The Julia’s Wings Foundation was established in 2013 by Mike, Heather and Alyssa Malsin. In January 2012, our beloved daughter and big sister, Julia, passed away after a year long battle against aplastic anemia, which is a rare bone marrow failure disease. Over the course of the year, Julia was hospitalized numerous times and some stays were as long as 6 to 8 weeks. She received a bone marrow transplant in October of 2011, but passed away 3 months later. Heather stopped working to care for Julia and the medical and travel expenses incurred during that time were massive. Fortunately, our small community rallied around our family and we were able to stay afloat and one of us was always able to be with her. Not every family is as fortunate. The financial strain in addition to the constant worry and uncertainty during Julia’s illness was incredibly difficult. After Julia passed away, we decided to dedicate the rest of our lives to making a difference with this horrible disease. It is in Julia’s honor, that we started a foundation in her name. The Julia’s Wings Foundation will financially support families who are caring for a critically ill child away from home. The hope is that it will enable families to stay together during extended hospitalizations and ease the financial burden placed on them during the course of the illness.