The AMY MARIE CRABTREE FOUNDATION was founded to honor and perpetuate the memory of Amy's life and her innate philosophy which she lived each and every day with energy, zest and purity, and which can be held as an inspirational example for all men and women to guide them through a life of integrity.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” - anonymous
Amy continued her valiant effort in the battle against her brain tumor, but lost the war after 19 months. After her death, inspired by her life of dignity, courage, compassion, and energy, her friends and family decided to build on the strength of Team Amy and started the Amy Marie Crabtree Foundation to perpetuate the memory of their beloved Amy. The Foundation raises money and donates 100% to important causes that she supported during her lifetime. Every decision that the Foundation makes is met with a simple question, "What would Amy Do?" This Foundation is, after all, her Foundation.
It is how she lives on in and with all of us - caring for others, as was her mission in life.
Causes we Support
Cancer Research & Support
Amy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor (Glioblastoma Multiforme) at the end of March 2008. For 19 months she bravely fought a battle that is essentially impossible to win. Amy was among only about 40,000 people in the United States who are diagnosed with brain tumors every year, and over half of those tumors are malignant. This is a small number in the big picture of things, but the horrrifying part about brain tumors is that they can happen to anyone. No one is "at risk" for a brain tumor, and for that reason, everyone is. As far as science knows, brain tumors do not discriminate based on genes, and such a small percentage of the population gets them, that there is no screening protocol.
The Foundation is dedicated to supplying funding for research and support of all cancers and those it has affected.
Underprivileged & Sick Children
Perhaps because she was so grateful to have four healthy, privileged daughters of her own, Amy sought to give back and enrich communities for children to whom valuable resources for enrichment and education were not as readily available. Amy worked closely with organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hudson Valley Chapter. In 2006, she was honored by the Boys and Girls Club with the exclusive Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication.
Women Victims of Domestic Violence
As a woman and mother of four women, this is a cause that was always close to Amy's heart. Every Thanksgiving, she would "drag" her daughters out of bed early in the morning (before the parade!) to drive down to My Sister's Place, a shelter for abused and disadvantaged women in the Bronx, or the Northern Westchester Shelter, to set up a Thanksgiving feast (complements of Crabtree's Kittle House) in their small kitchen. Not only did this experience benefit the women and their children who lived at the shelter, but it also taught Amy's own daughters some valuable life lessons about treating others with kindness and compassion.
Abused & Abandoned Animals
Who hasn't heard a story about Amy pulling her car over in the middle of a busy street to rescue a lost dog or sit with an injured deer? Her love of animals was legendary – from this impromptu "rescue" to her single-handed delivery of twelve English Springer Spaniel puppies in the early hours of the morning on July 15, 1995. Her affection for all creatures made her especially sensitive to cruelty inflicted upon them. She was an avid supporter of the Westchester SPCA, and would attend their annual black tie galas with her best friend and family dog, Chet.