· About Charlotte’s Wings ·
Charlotte’s Wings is a tax exempt, non-profit organization founded in March 2008 that is dedicated to supporting ailing children in Southeast Michigan through donations of new books to the children and their families in hospital and hospice care. By giving books, Charlotte’s Wings endeavors to bring sick children a smile, a dream, or an escape from an unfortunate reality. Whether a child is facing something as benign as tonsillitis or as severe as a terminal disease, a book can provide encouragement and comfort to a sick child during a challenging and frightening period.
· Charlotte’s Inspiration ·
On December 8, 2007, a precious and beloved five-month old girl, Charlotte, was lost to a rare and incurable brain disease called Alexander’s Disease. There have only been 500 reported cases of Alexander’s Disease worldwide. Charlotte’s untimely passing was a tragedy felt by family, friends, and countless members of her community. Those who came into contact with baby Charlotte will never forget the overwhelming sadness and sense of helplessness occasioned by her suffering and loss.
Charlotte’s beautiful family not only persevered through this painful experience, but they managed to spread hope to others in the process. To honor Charlotte’s memory, her parents looked for an opportunity to assist other children facing illness. They decided to donate hundreds of children’s books to a local hospital in tribute to Charlotte. It was this simple act of generosity by Charlotte’s family during a time of unimaginable grief that inspired Charlotte’s Wings.