People Who Care 2017

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It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. But these five Charlotte parents have gone above and beyond what’s necessary with their inventive solutions to problems close by and across the globe.

They made Charlotte better in 2016

Meg McElwain holds a photo of her son, Mitchell Turner who died at the age of 2 from leukemia. McElwain started a fund in his name and it now gives out grants to help families with very serious pediatric diagnoses. Jeff Siner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Each year, the Observer’s editorial board searches for the heroes among us who made our region better. This year, we’ve found people who provided blankets for children with cancer – and financial assistance for their families. We’ve found people who’ve helped job seekers and people who gave their time, their passion – and their blood. For all they do, we say thank you!

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Mitchell's Fund - Meg McElwain

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Meg McElwain is mother of the late Mitchell Bays Turner and founder of Mitchell's Fund. Meg's story will inspire and educate you on what she and other "Momcologists" experience when their child is diagnosed and they fight to cure the disease. She is also an outspoken advocate for pediatric mental health illness because her living son, Frank, uses these services to cope with grief and post-traumatic stress. Meg McElwain suffered immense stress and unimaginable heartbreak during her three-month-old son, Mitchell’s, life-long struggle with a rare, pediatric cancer.

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Mitchell's Fund - Justin Perry

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Licensed Clinician Justin Perry, keynote speaker for the 2017 Mitchell's Fund Luncheon, speaks candidly about attachment and the the mental health and addiction crisis affecting many kids in our community. He speaks to the unspoken challenges developing healthy core beliefs in many of our most prestigious and academically successful schools and students. Listen as he discusses the need to take a more holistic approach to our children's development in order to create a healthier community.

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