The Richie White Pediatric Family Fund
Today's Heroes - Surviving with Style
Richie White was born on August 31, 1987. His short but historical life molded my life in many ways. He is my Hero, I feel him always and know he would love this book and the positive affect he has had on over a thousand children and families! Richie you could say was not dealt a very good hand. At eighteen months he was diagnosed with an ependymoma tumor on the base of his brain. His short life included five brain surgeries and eight related surgeries (shunts and broviacs) that were put in place and during his journey they were replaced or adjusted. On September 3, 1991, Richie passed away just three days after his fourth birthday. His legacy today lives on at the Cleveland Clinic with the Richie White Pediatric Family Fund. Quite simply, the Fund’s goal is, “Making Children Smile.” Since 1992, the Richie White Fund has entertained children at the Clinic with summer picnics and Christmas parties. In a world where Christmas and Santa Claus are not always politically correct, The Richie White Fund has never had an objection. Children of many races, religions and national origins sit on Santa’s lap, eat some treats and enjoyed a gift. In the end, we saw their SMILES. The results have brought smiles and tears to their parents, doctors, nurses and us and it reflects the success of the Richie White Fund. Over the last 19 years, The Fund has purchased gifts for over 2,000 children during the holidays. Today’s Heroes, Surviving with Style, inspired by Richie, was written to encourage others, provide hope and help continue Richie’s legacy through The Richie White Pediatric Family Fund at the Cleveland Clinic. Fifty percent (50%) of the proceeds of Today's Heroes, Surviving with Style will be donated to the Richie White Pediatric Family Fund.