The Fairygodmother Foundation

I am not sure how many of you have poked around on the other tabs on this site.  We’ve tried to fill them with a lot of information and links that it took the 20 of our collective cancer careers (is it creepy to call it a careers) to accumulate.  Our hope is that other mothers won’t have to waste precious time surfing the internet searching for answers, support, help with common tasks when they could be playing with their children, helping with homework, loving their husbands, resting and recovering. 

The tab I’ve been most impressed with, probably because I didn’t know a single one of these organizations existed before we launched this site, is Help.  And I surely could have used me some of that, let me tell you!  Susan N. has filled page chock full of links to, well, helpful, organizations.  Like Cleaning for a Reason and Cleaning for Cancer.  Did you know they have volunteer house cleaners that will help with, well, the obvious, while a person is undergoing cancer treatment?  Love that! 

But that is not really the purpose of this post.  This morning I received this email from The Fairygodmother Foundation

Dear Friends of Fairygodmother Foundation:I am writing with regret to inform you that after ten years of granting end of life wishes for terminally ill adults, the Fairygodmother Foundation will be closing its doors effective October 31, 2008.

As you know, this has been a very difficult year for the American economy which has created tremendous challenges for nonprofit organizations. Like many other organizations, Fairygodmother Foundation experienced a number of financial challenges over the last year that unfortunately we are unable to overcome. Therefore, the Board of Directors of Fairygodmother Foundation made the difficult decision at a recent meeting to dissolve the corporation.

We are extremely proud of what has been accomplished. Over 1,000 wishes have been granted in all 50 states, providing our wish recipients the opportunity to bring closure and quality to the end of their lives. We greatly appreciate your support; we could not have done this without you. So many lives have been touched over the last 10 years, and special memories created for the loving family members of our wish recipients to cherish for years to come.

On behalf of the Staff and the entire Board of Directors of Fairygodmother Foundation, thank you for all that you have contributed over the years to help us fulfill our mission. We could not have done it without you.

With deep gratitude,

Gerald Cholewa
Chairman, Board of Directors

 I have many, many thoughts on this.  Like how sad it is that a charitable organization helping people with the smallest of wishes in their dying days (most of the wishes granted cost only a few hundred dollars) cannot receive enough donations to continue their work.  And also that it’s no wonder they can’t because as much as I’d love to help them, I am in no position to contribute either. 

Mostly, however, I am grateful.  Grateful that I nor any of my family have ever had need of The Fairygodmother’s services, and grateful that they thought to provide them when no one else did. 

Thank you, to The Fairygodmother Foundation and all it’s volunteers for taking on a selfless job, with little public praise and acknowledgement.  I am positive your efforts had an enormous impact on many families nationwide.

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2 Responses to The Fairygodmother Foundation

  1. LORRAINE FRONTZAK says:

    IT IS A SHAME, MY SISTER PATRICIA ANN TURNER WAS THE FIRST WISH THE FAIRYGODMOTHER FOUNDATION EVER GRANTED, AND EVEN MORE ALMOST 1 YR TO THE DATE OF MY SISTERS PASSING, MY MOTHER IRIS MCTIGHE WAS ALSO GRANTED HER FINAL WISH.
    GOD BLESS BONNIE AND SPROUT FOR ALL THE LOVE AND CARING THEY HAVE BROUGHT MY FAMILY OVER THE YEARS. YOU WILL BE MISSED. LOVE AND THANKS TO EVERYONE, I HAVE BEEN SO DEEPLY BLESSED BY EVERYONE AT THE FAIRY GODMOTHER FOUNDATION.
    LORRAINE FRONTZAK, BELVIDERE IL

  2. Amanda says:

    I wish so much that this foundation was still going strong. A very close aunt of mine was diagnosed a few years back with terminal cancer. She was told that she had a 1 in 5 chances of living and shouldn’t expect to make it to the end of the year. Five years later, after much chemotherapy and going in and out of remission, she now has no hope left. Its slowly taking over her body and her brain, yet she remains hopefull and she still has her wonderful soul. I only wish i could have found this before it was to late. We are going up to visit her on mothers day and it will probably be the last time I ever get to see her, or enjoy her company again. I just wanted to say thank you to this foundation for helping others out when they needed it. Also, hopefully people will read my story and realize that we need more caring people in this world so less have to suffer. Being 19 yrs. of age, all this has hit me in a different way than I expected. I just want to send my hope to everyone else out there in similar situation. Thank you for your time
    Amanda P., Rochester MN

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