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As I look down, even now, at the message on the bracelet, "A Helping Hand", and Kyle's initials, KC'05, as I have done so many times over the past year or so, it is a constant reminder for me to strive to "lend a helping hand to all who seek it" and to live each day to its fullest because you never know when it will be your last.

About
The Kyle Charvat Foundation
The Kyle Charvat Foundation was formed with the goal of continuing the legacy of an incredibly courageous young man.  Kyle met his brain cancer head-on and with gusto; lifting weights while having radiation to his brain and doing push-ups after chemo treatments, all the while maintaining his status as a student on the Annual Dean’s List at the University of Washington.  He astonished his doctors and their staff with his good humor and steadfast positive attitude throughout his treatments.

After exhausting the usual treatments for an inoperable brain tumor, Kyle was faced with few options.  He was accepted to participate in an FDA approved clinical trial offering a new therapy for brain cancer in Houston, but his medical insurance refused to cover the expensive treatment – even though the medication extended his life by many months.  Anyone suffering from a life-threatening illness knows that every extra day counts and Kyle’s treatments afforded him a high quality of life during this time period.

When our children become young adults, they generally do not have adequate financial resources to afford high medical bills.  Most charitable organizations target young children and this leaves young adults in a somewhat anonymous group.  For those that suffer a catastrophic medical condition requiring medical care beyond what insurance will provide, there is often nowhere to turn to fund medical treatment.  The mission of the Kyle Charvat Foundation is to lend a helping hand to those unfortunate young adults that are in a similar position to the one Kyle faced so bravely.

Kyle didn’t live long enough to accomplish his goal of lending a helping hand to others in need, which has inspired us to carry on this legacy.  Please assist us in our effort with any type of help you feel you can offer – financially, volunteering, or other gifts or donations.  Together we can help others to live a longer, productive, more satisfying life.  
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