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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Health, Health Care, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Our mission at "1 Boy 4 Change" is to be an agent and catalyst of change - change in the way we see ourselves, our community, and our world - by "paying it forward", raising awareness, and providing assistance and hope for individuals and families with disabilities; as well as by providing support for the dedicated individuals who protect us at home and abroad.

Target demographics: police and military K9 handlers, soldiers, kids and adults with chronic or life-threatening illnesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 50 police K9 teams, sent over 200 cups of coffee to soldiers, and 30 participants in Warrior Beads!

Geographic areas served: Brunswick, Georgia but serve the United States and International

Programs: Heat Alarms for police K9 teams First Aid Kits for police K9 teams Replacement puppies for police K9 handlers Coffee for soldiers Warrior Beads to tell their medical journey

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to thank 1Boy4Change for all the encouragement he brings to myself and others. First of all, I'm amazed that he does this completely by himself. I know it takes a lot of time and dedication, especially for someone who also has chronic illnesses. When I applied for my warrior beads, I was having a tough time coming to terms with the many diagnosis's I had recently received. What Chris does makes it very obvious that I'm not alone in my battle. Each color or type of bead represents something different in my medical journey. I was astonished when I received them and saw just how many there were. I now hang them on my IV pole when I do my infusions. It reminds me just how far I've come and just how strong I am. I now keep count of things so I can apply for more beads in the future. None of this would be possible without donations and the generosity of others! Thanks again, my warrior beads are the best!

Angela177

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris is an amazing young man that has made my son feel more accepted through the Warrior Beads program. My son, Michael now goes to have medical procedures done, holds his beads tight and tells the nurses what each bead stands for, by the time he is done explaining the procedure is over. No more crying, yelling and begging "no". Thank you!

Tamaris D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank You 1Boy4Change for all the love and support of my 2 grandchildren...one with Chiari and the other with Bullying issues...your Warrior beads were the spark that gave them hope. She carries her house key on her key chain. He has not strung his beads but looks at them often and knows that someone else with a chronic illness shares his pain. It is difficult to be a teenager but a teen in pain is more so. As a grandparent who loves them both I Thank You from the bottom of my heart Chris.

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first encounter with 1B4C was on FB. Of course I'm cautious of postings on FB, so I started researching this 'boy' and his program. At the time he was in a contest with his service dog for the Humane Societies Hero Dog of the Year Award. I was struck with how much one young man can accomplish. I have worked in Boy Scouting in past years and know what young boys are capable of in search of their Eagle Award so Chris' determination was not new to me. What I find commendable is his dedication especially with his medical issues. I recently put together a quilt for Chris with the names of over 400 people whose lives Chris has touched in someway. I am proud to call this young man and his family my friends and to share the love with them.

Kimberly156

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you SO much to 1Boy4Change for sponsoring K9 first aid kits from We Ride to Provide for all four of the K9's in my husband's division! The LCPD K9's

1 Helene H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you 1boy4change to help me thru my journey with Loeyz-Dietz Syndrome. You have given me something tangible to look back on to see my accomplishment and something to look forward to each time I overtake a battle. Those beads mean more to me more than you'll ever know!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

1 Boy4Change is directly responsible for my daughter getting her service dog. This is a life changing gift. In the month she has had the dog, my daughter is happier, more active and in less pain than I have seen in years. The professionalism, integrity and intuition that are cornerstones to Chris's work are only out weighed by his tremendous heart. I owl urge everyone to get in solved, donate, volunteer and spread the word. Chris is making miracles happen for people on a regular basis. This world needs a lot more of that!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The warrior beads program is amazing! Having a collection of beads to tell and record my personalised medical story has given me confidence to talk about my medical experience. It helps those around you understand what happens when I go into hospital and most importantly, warrior beads are there to remind me that I can do anything, because I have done so much already. Now whenever I lie in an MRI, have an operation, medical infusion, IV, or treatment, I think about my warrior beads. They automatically calm me down and give me courage.

I am super grateful for everything Chris and his charity have done for me. Thank you :)

2 Odessa C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

1boy4change changed my daughter's life by giving her Service dog. This dog is amazing, he detects every seizure with out fail. Her service dog has allowed my daughter to be independent and she has a companion and friend for as long as her Service dog can do it. Thank you 1boy4change. Our Family has earned a special friendship and a place in our hearts with Chris, Janet Carswell and Bronx.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is truly an empowering honor to have Chris and Janet on our families side. My daughter's life and ours is going to change in the most positive way. Am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity have met such a brave and courageous young man, however I know he draws his strength from his lovely mother. Thank you for been you and for been now a part of my family.

3 Amanda76

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris at 1boy4change is a wonderful young man that has helped my family and son so much. He has helped to supply my son with a much needed service dog and now he sends warrior beads to my son. These beads may not seem like much to others but to a special needs child they mean so much! Thank you Chris!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mom. Just like every mom, I want what's best for my children. My middle son has spinal muscular atrophy. He is wheelchair bound, and has an amazing personality. 1boy4change is helping my son by giving him a service dog. My son will now enjoys the benefits of feeling a little bit of this freedom that many of us take for granted. SD Abby is going to open many wonderful doors (both physically and emotionally) for my son. I just can't thank Chris and his mom Janet enough. They are giving my baby hope fit his future.

2 Cathie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was involved in an accident in February and once he got home from his hospital stay I looked into the 1Boy4Change Warrior Bead program. My son's life has changed drastically from that accident and with the beads from Chris he is able to tell his medical journey. Adding new beads to his string is not only therapeutic for him but also feels like a sense of closure for those procedures. I would have never thought that a simple program like this could make such a huge difference to children during their medical journeys.