Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Forman speak with Dr. Jeff and Normal Moments creator Patricia Fragen on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. When Dr. Jeff started the Illinois Back Institute he wanted to find a way to start giving back. After doing some research and meeting Patricia, Dr. Jeff knew right away Normal Moments was a charity he wanted to be involved with right away.
Patricia Fragen and her daughter, Melissa, whom was battling with cancer for 2 years, started Normal Moments 6.5 years ago. During Melissa’s fight so many people stepped up and helped her and her family with everyday life especially a friend named David. Melissa believed that everyone deserved his or her own “David”. Unfortunately, Melissa lost her fight to cancer but Patricia wanted to continue her dream and with that she created Normal Moments.
Normal Moments, Inc. is devoted to supporting parents with critically ill children in the home, in the hospital, and via web resources so that they can spend as much time as possible sharing the most normal moments possible with their children.
Normal Moments will achieve this goal by alleviating the home stresses while parents sit with their hospital-bound child, by providing them with experienced resources to whom they can vent or who can be used as sounding boards either in person or by telephone, by reducing some daily cares such as housecleaning, lawn maintenance, and meals from local restaurants, by providing a consolidated location where they can research medications and treatment protocols via links to reputable websites, among other services, and by providing access to other service providers who can assist them with those needs not met by Normal Moments, Inc. All services will be provided on a charitable basis without consideration to race, religion, financial need, or any requirement beyond the medical needs of the child.
Dr. Jeff and the Illinois Back Institute have been supporting Normal Moments in numerous ways from adopting a family to organizing yearly fundraisers to raise money for the charity.
Are you interested in donating, becoming a “David” or even adopting a family this holiday season? Click here to go to the Normal Moments website for more information.