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When a child is diagnosed with a critical illness, our sympathies often go straight to the child’s physical pain and their family’s emotional trauma while they deal with treatment necessary to fight the disease. While these feelings are natural and justified, there are other concerns that come along with a situation like this. We all know the direct costs of medical bills can be overwhelming, but there are all kinds of other factors related to the treatment that are just as financially devastating for families. Sometimes one or both parents need to take time away from working to concentrate full time on helping their child recover. Sometimes there are siblings that need to be cared for. Sometimes the best doctors are not in the area, and the family has to relocate so their child can receive the highest quality care.

That’s where the Me Fine Foundation comes in. The foundation was established in 2003 to help people cope with the financial burdens surrounding long term care of children with life threatening diseases without red tape and mountains of paperwork. After the family of a friend found themselves in need several years ago, Centrifuge Media began to donate to the cause and this year, we are proud to be the headline sponsor of the 8th Annual Me Fine Gala. The Gala will be Friday, October 17th at 7:30 PM at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh, NC. It will be casino-themed with gaming tables and professional dealers, and there will also be live and silent auctions. Please visit the Gala website for more information on purchasing tickets or donating items to be auctioned.

For those of you that are not in Raleigh, please check out the Me Fine website at www.mefinefoundation.org for other ways you can make a big difference in the lives these children and their families. It is amazing what just a small contribution can do!