Seal Beach non-profit gets $5,000 grant

Evelyn Grace and her family.

The Evelyn Grace Foundation recently received a $5,000 grant from the Employees Community fund of Boeing California.

The Evelyn Grace Foundation is helping bring awareness to infant leukemia and doing its part to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and EGF programs to bring love and support to children affected by cancer.

The Evelyn Grace Foundation was anonymously nominated for a grant by a Boeing employee as part of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.

ECF is a unique employee giving program that allows employees to support the needs of their local communities through tax-deductible recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts.

The award will help fund the Foundation’s flagship program:  Evie’s Bundles of Love.

This program provides baskets of comfort items to children who have been recently diagnosed with cancer and their families. Baskets may include soft robes, cuddly plush animals, Pillow Pets, journals and gas/food gift cards.

The program serves Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Baskets have also been delivered on an individual basis across the country to children by special request.

The founding of the Evelyn Grace Foundation is a deeply personal endeavor by local Seal Beach residents, Brian and Bobbie Mae Doyle. Their newborn baby daughter was diagnosed with congenital infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of children’s cancer.

With an extremely low chance of survival, Evelyn bravely fought her battle against cancer for nearly five months. She passed away on Aug. 16, 2009, spending nearly her entire brief life in the hospital. Their experience in the trenches fighting cancer alongside Evelyn taught the Doyles many forms of pediatric cancer are incurable, under-funded and too many children do not survive.

In 2010, the Doyles created the Evelyn Grace Foundation to honor their daughter’s fight against cancer, raise funds for pediatric cancer research and draw attention to the challenges these brave children and their families face every day in treatment.

The Foundation’s Web site is