Carolina Caring receives $50,000 grant

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NEWTON — Thanks to a $50,000 grant from The JEM Project, Carolina Caring’s Cardinal Kids program will expand into four additional counties and provide its  community-based support to hundreds more families in need. Cardinal Kids helps families navigate challenges when their child is diagnosed with a serious illness or condition.

“We’re overjoyed that the JEM Project has awarded a grant to help Cardinal Kids expand,” says Kerry Fleenor, whose children are currently enrolled in the Cardinal Kids program. “I couldn’t be happier knowing more families will benefit from this program that has done so much for us.”

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Leah Burroughs, Executive Director of The JEM Project, was excited to meet with a family who had been so impacted by Cardinal Kids. It turned out that Burroughs’ husband went to high school with Fleenor. “It brought tears of joy when I realized this is the very family we had prayed for all these years who were now receiving support from a program JEM is helping to support.”

The Carolina Caring Cardinal Kids Program focuses on the care of children. Its specialized health-care teams include doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains who conduct regular visits — mostly in the home — for children of all ages whether their disease is curable, chronic or life-threatening. For more, visit

The JEM Project is a charitable foundation based in California that supports underserved children, animals, women and the environment through focused philanthropy. For more, visit

Carolina Caring, founded in 1979, is an independent, community-based, nonprofit health-care provider. It specializes in programs that offer relief from chronic conditions, serious illnesses, and the challenges they bring, including palliative medicine and hospice care for all ages, primary care and grief counseling. Currently, Carolina Caring serves 12 counties across western North Carolina and the Charlotte region. For more information about Carolina Caring, call 828-466-0466 or visit