To say 2019 was a growth year for the Mason Wasz Foundation is an understatement. Through the generosity of donors like you, we were able to make three sizeable donations as well as hosting three unique fundraisers throughout the year.
With our focus on Pet Therapy, we were able to donate nearly $23,000 to three entities who needed a “little help.” Northwestern Hospital’s growing Caring Paws program received $2500, Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) and their selfless Comfort Dog program received $5000 and our largest single donation to date of $15,000 was received by Canine Therapy Corps to help them in preparing their new permanent location in Chicago.
The tears that flowed at our Golf Outing in June were tears of happiness, appreciation, and love.
We want that and more in 2020.
This year, our fundraising focus is on Organ Donation. Mason was able to donate his kidneys to a man in his 40s, who because of Mason’s extraordinary gift, is enjoying a new life today. Through Gift of Hope, we have learned that the need for both education on the importance of organ donation and the growing need for additional donors is great.
Mason was also able to donate cartilage that is being used to study Osteochondritis dissecans, a condition that affects children where cracks form in their cartilage and subsequently in their bones.
With Gift of Hope’s assistance, we will be creating “Mason Stations” which are portable kiosks that will afford people the opportunity to not only learn about the needs of organ donation, but also provide education about the process and allow persons who are not already Donors to sign up and be placed on the Organ and Tissue Registry.
Each station costs $5000 which includes the creation, programming, maintenance and transportation of these devices to the Northern and Central regions of Illinois and the Northwestern Indiana area for the next three years.
We sincerely hope that you can help us achieve our goal of raising $20,000 to put four Mason Stations into use and help make a difference in the many lives these will not just touch, but assist in being the “little helper” someone needs.
Our partnership with Color Me Mine will continue with our 2nd Annual Mason Jar Painting Event in September, as well.
When this began shortly after Mason’s passing, we had hoped to do some great things to keep his “Little Helper” spirit alive. With your continued support and generosity, those “things” are limitless and continuing to make a difference every day in Mason’s ever-growing community.
Thank you for your consideration and time.
The Mason Wasz Foundation Board