Exciting Update

Excitment

It’s been almost a month since I wrote anything on this blog.  A lot has been happening, but a lot had to be sorted out before we could report on the exciting place we stand on right now.  Early in September, after the last blog post, we asked Piedmont to consider putting off the remodeling project for one year.  As a family, we were realizing very quickly that we just did not have the resources or contacts in place to begin this project.  Everything had happened so quickly, and we felt it was time to slow down a bit.  Very kindly, Mendal Bouknight agreed with us and put the project on hold.  We are still very much in contact with Piedmont and will attend any events that pertain to transplants or hearts that they put on while we are in this waiting pattern, and we will keep Piedmont informed about what we are doing on our end.

Fast forward to this week….for a couple of months we have been talking with Enduring Hearts about the possibility of joining up with their Foundation.  Both Foundations revolve around TRANSPLANTS.  We have different “main” goals, but all within the transplant community.  Enduring Hearts exists to fund research for the purpose of making heart transplants last longer.  The Jeffrey Campbell Evans Foundation exists to build residential facilities for transplant patients and their care givers, usually their families, in order to reduce the financial and emotional stress of the transplant process.  Patrick Gahan and Ankur Chatterjee  are our two contacts at Enduring Hearts and we cannot express how helpful they have been.  Just the fact that they suggested the idea of us coming under their umbrella is a miracle (I’m not kidding…it’s that big).  They are the most humble, passionate people on planet earth.  So on Monday, September 30th, Bob, Mary and Brad had a conference call with Patrick, Ankur and their Tax Attorney, Carter, to discuss the possibility of this idea going forward.  On Tuesday, Enduring Hearts Board of Directors approved the plan, and we are now officially joined together.

What this means to our Foundation is that we will not have to go through the tedious process of applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, registering with the State of Georgia, building the infrastructure of our Foundation, including a Board of Directors.  All of these tasks take time and money and Enduring Hearts is sparing us all of that!  Blessing upon blessing!

A new account will be set up in Enduring Hearts for donations made specifically to The Jeffrey Campbell Evans Foundation.  However, joint fund raising events are what we plan on doing to raise funds together.  The first one that will be planned is a golf tournament/auction which will hopefully happen next June or July.  With this fundraiser and going forward, all donations will be split 50/50 between the two Foundations.

What we have realized as the Evans family is how naïve we were when we began this Foundation.  But the main point of that is we DID BEGIN.  We took a vision, rolled up our sleeves and jumped in, head first, with all the passion we could muster between the three of us.  As this blog shows, we made many phone calls and we set up many meetings with a lot of different people.  We have become quickly educated about the transplant world…far beyond what we obviously knew from own experience.  It’s been a rocky road in some ways, a waiting game in other ways, but also a big lesson in trusting our Heavenly Father, who we believe with all of our hearts, is in control of this entire thing.  Exciting times are ahead!  Thanks to Enduring Hearts, this will “get off the ground” in a much quicker way, not to mention in a very professional way.  Thank you Patrick and Ankur!

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