Imagine waking up one day to find your left arm is dead weight. Or your feet won’t move when your brain tells them to. At age 44, Brad Romp was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS. After wrapping his mind around the fact that his body was now at war with itself, he chose to use his body to fight back. Fourteen years later, he’s an inspiration to the one million Americans living with the illness as he works tirelessly to push for a cure.
Hunter Asbury is making his dream come. The 8-year-old and his family are sewing 800 Christmas stockings for every student at Hernando Elementary School in Inverness, Florida.
Even basic health care for pets can be pricey. That’s where the Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic comes in. Their mission is to provide the best care they can to as many people as they can – all while trying to keep the cost affordable. They also fund a shelter with a special place for pit mixes.
The children of two Tampa moms were diagnosed with cancer, and they quickly realized the lack of research into pediatric cancer research, and decided to do something about it by creating a non-profit foundation. That was 28 years ago. Today, that organization is known as the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
This holiday season, thousands of the Bay Area’s less fortunate will get hot ‘Thanksmas’ meals thanks to Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation. The former Rays and new Angels manager returns every year to help serve at these signature events.
Make-a-Wish Foundation has helped critically ill children build the strength they need to fight harder, and that includes getting their minds off their current battles. For Ryan Lilly, he loved Walt Disney World, but has always wanted to see Disneyland. The foundation made his dream come true.
'Hope with Dignity' is the mission of Metropolitan Ministries. Staff and volunteers find practical and innovative solutions to break the cycle of poverty, helping thousands of people around the Tampa Bay area every month.