Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q Fundraiser A Success!

A big “THANK YOU!” to our supporters at Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q! The North Carolina restaurant group known for their legendary Bar-B-Q donated 5% of July 28th’s sales from their Wake and Johnston County locations to the Me Fine Foundation. We are pleased to announce the fundraiser yielded a $2100 donation to our organization! These funds will provide financial assistance and emotional support programs to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving long-term medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals. Continue reading

Me Fine in action-Christmas in July

On July 8th and 15th, we spread some cheer to kids who really needed it. Thanks to the thousands of dollars and hundreds of toys donated by our supporters, we were once again able to bring Christmas in July to the children at Duke and UNC Children’s hospitals. Led by the one and only Santa Claus, volunteers distributed toys to the sickest children in the hospitals. Christmas in July is important in that it fills a recreation and activity gap in the summer when so many volunteers, staff, and students are away. Continue reading

Me Fine Foundation founder featured in Family Circle magazine



We’re excited to have Me Fine Foundation’s founder Lori Lee recognized as a  “local hero” in the August 2015 issue of Family Circle. The article focuses on her life trajectory that has included tragedy and triumph. Continue reading

Executive Director Joey Powell Recognized As Outstanding Professional



We can’t tell you how proud we are of our Executive Director Joey Powell as he was honored at the Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 awards luncheon at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on June 11. Joey and 39 other recipients were selected from a group of over 200 nominees. The 40 Under 40 awards “recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community.” Continue reading

Me Fine Foundation: Outfitting superkids, one cape at a time

As executive director of the Me Fine Foundation, which helps kids facing critical and chronic illnesses, and a dad of a young son with spina bifida, Joey Powell knows well the joy that comes from putting a smile on those kids faces.

The kids that Powell works with through the local nonprofit often spend months in the hospital or suffer through regular treatments that can be uncomfortable and even painful. They need to be able to celebrate their own moments. They also just need to be a kid. Continue reading

A Closet Full of Learning Experiences

I enjoy short, weekend trips. They give me a chance to explore new cities, sites and my favorite, local restaurants! (Yep, it’s really all about the food.) I’m really excited about an upcoming trip with some of my oldest friends. Our mission is to allow our teenaged daughters to get to know each other better and more importantly, give them an opportunity to get to know our “younger selves” through the eyes of our friends. I expect a few embarrassing stories to surface, but I’m sure my girls will enjoy meeting their once-very-interesting, 20-something mom. I’m loading up on ammunition in the event one of those stories happens to wander out of my closet.

Read the full HuffPost Blog from Me Fine founder Lori Lee here.

Me Fine Celebrates 1,000 Families Served

Over 1000 critically ill children and their families have benefitted from

Me Fine Foundation’s financial support.

Raleigh, N.C.  – December 11th, 2014

The Me Fine Foundation is proud to announce they have now served over 1000 families with their financial assistance program since the non-profit’s inception. Critically ill children and their families have all benefitted from Me Fine Foundation’s financial support including mortgage/rent assistance to prevent eviction, utility payments to halt disconnection, grocery bills, payment of medical bills, and sometimes covering final hospital expenses. Continue reading

The Giving Spirit of a Child

One of Raleigh’s younger citizens has started what she hopes will be a new trend in birthday parties and philanthropy. For her 11th birthday, Maya True Wasik decided that she was going to make a difference for some of her peers, even the peers that she may not know. When planning her party with her mom Suzan, Maya decided that she really didn’t need any gifts. She had heard about the Me Fine Foundation from a thrift drive held by her neighbors, and wanted to help the same kids and families that Me Fine helps. Continue reading

Surviving Ain’t Easy

Sometimes it hits me broad side, with full-force. I’ve been through a lot. I mean, I know it in my conscious mind, but I don’t think it registers in my daily thought process. Probably, if the impact of some of the events had a chance to be absorbed, I would likely resemble jelly: unstable and wiggly.

Read the full HuffPost Blog by Me Fine Founder Lori Lee here.

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