Please show your support by donating today and help make a difference in someone’s life. It takes communities working together to make a difference.
Our goal is to open a house called “Akira’s House” it will be similar to the Ronald McDonald House except it will be your own space with a kitchenette and everything you will need while you are away from home. However, we do not want to take away from the good work that the Ronald McDonald House has done. We want to work with them to assure no family is left behind. Our house will be for families that do not qualify for the Ronald McDonald House services.
In addition, families who are transported out of town for a medical emergency are also burdened with the financial cost of having to travel for medical checkups. Akira's family understand the stress of having to pay for a motel and transportation to and from Seattle every three months for checkups, therefore, if you or someone you know needs assistance for an out of town medical appointment then please contact us and we will do everything possible to provide you with a gas voucher/bus ticket. We will also provide an overnight stay in a motel because we understand how hard it could be to drive such a distance without having the ability to stay overnight. These times are extremely stressful and can cause a financial burden on families so we want to do what we can to support these families in their long journey to recovery. However, we do depend on fundraising and donations so we ask that if you qualify for Social Mobility Services (SMS) to please contact them first and if they turn you down we will work with you to provide the necessary services. #togetherwecanmakeadifference #BetterTogther
We understand how hard it can be to not have our basic needs during a medical emergency so if anyone needs help with their basic needs during this crises then please reach out we are here to help anyway we can. This coronavirus is horrible, and we are so thankful that the government is stepping up to help these families but what about all the families that deal with a medical emergency everyday. These families have medical deductibles, shelter, and transportation costs. Therefore, it is so important for our communities to stand up and help these families. Please give today and make a difference in someone’s life. #togetherwecanmakeaadifference #BetterTogether
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals. It only takes a $10 a month commitment to make a difference. Your generous donation will fund our mission. Or anyone can go into any Banner Bank and donate. Please spread the word to your friends and family.