The Issue: Parents Facing Terminal Illnesses
When parents die, the longest-lasting gift they can leave behind for their children are memories. For adults who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, creating lasting memories with their families is often a top priority when it comes to deciding how to spend the time they have left. But medical bills and other expenses and considerations can make it difficult for parents to get away with their children for a special experience.
The Campaign: Funding Plane Tickets for Ill Parents
If this Grassroots campaign raises $800, then Without Regrets Foundation can fund round-trip plane tickets for a parent facing a terminal illness and his or her dependent. Without Regrets meets with families and helps them decide on a meaningful experience that will create positive memories for their children. Before the trip, the organization attains approval from the family physician and works with local businesses to make the experience a success.
Without Regrets Foundation
In one year, Without Regrets Foundation co-founders Tara Ballard and Ché Heinroth knew three adults who passed away and left behind young children. One of these parents, Scott, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2010 and died the following April. He wanted to take his son to Yankee Stadium before passing away, but was unable to make his dream come true. Because of this story and many others like it, Ballard and Heinroth decided to do all they could to give families an opportunity to create memories from one last experience.
Before starting Without Regrets, both cofounders worked with a variety of family charities including March of Dimes and The Leukemia Society. They meet with families who have at least one parent facing a terminal illness and help them pick a good experience for them to share with their children. With approval from the parent's physician, the group then funds the event or trip, leaving the kids with lifelong memories to cherish.