I was raised by giving people--a foundation in caring for others came from my father, a "peace-keeper" naval aviator and a mother who was a little bit harder to summarize. Jill Seay was a clown for the Special Olympics and elementary school events, a Red Cross volunteer through the Vietnam War, a wildlife rescuer, a tree hugger, a substitute teacher, and as shown in this photograph, a member of the They're Not Forgotten Committee for the Flame of Hope Memorial on Oceana Blvd. She nutured where nurturing was needed, and her light fuels the way I live my life. Giving to my community, both in service and financially is a natural part of my being and here are several of the organizations that I give to. Please consider supporting these worthy charities.
The GCS Project: Gynecological Carcinosarcoma (GCS) is a rare and aggressive cancer found primarily in the ovaries and uterus. GCS, is also known as MMMT or malignant mixed Müllerian tumor. Carcinosarcoma is unique in that it contains two types of cells; carcinomatous (epithelial tissue) and sarcomatous (connective tissue). GCS is rare. Fewer than 1,000 cases of GCS are diagnosed each year. Because carcinosarcoma is so rare, there has been limited research or clinical trials that focus on GCS. Unfortunately, this is where the cures will be found. Little or no research results in no cures or effective treatments for us. In order for us to have a fighting chance, we must aggressively support new and ongoing research so that Not One More Woman Will Die from this rotten cancer.
Vanguard Landing: Vanguard Landing is an exciting new planned and intentional community that is designed for the support needs of those with and without disabilities! We are proud to bring to life a progressive and forward-thinking option to complement other current choices for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability and to help facilitate their choices in how they receive those supports.
Bluebird Beach Bungalows: 100% of proceeds from the sale of these bluebird houses goes towards a different charity each month.
Untamed Spirit Therapeutic Riding Program: A program to enhance the lives of persons with special needs through a partnership with horses. Untamed Spirit provides Adaptive Riding as well as mental wellness care.
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center: The JCOC empowers homeless families, individuals, and veterans to recover from crisis situations and return to being self-supporting, productive, and independent members of our community through providing food and shelter and care.
Edmarc Hospice for Children: The first pediatric hospice in the nation is based in Portsmouth. For children diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, life changes forever for them and their families. Their lives consist of tests, hospital visits, and constant questions. Although this is their difficult reality, Edmarc is there to partner with them and provide support to help make their journey as comfortable as possible.
Special Olympics: Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Special Olympics athletes inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.
PAWS of Hertford County: Bringing hearts together to provide animal welfare and security, animal rescue and placement.
American Cancer Society: A leading cancer-fighting organization with a vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. They are improving the lives of people with cancer and their families as the only organization combating cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.
Alzheimers Association: Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.
American Red Cross: Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
Flame of Hope Memorial: A monument dedicated to POW/MIA who have to be returned home. Contact Windy Crutchfield for more information about supporting this very special memorial.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
Ocean Park Fire & Rescue Squad: serving the Virginia Beach Bayfront Communities
Friends of Live Oaks the official tree of Virginia Beach has been protected through this organization, whose intent is to educate the public and local government of the value of this beautiful native tree.