About The Fund
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While at the pediatric care centers, Chris had his family by his side. Given they had been blessed with family, and the means to financially survive their three year battle with cancer together, Chris and Lori saw so many other families that were not so fortunate. They saw daily, other families who were consumed with trying to work to pay the bills, but also spend every moment possible with their critically ill child. They struggled to make house payments, car payments, even buy groceries for their families.
Chris and Lori realized how fortunate they were. After Chris' death, Lori knew the best way to honor Chris, their joint struggles with cancer and those families they saw sacrifice so much was to establish a fund to help less fortunate families. That is where we need your help.
In honor and memory of Chris Blum, the proceeds of Christopher’s Cure go directly to families with critically ill children who need every day financial support for necessities in order to spend quality time with their child and families. The target family is one that would fall through the cracks of our national systems. They do not qualify for any state or local help but are not independently wealthy. When a tragedy like a critical illness of a child strikes and a mother or father need to take time off of work, making ends meet could be virtually impossible to a family. This is where Christopher's Cure can temporarily assist with mortgage or rent payments, utility payments and car payments so that parents can look out for the welfare of their families. Lori knows from first-hand experience this assistance is invaluable.
Why The Need?
When both parents work and both incomes are needed to support their family, what happens when one or both parents stop working to be with a critically ill child? Public and governmental assistance is most often only available to low-income families, but what about those that would not qualify for assistance?
Families of a critically ill child must cope with hospital stays, numerous (often emergent) doctor visits and medication/dosing schedules, visits to out-of-state facilities that are recognized as centers of excellence for certain diseases and spend a significant amount of time needed to appropriately care for a sick child. If a parent has to choose to quit work, while forsaking all other obligations to care for a critically ill child, most would.
The Christopher’s Cure Hardship Fund aims to alleviate the burdens associated with that decision, allowing parents to focus on what is really important … caring for their sick child during the most challenging time of that child’s young life.
"You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."