Derek was a very selfless person. I think that was very obvious to the many people who were fortunate enough to meet him.
So I was thinking the other day how to give back to the charities that actually helped Derek and my family during this time in our lives. The best way I thought of was to post a list of the charities that actually helped us out one way or another. If anyone was thinking of giving a year end donation on behalf of Derek, I would ask that you consider donating to one of these charities. These smaller charities actually gave tangible real world help. I am sorry if I missed any charity who helped us out. I was not the most organized when I was in the middle of everything.
Post Hope - Let me start with this very website. Unlike other similar websites, I have never seen an ad for a donation from this website and the donation button is not obvious. https://posthope.org/donations
Miracle Flights - When we needed to fly to Pittsburgh, Miracle Flights helped with some of the expense for flying. They are doing a matching donation now. https://miracleflights.z2systems.com/np/clients/miracleflights/campaign.jsp?campaign=68&fundraiser=32327&
or Miracle Flights regular donation page in case the match is done.
Hearts and Hands http://heartsandhandsmn.org/donate.html
KTIS - was Derek's favorite radio station (KTIS did not directly give assistance but Derek would ask for the music) http://myktis.com/donate
Missions 4 Maureen http://mission4maureen.org/donate-today/
Iron Matt (The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors) http://ironmatt.org/Donate.aspx
Blair's Tree of Hope http://blairstreeofhope.org/resources/donate/
Friends 4 Michael http://www.friends4michael.org/donate/
B+ Foundation https://www.beposfdn.org/donate/
Pinky Swear Foundation https://donate.pinkyswear.org/
Party for a Purpose http://www.pfapmonti.com/-sponsor--donate.html
Wishes and More http://wishesandmore.org/donate-now/
Sorry if I missed anyone. If I find more I will add them to the list.
Please do not donate on behalf of Derek to the big national so-called cancer "charities".
On behalf of my family, Have a Merry Christmas
We miss Derek very much
Thank you and God Bless