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The Keith B. Hayes Foundation was created to honor and memorialize Keith, who passed away on September 14th, 2007 at the age of 20 due to a genetic progressive muscular/skeletal disease and to continue his spirit of giving to others in need.
Grants awarded in 2017:
The Trustees of Columbia University (for research) - $14,000.00
BRIDGES - $1,000.00
The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation - $500.00
Wheelchair Foundation - $500.00
NOVA (formerly The Ralph Braun Foundation) - $500.00
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As of October, 2012 - we are pleased to be able to provide funds to help Dr. Salvatore DiMauro and Dr. Orhan Akman with Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY to support their research on the specific and extremely rare genetic disorder which afflicted Keith. Hopefully, in the future, this research by Dr. DiMauro, Dr. Akman and others will be able to help treat individuals with this same condition. Dr. Akman has provide us with a brief update and included his research article in the Journal of Muscle Health - "Thanks to your support we are well aware of the RBCK1 mutations and related polyglucosan body disease. Your support gave us the opportunity to study the patient we have published. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this genetic condition but there is a hope for the gene therapy which will be the subject of my next proposal." Please click here for Dr. Akman's 2017 Research Article in the Journal of Muscle Health:
Also, ongoing grants will be awarded to organizations providing support to those who are facing physical challenges:
Bridges, Nanuet NY provides advocacy and leadership in the creation and development of an accessible and integrated community for people with disablities, so that they may pursue lifestyles of their choice - and recognizes Keith each year with The Keith B. Hayes Memorial Spirit of Mentoring Award.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Keith B. Hayes Memorial Spirit of Mentoring Awardwas awarded to
BRIDGES presents this award to a person who exemplifies outstanding achievement through the mentoring of people with disabilities on their path to employment and independence.
On Friday, July 22nd, 2016 - We were pleased to be a part of the annual Keith B. Hayes Memorial Spirit of Mentoring Award made by then Rockland Independent Living Center (now BRIDGES) to Michele Green.
The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) is a national, non-profit organization focused on pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart muscle. CCF is dedicated to accelerating the search for cures while improving diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for children affected by cardiomyopathy.
National Organization For Vehicle Accessibility (NOVA) - formerly The Ralph Braun Foundation - was created for a simple purpose: to assist those with mobility needs through education, information and product acquisition. Unfortunately, not everyone who needs mobility has the means to pay for it. Medicaid and Medicare sometimes offer funding for wheelchairs, but two wheels will only get you so far. Wheelchair accessible vans open the door (and lower the ramp) to the rest of the world.
The Wheelchair Foundation, CA is a non-profit organization with a goal to provide a free
wheelchair to every child, teen and adult worldwide who needs one, but has no means to acquire one.
We thank you and all who will benefit from the Keith B. Hayes Foundation thank you as well.
Sheila, Sadler, Brian, Adam and Galit Hayes
What CFOS-The Keith B. Hayes Foundation Supports:
The Keith B. Hayes Foundation | A component fund of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
All gifts are tax deductible under current tax laws.
The Community Foundation can be reached by calling 845-769-9393