It has been over 12 years since Christiana left us to her permanent home in Heaven and it seems like it was just yesterday. We spent over a decade of bike riding in memory of Christiana with the California Coast Classic, and it helped our family heal and turn our tragedy into something good for other children and families battling autoimmune diseases. Team Also Touch raised over $500,000 for the Arthritis Foundation and it has been an incredible experience. We couldn’t have done it without you!
We have decided to refocus our commitment on the fight against autoimmune diseases by doing hands-on work with children and families. Beginning in 2018, our family joined Cure JM's Volunteer Leadership Team to build Northern California's Family Support Network, bringing support, education, and fun to families in Northern California who have children struggling with JM and JDMS. In New York, we host Hoops 4 Hope East Coast, a 3v3 basketball tournament to raise awareness about JDMS.
Alongside our hands-on commitment, we are launching the Also Touch Foundation in Memory of Christiana. Also Touch is a fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Donations will be processed by SVCF, a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the United States, EIN# 20-5205488. Contributions will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. SVCF will provide a formal acknowledgment letter containing tax-deduction language for your records.
To donate by check, make the check payable to "Silicon Valley Community Foundation" with "Also Touch Foundation (5806)" in the memo line. Mail checks to: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Attn: Gift Department, 2440 W El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA 94040. To donate by credit or debit card, click the link below.
We will donate everything from the fund to organizations that conduct research on the medical issues that Christiana had, as well as causes she cared about.