How a Dog’s Love Evolved Into a Charity for Kids Living With HIV

This World AIDS Day, as we continued to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a historic gift from Fred Says — a Chicago-based charity founded by HIV-positive doctor Rob Garofalo — reminds us that there is another pandemic that requires our commitment. Named in honor of Dr. Garofalo’s dog Fred, the charity will give more than $200K…

Nonprofit gifts Scott County girl an outdoor accessible wheelchair

A 4-year-old in our region has a lot to be thankful for this Christmas. In fact, you could call Elaina Gilliams’s December trip for treatment in Charlottesville a Christmas miracle. “They are weak, but he is strong,” Elaina sang, finishing up ‘Jesus Loves Me’ for the visitors in her living room. Elaina loves to sing…

After son’s sudden death, local mother advocates for organ donation

A local mother is passionate about advocating for people to become organ donors. Markita Lewis opted to donate her son’s organs after he suffered a fatal asthma attack and went into cardiac arrest in May 2014. She had waited in the hospital for seven days, hoping that her son, Marquis Wood would wake up. After…

Soccer squad gives young cancer patient MVP treatment

Gold was the theme of the night at a recent Newbury Park High School girls’ soccer game—but it had nothing to do with trophies or medals.The team faced off against league rival Agoura on Friday while wearing gold ribbons and headbands to show their support for putting an end to childhood cancer. GETTING THEIR KICKS—Brooke…

Big Vision: Nonprofit, Dodgers, Give Free Glasses to Kids

In April 2012, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney and Austin Beutner, a civic leader and candidate for mayor, showed up at Castelar Elementary School in Chinatown for the launch of Vision To Learn. The program gives free eyeglasses to kids who need but don’t have or can’t afford them, on the idea that…

A young father with ‘80-year-old’ lungs has only one wish

Cystic fibrosis makes breathing difficult and living a regular life near impossible, says Andres Perez, 29, who is asking for gift cards, clothing and baby items to help support him and his family after lung transplant surgery. Source: A young father with ‘80-year-old’ lungs has only one wish