Platinum Memorial Grant
Robert Tipton Memorial Grant
Project HEAL is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Robert Tipton Memorial Scholarship, to honor Robert Tipton’s life by giving someone else, struggling with an eating disorder, a chance to recover and lead a full and happy life. As a result of fraternity bullying, Robert began to suffer from low self-esteem, and felt trapped by the fraternity culture of hazing, similar to the experience of many of those suffering from eating disorders. The scholarship in honor of Robert, has been established by his loving mother, Deborah Dunklin Tipton, and Robert’s dear sister, Mary Elisabeth Tipton. The $30,000 annual scholarship will fund one Robert Tipton Project HEAL scholarship recipient over the next two to three years.
Robert was a junior at High Point University, where he was brutally assaulted and hazed by fellow fraternity members. Shockingly, those fraternity brothers who were present failed to call for necessary medical attention, but instead, left Robert to die. Robert was a wonderfully caring and generous young man, who was always looking to make a difference in his friends’ and family’s lives. Unfortunately, his fraternity brothers took advantage of Robert’s generous and caring nature. This scholarship has been established by Deborah Tipton and Mary Tipton, to celebrate Robert’s life, keeping his memory alive, as they pursue all available legal channels.
Robert’s mother, Deborah Dunklin Tipton, has founded a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to initiate measures to prevent hazing, bullying, and other dangerous assaults on college students, through educational efforts, public speaking, and the establishment of a hot line available to any young person (male or female) in fear of their life, health, or assault by their peers.
Additionally, Deborah Dunklin Tipton donated another $5000 to honor Gabi Holzwarth and Travis Kalanick, for hosting the most successful Project HEAL fundraiser to date, which took place on December 4, 2015 at the Uber headquarters in San Francisco, and raised in excess of $600,000.
Outpatient Treatment Grants
Christine Hartline Memorial Grant
Christine Hartline was always a warrior for a good cause. More than a decade after her own recovery from anorexia and bulimia, she helped open the eating disorder treatment center Monte Nido. Dedicated to improving access to treatment, in 1999, Christine and her husband Kevin Grold created the eating disorder treatment access referral site, EDReferral.com. Since then, EDReferral.com has helped thousands of people from all over the world.
In the last few days of her life, Christine shared that she was afraid she hadn’t done enough. We assured her that her contribution to the eating disorder field was of great significance and would carry on, helping people long after she was gone. Christine passed away from cancer in late March of 2012. In honor of Christine who gave so much to so many, particularly in the field of eating disorders, she would be proud to know that her legacy continues to help others obtain eating disorder treatment through Project HEAL.
Jesse Marzka Memorial Grant
Jesse Marzka was a beautiful, kind, caring, motivated and happy soul. It was just three days after her 25th birthday when she lost her battle with an eating disorder. Jesse had so much to live for. She was recently engaged and planning her wedding. She had completed her degree in mortuary science and was following her dream to become a funeral director. Jesse had just relocated from Pennsylvania to North Carolina to help make her big dreams a reality. Despite the wonderful things happening in her life, Jesse quietly struggled with her eating disorder. Before anyone had noticed, it was unfortunately too late. She lost her life on August 18th, 2014.
Jesse’s loved ones decided to make a difference and help save the lives of others struggling with similar issues. On August 15, 2015, just one year after her passing, family and friends held a memorial benefit in her memory. Attendees collectively raised $2,000, to be donated to Project HEAL to provide treatment grants to those still on their recovery journey. August 15th was more than a successful fundraiser, however. It would have been Jesse’s 26th birthday and her wedding day. Her family and friends wouldn’t have it any other way. It was a wonderful event and an even more wonderful day.
Kathryn Laudadio Memorial Grant
Kathryn Laudadio was born a fashionista. She had a unique and sincere eye for style—particularly for statement-making shoes. Kathryn was able to channel self-confidence through her coveted shoe collection as she fought a long uphill battle against anorexia. In honor of Kathryn’s life and legacy, her family has donated over 100 pairs of Kathryn’s beloved shoes to Project HEAL to create a scholarship for eating disorder treatment in Kathryn’s name.
Kathryn loved life and loved people. She had incredible compassion and empathy for those around her. It broke her heart to see people consumed by the trials of eating disorders that she fought daily. She would want her legacy to include raising awareness about the terrible realities of eating disorders, and raising funds for those who are struggling.
“It’s a form of visible expression. It’s an art for me. I’m inspired by emotions and feelings and the world around me. When I see styling that I love, I emulate it with a personal twist. It’s my way of taking in what inspires me and making it personal so that when I put it out into the world, it can do the same for others.” – Kathryn Laudadio
Marie Ashton Young-Ertum Memorial Grant
On September 29,2013, after years of struggling with her eating disorder, Marie Young passed away. As a family, The Youngs always looked forward to Christmas. They developed a reputation for having one of the best decorating homes in the area. After Marie’s death, a family friend said, “I guess your house will be dark this year.” Their initial reaction was that it would be dark. In the weeks after Marie’s death, however, they realized that the best way to remember Marie would be to continue their family tradition, and not just decorate their home for Christmas, but do it better than ever before. The Young family also decided to use it as a way to make others aware of their vulnerability to eating disorders, and to help others get treatment. That Christmas, they started the Marie Ashton Young- Erturm Foundation. In 2015, the Young family raised enough to sponsor an outpatient grant in Marie’s name.
Brooke Cassidy Memorial Grant
After 22 years and six days, a brilliant star burned out and our beautiful daughter and sister left this world. Brooke Simone Cassidy passed on June 9, 2016. The Cassidy family, Kathi, Tim and Trevor listed Project HEAL as one of the organizations to donate to in memory of Brooke Cassidy.
Brooke is remembered by many friends and family as a talented artist and an intelligent, compassionate and loving young woman with a quiet, quirky sense of humor. She was a beautiful, gentle soul, who had a tender spot for all animals and a flair for fashion that was topped off by a beautiful, sparkling smile.
For 1/3rd of her life, Brooke quietly struggled with an eating disorder, attempting to find recovery at a variety of residential programs, only to return home repeatedly to find no specialized partial or outpatient ED treatment or support programs nearby in her rural state of Vermont.
During her struggles, Brooke valued the image of a feather to remind her of her strength, courage and freedom of spirit that would help her focus on recovery. The positive impact Brooke had on friends and co-workers has been affectionately displayed by wearing and posting blue ribbons representing her striking blue eyes and optimistic spirit. Brooke’s spirit was strong, but she ultimately succumbed to this tragic illness, and her family hopes in some small way to help others find the treatment they desire and need through donations and involvement in Project HEAL. Click here to be redirected to the donation page.
I have suffered from an eating disorder for over 20 years and have accepted that it will be a lifelong battle. I have had to leave treatment centers because insurance will only pay for a certain number of days, and have had to limit counseling sessions (once I left treatment) because insurance limited the number of sessions they would pay for each year. I know there are many girls and women in the US who desperately need professional treatment for an eating disorder but either can’t get it because they don’t have insurance coverage, or are forced to leave treatment too early because their insurance company refuses to pay for extended treatment. I believe in Project HEAL and what the organization stands for and has to offer and feel it would be an honor to leave a part of my legacy to them. – Anonymous donor