Mica Hammond Fund
The Mica Hammond Fund honors the memory of Mica Hammond, who passed away before her fifth birthday in 2013.
Mica was always upbeat and brought joy to her family, friends and community. She struggled with health and development her whole life. Yet she traveled the world and was involved in many activities. When she laughed she made everybody laugh. When she smiled she made everybody smile. A gentle soul who spoke volumes with her beautiful eyes.
Mica was undiagnosed, but her syptoms included global developmental delay, which led to low muscle tone, and in turn to aerodigestive issues.
For much of her life she had a homemade blended diet via a G-tube feeding tube.
The Mica Hammond Fund has two funding purposes:
To give awards totaling approximately $2000 annually, periodically as needed, to help pay valid noninsured expenses related to and incurred by needs-based families that use blended diets for G-tubed special needs children.
Mica was at her healthiest and strongest during the period she used a feeding tube. About half a million children and adults in the United States rely on feeding tubes. There are over 350 conditions and diseases that can require tube feeding in children. The most common type of feeding tube is the one Mica had, a “G-tube,” in her stomach. They can save, prolong, and improve lives. However, getting the right information, nutrition, practices, supplies and equipment, is often a difficult task, a grey area for the medical/therapy communities, and expensive / uninsured. Especially for families who choose to pursue so-called “blended diets” which are homemade foods that are blenderized – as opposed to processed formula. The
Mica Hammond Fund wants to help special needs families who have decided to bear the expense of making food for the G-tube kids.
To award approximately two $1000 scholarships annually to needs-based families of children with rare or undiagnosed diseases to help those children or immediate family members attend college/education
The myriad challenges related to caring for those with rare and undiagnosed special needs are can be both daunting and fulfilling. This applies to the entire family – the child, the parents, and the siblings. The Mica Hammond Fund wants to help ensure they can take advantage of their unique experience being part of these special families, and help others, by helping fund their education.
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Meet the Mica Hammond Fund
Jacob Hammond, Administrator
Jacob is a junior at Mclean High School in the Washington, DC area. Jacob is Administrator of the Mica Hammond Fund. His goal for the Fund is to continue to help many families and children for years to come. Jacob’s a member of the National Junior Honor Society and has volunteered with a number of local organizations including the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, SHARE food bank, A Space of Her Own and Best Buddies. He’s active in Model UN, DECA, athletics and investing. Jacob is interested in engineering and finance career fields.
Helena Hammond, Co-Administrator
Helena is a middle school student in the Washington, DC area. Helena is Co-Administrator of the Mica Hammond Fund which honors her twin sister Mica. She is a member of McLean Youth Volleyball. Helena has performed musically at Capital One Arena and Wolf Trap. Her volunteer work includes Wolf Trap Animal Rescue and the Library of Congress. She is interested in 20th century history, painting and math.
Charlotte’s a real estate finance attorney and executive in the Washington, DC area, as well as a member of several local mission-driven organizations
Jamie is CEO of Everlast Digital, a digital and media consulting firm in the Washington, DC area. His other volunteer work includes the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps. You can find Jamie at https://www.twitter.com/jbhjamie and https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiehammond
The Mica Hammond Fund welcomes donations and fundraising events. Here’s how you can help:
CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:
Mica Hammond Memorial Fund
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Truckee, CA 96161
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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.
For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.