During her more than 18 years at a local hospital Lori Griffith saw first hand the havoc that serious illness could cause in the lives of sick children and their families. The financial hardships that often followed a diagnosis. The struggle that an average family faced at a time when they really needed to focus only on their child and his/her wellness.


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Locals Helping Locals

She saw these struggles and she wanted to do more. She wanted to help her neighbors. Her vision, of local families helping other local families is how the Chasin a Dream Foundation began. Their mission is to provide individualized, life changing, assistance to families with children battling cancer, cystic fibrosis and other life threatening illnesses.

Since its inception in September of 2017 the foundation has helped hundreds of families primarily through fund raising efforts made possible through a series of special events like last year’s Pumpkin Fest and Kids’ Concert as well as strong support from local small businesses.

Lori arranged an awesome birthday party for my grandson Dayton. It was his 10th birthday and he was recovering from his surgery and chemo. Thank you Lori for making Dayton’s birthday a special one during this trying time. – Patricia S.

In just a short time, the foundation has made a big difference in the lives of area children and often in seemingly small ways. Recently they were able to purchase a robot for 8 year old Jacqueline King that allowed her continue attending school even after her diagnosis of T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Thanks to their work, 13 year old Gavin Snowwhite and his family will be able to stay in Miami, FL, for the length of his radiation therapy instead of having to deal with the added difficulty of a daily commute.

Gavin wants to be an oncologist when he grows up. Photo Credit: Chasin a Dream Photography

How You Can Help (and Maybe Win a Boat)

If you’re so inclined, helping support the foundation’s efforts has never been easier. Jupiter Pointe Boat Club is currently raffling off a one-year membership in support of Chasin a Dream. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $25 and the winner will enjoy 365 days of playing on the water in their choice of 30 beautiful boats of all kinds (center consoles, pontoons and deck boats) with no maintenance and no dock fees. The only cost will be for gas.

You can also buy the tickets in person on Mother’s Day by taking Mom to have brunch on the water at Bluepoint Bar and Grill. Lori herself will be there selling raffle tickets.

DETAILS

Dates: Raffle drawing will be on June 8

Cost: $25 per ticket, $100 for 5 tickets

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