Julia's Star Foundation, Inc is recognized as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a) and has 501(c)(3) status. Donations to Julia's Star Foundation are deductible. Donors should consult their tax adviser for questions regarding deductibility. A copy of the Julia's Star Foundation, Inc determination letter is available upon request.
Julia's Star Foundation was founded in April, 2016 the Passos family in memory of their daughter/sister Julia Passos; a beautiful, creative witty and loving 14-year old girl who lost her battle with glioblastoma, a malignant tumor affecting the brain.
The purpose of the foundation is to help pediatric cancer patients and their families by providing financial assistance make a mortgage or utility payment, pay to fix a broken car so that sick children don't miss a treatment or even to just pay for groceries. The needs are great and even the smallest assistance can help give parents some peace of mind and that, specifically, is the impetus for Julia's Star Foundation.
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While Julia was undergoing treatment for cancer, the Passos' met many families who were suffering the same personal agonies that come with such a diagnosis. They also witnessed the crippling financial burdens many families were dealing with - a result of significant costs not covered by health insurance. In order to access the very best treatment available for their children, many parents cash in retirement accounts, mortgage property or pull other children out of college in order to access much needed funds. The financial burdens at home pile up, creating a secondary, devastating stress.