Family of Charities
The Forever Young Foundation believe that the best way to remain vital and youthful and to have a lasting impact for good—to truly remain Forever Young—is to pass hope and resources on to those members of the next generation who need assistance the most.
In addition to furthering its own projects, the Forever Young Foundation provides many with the means to remain Forever Young by supporting and assisting other organizations and individuals to accomplish their charitable purposes.
By partnering with others who have similar passion for helping children, the Forever Young Foundation continues to extend its influence and to have a marked impact for good, touching the lives and hearts of countless children and families. Here, we highlight a few of the many organizations and causes we are proud to assist.
The Taylor Family Foundation
The Taylor Family Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1991 in order to raise money and support programs for children in Northern California with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. The Foundation has helped thousands of children living with HIV/AIDS, skin disease and heart disease, Crohn's, colitis, diabetes, autism, and other terminal illnesses. The Foundation provides medical care, psychological support, and summer camp programs and Camp Arroyo in Livermore. There in no cost to the children and their families who attend the camp. The Taylor Family Foundation receives no federal funding, relying on individual and corporate donations. The Foundation prides itself that 90% of all monies raised from fundraising activities go directly to the children's programs and services.
Wasatch Adaptive Sports
Wasatch Adaptive Sports allows children with special needs the opportunity to participate in various sporting and recreational activities from with they would otherwise be excluded because of their mental and physical disabilities. Activities include skiing, snowshoeing, and orienteering in the winter months; and hiking, fishing, camping, and field studies during the summer months. Participation in these activities enhances the physical and mental health of the children, improves their self-image, lessens depression, and allows them to just have fun!
The Forever Young Foundation Celebrity Ski Classic is held each year to allow the chidlren to ski with Steve Young and other celebrities and to raise funds to provide for their year-round activities.
Founded in 1988 by Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez, the Anasazi Foundation is an award-winning outdoor treatment program for youth with substance abuse and emotional and behavioral concerns. The mission of Anasazi is to: Prepare parents and children to turn their hearts to one another and walk in harmony in the wilderness of the world.
Rather than trying to coerce or manipulate the youth in any way, the caring staff at Anasazi focuses on the individual and the greatness of their souls. With such positive support, youth can sort through their problems and begin anew. Anasazi and the Forever Young Foundation, working together, provide scholarships for those who have little or no financial means, thus bringing added peace and relief to the families of these troubled teens.
Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a little-known disabling and life-threatening childhood disease in which minor trauma creates painful blisters on the skin. Some children with the disease die within the first few weeks of life; some live longer, but suffer with extreme pain and discomfort of recurring blisters on their hands, feet, faces, and other parts of their bodies. Unlike burns, the pain from EB blisters never goes away, and sufferers have little hope of living beyond the age of 30.
In 1991, Lynn and Gary Anderson, after losing two children of their own to this disease, started the EB Medical Research Foundation. Until recently, research has progressed slowly. Now, with the positive influence and additional resources from the Forever Young Foundation, the EB Foundation has renewed hope as research is discovering breakthroughs. New treatments are already showing success with some strains of the disease, and additional promising treatments are on the horizon.
The primary focus of the Opportunity Foundation is the Eagle Eyes program. EagleEyes is an innovative eye-controlled technology developed at Boston College. The purpose of the EagleEyes project is to help children and adults with profound physical disabilities interact with the outside world and communicate with other people by using the computer. EagleEyes allows an individual to control the mouse pointer on the computer by using only his or her eyes.
Right To Play
Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play trains local community leaders as Coaches to deliver its programs in countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Currently, Right To Play works in 23 countries: Azerbaijan, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Peru, Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza), Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Zambia.