FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2018
Contact: Katie Todd; 919-244-5868; firstname.lastname@example.org
THOMPSON GMC-BUICK PROVIDING HOPE FOR CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN, FAMILIES
Dealership announces sponsorship of Me Fine Foundation’s vehicle repair program
RALEIGH: Today, the Me Fine Foundation is pleased to announce that Thompson GMC-Buick will be providing $10,000 in support as the main sponsor of the nonprofit’s vehicle assistance program.
Me Fine provides financial assistance and emotional support programs to families whose child has been diagnosed with a critical or life-threatening medical condition and is receiving treatment at Duke, UNC, or WakeMed Children’s Hospitals. Nearly 20 percent of the organization’s Family Assistance funding goes to helping families pay for vehicle expenses each year.
“Parents and caregivers must have safe, dependable transportation throughout their child’s treatment,” said Joey Powell, executive director of Me Fine. “In fact, one of the biggest inhibitors to pediatric follow-up care is a lack of reliable transportation. Thompson Buick-GMC’s support gives us the resources to help even more families combat this additional out-of-pocket cost.”
“Thompson GMC-Buick wants people in our community to have what they need to thrive, whether that looks like a new car or financial assistance for fixing a vehicle vital to their child’s medical treatment. We are proud to establish this commitment with Me Fine and the families navigating these unimaginable circumstances,” said Lee Maynor, general service manager of Thompson Automotive Group.
Caring for a sick child comes with numerous costs that are not covered by any insurance program. Parents may be forced to quit jobs in order to provide care for their child. Unfortunately, bills continue to pile up. When a car breaks down during this time, families may not have access to the same financial resources to make necessary repairs. This is where a nonprofit like Me Fine can assist.
In 2017, Me Fine provided nearly $100,000 in financial assistance to 211 families. More than $17,000 of that went towards vehicle repairs and other related car costs.
Me Fine Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring families whose children face a devastating medical crisis are able to receive financial assistance, emotional support and other necessary resources to sustain the loss of income due to the dramatic change in lifestyle while undergoing treatment at Duke, UNC, or WakeMed Children’s Hospitals. For more information, visit mefinefoundation.org.