Charities of the Quarter
2018 (1st Quarter) – The Special Olympics
During the first quarter of 2018, our charitable efforts will focus on the Special Olympics in Phoenix, Arizona. “The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” For more information, visit www.specialolympics.org.
2017 (4th Quarter) – The March of Dimes
Our Charity for 4th Quarter is The March of Dimes. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Premature birth can happen to any pregnant woman. Any birth that happens too soon, before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is considered a premature birth. Babies born this early may have more health problems or may need to stay in the hospital longer than babies born later. Each year in the United States, about 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely. Prematurity can cause long-term health problems for babies, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness, and hearing loss. This can have long-lasting financial effects and can affect a person’s education and ability to work.
TIS team member, Suzette Jensen, said, “This organization had a directly impact on my life when they provided baskets of preemie items for my twins when I entered the hospital at 27 weeks gestation. Every day was a life and death struggle for my babies for the first year of their lives. We were so blessed when, after 3 months in the NICU, our “Million Dollar” babies (the average cost to parents of each preemie born in the US) made it out of the hospital, but we knew too many moms of babies who did not come home. By supporting the March of Dimes, we can help prevent the tragedy of premature birth from happening to more families in the future.” For more information about his organization, visit www.marchofdimes.org.
2017 (3rd Quarter) – The National Kidney Foundation
With your help, TIS was able to make a financial donation to the Charity of 3rd Quarter – the National Kidney Foundation. This foundation is very important to us, as both of our TIS founders, Norven & Cheryl Storrs, suffered from kidney disease. Tiffani Thunstrom shared her feelings with us about the importance of funding prevention and research. “This is a terrible disease, and we want to help prevent other families from going through the devastation of losing loved ones too soon.” For more information about the National Kidney Foundation, please visit their website at https://www.kidney.org or call 1.800.622.9010. Thanks again for your support!
2017 (2nd Quarter) – Dove Center
Our Charity of the 2nd Quarter was Dove Center, located in St. George, Utah. Dove Center provides safe shelter for victims (men, women, and children) of violence and assault. The staff lovingly care for and empower survivors of abuse and help them begin their healing journey.
In conjunction with our Charity Referral Program, TIS is honored to bring awareness to Dove Center and to make a financial contribution in supporting their efforts in this worthy cause. TIS team member, Jim Plant, personally contributes to this amazing cause whenever possible. “We will continue to support Dove Center, as it helps people in our community protect women and children from senseless acts of violence and abuse.” For further information, visit their website at www.dovecenter.org or call 435.628.1204.
2017 (1st Quarter) – Make-a-Wish Foundation
Our first Charity of the Quarter for 2017 was the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A few years ago, a TIS team member’s son helped fulfill the wish of a terminally-ill child for his Eagle Scout project. This little boy’s dream was to fly to the moon and meet Batman. They were able to fly him to Disneyland, where he met Batman on Space Mountain. This act of service had a tremendous impact on her son’s life, and he still feels the joy of helping to make another child’s wish come true. TIS made a commitment to donate $10 for new policies written from referrals during the first quarter. With your help, TIS donated $500 to the San Diego Chapter of Make-W-Wish. This donation will go toward helping fulfill the wish of a local child with a life-threatening illness. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, please call 800.722.9474 or visit their website at http://wish.org.
2016 (4th Quarter) – Rady’s Childrens Hospital
Did you know that we will make a charitable contribution for each referral we receive that results in a new policy? The charity this quarter is Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. It is a nonprofit, 551-bed pediatric-care facility dedicated to excellence in care, research, and teaching. TIS Team member, Russ Cahoon, said, “Wow, we’ve had our children and grandchildren taken there in a couple of extreme emergencies and know many families who have been saved by them. I can’t say enough about what they mean to a parent and family of a suffering child. Without them, we wouldn’t have a couple of our children still with us.”
This hospital is the only one in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the regions only designated pediatric trauma center. They are work in collaboration with the world-renowned UCSD Medical Center and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Their mission is to restore, sustain, and enhance the health and developmental potential of children through excellence in care, education, research, and advocacy. Parents and children come to Rady Children’s Hospital from across the country to see their nationally-renowned physicians, and their focus on research, teaching, and innovation is helping their patients to receive state-of-the-art care. Through their Center for Healthier Communities and the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, they offer families the promise of a healthier future. We feel privileged to support the Rady Children’s Hospital this quarter.