The Corey Gilger Foundation (CGF) began in late Spring 2009, and it already has taken steps to help many families in need. Since Corey's passing, the CGF has undertaken the following on behalf of Corey:
In addition, Corey's friends and the local community have undertaken projects both to support the CGF and to support the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit directly:
- In early Summer 2009, the CGF assisted a family by sending funds to help cover expenses the parents incurred for their daughter's cancer treatment. Through CarePages, their daughter and Corey had become penpals, supporting one another while battling many of the same illnesses. The family frequently had to travel state to state to provide their daughter the best possible medical care. The CGF has supported the family not only financially, but also through prayer and friendship. We are happy to report that their daughter currently is recovering from her bone marrow transplant and is doing well.
- In Fall 2009, the CGF helped bring comfort and warmth to the children and their families staying at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit through the generousity of Sue Sheriff. She made 25 quilts, 36 colorful pillow cases, and numerous cloth zipper bags to be donated to the center in Corey's memory.
- Just before Thanksgiving 2009, the CGF established a snack center on the 8th floor of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit for the families of children being treated there. For most families, the stay is a long and emotional one, and the CGF wanted to provide them an alternative to the vending machine and cafeteria snack foods. The CGF continues to maintain the snack center on a weekly basis.
- During the Christmas holidays 2009, the CGF coordinated "Corey Christmas Angels" - the Gilgers and their extended family, along with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, District Court Administration Division, played Santa for four Hopkins families who otherwise would have struggled to have a nice Christmas during this difficult time.
- In Winter 2009, the CGF sent funds to three local families who were in financial need due to the impact cancer has had on their lives.
- In Spring 2010, the CGF established a $500 scholarship for Northern High School seniors in Corey's memory.
- Prior to Summer 2010, the CGF will be working with Johns Hopkins on the possibility of sponsoring children who wish to attend Camp Sunrise. The camp, held near Baltimore, Maryland, is a program for children who have been diagnosed with or have survived cancer. They get to participate in traditional summer camp activities and simply enjoy being kids.
Corey's inspiration reaches far beyond the local community. The CGF received word that students Amanda Ashby and Jason Beuchert held a food drive in honor of Corey for the soup kitchen at Living Faith Church and Outreach in Winchester, Virgina. The ministry, located in an area where many are below poverty level, generally serves 80 to 90 people each day. Amanda and Jason organized the food drive at Mountain View Christian Academy (MVCA), where approximately 75 secondary class students collected an abundance of nonperishable items. Amanda's mother writes, "Please know that your Corey and her story have touched my Corey and Amanda, Jason, and MVCA."
- The Calvert County Career Center hosted a clinic and donated all proceeds - more than $1100 - to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit. The monies will be used to purchase wigs for children whose families cannot afford them.
- Leigha Hester and Meagan Zimmerman (and their moms) designed and are selling lime green sweatshirts and t-shirts to raise funds for the CGF. They have donated $700 to date.
As the CGF and our friends and community continue to help families and Johns Hopkins, we will update our Good Works page.