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Meet OUR 2023 RECIPIENTS... 

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Julia Courange is a 9-year-old, 4th grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Norman. She has been in the Children’s Hospital fighting cancer, heart disease, and much more since before school was out last May. She continues to fight at Children’s Hospital and has been approved for a heart transplant and to be transferred to a hospital in Washington, DC, where she will be seen and cared for by a specialist in rare cases like hers.

Meals on Wheels of Norman was founded in 1972 and is currently celebrating its 50th year of serving the Norman community. From the beginning, Meals on Wheels has maintained the same basic philosophy to improve nutrition by providing meal service to the ill, disabled, and senior residents within the Norman City Limits. Often the daily visit from the volunteer driver is the only interaction their clients will have with someone throughout the day. Individuals can remain in their homes of choice and live with dignity and independence. Food costs have risen significantly over the last year and additional funding is needed to prevent a waiting list from forming. 

Skye Spears had a seizure while on vacation in Dauphin Island, Alabama. She had never before suffered a seizure. Upon arrival at the hospital, many tests were performed and an MRI showed that Skye has a moderate-sized mass in her brain. She has since met with a neurosurgeon and neurologist at OU Medical Hospital and will have to have surgery to remove the mass. Since she is pregnant, this complicates the matter even more. She hopes that she can carry the baby to as close to full term as possible, deliver, and then have surgery to remove the mass. If the mass is found to be malignant, she will most likely need chemo and radiation which cannot be completed during pregnancy. 

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The Sunhive Collective strives to create a safe and inviting space for Young Adults (ages 18-30) with disabilities in order to support growth for their daily living, social, and transitional skills. Each person’s individual and unique abilities are cultivated and fostered through organic, hands-on experiences that help them to thrive in each area while building meaningful relationships within the community. Sunhive is brand new to the community and SPUD is honored to be a part of their inaugural year.

 Every penny goes towards our deserving recipients.

With your help, we can make the lives of our recipients brighter.  

2023 SPUD Recipient Applications
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Over the last 21 years, SPUD week has been able to impact over 45 families and 10 organizations. We cannot be more excited to help even more families and organizations this year! Thank you to all who applied! 
 

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 OUR 2022 RECIPIENTS...

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Bridges assist Norman Public School’s high school students who are experiencing homelessness by offering 20 individual apartments with sliding-scale rent based on the student’s income. Bridges provide these students with connections to other social service agencies, trained mentorship, the college scholarship process, and financial support with almost any school-related activity.  Their goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment so that these students graduate high school and create success beyond Norman Public Schools.

The Andersen Family is an Active Air Force family of four:  Kody, Amber, Felix, and the most recent addition Magnus (newborn). Between the births of Felix and Magnus, they lost their Angel Baby, Maggie. All of this is occurring while Felix is courageously battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer at just 3 years of age. As a SPUD recipient, our goal is to relieve some of the worry, stress, and frustration by supplying an additional mode of transportation for this single-vehicle family, plus we will assist with covering treatments and additional expenses that come with the treatment to beat this cancer diagnosis.

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Citizens Caring for Children provides resources and support for foster families and children. The Resource Center is designed to replicate a retail store with new clothing on racks and shelves, allowing foster children to use decision-making skills and build confidence that comes with taking pride in one's appearance. Their goal is to ensure that every foster child who visits the Resource Center will receive every item needed to have their basic needs met, and to foster a sense of self-esteem and value.

The Children’s Hospital (OU DM) had over 270,000 patient encounters in 2020 alone across the state of Oklahoma. All SPUD Week charitable donations gifted to the Children’s Hospital would be directed towards the children’s oncology unit. Our partnership with the University of Oklahoma (OUDM) will give us exposure to OU’s largest student-led philanthropy, which includes an executive committee made up of over two hundred and fifty students from all parts of campus. Our shared goal with the partnership with OU DM and the OU Children’s Hospital is that every Oklahoma Miracle Child has access to the absolute best medical treatment available, and they will receive that care right here in their home state of Oklahoma.

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