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Meet our Beneficiaries

It is our honor to help these real world heroes who serve our nation and their communities with pride. All donations made to our foundation are directly allocated to these special families in their time of need.

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"Giving to Griffin"

Season of Thanks 2022

Season of Thanks
Feature Family: The Griffins

Please join us in our first ever Season of Thanks campaign!

Now through Thanksgiving Day, we will be raising money for a sweet little warrior, James Kallen Griffin.

Link is live and ready for donations! Read about James's journey and the Griffin family's powerful story below.

The Griffin Family

Meet James Kallen Griffin! Two year old James was born with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), stemming from a rare condition in utero. He also suffers from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).  James has endured multiple surgeries in his young life, and he began dialysis in May 2021.  James is fed by feeding tube, and he is on a cocktail of medications and supplements. He also has hypertension due to his lack of kidney function.  James was a candidate for a much needed kidney transplant - with his dad Jim stepping in as his donor hero! We are happy to report that both James and Dad are doing very well after their transplant surgery on September 20th! A veteran and current member of the Secret Service, dad Jim is no stranger to sacrifice; his heroics have reached new heights as he donated his kidney to sweet baby James! While we join the Griffins in celebration of a successful surgery, we know that James will continue his warrior journey. He will be on anti-rejection meds for life and significantly immunosuppressed immediately following transplant. Furthermore, on average, living donor transplants last 15-20 years, so James will need multiple transplants in his lifetime. In the more immediate future, James will undergo intensive therapy to learn how to eat; he will also have to undergo a bladder reconstruction surgery within the next few years. Not all helpful medical supplies and other day to day necessities are covered by insurance; and daily care for James is no easy feat.  The heroics in this family are a true team effort and affect every aspect of life. Mom, April, is equally amazing, and has enthusiastically taken on the role of Baby James’ Nurse: calculating and administering James medications, supplements, feeds, shots, and dialysis are all in a day's work. She is also an amazing mother to their three daughters as well!   So  what is our goal? Let's provide the Griffins with support for their children's school tuition as well as necessary supplies for James! Every dollar counts - let's bring some light together, all in Michael's name!

Please join us in supporting James' road to recovery and this family's future needs!  Click on the link below to "Give To Griffin" this Thankful season. All donations received now through Thanksgiving Day will go directly to this wonderful, loving family!

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Our Families

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The Brower Family

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Your generosity and our fundraising efforts during our inaugural MRD Gala, in April of  2022, have gone directly toward funding Scott's daughter's future education. Scott, a beloved educator in the DOE, and childhood friend of Michael's, was a loving father, husband, son, and brother.  We are heartbroken over yet another untimely tragedy; but, we choose to focus on gratitude: gratitude for the fact that as a foundation,  we can provide for this incredible family in a way that would make both Scott and Michael proud!

The Morrisey Family

We were happy to join forces with FDNY Engine 80 / Ladder 23 to host a fundraising party for Frank Morrisey  at Bourbon Street in Bayside, NY in February of 2022. Diagnosed with 9/11 related illness, Frank was unable to work for months during his treatments and following surgery. With your help we were able to ease some of the burden for this family. We were able to help pay tuition for his four children and were honored to pay it forward. Frank and his family forever hold a special place in our hearts! 

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The Carney Family

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February 2022