COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. But one thing remains the same: children—and their parents—are still counting on CHOC to help them get better. Our commitment to healing not only means providing the latest treatments to patients, but also supporting our frontline caregivers.
It also means reaching out with resources to help CHOC families struggling with the challenges of a sick child, but also the financial setbacks that may have come during these unprecedented times.
Thanks to generous donors like the Clavis Foundation, we’ve provided significant financial relief to the families who have been burdened by the pandemic. CHOC Foundation board member Tusdi Vopat, Stuart McClure and their four children began the Clavis Foundation in January 2020.
“My family is very blessed,” Tusdi says, “We are fortunate that when COVID-19 began to impact others, we were in a place that we didn’t need to worry about a lot of the things other people worried about. So, we feel very strongly about giving back.”
Because of Tusdi and her family, CHOC has been able to address many of the issues that have threatened the community we proudly serve. With the Clavis Foundation’s transformative gift, we’ve provided up to $3,000 in direct financial help to each of more than 76 CHOC families.
Tusdi explains, “My heart really goes out to the families impacted and what they must go through day to day, even without a worldwide pandemic. Now you add the challenges from COVID-19 and the fact that they may be losing their jobs, losing their healthcare benefits and so many other things going on for them.We just felt there was an imminent need to help those who were impacted.”
Recipients of the Clavis Foundation’s generosity include parents facing job losses or reductions in work hours and families at risk of eviction or having their utilities shut off. Additionally, support has gone to families with relatives who have been diagnosed or tragically passed away from COVID-19, as well as households with newborns in need of medical services.
Tusdi hopes others will also choose to make a difference. She stresses, “The way that we can come together is by giving to organizations like CHOC. Children are our future and we need to take care of them. That’s what CHOC does every single day.”
We’re deeply grateful to the Clavis Foundation for easing the burdens of CHOC families during these challenging times. By helping them through their financial hardships, we’re fostering the overall health and well-being of our community’s children.