Funding children’s healing

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Families with a child battling an extreme medical condition should be able to focus on the health and recovery of their child without worrying about medical bills. But for many families in this country, that’s not an option. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly a quarter of households with children under 18 carry medical debt, compared to 16.5% of households without children*.

 

A family in need of support

Eric Gidley, owner of Diatom Insurance, experienced this firsthand when his son, Logan, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2018. After a round of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Logan’s cancer came back a third time, and the family needed help financially.

Gidley reached out to the Armer Foundation For Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to easing the financial burden of families with children battling extreme medical conditions. The Armer Foundation For Kids helped fund the family’s journey to Los Angeles so Logan could be part of a new therapeutic intervention. Heartbreakingly, Logan experienced numerous setbacks and ultimately passed away in 2021.

 

Logan’s wish continues to change lives

For families like the Gidleys, the journey through a child’s serious medical condition can be arduous, painful and without relief. The Armer Foundation For Kids helps with financial support for medical copays, premiums, deductibles and more. “Seeing our son struggle was one of the most difficult things we’ve ever had to go through,” said Gidley. “One of Logan’s wishes was to pay it forward and continue to help other kids and families going through similar things.” Together with the Armer Foundation For Kids, that’s what the Gidley family and Diatom Insurance continue to do.

 

“The Armer Foundation For Kids helped us when we needed it most, and now our mission is to further their impact on other families.”

— Eric Gidley, owner of Diatom Insurance

 

Logan had a passion for music — he loved playing the clarinet and dancing. To honor him, the Armer Foundation For Kids and Diatom Insurance created a separate fund called Logan’s Healing Sounds Musical Therapy, which donates musical instruments to local hospitals for music therapy for children. “The Armer Foundation For Kids helped us when we needed it most,” said Gidley. “And now our mission is to further their impact on other families.”

 

Enabling families to heal

Today, the relationship between Diatom Insurance and the Armer Foundation For Kids is stronger than ever. Gidley and the Diatom Insurance team participate in various Armer Foundation For Kids fundraisers and blood drives throughout the year. Most recently, Diatom Insurance sponsored Armer Foundation For Kids’ third Annual Gala, which raised over $43,000 in donations for children and families in need.

 

“With Diatom Insurance’s help, many more children and their families will be relieved from medical bills so they can focus on healing.”

— Jennifer Armer, founder of Armer Foundation For Kids

 

In addition to raising funds, the gala was successful in creating more awareness about children living with cancer and the impact on the local community. The event included musical recitals from children enrolled in local singing lessons, something that Logan would’ve really appreciated.

A Make More Happen award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance would allow Armer Foundation For Kids to cover the insurance copays and transportation expenses for the families of children receiving daily radiation and chemotherapy treatments. “Helping children and their families through hard times is what we do,” said Jennifer Armer, founder of Armer Foundation For Kids. “With Diatom Insurance’s help, many more children and their families will be relieved from medical bills so they can focus on healing.”

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* U.S. Census Bureau, 2021; https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/04/who-had-medical-debt-in-united-states.html

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Casie Bowers
7 hours ago

What a great organization

Deanna Romaine
3 days ago

Thank you for all you do!

Ann Marie Feldmann
5 days ago

The Armer Foundation is the most amazing organization. They go above and beyond to help families when they need it most.

Susan Betcher
5 days ago

The Armor Foundation has helped a lot of families and especially one family when their little Ninja really needed them.

Shelley
5 days ago

Armer Foundation is life changing for families & for those that feel helpless & want to help.

Sarah
5 days ago

Amazing!

Ashley Bell
6 days ago

I was deeply moved by Logan’s story, as his step dad is one of our dearest friends. What an honor to support such a cause.

Kendra Riley
6 days ago

Cannot express our gratitude for Armer Foundation enough! An amazing organization!

Denise Rayle
6 days ago

I would love to help out!

Amy Falk
6 days ago

Armer Foundation is the best!

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6 days ago

Armer Foundation is wonderful!

Connie
6 days ago

They have helped and continue to help loving strong families.

Gene Knippers
6 days ago

Good luck!!

Leslie Ann Reynolds
6 days ago

Wonderful humans run the Armer Foundation.

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6 days ago

Thank you Armer Foundation!

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6 days ago

500+ and still going!

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

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Jennifer
6 days ago

Thank you for helping the kids and their families!

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

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Brendan Dekker
6 days ago

The Armer Foundation is incredible!

Ryan Miller
6 days ago

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6 days ago

Thank you for helping so many families and kids!

Hayley G
6 days ago

They help so many families!

Danielle
6 days ago

Thanks Armer Foundation for the amazing work you do!!!

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6 days ago

Amazing organization

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

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Brandee Zeal
6 days ago

Thank you Armer for all you do!

Christopher Leach
6 days ago

Thank you for helping all these kids!

Bailey
6 days ago

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Dominic
6 days ago

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Steven
6 days ago

Great work!

Ashley
6 days ago

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Kassidy Ocampo
6 days ago

Thank you for all you do !!

Rachel B
6 days ago

Always there when you need them. Good Luck Armer

Priscilla M
6 days ago

One of a kind local nonprofit

Shalene
6 days ago

Thanks for all you do!

John
6 days ago

Thank you for all that you do!

Mary Zeal
6 days ago

Love the Armer Foundation! God Bless them!

Kara
6 days ago

We love you Armer foundation!

Preston McFarland
6 days ago

Armer is one of a kind – did huge things for my family.

Jeff Stone
6 days ago

I’m so thankful for this company

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6 days ago

Amazing foundation!! So thankful for all their hardwork!

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6 days ago

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