The Michael Wellisch Children’s Cancer Services: Established in 1984 as the Michael Wellisch Foundation, this strong community based program became part of the Eblen Charities in 1994. Set up as a living memorial to Michael Wellisch, an outstanding student leader, scholar, and athlete, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 19. Michael’s program provides assistance to children stricken with cancer and their families with medication, travel, and other emergency assistance.
The Dana Luther Jarrett Cystic Fibrosis Outreach: In effort to help stem the ever growing expenses families incur from the on going fight of living with Cystic Fibrosis, this partnership with the Mission Children’s Hospital reaches out to the children and adults in western North Carolina with Cystic Fibrosis. Named in memory of Dana Luther Jarrett, a writer and tireless advocate for all children and adults living with Cystic Fibrosis, this program continues to carry on the fight that was such an important part of Dana’s life and the beginning of the work of the Eblen Charities.
Eblen Vision: In partnership with Lenscrafters, Champion Vision Centers, and Biltmore Vision, eyeglasses and eye exams are available to those families who are living with illnesses and disabilities at no cost to them.
The Travel Assistance Program: The initial idea of the Eblen Charities began with the thought of helping families travel to hospitals outside western North Carolina. Even though we grew rapidly to encompass other needs, the travel assistance program has remained a cornerstone in its outreach. Whether traveling near home or to another part of the country, the Travel Assistance Program helps provide help with gasoline, food, and lodging. Thanks to the continued support of the Biltmore Oil Company/Citgo/Eblen Short Stop Stores, who help provide the gasoline, families have one less obstacle to overcome.
Wings of Care Flight Program: Created to better assist children and their families obtain the treatment they need, but cannot get locally, the Wings of Care Flight Program flies nationwide to bring children closer to medical care. Beginning in the fall of 2000, Wings of Care works with commercial airlines, private corporate planes, donated frequent flier miles, and other donors to secure air travel. By purchasing unused seats on commercial airlines and the generosity of corporate planes and donors, children dealing with illnesses along with these families can breathe a little easier.
Medication Assistance: The Medication Assistance Service provides medication to adults living in western North Carolina. Utilizing a network of area pharmacies and negotiating some of the lowest prices in the nation, families in need of help can continue to see their same physicians and visit their local pharmacies so their continuum of care is not disrupted. By operating in this manner and not using a formulary (a specific list of available medication), all medication is available and ready to pick up at the family’s convenience. Giving these families a choice on where they can receive care and obtain their medication helps maintain the dignity and respect they all deserve.
Equipment/Supplies: Developed to help provide wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, and all other manner of durable medical equipment to families in need, this program strives to help families get around a bit easier. By providing this equipment, families who may be bed bound or home bound can be given the liberty that these pieces of equipment can offer. Given on a loan basis for as long as the family needs and then returned, gives long life for all of our equipment and the ability to help more and more families.