Claire Elizabeth Ratliff is a beautiful little girl who lived life for the precious moments that make each day special. Her short life was all about loving others; she had a special knack for finding her way into your heart. Though she left us at 2 years and 4 months, she somehow understood what was important in life: unconditional love and caring for all those around her.

From early on, we knew Claire was extraordinary. She interacted with other children gently and thoughtfully. She was expressive in her mannerisms. Whether it was an all-over body smile or her furrowed brow followed by a question, she always found a way to make your heart smile. If you knew Claire, then you remember being asked your name. Most people struggle with remembering names, yet for Claire this came so naturally. Within the first few months of being in the hospital, she knew all four of her oncologists’ names, her nurses’ names and even her surgeon’s name. An explanation for this ability at such a young age is simple: It proves just how much she loved others. When someone makes an impression on your heart you remember their name.

Claire knew no boundaries when it came to her all-inclusive spirit. There was always space in an already cramped hospital room for one more nurse, nurse assistant or environmental service staff member. It did not matter if you were the first person in the room or the eighth, she knew you were there and you knew you were welcome. If you ever thought you could sneak in and sneak out for a quick visit with Claire, you had better just wait until you had time to hang out. She would pull you in with a question, give a sweet smile or giggle, and ask a few more questions. By the time you left the room and came down from your emotional high, you would realize you had no watch, no keys and no pen in your pocket. She had not stolen these things from you, she had simply convinced you that she needed them a whole lot more than you did. This was also her way of making sure that you would come back to see her. Once back in the room to say goodbye for a second time she would usually give you a present to take with you. She would blow you a kiss, tell you to catch it and tell you to put it in your pocket.

In her most painful days Claire was aware that those around her needed to see her smile so that they could feel okay and she naturally delivered. She showed us that love conquers all and that sharing your love with those who need it most is the greatest priority. Claire’s selfless love taught us the true meaning of life–to love whenever and wherever possible.

So, while neuroblastoma stole her body from us, her vibrant soul remains and it’s the reason we continue her legacy by caring for families fighting childhood cancer.





P. O. Box 78571
Charlotte, NC 28271







22 hours ago

Claire's Army

From a Patient's Dad - "Hi lovely Army, we were blessed by your gifts, thank you so much. Today we will be spoiled with lovely food from Claire's Army, hopefully Phil will be able to eat some of it."
We received permission to share these sweet words, which were sent to us after receiving a Claire Package 🎁at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital and learning about our meal 🥗🌮🥘program. Thank you Army for donating, volunteering your time, and making an impact in the lives of patients and families fighting pediatric cancer. 💛💛💛
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2 days ago

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Please Help - many of you ask for ways to get involved and take action - this is an easy one that makes a HUGE impact. The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas provides blood products to this community and they can't do it without donors. Claire's Army is passionate about blood donations because Claire, and many more children who fight cancer depend on this life-saving gift - daily, weekly, monthly. We'd love to see you at the Saving Our Summer Blood Drive next week - if you can't make it on 8/23 - you can schedule an appointment where and when it's convenient for you at www.cbcc.us/donate-blood ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Impact Mail - Claire's Army never expects to receive thank you notes from the families we serve - we want them to focus as much as possible on their child in treatment and holding their family together. We received this note from a patient who received a Claire Package and with her family's permission, we wanted you to read. 📬💕 Thank you Army - for your charitable acts and contributions that make these moments priceless. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Claire's Army

2018 Claire's Army Gala Presenting Sponsor Thank You - This team of talent hit it out of the park AGAIN this year. Plate Perfect Catering, Mama Ricotta's Restaurant, Midwood Smokehouse, Paco's Tacos & Tequila, and Yafo Kitchen brought food, creativity, and service together to serve our guests and volunteers Saturday August 4th. Check out their work in a few of these photos - don't miss the sweet detail they incorporated into each of their amazing food displays - a touch of pink to remember Claire. 🎀🥗🎁🍝 If you aren't already dining at one or more of these restaurants, this is your friendly reminder - please give your business to a group who has supported us since the beginning. ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

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More than Volunteers - This was the only moment all night that we were able to stand side by side and celebrate months of hard work. Bre Nicole, Morgan Hunt, Stephanie Nicole Hannah, Dana Cuddihy, Stephanie Simon, Meg Walters, and Kim Thompson Wiles - you ladies are angels on earth. On top of your full time jobs as nurses, business owners, and mothers, you poured countless hours of time and energy to make the 2018 Claire's Army Gala more a fundraising event. You made sure that Claire's essence was part of every detail and that our guests knew her. Only 2 ladies in this photo had the chance to meet Claire in her lifetime but everyone pictured here honors her legacy in their desire to serve others fighting childhood cancer. Thank you just doesn't seem like enough. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕 ... See MoreSee Less

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