MBA Opens Doors Highlights Foundation's Success Stories in New Video

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 26, 2015) - The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Opens Doors Foundation today released a new video featuring two of the Foundation's success stories as well as a brand-new, original song, Call It Home. Since 2012, the MBA Opens Doors Foundation has helped more than two hundred families with a child undergoing a critical illness or injury make their mortgage or rental payments.

"Madison Garrett and Ceili Leahy and their parents really helped us capture the importance of the mission of MBA Opens Doors," said Debra Still, Chairman of the MBA Opens Doors Foundation and President & CEO of Pulte Mortgage. "MBA Opens Doors is dedicated to making sure parents of critically ill or injured children can focus all of their attention on their child and that the child will be able to return to the home they love."

The video features testimonials from the Garrett Family and the Leahy Family along with David H. Stevens, President and CEO of MBA, and Robin Stone, LICSW, Manager of Clinical Services Hematology/Oncology at Children's National Medical Center, Washington D.C.

The family of Madison Garrett, who was diagnosed with stage-four high risk neuroblastoma at the age of three, shared their story in the video. "I couldn't imagine battling this disease and not having the support we got. It was just right on time and it was just what we needed," her father, Edwin, says.

The video also features the family of Ceili Leahy, a student and the University of Virginia who battled cancer. Her father, John Leahy, says in the video: "It's nice to know that your safe place, the home that you live in, is secure. We're not at risk of ending up having to lose our home because of financial reasons."

An original composition, Call It Home, written and performed by C. Linney and J. Schoeny, is featured in the video. The song was underwritten by The Dietch Family Fund, and is available for download on iTunes. As with all donations to MBA Opens Doors, one hundred percent of the proceeds from downloads of the song goes towards helping families in need.

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For most families, the fear of losing a home is second only to the sense of panic that comes with the need to care for a loved one who is suffering from a major illness - especially if they are a child. The MBA Opens Doors Foundation was established as an industry association model for utilizing both expertise and resources to help individuals and families facing housing challenges associated with the significant cost of care for a seriously ill child.

Opens Doors is currently able to pass 100 percent of the donations it receives on to families in need of assistance. The Foundation's ongoing relationship with Washington, D.C.'s Children's National Medical Center and more recently Children's Hospital Colorado, provides partner organizations to help identify potential grant recipients.

The MBA Opens Doors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductable. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, please go to www.mbaopensdoors.org.

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The MBA Opens Doors Foundation was launched in October 2011, with an initial start-up contribution of $50,000 from the Mortgage Bankers Association and with MBA covering all administrative costs of the Foundation. The Foundation's two initiatives assist families with critically ill or injured children by providing mortgage or rental assistance grants to help them keep their homes in the face of significant medical expenses. Having begun by serving families in the Washington, D.C. area, MBA Opens Doors has established a sound operational framework that will enable the Foundation to expand across the United States. Learn more at www.mbaopensdoors.org.