Turnbull Manufacturing Partners with Kara’s HoPE Foundation

True reproduction of an original Winchester Model 1886

For many of us, a new set of brakes is an untimely—yet manageable expense—hospital bills are few and far between, and a satisfying meal is just another commodity we might take for granted. However, for the millions of families with special needs children, allocating money for these necessities and a few luxuries is not always an option. Even for those who are fortunate to have good insurance, there are still gaps in coverage, large deductibles, and expenses for specialty equipment, which the insurance company may not reimburse.

A survey conducted in 2008 by the Health Resources and Services Administration found that 14 percent of children in the U.S. have special healthcare needs. According the the survey, many families are struggling due to the demands of caring for a special needs child. This economic uncertainty often forces parents to make difficult financial choices. Many times, they simply do not have the extra income to meet their child’s medical needs.

Kara’s Foundation for HoPE is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that raises money to help meet some of the expenses for families of children with a debilitating—and most often-terminal brain disorder—known as Holoprosencephaly, or HPE. Kara’s HoPE also works with families whose children are coping with other similar brain anomalies.

Kara’s Story

At 15 weeks gestation, doctors diagnosed Kara Faith with HPE. With the help of the NICU staff at a local teaching hospital, and with the help of family, friends and community, Kara’s family was able to bring their daughter into the world. Kara’s parents were able to spend 49 wonderful days with her—bringing her home with Hospice care. Kara passed away from complications related to her condition, but her life and her story were the inspiration for this foundation, which is dedicated to helping others in her memory.

Kara’s father says, “Families like ours have certainly chosen the hard road by deciding to carry their children to term and give them a chance at life. We have witnessed miracle babies who have defied the doctor’s predictions. We have also grieved with parents who barely had the chance to hold their little ones. Our purpose is to honor the parent’s decision, by affirming the love they have for their children, and helping them out—even in small ways—when times get tough.” Kara’s HoPE raises funds for these families through a series of specialty firearms raffles. Kara’s HoPE has worked with Turnbull Manufacturing in the past, and is currently holding another contest featuring a pistol and rifle combo from the artists at Turnbull. Tickets are just $35 each. The raffle will be limited to 2,500 tickets. The odds of winning the grand prize are good, but the odds of feeling great about helping families in crisis are 100 percent. Your participation can make a huge difference in the life of a child.

True reproduction of an original Winchester Model 1886
True reproduction of an original Winchester Model 1886 with custom engraving by Turnbull Mfg. Co.

To donate, please follow this link to the current fundraiser—Kara’s HoPE Fall Fundraiser. The first 600 donors will also be entered into a “Side Drawing” for their choice of either an iPad 2 or a Kindle Fire HD, so be sure to enter before the first 600 slots are spoken for!

“While we can’t be all things to all people, and we can’t meet every single need, our goal is to step in where we can, and support these families and their children to the best of our ability. Your participation helps accomplish that goal, and for that, we are thankful.” —Stuart and Nancy Palmer

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