Coffee Connections with Theresa Whitlock-Wild-Matt's Place FoundationName: Coffee Connections with Theresa Whitlock-Wild-Matt's Place FoundationDate: April 27, 2022Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PDTWebsite: http://www.postfallschamber.comRegistration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.Event Description:Coffee and Connections with Theresa Whitlock-Wild- MATT'S PLACE FOUNDATION
Theresa Whitlock-Wild is a passionate advocate for families battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Seven years ago, Theresa's husband Matthew Wild was diagnosed at the age of 41, shortly after they had begun their relationship. Because of Matthew's military background (U.S. Marine Corp), they were both relieved to learn of the level of support provided by the VA. Learning the extraordinary costs the disease accrues for most families, they wanted to help where other resources were lacking. Together, they created "Matt's Place Foundation," a non-profit foundation that aims to help families in Idaho, Washington and Montana.
To date: Matt's Place Foundation, a 100% all volunteer non-profit organization has supported over 50 families with grant assistance in accessible ramps, bathroom renovations and mortgage/rent assistance. These are costs that are not covered by insurance or supplemental programs and are often the most expensive to begin preparing for a disease that is often fatal within 2-5 years of diagnosis.
Matt's Place Foundation has also built the first home designed exclusively for a family to live in, free of charge, while they battle the disease. The first home was built in Coeur d'Alene ID and is host to its second family. The second home, a unique CLT (cross laminated timber,) will be completed by Spring 2022, and will be home to its first ALS home in Spokane WA. This home was designed by international award winning architects Miller Hull, and through collaboration with BlockHouse Life, Vaagan Timber, Baker Construction and many more wonderful organizations and businesses whose support makes the mission of the foundation possible: Supporting those with ALS.
Late 2019, Theresa joined Washington State University to work towards creating the Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience. She was instrumental in the design the Adaptive Technology Center for the Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience. Taking her experience of being a caregiver for someone with ALS, having met and listened to so many of the needs and missing gaps in care, and lack of general knowledge of the disease, she designed the ATC to be an information and education center for families, clinicians, and students, to utilize technology and ways to improve quality of life when living with progressive neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, MS, similar cousin diseases and instances of spinal cord injury.
Driven by her passion to help improve the lives of families who are stricken by life altering events, she has made it her mission to speak about her own experiences, struggles and what keeps her pushing forward in making a difference in the lives of families who are learning how to live with purpose, despite the challenges they are facing.
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