It is our desire to “missionize” The Lindsay Foundation. That is to say that we need to put the emphasis on what our mission is…
Our Mission Statement says:
The Lindsay Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose primary goal is to assist families with the resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies, and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special-needs children.
Lindsay was a special needs child. She passed away in 1999. Her Mom, Laurie McMillan, so many times had to fight bureaucracies and insurance companies to obtain what she needed for Lindsay. She established The Lindsay Foundation in 1999 in the hopes that she could assist other families fighting those same battles. Her statement was that “having a special needs child is not a burden, providing those needs is”.
Families with special-needs children face traumatic medical expenses whether due to birth defect or catastrophic illness or accident. They often see themselves having to choose which need they can meet due to financial restrictions. These are the families that we are here for.
Once application information is confirmed, each and every application for assistance is presented to our Board of Directors for review.
After being established in 1999, we assisted our first family in July 2000.
We have provided medical supplies not covered by insurance, aquatic therapy, horse riding therapy, a special power supply for a communication device, a Chat PC as well as other communication devices, a custom fitted power wheelchair, a number of wheel-chair lifts, special strollers, special therapy bikes, and, in one instance, we were able to pay the reduced surgical fees to a pediatric cardiologist.
We often receive urgent requests for assistance and try very hard to address those requests immediately.
Sometimes we help families to locate resources that we can’t provide.
Sometimes we just provide a broad shoulder.
The Lindsay Foundation is funded solely by events and donations from corporations and individuals. All work within the Foundation is done on a voluntary basis.
The Foundation sponsors 2 events each year. We also make ourselves available to be a presence at any event that another individual or corporation holds for our benefit.
Our Spring event, Ride For the Bear, is a one-day charity motorcycle ride that takes place in both Texas and in Louisiana. Our first ride was in Texas in 2004 and has become a popular venue in the area.
We hold our Fall event based on what our supporters are asking for and that we can locate an event coordinator to assist us. We have held golf tournaments, Walks/Runs, and even “Ride For the Bear Chapter 2” motorcycle rides.
Thanks to the Internet, The Lindsay Foundation’s name has reached far and wide. We now receive more applications than we can say “yes” to without reaching out and “begging” for more funding.
With your help, we can continue to say “yes”.
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