History

The Forrest Spence Fund was founded in 2007 in memory of Forrest Spence. In 2009, the organization received its charter from the state of Tennessee and became a federally recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit. Since that time, the Forrest Spence Fund has continued to grow and expand its work across the Mid-South, touching the lives of many.

The work of the Fund can be divided into 4 categories. (1) Individual and Family needs, meeting specific needs of children and their families as they battle illness and its impact on their lives, (2) Institutional Support, helping organizations like Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital of Vanderbilt provide family-centered care, (3) Counseling, connecting families with counselors who can help them through the difficulty of facing critical or chronic illness, especially those that have lost children, (4) Financial Grants, awarding families up to $5,000 in need-based grants.

Each year thousands of families across the region are confronted with the challenge of childhood illness, leaving a profound impact. With your help and the help of others, our organization will continue to come alongside these families in a time of need and often desperation, and support them, love them, and guide them through their journey.