MAC Angels Foundation

There are a number of organizations focused on raising the dollars needed to fund cutting-edge research, and to finding treatments and a cure for ALS.

 

The goal of the MAC Angels Foundation is to compliment these efforts, by filling the "survivorship" gap for ALS families in need.

 

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for patients, family members and caregivers impacted daily by ALS, by providing the compassion, education and unique resources needed to manage the devastating effects of this disease.

 We know from experience what ALS families need, how to obtain it and how to overcome

obstacles to accessing care, equipment, support and information.

 

The MAC Angels Foundation

was founded as a way of honoring two exceptional women, Claire Collier, whose courageous efforts to live with ALS ended in 2009; and Mary Ann Collier, whose years of philanthropy made a difference in the lives of so many people.

 

It all started with Mary Ann,  a selfless and spiritual woman with an unmatched passion for helping others. She dedicated much of her life to serving those in need, particularly the terminally ill.

 

Her charitable work helped to support a number of organizations, including the New Covenant House of Hospitality Soup Kitchen, Trinity Catholic High School, Malta House, Hospice and the Fairfield County Food Bank.

 

Mary Ann left us suddenly in 1999. As a way of celebrating her life, and continuing her legacy of giving, in 2000 we launched the Mary Ann Collier Foundation. The Foundation raised more than $1.3 million in 10 years, which enabled us to provide significant funding relief and support to those charities and causes that were so close to Mary Ann's heart.

 

The Foundation's course was forever changed when Mary Ann's daughter-in-law Claire was diagnosed with ALS. The Mary Ann Collier Foundation shifted its efforts to helping Claire stay at home with her family, and providing her with the greatest care possible. In addition, Claire's large circle of family and friends banded together to form the Friends of Claire Foundation, providing unparalleled support for Claire and her family during her courageous battle against ALS.

 

Claire was determined to live with a sense of calm and sense of humor. She was also on a mission to raise awareness of the many issues surrounding ALS, and the impact it can have on patients, family members and caregivers. Claire's  courageous efforts to live with ALS ended in 2009. It was through her journey that we learned of the emotional, educational and financial support needed to manage ALS.

 

In 2010 The Mary Ann Collier Foundation and Friends of Claire Foundation joined forces, leading to the creation of the new Mary Ann and Claire's Angels Foundation, or "MAC Angels." With a number of organizations already focused on finding treatments and a cure for ALS, the goal of the MAC Angels Foundation is different. Our mission is to fill the "survivorship" gap for ALS families.

 

Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for patients, family members and caregivers affected daily by ALS, by providing the compassion, education and unique resources needed to manage the effects of this disease. Our vision, and our dedication to supporting families with ALS, is shaped by the spirit and inspiration of two extraordinary women.

 

The MAC Angels Foundation is determined to honor the legacies of Mary Ann and Claire by making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

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