2021 Megan's Virtual Run/Walk for a Cure

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17th Annual Megan Savage Memorial Run/ Walk

Megan's Wings

5K Virtual Run/Walk

Join us for our 17th Annual Virtual Megan Savage Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 25th.! The past 16 mo have been challenging for most childhood cancer families.

We hope we can count on your participation again this year, which allows us to continue supporting the most vulnerable families with rent, utilities, gas and groceries through our Patient Aid and Gas Assistance Programs. MW's helps about 200 families yearly through these two programs. along with supporting pediatric cancer research too. Your participation allows us to continue this important work. Run, walk, hike or bike since it's virtual! The 5K course will be marked and shirts distributed at McCarthy Park on Sept 24 & 25, and we'll mail out of town shirts. Hope to see you there!

We are looking for new community partners
Become a Megan's Wings Partner

Our Programs are the HEART of Megan’s Wings. Your support helps fund our two most impactful Financial Aid Programs. Our Patient Aid Program helps with household bills and expenses associated with caring for a sick child. Funds offset loss of income when one or both parents reduce work hours or leave their job to care for their child. Our PA program also offers financial planning, education and resource navigation to further help families navigate the long term financial effects of their child’s illness. Our Travel Assistance Program provides monthly gas cards and resolves transportation issues to assist getting children to appointments. When a child’s health crisis causes work disruptions and increased expenses, low to moderate income families risk losing everything, without intervention from programs like ours. We collaborate with hospital social services who identify families in crisis and refer them to our programs. Corporate Program Partners help fund these critical financial aid programs that FILL THE GAP until families can get back on their feet again. 

If you are a corporation or business, join our Corporate Partnership program.

Megan's Wings partners with Walk with Sally

 

Walk With Sally, a non-profit organization out of the LA area, provides hope through individualized mentoring and community support services to empower children experiencing trauma through a parent, guardian or sibling's cancer journey.

Megan's Wings is excited to partner with Walk with Sally to expand their program to the Inland Empire.  We are looking to find Mentors for children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. See links below for the applications to be a Mentor & the Application for a Child/Family interested in find a mentor for their child. 

HERE is the referral form.  

HERE is the mentor application.

Megan's Wings in the News

Megan's Wings partnered with The Kind Effect for our Holiday Adopt a Family Care Package delivery.  

If you are an individual, organization, or group, join as a Wings of Hope partner.
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Family Resources

Make a Connection

Donate a car to a Deserving Family

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During the last year, Megan's Wings has received several car donations that have been given to cancer families in need of reliable transportation to get to and from treatments.  Frank Fazio donated a car in mid-December and Megan's Wings was able to gift the car to a very deserving young man name Raphael and his wife, Mariam.  Their only vehicle was totaled in a bad car accident earlier this year. Raphael broke his prosthetic and his amputated leg in 4 places in the car accident. According to his wife, he still has nightmares from the accident, but he is so grateful to be alive.

 

Raphael was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his late teens. He continues his cancer treatments at City of Hope. Megan's Wings was able to bless this sweet couple with an early Christmas present to make it easier for Raphael to get to his treatments at City of Hope.  

If you have a used vehicle in good condition that you are interested in donating, contact Kim at (909) 532-8135 or email to info@meganswings.org.  

Ryan, Age 11

Ryan was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in January 2020 and finished his 4th round of chemotherapy mid-April. Ryan is in the hospital monthly for 5 days of chemotherapy treatment, but had an extended stay in April since his white cell count was so low and with the pandemic, it was not safe for him to return home until it raised to a safe level. He and his Mom missed their family very much. Mom says, “We are very thankful for Megan’s Wings programs! The bill assistance we received in March helped us catch up with utility bills, and the gas and grocery cards helped us get back and forth to Miller Children’s Hospital from Covina, and enabled me to leave groceries at home and bring some to the hospital before knowing my family would be so affected by COVID-19. I had to stop working to stay at the hospital with Ryan since state law only requires one parent to stay permanently. Ryan is sad he hasn’t seen his dad or siblings for a couple weeks, but we are praying we’ll all be back together again soon.” 

Program Highlights

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2020 Drive-Thru Adopt a Family Event

How We've Helped 

With compromised immune systems, childen with cancer are high risk for the COVID 19 virus. Many of their parents have had to drastically change their lifestyle to protect their child from this pandemic.  Megan’s Wings is working to keep these children safe. We are working diligently with social services at medical clinics and hospitals to identify families with needs and get them help. Thanks to emergency donor support, Megan’s Wings Patient Aid and Gas Assistance Programs are functioning at a high level during this critical time.

 

We continue to help families with house payments, utilities, transportation issues, food and gas gift cards and more through our Patient Aid Program. We were one of a small group of cancer charities to receive an emergency grant from the Inland Empire United Ways to help house, feed, and keep the lights on for many local childhood cancer families. Our Gas Assistance Program has provided 70 families with up to 4 months of gas card support to help get their child to treatment.  Thanks to tremendous efforts from volunteer sewers early in the pandemic before masks were widely available and PPP equipment was scarce, we dropped off hundreds of homemade masks to pediatric oncology clinics to help protect families and their children. We are very grateful to our supporters who recognize the work we do, and continue to support us during this worldwide health crisis. 

Coming Together

Pandemic Fund Appeal

With uncertainty, comes strength

and unity.  Fundraising has been

for the last year while Families needing our help drastically increased in 2020. We are grateful to those of you who have responded to our social media and email campaigns helping us raise critical funds to keep our aid programs going to help the most vulnerable cancer families. Thank you to all who responded and continue to repond to our Campaign Appeals! Your donations have helped many families keep their children safe during the pandemic.

Thank You 2020 Sponsors
For helping us get thru a difficult year!

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Family Event - Will Return in 2022

Coming Together 

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Tip the Firefighter St Patrick's Day Event

Our 2020 - 18th Annual St Patrick's Fundraiser at Big Al's was canceled on March 12 due to the pandemic but we can't come together again in 2020.  We appreciate our sponsors who have support this event the last two years thru thick and thin. Your support makes a huge impact on our programs and services we provide for childhood cancer families in need. We look forward to coming together again in 2022 in person!!

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Fun Times at Past Galas

SPECIAL THANKS

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Megan's Race Memories

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2020 Virtual Walk from Beaches to Mountains

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Thank You!

We are very grateful to our grant providers this past year! Thank you for your continued your support to Megan's Wings. Our programs take flight because of you!!

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A Simple Way To Help ~ During the pandemic, we are all shopping more than ever online. Why not help a favorite charity at the same time! Your purchases help even more kids with cancer. Login to your Amazon account using smile.amazon.com and select Megan's Wings as your favorite charity. Amazon gives back 0.5% percentage of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Megan's Wings. It's that EASY!

Megan's Wings Joins

The LiFT Network

We're excited to announce our partnership

with The LiFT Network, a national group of

like-minded nonprofits who work together to fight against the financial burdens brought on by a cancer diagnosis. In January, we will begin offering wrap-around financial services to help families better understand and plan for the financial impacts of their child's cancer diagnosis before they reach a crisis level.

 

The Financial Treatment Program aims to support families before they hit critical financial breaking points. The program provides a family free customized financial coaching from Certified Financial Planner™ professional.  They will help with:

  • Organization of family finances

  • Developing a plan to prioritize payments

  • Debt consolidation and management

  • Review of savings and investments

  • Life insurance and disability

  • Review tax issues

  • Review of general estate planning

 

With a financial planner's guidance, families can gain peace of mind about their financial well-being. Healing should be the main focus during treatment, and planners help make that possible.

 

Together, we are reaching more families. Together, we are stronger.

Host a Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook!

Facebook fundraisers are simple to set up and a great way to support your favorite charity! Facebook does not charge the donor or the charity credit card processing fees so 100% of your birthday donations to Megan's Wings go directly to support kids with cancer by helping pay bills so families can concentrate on getting their child well. 

Contact Us

Megan's Wings, Inc. 
1042 N. Mountain Avenue, Ste. B303
Upland, CA 91786 • Phone (909) 532-8135

Email: info@meganswings.org

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We have been honored with a Top-Rated Award for 2020 from GreatNonprofits! We appreciate all of your support!  

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We lost our daughter, Megan at the tender age of nine after a long 2 ½ year battle with Leukemia. She was a sweet, caring, feisty, outgoing little girl. She taught me to not put off tomorrow what we can do today, to love those around us with all our heart, to be thankful for what we have because it can all be taken away in a heartbeat, and that it is our destined journey here on earth to reach out to those in need, helping anyway we can. Megan was such a kind considerate soul, always reaching out to others even in her toughest times. Megan faced her illness with a brave smile and a courageous heart, seldom shedding a tear for herself. While I held her hand, caressed her back and shed a lifetime of tears while she slept, and after she was gone. I never wanted her to see my fears. I couldn’t take away her pain or the cancer that forced her to go through everything she had to endure to fight it. I could only give her medication, soothe her aches with mommy’s tender touch and put my faith in the doctors and God to heal her. As a parent, you feel so helpless.

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Megan’s Wings was founded in January 2005 in memory of 9 yr old Megan Savage who lost her Leukemia battle on April 2nd, 2003. During Megan’s 2 1/2 yr struggle with cancer, the Savage family met other families struggling to cope financially and emotionally. It’s often necessary for a parent to cut back hours at work or one parent quit work to care for their sick child. Money eventually runs short to pay the bills & expenses increase such as gas expense for numerous appointments and hospital stays, phone calls to family, meals away from home, increased medical bills. Treatment often stretches into years with relapse, making it difficult to recover financially, even with savings. It is our wish to help ease the financial burden and foster hope through caring so families can concentrate on their sick child.