ABOUT RICHIE'S WISH
is a foundation built to honor the memory and the legacy of Richie - an amazing young man whose short life touched many people.
This foundation aspires to provide toys and play spaces for children in foster care - a cause that was near and dear to Richie's heart.
Richie passed away in 2018 at the age of 23 from complications of Cystic Fibrosis.
Richie's short life was far from easy. In addition to a life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis (a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breath over time) his life was further complicated by his placement in foster care at the age of 11. Richie spent 1390 days in foster care before being adopted at the age of 14.
One of Richie's greatest frustrations about his time in foster care was the lack of opportunity for him to play or have access to age appropriate toys. The day he was removed from his birth home he was only allowed a few minutes to pack and the only 'toy' he was able to take was his childhood teddy bear.
His years in foster care were marked by multiple moves and with each move he would loose any possessions he had accumulated. During the last year of his life Richie worked with a local foster care closet to create programs that would improve foster parents access to new toys for the children in their care. He helped to create a birthday program providing new toys to children in foster care and an Angel Tree program that provided toys to over 200 children in foster care.
After Richie passed away we spent time considering how to best honor his memory. This foundation was created to ensure that Richie's voice - advocating for children in foster care to be provided with quality, age appropriate toys and play spaces - continues.
The intent of Richie's Wish is to grant 'wishes' for foster families and agencies that serve them.
We will be opening applications for families and agencies to request wishes such as playrooms, play ground equipment etc. We will also continue to run the Angel Tree program that Richie helped to create.
After Richie passed away the local newspaper ran a feature article talking about his #BucketListLife philosophy. You can read it here.