On May 13th, the Me Fine Foundation launched a special campaign that we called #MeFineCares. It was no coincidence that the campaign’s start date coincided with Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is a time when many of us express gratitude for the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, spouses, and other caregivers who have shaped our lives for the better.
Caregivers. We hear that word in our vernacular, but how often do we take stock of what the word truly means? It is a role that literally means to “give care.” We may describe a person as “caring” to reflect their generous spirit. But, caring is more than an adjective. To care is to take action; it encapsulates the effort of doing something.
When your child receives a diagnosis of a serious medical condition, your role as a caregiver takes on a whole new meaning. Additional stressors and anxieties often build. This can put parents, who are already doing whatever they can to raise their child to be a good person, in a perpetual state of fear. Some parents may experience guilt. We’re conditioned to believe that it is our job to protect our child. How could this happen? What did we do wrong?
The answer is nothing. Life-threatening medical conditions often come with no warning. Without knowing what’s next, parents forge ahead for their child and the rest of the family. This can come at the peril of their own mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This can also take a toll on the household’s financial health.
Based on the personal experiences of our founder – Lori – and the founder of Striving For More – Diane – which Me Fine acquired in 2013, it became crystal clear that caregivers needed more support than they were currently receiving in the healthcare setting. Assistance can come as payments for vehicle repairs so families have reliable transportation to get to and from the hospital. Help can be in the form of a dedicated support group for parents whose infants are receiving treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). Caring looks like providing families with the means so they can stay closer to the hospital, whether in a Ronald McDonald House or a long-term stay hotel. Closer shelter to the hospital allows families to be present with their child longer and more frequently.
This is the crux of the #MeFineCares campaign. Each dollar raised through June 30th will be put towards providing care for the resilient caregivers in the families we serve. Me Fine remains committed to providing each family with the assistance they have identified. We work together with hospital social workers on each referral and fulfill the request directly to the third party. Our goal is to avoid adding any additional burdens or red tape for families, so they can focus their attention on what really matters.
We set an ambitious goal to raise an additional $25,000 for assistance during our #MeFineCares campaign. With fewer than 24 hours left, we’re still short of that goal. But, with your willingness to show care, we can not only meet it but exceed it. That’s not a win for Me Fine: That’s a win for critically ill children, their caregivers, and our broader communities. Make your impact today: http://bit.ly/MeFineCares2018