For those of you who don’t know me, I have an affinity for old-school professional wrestling, or “wrasslin'” as it’s colloquially known around here. One of my favorite lines from Dusty Rhodes, better known as “The American Dream,” was how he described his life was when trying to win the world heavyweight championship: like “living on the end of a lightning bolt.” Dusty had quite a way with words. But he was trying to explain to all of us out in TV land that his career was the world’s biggest roller-coaster ride, filled with earth-shattering turns, excitement, power, and something that rivaled a celestial explosion.
I feel like the Me Fine Foundation is living on the end of a lightning bolt right now, and believe me when I tell you that it’s quite an amazing feeling.
We wrapped up 2017 with our first-ever expansion into a new hospital, launching service at WakeMed Children’s. Although that growth took a few years of work by a lot of dedicated folks, it has already produced incredible response from families who are thrilled to have Me Fine’s help along their child’s journey at that hospital.
As much as I want to take a moment and reflect on this major accomplishment for our community, I find myself repeatedly feeling charged to move immediately forward because of this event. Harness the energy, the excitement, the GOOD in helping an entirely new population, and bull-rush our way forward. How could I even think about slowing down from that?
The short answer is: Me Fine is NOT slowing down. The organization enters 2018 with some amazing momentum, goodwill, and motivation and also large aspirations for internal improvements and organizational evolution.
To our DONORS: you’re going to hear from us more regularly. We’re working to put our value of stewardship into action so you know how much we appreciate you and for you to stay abreast of ways you can continue to help us deliver our mission to the children and families who need us most.
To our CORPORATE PARTNERS: we’ve got multiple opportunities coming your way to partner with Me Fine’s mission in new and innovative ways. We want your customers to know how much you mean to us and how powerful of an ally you’ve become.
To the HOSPITALS where we operate: we’re adapting to the challenges in the healthcare landscape. Me Fine aims to be a smarter, broader, and more reliable partner to enhance the patient experience of care that you so dependably deliver.
Finally, to our KIDS & FAMILIES: we hear you and you’re not alone. We’re working harder than ever to raise more money and to be more of what you need as you navigate your treatment journeys and hold your families together. Me Fine is going to continue to be on your team and in your corner to strengthen when you need us.
2018 is going to be a remarkable year. We hope you’ll consider how you might fit into Me Fine’s story this year. Whatever way that might be, we’ll save a seat on the lightning bolt for you.
All the best,
Joey Powell, Executive Director