Eliana's Light

Organized by: Whitney Ortiz

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May 21, 2017

Hi everyone, We are pleased to share some updates from the past 5 months, and welcome your feedback and ideas! This has been a truly special See More

THE STORY:

Provide continuous complementary care to children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers.

In honor and loving memory of one of our twin daughters, Eliana Lucia Ortiz, we are creating a non-profit to provide continuous complementary care to children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers. Eliana ("Eli") passed away at 3 years old from a heart condition and after spending the majority of her life in the hospital. We aim to reduce the stress, pain, fear, trauma, anxiety, and depression that many children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers often experience.

Eliana's Light will take a systems-based and collaborative approach towards connecting the whole family to complementary care. By supporting the development of an Integrative Medicine (IM) program at Children's National Medical Center and connecting families to complementary care services available in the local community, Eliana's Light hopes to improve the whole family's wellness and well-being. We hope this will become a replicable and scalable model that can operate in communities around the world.

We have directly experienced the value of complementary care (e.g. massage, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, essential oils, mind-body medicine, etc.) and believe strongly in supporting the body, mind and spirit in a holistic way.

Some of the complementary care support services we will provide families include: Complementary Care Comfort Kits that contain tools and tips for reducing stress; contact sheets of local complementary care providers, "family friendly pharmacies", and early childhood development support services; complementary light housekeeping and meal delivery; gift certificates to frequented places; and other support that makes the every day experience for the child and his/her caregiver a little easier.

Your donation to this fund will:

  • support the development of a new Integrative Medicine (IM) program at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC, which will serve as a model for other children's hospitals; and
  • help families with children who have complex medical conditions in the Washington, DC community.

During Eliana’s beautiful life, she spent a significant amount of time at CNMC where she was treated for cardiomyopathy; was on a Berlin Heart, a ventricular assist device; and received a heart transplant. The team of people who cared for her and our whole family at CNMC and in the local community is extraordinary, and we are eternally grateful to them. Complementary care can be provided in addition to and alongside necessary medical care. Your donation to this fund will provide invaluable support to children like Eliana, and their families.

$17,093

MONEY RAISED
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  • Annie Paulson

     

  • Lorraine Kaylor

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Fernando & Marcela

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Thankachans

     

  • Erin and Brett Cooley

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Coach Omid

    $50

  • Evelyn, Isabella, & Lauren

    $50

  • The Porras Family

     

  • Gagnier & Lynn

    $100

  • The Rancourt Family

    $100

  • Super Soccer Stars

    $100

  • Lindsay Pierce

    $20

  • Jenna & Ryan Heichel

    $50

  • Carrie & Kevin O'Regan

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Alexi

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Monique, Ben, Margot, Noah, and Olivia Burckhart

    $200

  • Pam Ellefson

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Charlie Holm and Taylor Carr

    $50

  • Maria Simoes and family

    $50

  • Anne, Mark and Carl Leichthammer

    $300

  • the gatoff family

    $500

  • Asha Nair

     

  • Rapid7

     

  • Flano Family

    $150

  • Mark, Michelle, Timmy, and Ivy Morrison

    $50

  • Dominica, Andy and Cedric

    $100

  • Fernando & Caterina

    $100

  • Chari Voss

     

  • The Abbrecht Family

    $100

  • Bryan McDavitt

    $25

  • Leslie Blaha

    $50

  • Michelle & Roger Scheumann

    $250

  • Salvatore and Virginia Bordonaro

    $50

  • Rose Bordonaro

    $100

  • Jen Dryer

    $40

  • From: Salinas,Guzman,Gomez and Gonzalez families...

    $180

  • Lucy Atkinson

     

  • Karen and Michael Tremble

    $100

  • Ginny and Mike Duffy and Family

    $100

  • Carrie and Miguel Vieira

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Togneri Family

    $100

  • Sharon Zhou and Ray Chung

    $183

  • The Neil Family

     

  • Karolyne Armer

     

  • Stacie de Jongh

    $100

  • Joe and Mary Pecoraro

     

  • Jane, Chris and Mark de Barros

    $100

  • Ruth Sorenson

     

  • Malini Goel and parents Drs. Arun and Sarla Goel

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Clau and Rashad

    $100

  • Nick and Sarah Martinelli

     

  • Kevin and Elizabeth Hennessy

     

  • Sophie Rodella

    $100

  • The Glenbrook Family

    $350

  • Karen Bralove

     

  • Ed and Suzanne tremble

    $100

  • Mehno Family

    $600

  • Meghan, Jack, Josie, and John

    $25

  • Nana

     

  • The Thakkar Family

     

  • Julie and Joe

     

  • from argentina

    $50

  • Nonna

    $50

  • Mila Bonnichsen

    $100

  • The Albertine Family

     

  • Betsy Williams and Tom Moore

     

  • Cardenas family

    $100

  • Joelle McCall

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Lisa Olney

     

  • Lindsey Witmer Collins

    $100

  • Molly Heintz Williams

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Lisa Williams

    $50

  • Fer & Cate

    $100

  • Carly

     

  • Danielle Santoro MacInnes

    $100

  • Christabelle Cruz

    $25

  • Luis, Emilie and Lucas Viguria

    $100

  • Robert, Jill, Stella, and Anita Shalett

    $50

  • Rosetta bordonaro

     

  • Laura O'Neale

    $25

  • The Frydls

     

  • Andrea Zamudio

    $35

  • Virginia and Salvatore Bordonaro

     

  • Lorraine Kaylor

    $50

  • Yasmin and Charlie Demma

    $25

  • Dan Sandler

    $100

  • Braier family

    $250

  • Ryan & Jenna Heichel

     

  • dilia ortiz

    $100

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Organized by

Whitney Ortiz

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

dilia ortiz

dilia ortiz

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Ryan & Jenna Heichel

Ryan & Jenna Heichel

2 years ago

Braier family

Braier family

DONATION: $250

Happy Birthday beautiful girl. We miss you... 2 years ago

Dan Sandler

Dan Sandler

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Yasmin and Charlie Demma

Yasmin and Charlie Demma

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Lorraine Kaylor

Lorraine Kaylor

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Virginia and Salvatore Bordonaro

Virginia and Salvatore Bordonaro

3 years ago

Andrea Zamudio

Andrea Zamudio

DONATION: $35

3 years ago

The Frydls

The Frydls

In Memory of beautiful Eliana 3 years ago

Laura O'Neale

Laura O'Neale

DONATION: $25

God bless Eliana's soul. She is forever loved. Your walking is so inspiring. Wonderful parents and sister Emi, I love you so much. 3 years ago

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