Upstate organization designed to help families with sick kids helps Wilmington family
LELAND, NC (WWAY) – An organization out of upstate New York is establishing roots in the south, and held a fundrasing event in over the weekend to spread their mission to the Cape Fear region, and raised funds for families in need.
The Joyce Irish Pub in Leland hosted the fundraising event on Saturday, it was filled with kid friendly activities like a bounce house, corn hole and even a fire engine for kids to hop on and explore.
‘It’s About Caring For Kids’ is a group that helps families financially who have children receiving long term in or out patient care in the state of New York.
The non-profit has been around since 2012 and now helps families in North Carolina.
Every dollar goes to the family while their child is battling a severe illness that requires long-term hospitalization.
According to the organization, spending time away from a sick child can cause stress and has caused some people to lose their job or be forced to quit.
Wilmington residents Sheena and Chris Dosharm have a baby girl with Cystic Fibrosis, and faced just that.
“I’d like to work, right, it’s not that I’m being lazy, it’s just that she has a lot of things that have to be done to her every day, and she can’t keep going back and getting sick,” said Chris. “Every time she gets sick, she keeps it longer and longer.”
Childcare is not an option for the Dosharms, their infant daughter can’t be around other children with her condition.
“We didn’t know about them; I just knew I was panicking after we got the first bill when she first got admitted to the hospital,” said Sheena. “They are just so sweet, so nice, and I just think that this is really wonderful.”
Nona Phelps helped organize the event to help raise funds.
John Butera works for the non-profit, both said if the organization can help ease a family’s stress, they’ve done their job.
“They are very new to the North Carolina area, and they strongly encourage everybody to apply if they need assistance,” said Phelps. “And I am helping raise awareness and funding, so that way, they can help as many people as possible.”
“The applications are coming in faster than I thought they would, and we need the help,” said Butera. “So if anybody can help, that would be huge.”
The event raised $4,000 and the donations keep coming in, according to Butera.
The non-profit targets families that make too much money for public assistance but not enough to cover medical expenses, food and bills. For more information click here.