Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS) was honored to receive a $100,000 donation made possible by Lynn and Foster Friess in honor of Isabella Maria Santorum. Foster Friess is an investment manager and philanthropist from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Friess family has a long history of supporting worthy causes that enrich and support family services. In 1999, Foster Friess received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. The next year, he received the Humanitarian of the Year award at the National Charity Awards.
C.A.T.S. will use the funds to continue its mission to provide opportunities for children with disabilities through equipment reuse. Families help families by passing on gently used pediatric adaptive devices and mobility equipment to meet immediate needs at no cost. Community volunteers, including college students, contribute hundreds of hours collecting, cleaning, sanitizing, refurbishing and responding to requests from families and therapists, collaborating with health care professionals. C.A.T.S. has locations in Roanoke, Richmond, Hampton Roads and Marion, VA.