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MBA Opens Doors Foundation: What CMG Foundations Support means to an Opens Doors Family in need?

Every year, thousands of children are diagnosed with devastating, life altering illnesses. The financial burden placed on a family is enormous. In 2017, according to the National Cancer Institute, more than 15,000 children and adolescents were diagnosed with some form of cancer; and more than nine million children under the age of 19 were treated in emergency departments for crippling injuries such as burns and car accidents. While it is safe to assume all parents want to remain at a sick child's bedside in the hospital, many are torn between the desire to be with their children and the need to earn money. In fact, 30% of children diagnosed with cancer must travel more than 60 miles to see an oncologist or be treated at a specialty care facility, bringing about enormous travel and accommodation costs, loss of income, child care costs for other children, etc. These expenses, and other costs can take precedence over mortgage or rental payments, leaving already vulnerable families to wonder whether they'll have a home to return to while their child is fighting for his or her life. While health insurance and other programs help defray costs, families report maxing out their credit cards, borrowing money from friends and family, and selling belongings in order to make ends meet. That’s where funds from the CMG Foundation come in…


KERRIGAN

Kerrigan battles cystic fibrosis which has resulted in countless hospitalizations due to septic illnesses and blood clots. Kerrigan’s mother is disabled and her brother was diagnosed with a chronic condition that has resulted in multiple hospitalizations and therapies as well. Kerrigan’s father works but has used all his paid time off and they are struggling to meet mounting medical bills and additional expenses related to Kerrigan and now her brother’s care.

“Your thoughtfulness moved us to tears and truly has helped us through such a difficult time. When your child has a life ending illness you take each day as it comes. Some days are better than others. But the one constant in our lives are the friends, community and complete strangers that pray for our family. We consider you to be part of our family. For all you do, we thank you.” Mary and Cary

I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

Which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite. When I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms.


SHAELYNN

Shaelynn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her treatment plan will last nearly three years. Shaelynn’s mother is a single parent and has had to balance reducing her work hours and caring for Shaelynn, resulting in a significant loss of income.

“Thank you so much! It means the world to me that you have been able to help me pay one month's mortgage while we are going through this difficult time in our lives. God most certainly will bestow his blessings to all of you! Love, hugs and many blessings sent you're guys' way!” Malinda

I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

Which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite. When I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms.


Since 2013, the CMG Foundation has provided more than $400,000 in funding to the Opens Doors Foundation. Since then, Opens Doors has provided more than $393,616 in mortgage and rental payment assistance grants to 290 families from California. That’s an average of $1,350 per family for a month’s rent or mortgage. But if we dig deeper, we know that funding doesn’t just cover a family’s mortgage or rent, it allows a family to thrive. Funding from CMG Foundation feeds our families, pays for the gas it takes to get to and from the hospital; it shelters them at hotels and makes sure that whole families have food and child care back home.

Thanks to support from the CMG Foundation, Opens Doors families have peace of mind knowing that their homes are secure. It also means that our families in CA can buy:

  • 107,840 gallons of gas (Average cost of a gallon of gas: $3.65/gal) to get them from home to their treatment facility.
  • 12,300 dinners for 4 at McDonalds (Average cost of dinner for 4 at McDonalds: $32)
  • 430 months of groceries for a family of 4 (Average cost of groceries for a month for a family of 4: $914)
  • 937 two-night stays in a hotel near a CA hospital (Average cost of 2-night hotel stay near a hospital in CA: $420) and 32,801 parking days in a hospital parking garage (Average cost to park at a hospital for one day: $12) and,
  • 262 months of childcare for a family in need (Average cost of child for a month: $1,500)

Indeed, funds from the CMG Foundation don’t just provide the peace and security of knowing that a family’s home is secure, it shelters and feeds a family’s soul. And for that, we are deeply grateful.

— Deborah Dubois, President of MBA Opens Doors Foundation