When a difficult health diagnosis is given it is numbing news for the patient and their families. A life-threatening diagnosis for any loved one is hard to bear. When it’s a child it seems all the more difficult. Me Fine’s mission is to cut through the red tape to help provide financial relief for families who have a child being treated for a critical illness at Duke and UNC Hospitals. Through quick and efficient financial assistance, families can breathe a sigh of relief that mounting bills and expenses are one less thing to worry about. Any donation, large or small, directly helps a family in need. Donate here to empower a family fighting for the life of their child; and purchase tickets to Saturday’s Me Fine Gala 2017 here.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela
Check out the interview below with Me Fine’s, Development Coordinator, Jessica Martin. Learn more about the foundation, their important work, how to get involved and how you can directly help families in need. –SoS
A style icon you would channel for the night?
JM: …someone timeless, Audrey Hepburn.
Dress or edgy pantsuit?
JM: I like a classic LBD.
Simple or over-the-top?
Your favorite accessory?
What’s in your minaudière?
JM: Breath mints, lipstick and cash.
JM: Dirty Martini (with blue cheese stuffed olives.)
I will get out on the dance floor if the DJ plays this song.
JM: A little Lynard Skynyrd. Sweet Home Alabama.
You close your foundation speech with this quote:
JM: “A child can teach an adult 3 things: To be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something” – Paulo Coelho
What does the Me Fine Foundation mean to you?
JM: The Me Fine Foundation, to me, is service. It’s an opportunity to reach across social, economical, racial, religious lines…extend a hand and offer hope. It’s a chance to meet people where they are, in their most vulnerable place. Me Fine offers a opportunity to provide hope during the storm of life, and a reminder to our families that they are not alone.
How important is funding from the public?
JM: In a recovering economy, sometimes the most well-prepared family finds itself living from paycheck to paycheck. When you consider that the costs of longterm care for a child battling critical illness can often top $10,000/week, the financial strain becomes even more apparent. Regularly, the diagnosis of a child with one of these life-threatening diseases ruins a family financially, in addition to the emotional stress and unthinkable mental hardship that they must bear. Me Fine provides critical assistance to these families when the financial burden becomes too cumbersome. Public funding is critical to continuing the mission of Me Fine. Without this support from people in our communities, Me Fine would not be able to provide the financial assistance to families that are facing hardship due to a critically ill child. Often times, the needs that Me Fine meets for the families are small monetary amounts, but huge in emotional support. We provide hope that they will make it through this hard time and we remind them that they are not alone.
What’s that little shop on Hwy. 70 East?
JM: Part of Me Fine’s business model involves self-sustainability by way of the Second Hope Shop. The Shop serves three purposes: Serve as a retail outlet for local residents to purchase like new or gently used items at below-market prices, provide a resource for Me Fine families to get housewares, furniture, clothing or other items needed as their child faces treatment and generate revenue to help offset the Foundation’s operating and administrative costs. Our store features name brand clothing for the whole family, household items, linens, seasonal plants, holiday decorations and much, much more! Inventory changes daily. Any item donated to the Second Hope Shop will in some way, help provide for a Me Fine family. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.