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Personal stories inspire giving by showing how people in need have benefitted from contributions through the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. Personal stories can be included in speeches, shared at campaign events, used as good news articles in your local installation newspaper or sent as inspirational e-mails throughout the campaign.

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Give the Gift of Independence and Dignity

Several years ago, Brigadier General Barre Seguin’s mother-in-law became constrained with arthritis. The condition was so severe that she was unable to use her hands and therefore unable to prepare food for herself. With her family serving their country far-away, she had no one to help.
A CFC-supported charitable organization stepped in and delivered nutritious, ready-to-eat meals directly to her door. This enabled her to continue to live independently and with dignity while aging with a debilitating condition.

A Young Cancer Patient Learns to Breathe Through the Pain

When Daunte was born he was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease. At 2 years old Daunte began a 5-year chronic transfusion program as a result of complications from his sickle cell. Eventually he needed to have surgery as well.
Daunte had a hard time with treatments and with the constant pain. When Daunte needed blood work or an IV, it took his mom and 2 – 3 nurses to hold him still. At that point one of his doctors suggested taking him to a Sickle Cell program run by a CFC-O-supported charity.

CFC-O Supported Charity Takes College Student from ‘Zero to Hero’

Matthew Wallace, 21, is a senior at a university in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is studying to become a professional pilot and aircraft mechanic. Before Matthew turned two, his father, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, lost his life along with four of his colleagues while on a mission in Peru. “I barely knew him, unfortunately I wasn't given a fair chance to,” says Matthew.
Today, Matthew is attending school with financial support from a CFC-O supported program that gives financial aid to the families of fallen federal agents.

From Patient Beneficiary to Volunteer

Michael is a volunteer for a CFC-O-supported charity that works with children with cancer. Michael uses his knowledge of martial arts to teach sick children how to be strong and stay calm in the face of fear and adversity. Working for this charity is very close to Michael’s heart—15 years ago, he was one of the beneficiaries. Recently, Michael wrote about his experience as a beneficiary and volunteer.
“I was ten years old when I enrolled in the very first cancer class [offered by this charity at a local hospital] in the summer of 1999.

Helping Children Succeed One Show at a Time

A CFC-O-supported charity puts on children’s theater productions. The productions give children a chance to have some fun and focus their attention on a project that allows them to build skills and achieve success. Below is a thank you letter from a volunteer who saw first-hand what a difference this charity has made in the lives of military families.
“I've played piano for [a CFC-O supported charity] almost every year since my first show in Misawa, Japan, around 1993.

Service Dog Helps Recovering Vet

Brian Pearce didn’t plan on a military career. When he graduated high school, he joined his local sheriff’s department, but after budget cuts eliminated his position, he enlisted in the Army in 1992, and was stationed throughout the U.S. and overseas. In 2003, after a three-year service break, he reenlisted. “After 9/11, I knew that whenever I came back on active duty I would go to Iraq or Afghanistan.”
Pearce was deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2005.

Military Marriage Saved

When I was a young mom, I started attending a CFC-O-funded support group for mothers. I was a young, lonely and scared mom with an infant. My husband worked long military hours, and far from friends and family I felt isolated and depressed. It would have been easy and natural to direct my frustrations, anger and fear towards him.   
A neighbor invited me to the support group and said it would be a great place to connect with other moms in the same stage of life and make some new friends.

Simon the Ghost

One day last year, a community health worker in Burundi returned to a CFC-O-supported health center with a terrible story: Simon, a man who lived in a nearby village, had been locked inside a room of his house without food and water and was left to die. His family had done this to him after discovering that he was sick with HIV. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon practice in parts of the world. The aid workers at the health center immediately drove to Simon’s house and found him lying in his own fluids and at death’s door.

Simple Surgeries Save Vision

At the age of 17, Asheef was faced with a harsh reality—he was going blind. For some time he had been blind in one eye, which made him a target for humiliation at the hands of his peers who teased him and called him names. But worse than that, Asheef was beginning to lose vision in his other eye.
He was worried about meeting his familial obligations. As the only son, his help on the family’s small farm was not only expected, it was necessary for their survival. He was also concerned for his future.

Rural Women Form a Dairy Cooperative, Earn Wages and Respect

As a woman living in a rural village in India, Kamlesh “had no means of empowerment.” Today she is the president of a women’s dairy cooperative. A CFC-O-supported charity paid for training in dairy processing techniques, management, bookkeeping and marketing for the members of the dairy cooperative. While these women once lived in poverty, they are now earning steady incomes and own equipment to help their business grow.
These ladies wanted to earn money for their impoverished families, but they feared breaking social norms.