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CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation

February Newsletter

In This Issue
How We Help
February Biz of the Month
Volunteers Needed
Dear Friend, 

As we move into 2011, our focus as a charitable foundation is shifting from building the foundations of an organization to ongoing sustainability. 
To continue our mission, we need your help.  CJSTUF has a goal to raise $50,000 in individual and corporate gifts during 2011. 
Every contribution is valuable.  If you believe in the mission of CJSTUF, please visit our website and pledge your support through our NEW donation page.  You can make a one-time donation or pledge an ongoing contribution in any amount.  
Every Day is a Bonus!  
Rachel Reynolds
Executive Director
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CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.  

Our tax ID# is 27-1470541

How We Help


Sickle cell disease is a life threatening genetic disorder that causes chronic pain, delayed growth, ulcers, jaundice, and other medical issues.  Ongoing treatments are necessary and can range from dialysis, blood transfusions, medical management through steroids and pain medications, and (when possible) bone marrow transplants.  While symptoms and treatment can vary across patients, it is a disease that requires lifelong management and frequent medical care.



 The Price Family knows the reality of Sickle Cell disease only too well.  Thirteen year old Nile (one of a set of triplets) has battled the disease since birth.  Last year, Nile was fortunate to receive a bone marrow transplant that has cured his sickle cell disease and placed him in remission; however, he still faces chronic health challenges on a daily basis.  His four-year-old sister Olivia also has the disease.


 The Price family has struggled to balance their days between hospital visits and a "normal" life. They have faced the emotional, physical, and financial challenges that this disease brings to every family it impacts.  Thanks to CJSTUF, the family was able to receive two Financial Assistance Grants in 2010: one for Nile and one for Olivia.  The funds helped the family with their ongoing medical and household expenses. 


The Price family helps us recognize that Every Day is a Bonus.


Your ongoing contribution to CJSTUF helps us continue to help families like the Prices.     

February's Biz of the Month



 During the month of February, KidsDineFree is helping support CJSTUF.  Buy a KidsDineFree card on their website on the following dates:

February 9th

February 17th

February 28th

and 40% of the card sales will be given to CJSTUF.


Plus, you can visit the Johnny Rockets in Chesterfield on February 19th to buy your card in person. 


When you have a KidsDineFree card, your child eats for FREE at hundreds of restaurants every time you dine (not just on special "kids eat free" days). Cards are available for Richmond, Williamsburg, Northern Virginia, and South Florida.   


Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our website for more information on special KidsDineFree events during February.


Coming in March: 31Gifts sale by Christi Williams 

 Volunteers Wanted!

We are currently planning some major events for 2011 and we need YOUR help.  CJSTUF is looking for volunteers with a variety of abilities and talents.  Whether you think you can volunteer a few hours a week or a few hours this year, plan to attend our Volunteer Recruitment Event on February 26th at 4 PM. 


The meeting will be held at the Reynolds home, 9 Slash Ct. in Ashland.   Bring a friend!


During the meeting we will highlight upcoming volunteer needs and form committees for future projects.  If you can't attend the meeting but would like to help, email our Event Coordinator and she will find a need for you to fulfill!