Offer thanks for Julia's Wings Foundation

To the Editor:

The Julia’s Wings Foundation would like to thank all the guests and businesses who helped to make our second annual “Evening of Hope” such a great success.

We had more than 160 people in attendance and raised approximately $25,000.

The event was held at the picturesque Candlelight Farms in New Milford. A big thank you to Nancy Saggese and Carl Dunham for allowing us to hold our event at such a beautiful venue.

Julia’s Wings would like to thank Jeff and Debbie Seiden, as well as Becky Steiger, who, behind the scenes, worked so hard to plan, arrange and deliver such savory hors d'oeuvres.

We would like to thank Marty for the ambience created through his beautiful music.

We were truly honored to have guest speaker Dr. Karan Emerick from Connecticut’s Childrens Medical Center speak in loving memory of Julia.

Dr. Emerick got to know Julia personally and kept up with her medical condition as Julia endured more than a year of treatment. Dr. Emerick emphasized the importance of having a family member stay with the child during hospitalization/treatment and the emotional and financial burden aplastic anemia places on the family.

We were honored to have the Veira family from New Jersey attend the Evening of Hope as we assisted their family in 2014. It truly was a beautiful evening.

Julia’s Wings Foundation’s mission is two-fold.

The first emphasis is on carrying out Julia’s Wish with the goal of providing financial assistance to families of children with aplastic anemia so they don’t have to suffer through their disease alone.

The second emphasis is on providing funding to medical professionals performing research on developments in and cures for this disease and its related conditions.

Our hope is with continued research and funding, one child’s life may be saved and one mom, dad, sister and family won’t have to endure the pain and suffering that aplastic anemia brought into our lives.

It is because of the generosity of so many that Julia’s Wings Foundation continues to make a difference with aplastic anemia and in the lives of families battling this disease.

We are so grateful for your support. Endless thanks and appreciation.

The Malsin family

and the Julia’s Wings

board of directors