CHILDREN'S HEALTH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Our current child
Chris Younger is a 14-year-old boy with a rare heart defect called Truncus Arteriosus. He is a very strong and resilient young man as he has gone through many surgeries and hospital stays in his life. Three days into his freshman year, Chris underwent septic shock, and all of his organs and blood flow shut down. He was quickly put onto life support ECMO and miraculously fought through. Chris came out of the ECMO with kidney failure, liver failure, and heart failure and was then put on three months of dialysis. Due to the lack of blood flow on ECMO, his limbs took a very hard hit, and he became an amputee in October with amputations above his knee, below his knee, right-hand, part of his right arm, and on multiple digits of his left hand. During the months of October and November, he underwent 19 OR trips. In December, he got an infection that pushed surgery dates back. In January, he got to do cadaver grafts to his legs. He will be transferred to Shinners Children hospital to finish his recovery soon. Chris' goal is to one day have prosthetics and be running, swimming, playing music, and playing video games again. Against all odds, Chris persevered through many hardships in his life, and we are so excited to be able to support his family through our cause for the 2021-2022 year.
WHAT WE DO
Being the change.
Project CHAP, or Children's Health Assistance Program, strives to aid underprivileged kids who can't afford medical bills. The organization selects children throughout California every school year to support through fundraising. The organization started during the 2020-2021 school year and our first child was Ethan Mccoy, an 11-year-old boy who suffered from a rare pediatric brain tumor. Project CHAP was able to raise $3,000 for Ethan and his family through online hoodie sales and donations this past year. The organization's founder, Alina Randhawa, started the organization as a club in her Bay Area high school at the age of 15. She decided to help make a change when she discovered that over 13% of American children live in families unable to afford medical bills. Project CHAP recognizes the flaws in the American healthcare system and aims to make a change through their cause.
From left to right, (top) Stefanie and Joey McCoy, Ethan McCoy’s parents (2020-2021 child), and Alina Randhawa pose for a photo with Ethan’s siblings, (bottom) Marty, Holly and Judah, as the family is presented with a $3,000 check at Colusa Medical Center