PB& J Spreading Love Foundation
The PB&J Spreading Love Foundation was started in honor of Paige by her parents, Brandin and Jennifer. The name of the charity was chosen because Paige and her parents were perfectly matched and better together than apart, just like a PB&J sandwich. Paige was 13 years old, an only child and was a loving, beautiful, athletic, and free-spirited girl. She was happiest when she was playing volleyball, going to the beach, helping animals, or spending time with her family and friends.
In April of 2017, Paige started having some dizziness and numbness in her left leg which led to an MRI and ended with an appointment with an Oncology team. On May 2nd, Paige was diagnosed with an incurable brain stem tumor called, DIPG or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. At that moment a family’s world was shattered and changed forever. Paige was given 9-12 months to live and was offered radiation and steroids as the only way to try and slow down the inoperable DIPG.
Paige fought bravely for 11 months until she passed away on April 11, 2018 at the age of 14. During those months her parents’ goal was to make as many memories as possible and to love Paige like there was no tomorrow. To dedicate the time and the care she required the family went from two incomes to one. Pride was swallowed and the family found themselves relying on charitable organizations, friends, family, and the community to help supplement the missing income and to pay for the medical bills that were not covered by insurance. Unless experienced, most don’t understand the expenses that add up quickly due to medical expenses, the required in-home care, loss of income, handicap transportation, and adjustments that must be made to your home.
The Vision for PB&J Spreading Love was inspired by all the support Paige’s family received from others. The goal is to financially help families in their time of need and provide for them every opportunity to be with their child as much as possible without worrying about how the bills will get paid and how their child’s last wishes will be met. The saying you hear when you are struggling…. “No One Fights Alone” is true. Paige’s family didn’t fight alone, and other families shouldn’t either.
The Mission (as a program offered through Charity Smith) is to “Spread the Love” and help families of children that have been diagnosed specifically with DIPG or children that have been put into hospice or palliative end-of-life care.
As of December 2022, PB&J Spreading Love has provided much-needed support to 77 families totaling $108,000.00 in financial grants since it was established in 2019.
- Jennifer Davis
- Brandin Davis
PB&J Spreading Love
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane | 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.