Meet our 2020 beneficiaries...
After hitting his head and showing signs of a concussion, Jacob's parents took him to the ER. The doctor's ordered an MRI that would end up showing a mass on Jacob's brain. Jacob has had surgery to remove the mass and is still in treatement to fight his stage 4 brain cancer. He's an adorable little 2 year old with so much love and joy to give!
Jesse is a 21 year old who survived a rollover car accident, November, 2018 . Not expected to live, Jesse has beat the odds, nothing less than a miracle. He is working through his Traumatic Brain Injury and adjusting to loosing the sight in his left eye.
Jesse is happy to get back to living his best life and expereincing all life has to offer!
Last January, 45 year old Fire Captain, Wendi felt an unfamiliar lump in the fold of her breast... faithful to her annual mammo's she did not expect to find out she had stage 4 breast cancer! She was treated, only to find out it had spread to other areas of her body and eventually, her brain. Wendi is a fighter and is determined to "extinguish" her cancer!
2019 wishes fulfilled...
Goldenhar Syndrome - effects mainly eyes, ears and spine.
Year at Pole Position
$200 to Cheesecake Factory
Annual Passes to Universal Studios (LaPointe Wealth Mgt)
Angels Baseball Experience
Above Ground Pool w/ heater
SMA Type 2 - a genetic muscular disorder
Vintage mini fridge filled w/ Girl Scout Cookies
Celestial Parrotlett and cage
Chargers Experience & Game
Disneyland VIP Experience for 10 w/ hotel
$20k towards a retro fitted van
Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma (metastasized to her brain)
Swim w/ the Dolphins at Sea World
Napa Valley Weekend w/ Wine Train
Raelynn Hoffa is the daughter of Magon and Cory Hoffa and little sister to Makayla. This little girl has endured more hardships than anyone should ever have to go through and all before the age of 5. Raelynn was born with the MYlk gene mutation and vascular disorder that doesn't allow good blood flow to the rest of her organs. Due to this disorder, Raelyn has suffered from 8 strokes which has limited her physical abilities including the ability to speak. She is in multiple studies around the world as there is no name for her disease yet...she is the only person in the world to have it.
Meet our other past beneficiaries...
(L-R) Bethany, leukemia - Ashlynn, melanoma - Kassidy, massive aneurysm burst
Kaitlyn, brain damage/hit by car, Tristan, leukemia - Amy, quadruple amputee - Steve, ALS Ayleen, leukemia - Joshua, Cerebral Palsy - Hailey, Epidermolysis Bullosa Baden, leukemia
Photography by Riccardo Suriano
Charity for Charity beneficiaries are some of the most incredible individuals you’ll ever meet. Our beneficiaries are either struggling with a life-threatening illness or a traumatic injury, which, for anyone without either of these, would think it was the most devastating or depressing thing you could ever deal with. What we have found, is that these individuals are the most positive, non-complaining, humble and determined humans you could ever meet. Whether they are surrounded by family, friends or have non, these special people come to us with a smile, even amidst some tears. They all share the positive attitude that they will overcome and fight the good fight. Even those who have passed on, were inspiring us as much as we inspired them, up to the last breath.
People ask how we choose our beneficiaries. Well, it’s not easy. We accept applications online from the beneficiaries themselves, a family member, a close friend, or sometimes from a stranger. Once we gather all the applications, our Advisory Board meets, reads all the applications and then must choose the main beneficiaries for that coming year. Here’s what helps us get through the tough part… we always do SOMETHING for EVERY nominated beneficiary even if they don’t get selected as our main for that year.
When you are dealing with a life-threatening illness or traumatic injury, you are not at a place financially, emotionally or otherwise, to do something you’ve always dreamed to do. BUT, when someone surprises you with a wish, you are obligated to accept and participate without guilt. Our wishes are so much more then wishes, for some, it takes them out of the pain and struggle for even just a moment. For others, its their families last special memory to treasure.