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Todd’s Fund Angel Report

Todd’s Fund Cases 

A Review of Families We Helped in 2016

In 2016, we received 70 applications – the highest number of cases in over five years! Of those applications, we were happy to support over 50 families. See some of our cases below:

  • Three cases of children with Cerbral Palsy (CP) – We assisted these families with an adaptive bath seat, stroller, specialized therapy program and an iPad for communication.
  • Two children with serious heart conditions, such as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome – We assisted with  medical bills.
  • Three children with Cancer – We helped pay for insurance coverage and therapies not covered by insurance, as well as utility bills.
  • Five children with Autism – We purchased adaptive equipment such as weighted blankets, and paid for specialized therapies that were not covered by health insurance.
  • Three children who were victims of abuse – We supported the families by paying for moving expenses and medical bills.
  • One family that survived a house fire – We helped them with moving expenses.
  • One teenager who survived a gunshot wound – We helped pay their utility bills.
  • Two children born with major immune deficiencies – We purchased medications and adaptive equipment.
  • Two children with Down Syndrome – We purchased an iPad as a communication tool and equine therapy lessons.
  • Three children with Hydrocephalus – We purchased medical supplies and a feeding chair.
  • Four children with major birth defects who spent weeks in the NICU – We helped the parents with medical bills and other expenses that weren’t covered by insurance.

 

Caring Corner 

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)

Right after they’re born, babies are partially protected from infections by antibodies transmitted to them by their mothers. Typically, within the next few months, their immune systems develop and begin to assume responsibility for fighting off infections. But sometimes, babies have immune deficiencies, which means they don’t have the ability to fight off routine infections on their own. 

The symptoms of immune deficiency depend on what part of the immune system is affected. Immune deficiencies can range from mild to life-threatening. One example of a life-threatening immune deficiency is severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). Pronounced “skid,” it is a rare syndrome with multiple genetic causes, and is generally considered to be the most serious form of primary immunodeficiency.

One of our Todd’s Fund cases involved a child who was diagnosed with SCID. According to his mother, his little body could not battle any viruses or bacteria and in time he became very ill.  

As his infections became more life threatening, and their financial situation became more dire, they reached out to Todd’s Fund, and we stepped in to help the family with medical bills and other expenses not covered by health insurance. This took a huge weight off of the parents’ shoulders, and allowed them to focus more on caring for their son and helping him get stronger.

 

Sponsor-hosted Event Update 

The Spa Life at Mirbeau: An Evening to Benefit Todd’s Fund

On November 17th, 2016, long-time supporter Mirbeau hosted an exclusive fundraising event to benefit Todd’s Fund. The event, entitled The Spa Life at Mirbeau, served as a showcase for their wide variety of spa products and services. Guests received mini spa and wellness experiences, enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, and participated in raffles with fantastic prizes. Many unique gift ideas were also available for purchase. It was a fun evening for all, and a portion of the evening’s proceeds were generously donated to Todd’s Fund.

 

Community Outreach 

Partner Agencies: The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center

Todd’s Fund is constantly working to build relationships with agencies in Central New York who advocate for children and their families. We have been working on a few cases with The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, and we would like to feature them in this issue.

Well known throughout the community, McMahon Ryan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending child abuse through intervention and education. The organization offers a safe, child-friendly process for abused children and their families, supported by a committed, professional team specializing in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.

In 1998, members of the McMahon and Ryan families of Syracuse began working with members of the Child Abuse Management Team who were professionals involved with child abuse efforts. After much research and coordination, the group concluded that the creation of a facility that focused on child abuse issues was a critical need in the community. Hence, The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site was incorporated in December of 1998.

In 2011, the organization moved and co-located with partnering agencies with more than 60 professionals engaged in preventing child abuse. The doors officially opened to a state-of-the-art center in August, 2011. Since then, they have established the region’s premier Child Advocacy Center. For more information on McMahon Ryan, please visit: www.mcmahonryan.org.

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