THE STORY

Claire’s Army started long before Claire was diagnosed with cancer, Claire’s Army started on August 30, 2009, the day she was born. Claire was born to Emily and Kevin Ratliff into a loving Christian family. Emily and Kevin both grew up in and around Charlotte, NC. They were very active in their schools, sports, church and neighborhood. Through these activities, each had developed their own close network of friends and family that doubled once they were married. Claire was immediately adopted into this network, or Army, the day she was born.

Emily and Kevin co-led a Lifegroup at their local church after they were married. The Lifegroup model is a biblically based small group that “does life” together. They encourage each other along their spiritual walk, serve the least and the lost, and care for each other in times of need. Emily and Kevin each had a heart for serving others and had surrounded themselves with people who believed the same.

The Army was initially there for the Ratliffs with baby showers, advice, meals and clothes. It was a support system that any new parent needs with such a big addition to their family. However, it became even more valued when Claire was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer over Memorial Day weekend 2011. While holding Claire in the hospital room on that very first day, Kevin said “that God is going to use this little girl to touch a whole bunch of people.” Nothing could have been truer.

The Army heard the Ratliffs’ rallying cry and responded. The Army grew from friends and family to total strangers that felt the call to help. The Army bombarded the Ratliffs with prayer, hospital visits, cards, donations, constant meals and household services. The Army teamed up with other organizations and Team Claire walked, hiked, ran and played cornhole to raise money for a cure. Kevin and Emily kept the Army updated and encouraged through daily blogs and scripture. The Army heard stories of tea parties, fingerpainting and pancakes from a little girl so full of life while battling cancer. Claire did just as much for the Army as the Army did for Claire.

On January 17, 2012, Claire went to be with our father in heaven. She leaves behind an Army whom she encouraged daily with her unselfish care for others. Claire’s parents, in missing her daily, find peace in giving back to others in need after so many graciously gave to them. While honoring her life and legacy, Claire’s Army continues to care for the needs of children and families battling childhood cancer.

SERVE FAMILIES. LOVE KIDS. FIGHT CANCER.

CONTACT US

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ADDRESS

P. O. Box 78571
Charlotte, NC 28271

 

PHONE

704-604-4892

 

EMAIL

info@clairesarmy.org

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Thank you Dilworth Grille - for your support of the Claire's Army meal program since 2015! The pediatric oncology patients and families at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital are thankful for the many dinners 🥗🍔🥨🍕🥣🍝you have provided over the years. We appreciate your ongoing support! www.dilworthgrille.com/about-us ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

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Upcoming Blood Drive - please help save local lives by donating blood at the Socrates Academy drive on Thursday November 1st - their National Junior Honor Society is working hard with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas to recruit at least 50 donors! If you are anywhere near South Charlotte on 11/1, take 30 minutes to give blood - to sign up - www.cbcc.us/signup sponsor code: 51101-32848
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3 days ago

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Best Buddies - 7 years ago this photo was taken of these 3 musketeers, Sarah Crawley, Claire, and Mercede's Story. It was Claire's last round of chemo before we made the trip to Philadelphia for tumor resection and other therapies. They had only met 5 months earlier, but these two previous girls loved Claire like a sister. We miss you and love you so much Claire and Cede. 💖 ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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Biden Cancer Summit 2018 - via invitation from Family Reach, Claire's Army was given the opportunity to attend the Biden Cancer Initiative Summit in Washington D.C. last month. It was an incredible opportunity to hear MANY of the ways our community and country are stepping up to fight this terrible disease. We are thankful for all of those (scientists, clinicians, physicians, nurses, philanthropists, etc.) who chose this career path so that our children have a
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5 days ago

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Hospital Haircuts - ask any parent about the moment they are forced to cut or shave the hair of their child with cancer. It evokes so many emotions and signifies the realness of the diagnosis. Thank goodness that Claire's Army met Tiara of If The Crown Fits - who will make the trip to the hospital to handle any haircare 💇‍♀️needs for our pediatric oncology patients. Tiara possesses the compassion and professionalism to walk into a traumatic situation and handle it with grace and love. 💗 Thank you Tiara for taking care of our special children. Consider her for your children's haircuts at home - the Ratliff family and many others do! ... See MoreSee Less

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