“A person’s life should not be measured by what he did, rather by what he did for others.”
Every year we write to thank each and every one who has made a contribution to Lyn’s fund and to report where your dollars are going and the good works that your donations accomplish. It is said that the “highest form of charity is when the giver does not know who the recipient is and the recipient does not know who the donor is.” This exemplifies all of you who have so generously made a donation to the Lyn Stacie Getz Foundation. Your giving to this fund is absolutely the highest form of charity and deserves great thanks and praise and we bless you for joining with us in trying to make this world a bit easier for children in need.
You, through your generous donations, have performed miracles for hundreds of children like the 5 year old child diagnosed in May with cancer who comes from a close knit family of four that is barely existing on $18,000.00 a year. On their first visit to the pediatric oncology unit the mother told the social worker that it took them 2 hours by 3 different buses to reach the hospital. She was not saying this by way of complaint, rather, she just wanted the staff to know that it could take them awhile to get to the clinic for the multiple scheduled treatments. When she heard about the fund and the taxi vouchers she was able to access, thus giving her the ability to safely and quickly get her child to the clinic, she was so overwhelmed she broke down and cried with joy.
There are many stories just like this one that tell how important the work is that we are collectively doing. Unfortunately not all of the notes of appreciation we receive have a happy ending. We remember with great sadness, the note that the Foundation received from parents of 6 children with a very limited income, whose son was diagnosed with cancer, thanking the Foundation for providing gas cards thus allowing the parents extra dollars to get their son back and forth from chemotherapy sessions. Alas, this child did not survive, but, we, together, made his and his family’s last eighteen months more bearable.
It is often said that “a person’s life should not be measured by what he did…rather by what he did for others.” In life there are things one remembers and things one chooses to forget…for us it is important to remember the blessings that come each day. You, our donors, are truly our blessings!
The grants this year are:
1. Memorial Hospital Backus Children’s Pediatric Oncology Unit
The grant to Memorial Hospital located in Savannah, Georgia will provide for outings for the young cancer patients such as visits to the movies, bowling parties, and visits to various children’s events that occur throughout the year. This grant provides a respite from the chemotherapy sessions and puts a “bit of fun” into the lives of these children at a time when everything seems hopeless. As Dr. Johnston, head of the pediatric hematology oncology unit at Backus says, “this is a particularly vulnerable population and gifts like this one allow us to go the extra mile for our children. They also boost our own morale significantly.”
2. Chatham County Foster Parents Clothing and School Supply Project
Every once in a while, a very special person comes about. Joyce Marshall is that person. Dedicated to making the lives of the foster children in Savannah, Georgia as normal as possible, she spends all of her waking hours looking for ways to provide clothing, toys, and school supplies for these children. An impressive lady, doing G-d’s work…..may her days continue in good health.
3. Sinai Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit
In 2005 we began making grants to this unit to provide for gas cards, taxi vouchers and wigs for the children with cancer and their parents and we have told you how important this grant was to the families. With the rise in gas prices the parents of these children have been under great stress in finding the money to get their kids back and forth to the hospital. This gift this year will allow this much needed program to continue.
4. Teen Addiction Services
Addiction in young people, whether to drugs or alcohol, is a family altering happening. Too many bright futures have been extinguished as a result of addictive behavior and a grant has been made in the city of Baltimore, Maryland to try to make a positive impact by making a difference in this area. This new program will be based on the book “Come Back” written by a mother and her recovered daughter who know, first hand, how devastating an addiction can be.
5. Big Brother/Big Sister League’“Sibling Connection”
“Sibling Connections” matches adult volunteers with siblings of children who are either critically ill or who are experiencing long term illnesses. This program provides support and resources for families, both single and two parents, who have a physically or mentally ill child and a well sibling impacted by the challenges faced due to their brother or sister’s illness. Volunteers are matched with the well child and spend time enjoying activities together. In homes with very sick children, the forgotten people are the well siblings. Our grant to this program will provide vouchers for admission to movie theaters, bowling alleys, amusement parks and other fun places and allow the volunteers and the well children to be together where the cost of these outings is not a factor in what or where they can go and do.
6. The Smiling Teeth Program
The Smiling Teeth Program, located in Israel is a project dedicated to helping the Ethiopian children who have settled there. Israel continues to rescue thousands of refugees from the African Continent, most of whom have had no medical care and have never seen a dentist. The integration of these Ethiopians has been a difficult one and especially so in the areas of health and education. This project will fund rehabilitative dental work for seventy Ethiopian children for the year 2008 and will, no doubt, not only have an impact on their dental health, but on their social and economic futures.
7. Family Services
More than 19 million Americans under the age of 65 live in families that spend more than 20 percent of their income on healthcare. With rising energy, food and housing costs, many children will be denied necessary medical care. Family Services has seen a dramatic increase in the need for financial assistance in our community and support for this program is of vital importance as it provides a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our community. A grant was made to Family Services to be used solely for children’s medical expenses not covered by insurance or other programs.
8. The Inpatient Children at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Once again, this year, the high school students at Beth Tfiloh Community School will plan and implement a holiday party for the inpatient children at the Kennedy Krieger Institute located in Baltimore, Maryland. Last year’s party, so successful, with lots of fun, good food, and holiday cheer for these children, was a huge success and both the BT students and the children at Kennedy Krieger are looking forward to a repeat. What can be better than bringing holiday cheer to disabled children!
Each year we search for places to give that meet the Foundation’s mission of “supporting projects, programs, research and care in the fields of health, wellness and education with primary emphasis on children. This fund seeks out organizations that have little or no administrative costs with the intention that funds donated be used to directly benefit the recipients.”
We would welcome your input on worthy causes that the Foundation may evaluate.
Our mission is to bring smiles where there are tears and to foster hope where there are fears
Carollee and Alan Getz
Stacey and Randy Getz
Joel A. Getz