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For One of Our Own….

mayoClinicThe Shadows Foundation is proud to have helped so many families in the Flagstaff area in the five years we have been operating. Now we are asking for your help to assist one of our founding board member’s husband in his battle with end-stage kidney failure. Clint Russell, a 10+ year employee of WL Gore & Associates in Flagstaff, has been on dialysis for over two years, and has had hereditary kidney disease since birth. He is in dire need of a kidney transplant, and although he is on the Mayo Clinic’s national transplant list, his wait for a deceased donor could be as long as seven years. If we are able to find a live organ donor for Clint, it will give him a new lease on life and he can continue to work and live for many years to come.

The donor would be required to go through some testing at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and take about two weeks for recovery after the transplant, but then the donor would be unrestricted to live a normal life with only a few minor lifestyle changes. The first requirement of anyone who wants to be a potential donor is that you would have to be Blood Type “O”, and be willing to spend a few days at Mayo to go through the remaining test procedures. If you are interested in more information about becoming a donor, please contact the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center at 480-342-1010 or go to www.mayoclinic.org for additional information. You just have to let them know you are interested in testing for Clint Russell, and they will take you the rest of the way!!

Please spread the word and let’s try to help Clint get the kidney transplant he has needed for so many years!

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About the Shadows Foundation


isease doesn’t care about age, an individual’s faith or finances. It doesn’t care about family or friends. Disease pays no attention to mortgages or grocery bills; the size of a Wall Street portfolio or balance in a checking account; whether the electricity is on or a porch light needs to be changed.

Disease strikes indiscriminately and ravishes what it wishes.

To date Shadows has provided over $100,000 in assistance to families and individuals residing in Northern Arizona and our surrounding communities.

Even though you may feel that you are fighting alone in your search for these answers — all you have to do is hold your face to the sun and you will have your shadow to be with you. When there are dark days and your shadow remains hidden let the Shadows Foundation be your support and assurance. You are not alone.

The Shadows Foundation is a local, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Shadows is dedicated to helping those individuals in need who are affected by life threatening diseases by providing services and financial assistance when they need it most.

By collaborating with local businesses, seeking grant submissions, working with generous private donors, and holding fund raising events, the Shadows Foundation allocates assistance and services to individuals and their families in their times of greatest need.

More of the Shadows Foundation

The Mission of the Shadows Foundation

Every year families in our communities have their lives affected by life threatening diseases that lead to either loss of a loved one or prolonged illness. As a result, they often suffer financial hardships due to compounded medical expenses, reduced earnings and accrued household debt.

Take a look at our About page and more to answer some of your questions.

How Shadows Helps

The Shadows Foundation mission is to provide financial assistance and support services to Flagstaff and Northern Arizona residents. Shadows seeks to meet the needs of individuals and their families affected with life threatening disease and illness when they need it most.

  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Medication and Treatment Assistance
  • Utilities and Living Expenses
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Professional Services Support
  • Financial Planning Education
  • + So Much More!

Better Bucks

In an attempt to discourage panhandling by individuals who use the cash they receive from donors to feed substance abuse problems while at the same time remaining compassionate to those with legitimate needs, participating businesses have joined together the the Flagstaff Police Department and the Shadows Foundation to develop a system that allows donors to buy vouchers for non-alcoholic and non-tobacco related goods at participating businesses.

Vouchers allow donors to express their compassion free from concerns that their charity will be used by panhandlers to engage in self-destruction, and vouchers benefit participating retailers by providing increased business.

Click here to learn more. You can pick up your Betterbucks at the following locations:

Interstate Mobil

Majestic Mobil

Merle Norman Cosmetics

UPS Store – Walmart Shopping Center

Flagstaff Farmers Market

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Shadows Sponsors

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From Our Recipients

Thank You for your continued support of my journey with cancer. I have no way to thank you  other than to help spread the word about your mission. -Lisa W.

Thank You all very much for your dedication to helping people who are going through some harder days. We consider your help a God-given blessing and we give thanks for you. -Janet & Dave B.

Thank you for the gas card. This has helped with numerous trips that we have made to the Cancer Center. We are extremely thankful for all of your help. – Elizabeth & Family.

I want to personally thank the Shadows Foundation for everything they have done for me. Due to my illness I’ve been unable to work and perform the most basic of day to day activities. My spouse has become the sole provider and our life has been turned upside down. Shadows stepped in at  time when we needed it most and we wouldn’t have made it through these last couple months without them! I am beyond grateful and can’t wait for the day when we can repay them and offer services for those in our position today! Thank you Vicki and Zane for all of your hard work and dedication!

-Meagan Metz


…providing financial assistance and services for people and families affected with a life threatening disease.