Friends For Survival (FFS) – is a national nonprofit organization for those who are grieving the suicide death of a friend or family member. Founded by Marilyn Koenig after one of her sons died by suicide, all staff and volunteers have been personally impacted by a suicide death. FFS provides a variety of peer support services that comfort those who are grieving, encourage healing and growth, foster the development of skills to cope with a loss and educate the entire community about the impact of suicide. Click on the link to request an introductory packet and current newsletter.
Just Muscles – Laura Coleman is amazing! When I first met Laura in 2002, I was suffering from chronic low back pain originating from an injury in 1996. After a month of working with Laura, the pain disappeared and hasn’t returned. Laura has helped me recover from multiple injuries and start working out or running within 3-4 days. After my son, Jimmy, was diagnosed with cancer, Laura helped him heal from surgery and treatment, regain flexibility and maintain his muscle tone. Since Jimmy’s death, she’s helped my body heal from the trauma and kept me healthy and strong. She’s got a wealth of knowledge and an unlimited number of exercises and stretches. She’s funny, energetic and never boring. Laura works her magic at ClubSport in Portland, Oregon or with clients all over the country via Skype.
Kids’ Cancer Pages – is the first-ever national resource directory on childhood cancer for families and caregivers of children and teens with cancer. Recognized by the National Cancer Institute as “the most comprehensive guide for families currently available,” Children’s Cancer Association send this vital support tool free of charge to every pediatric hospital in the country. Click on the link to download or order your copy.
Kids v Cancer – promotes pediatric cancer research by identifying structural impediments — new drugs, tissue donation and access to funding — and developing strategies to address them. Nancy Goodman founded Kids v Cancer after her beloved son, Jacob, died of brain cancer in 2009. Kids v Cancer authored and championed the Creating Hope Act which provides a market-based incentive to spur pediatric cancer drug development. Learn more about other important work they do and how you can get involved by visiting the Kids V Cancer website.
SoulBursts – are unique glass creations that hold the physical remains of someone you love “within the light and motion of art glass”. Michelle Kaptur created SoulBursts as a way to honor and keep her mother’s memory close. To learn more, watch this OPB video about Michelle and her beautiful glasswork.
The Dinner Party – is a community of mostly 20- and 30-somethings who have each experienced a significant loss – a parent, partner, sibling or friend. They get together in groups of 8-10 over potluck dinners to talk about the ways in which loss continues to affect their lives and how to thrive in the #lifeafterloss. Visit their website to join an existing Dinner Party or start one of your own.
The Moyer Foundation – provides comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction through its two signature camp programs: Camp Erin and Camp Mariposa. Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. The Foundation’s resource center has links to a wide range of grief and addiction resources. More importantly, Molly Hasson, the Resource Center Director, will provide a personalized set of resources plus a warm hand-off to referrals and other support.
Wisdom of the Wounded – was founded on Karen Mulder’s belief that we can care well for one another in the midst of pain by sharing our stories. In her own life, Karen has found that those who have actually been in a crisis offer the best advice on how to help others walk through a similar experience. We are all in relationship with someone facing difficulty—a divorce, a death, a child in trouble. At Wisdom of the Wounded, you’ll find the knowledge and skills you need to become a more compassionate and caring friend to those in need. All of the wisdom shared here comes from real stories of pain and hope.
With Purpose – is dedicated to making sure kids with cancer have access to safe, effective treatment options by empowering young leaders across the country to take action. The organization advocates for families affected by childhood cancer and invests in ground-breaking initiatives that remove barriers to advancing treatment for pediatric cancer.