The FAM Mission
FAM is on a mission to bring quality support to families with children facing life threatening challenges. We are here to ease the multifaceted and unique burdens of families facing monsters. A range of FAM services have been curated to enable us to stand by families physically, financially, and emotionally. Dream fulfillments for children in treatment, bill assistance, and bereavement support for families strive to elicit some happiness and relief in the midst of dark times.
A LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER:
A compulsion, a prediction, and a motto have brought me to this very important opportunity to speak to you. Whether you are here fighting your own monsters or supporting this community of youth battling against cancer, the strength of FAM has always been you. Your shared experiences, ideas, encouragement, and passion to help have been the force of unity propelling this mission. Together we are loud and I am so very appreciative of you.
I walked into the world of childhood cancer from a fast Hollywood life of high profile celebrities not knowing that there was no walking out. A whirlwind of spontaneous events melted my heart and gripping emotions reshaped my perspective. I found myself connecting with children and families in the fight of their lives and was greatly inspired by their strength. So, I did the same thing you would have done, I found a way that I could help.
Overwhelmed by a self-funded compulsion, I traveled the country to stand on the front line with families who needed an ally while their children faced life threatening challenges. Then the start of 2015 brought unforeseen tidings. Several news outlets began reporting that I was launching a foundation, FAM, Fighting All Monsters. As notoriety grew, people predicted that FAM was about to "shake things up". As the reality of the depth of childhood cancer kicked in, I quickly realized that "shaking things up" required more than ambition. So, I continued traveling, creating once in a lifetime moments with once in a lifetime people. That motto is what I live by and it has resulted in this very network of fighters and allies.
In my travels, I have met many families in their worst moments; seen, heard, and felt their pain; and listened to what they needed most. Until now, we have been addressing their needs all on our own, but I am confident that by at last opening the doors to YOUR support we will be able to shake things up. We will start by helping fulfill dreams of children in treatment and assisting families with the bills and expenses that do not stop even when time with a loved one is running out. Additionally, we are honored to offer support for the biggest advocates of our warriors, their siblings who are often overlooked. I pledge to make sure that FAM strives to impact families on a personal level and alleviate their individual obstacles as much as we can.
It stands to reason that I have often been asked if I began my endeavors due to the loss of a child? The bond of a mother, father, or sibling's struggle is unique, and I would never lay claim to having lost a child of my own flesh. However my answer is yes, I have lost many children and so has everyone reading this. We lose children every day to the terrible monsters of cancer, but FAMily can stand together and are strongest when we fight together. I respectfully ask you to take our side as we Fight All Monsters.
Once In A Lifetime Moments…
We may be the “new” foundation on the scene, but we have been organically creating once in a lifetime moments for years, Now with YOUR help FAM dreams can reach once in a lifetime people in ways they’ve yet to dream up! A special thanks goes out to everyone involved for their hard work, passion and kindness. Here are a few of our favorite moments with our FAMous friends.
REEF / PHARRELL WILLIAMS
We met Reef at Cincinnati Children’s where he shared his dream to dance to his favorite song with his favorite singer - Pharrell. Reef and his dream could not have been more inspiring. So we made a video asking Skateboard P to reach out and within 48 hours he had the travel arrangements in place. Not only did Pharrell spend time with Reef and his family, he brought him out on stage in Philadelphia for the biggest duet of his well accomplished career! Pharrell & wife, Helen, hit all the right notes when they followed up months later sending Reef and his sister tons of merch from his new Despicable Me movie!
VICTOR / JUSTIN TURNER, DODGERS
We met Victor at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he shared his dream to eat a Dodgers dog at Dodger stadium. We made a video and upgraded his ballpark dog dream to a bite with the team! Dodgers All-Star Justin Turner stepped up to the plate of childhood cancer within 72 hours and invited Victor and FAMily to a game and on the field. Justin continues to stay in touch with Victor and hit a literal and figurative homerun after asking Victor to design the game cleats he wore for the month of September - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
PRESTUN / Call of duty
We met Prestun at the New York Ronald McDonald House and his dream was video game overload! He wanted to meet the makers of Call of Duty Black Ops II. GameStop and other huge gaming companies contacted Prestun and sent tons of loot his way. Prestun received a special call from Treyarch and was given a VIP private tour of the studio in Los Angeles, California. He got a one of a kind inside look on how games were made, found out what his voice would sound like as a zombie and even left a TOP SECRET personal touch that will forever live on in the video game world. Level complete!
FAM DREAMS connect once in a lifetime people together for once in a lifetime moments. As the flagship program of FAM, it will serve as a conduit for our other services while the stories of our children are spread through smiles on a world stage. Tiny people sure can dream big and FAM is thankful to you for being a part of our reach. It's been the culmination of your shares, thumbs up, and calls into that friend who knows a guy that have already resulted in getting our kids on concert stages, center fields, video calls from their idols, VIP days at the park, history artifacts before their eyes, or the freshest lobster rolls in their hands.
FAM CASH is our most urgent program to get operating at full capacity. This service offered through application and process of approval will bring relief via direct bill pay to families fighting monsters. Houses need heat, hospital trips require gas, bereavements must be handled. FAM knows from experience that enabling families to put their focus on their loved one is the most impactful assistance we can offer to FAMilies.
FAM FUN is our play inspired outreach program designed to reach FAM kids, their siblings, and parents alike. We are well known for event takeovers often hosted in arcades, water parks, hotels or hospitals. FAMiles in attendance find positive ways to connect with other allies fighting similar monsters while the kids get to enjoy a break and some next-level fun. Reach out to us to find out how to bring a FAM FUN Day to your city!
FAM TALK is a crucial online platform we are fast at work developing after discovering first hand that resources supporting the mental health of families in crisis, particularly siblings, are limited, or at times, obsolete. FAM TALK, a double sided resource, will provide sessions with mental health professionals free of charge to fighters, parents, and SIBLINGS. FAM TALK will also launch a community based forum to source and lend support. After years of listening to our families, we understand that most feel alone in their battles and desperately need a forum to be heard, listen, and connect. We are honored to curate a service as a direct response to the community’s needs. Remember FAM, this is OUR thing. If you are a mental health provider or know one willing to donate time we want to hear from you!
WHAT WOULD JOSH SAY? (In remembrance of Josh Solomon of Orlando, Florida) will soon serve as a Vlogging platform (exclusively with YouTube) for battling children, siblings, and parents to discuss and share whatever they can dream up. FAMkids will be able to create things like gaming or craft tutorials and have a place to share their experiences amongst kids in similar situations under the close eye of a parent network to ensure online safety. Famous YouTubers and online personalities will also be featured from time to time to help build the kid’s audiences!
Apply for FAM Service
We seek to fight alongside FAMilies in ways that truly make a difference. Let us know how our micro-grants can help you by completing the form below, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Grants are based on highest priority and available resources. Incomplete forms may result in a delay and/or denial. Requests without current social worker or medical representative information cannot be approved. Your submission of this form is for assessment purposes only and not a guarantee of assistance. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the words "FORM SUBMISSION" in the subject line.
Join our FAMily!
Feature this logo on your page to let the world know you are a verified FAMily member. FAM is seeking partnerships with forward thinking, once in a lifetime corporations looking to sponsor once in a lifetime moments! Send us your thoughts: email@example.com
Trying to figure out how you can make an impact? FAM is the collection of our efforts and we need leaders like you! There is nothing more powerful than organic outreach. Show our FAM fighters what your small town or big city is made of with favorite fundraisers! We know you bake a mean cookie, have the perfect corner for a car wash, or love planning organized runs! Become an official FAMbassador: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of our FAM fighters become isolated by their peers or treated differently after becoming sick; most of which is due to lack of understanding amongst local communities and schools. We want to bridge that gap, inspire empathy, and create connections. Jr. FAMbassadors can pitch in by raising funds and sending cheer. Initiating the likes of coin drives and lemonade stands or creating cards, comics, or jewelry are all ways for our littlest FAMily members to contribute. Become an official Jr. FAMbassador: email@example.com