Memorial Grants and Funds

Memorial Grants and Funds have been provided to Project HEAL to recognize, remember, and memorialize a loved one.

When funds are restricted to providing inpatient and outpatient treatment grants, these grants are provided to carefully vetted recipients based on need, availability, motivation, and patient access to healthcare insurance.

Memorial Funds

Memorial Funds are established with a minimal gift of $25,000 that are used for general support for our Treatment Access Program, to bring Communities of HEALing to a new location, or for general operating needs.




Savannah Buik passed away on March 28th, 2018 in a climbing accident. Savannah was Project HEAL's operations and finance intern and worked very closely with Project HEAL executive team.  Savannah was an avid climber, a music and donut lover, and a loving daughter, sister, and friend, and an amazing role model in the organization.

Savannah was a  passionate advocate for eating disorder recovery and courageously shared her own journey in order to help others and the organization.  

Savannah's warmth, kindness, drive and positive nature made her a welcome addition the Project HEAL team. The extraordinary work she did with the organization in the time she was here was instrumental in advancing the mission of Project HEAL. Savannah brought grace, determination, and smiles to our organization and she will be missed and forever cherished by her Project HEAL family.

Savannah's family and Project HEAL are honoring Savannah's memory with a Memorial Fund. All funds raised by this campaign will go towards our Treatment Access Program to help more people get the treatment they need and deserve.


Devonna Cherie Dick Memorial Fund


Devonna battled an eating disorder for almost 20 years.  She fought hard, but eventually ED (eating disorder) won the war.

Devonna served Portand as a  police patrol officer for over 23 years.  She worked alone in a patrol car in one of the highest crime districts in the city. She was respected and loved by her fellow officers and the community members she served. When she put on that uniform, she was in control and ED was left behind.

Her family consisting of parents, Daryl and Anita, sister, Debra and husband, Roy, brother, Trevor and wife, Diane, and beloved nieces, Pieper, Ciara, Brooklyn, Ellie, and nephew, Ethan, will continue to feel her love throughout our lives.

Her police family and friends have honored her, and will remember her with love.  Her impact and memories live on.

Join us in honoring the memory of Devonna (Devo/ Bonna) Cherie Dick - beloved daughter, sister, aunt and Portland Police Officer.  Devonna touched the lives of everyone she met. Everyone who knew her knows she loved to give back and help others, and she would have loved Communities of HEALing, the first peer support and mentorship program for people with eating disorders.  

Please contribute to Devonna's memory by helping to fund a Communities of HEALing support group.

“Robert had an infectious laugh and a personality that made anyone feel at home. To him no one was a stranger. I will always be a sister who desperately misses her brother, but I am comforted knowing that his memory has the power to heal others and prevent another family from having to endure the pain of loss.” -Mary Tipton




The Robert Tipton Memorial Treatment Grant was established in 2016 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. This scholarship was established by Robert’s loving mother, Deborah Dunklin Tipton, and Robert’s dear sister, Mary Elizabeth Tipton. The Robert Tipton Memorial Treatment Grant will fund one inpatient treatment scholarship annually.

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 the lives of his friends and family. Unfortunately, his fraternity brothers took advantage of Robert’s generous and caring nature. This scholarship has been established 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 hotline available to any young person (male or female) in fear of their life, health, or assault by their peers.


Christine Hartline Memorial fund


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 then husband, Kevin Grold, created the eating disorder treatment access referral site, Since then, has helped thousands of people from all over the world.

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, the Christine Hartline Memorial Treatment Grant was created and annually is provided to someone desperately needing help.

Outpatient Treatment Grants

Outpatient Memorial Treatment Grants are established with a minimum gift of $5,000 annually.




On September 29th, 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.  Beginning in 2015, the Young family has annually sponsor an outpatient grant in Marie’s name.




Tara Sheehan was a young woman, who grew up in Southampton, MA. She died at the young age of 25, after 10 years of treatment and hospitalizations for anorexia. Tara was a loving, joyful, and kind person who showed great empathy to those in need. Even as she suffered with her eating disorder, she reached out to others. Tara’s goal was to be a nurse who would care for those suffering from eating disorders. In her memory, Tara’s family have held a RUN/WALK FOR TARA for 12 years to assist people struggling with eating disorders.