Thousands of children in the United States face severe health consequences because of conditions and diseases that make it impossible to consume a natural, life-sustaining diet. To live and thrive, they are dependent on specialized—and costly—medical foods and formulas.
The nonprofit Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance (CMNuA) empowers, educates, assists, advocates for and supports ALL patients who require medical nutrition. In doing so, CMNuA has created the first-ever national coalition dedicated to enhancing the lives of all patients in need of medical nutrition regardless of their underlying condition.
Where do all good things start? In the heart. At 9 years old, Gabriella Miller was diagnosed with DIPG – Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – an inoperable brain tumor, which is terminal upon diagnosis. Her tumor was the size of a walnut. Gabriella quickly became a global advocate for children with cancer. She and her family raised nearly $300,000 for children’s cancer charities and spread awareness that the need was great, but the funding was low. She founded the Smashing Walnuts Foundation to change that.
Less than a year after her diagnosis, Gabriella passed away surrounded by family and friends who promised to continue her work. An interview, filmed two weeks before her death, led to her name being added to a Federal Bill allocating $126 million for childhood disease research and kick started our mission to focus on research.
Today our organization provides funding, lobbying and directed resources to develop better treatment protocols and a cure. We partner with government organizations, lawmakers, businesses, nonprofits, communities and children who share our goal.
The National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association (NatCapLyme) is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. Founded in 2001, our organization has chapters throughout Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and North Carolina. Our members, including our board of directors, have either experienced the disease personally or have loved ones suffering from a tick-borne illness. We promote prevention through education and awareness, as well as encourage doctor training and research for timely diagnosis and treatment of these illnesses.
At Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, we do more than build houses. We partner with homebuyers, volunteers, donors, businesses and community organizations to transform lives and rebuild communities. Houses are sold at an affordable, no-profit rate with no-interest mortgages to qualified home buyers who earn 30% to 60% of the area median income. They complete volunteer hours (sweat equity) and attend classes to learn the skills needed to successfully own and maintain a home for the rest of their lives. These individual homeowners become part of a larger group that works to bring change and new life to communities. Through community planning and neighborhood engagement, Loudoun Habitat encourages the growth of healthy communities throughout Loudoun County.
The need for affordable housing and better communities is real and the impact of the Habitat model can be seen in neighborhoods throughout the United States. With the investment in their home, home buyers improve their financial standing and provide stability for their family. As a result, children perform better in school, families feel safer, and neighborhoods improve.
The Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to:
Detect: To help ensure that Fauquier and Loudoun medical institutions have effective screening systems.
Treat: To assist local women in the treatment of detected breast cancer.
Educate: To educate people on the need for early and regular screenings, for knowing their family medical history, and for knowing their own bodies.
Eliminate: To fund research to eliminate the disease.We also provide support to those individuals and families facing breast cancer in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.We raise funds through direct donations and special events to disburse to worthy Fauquier and Loudoun County nonprofits and to regional breast cancer research institutions.