As a new mom, I knew the importance of having a vehicle and having the appropriate credentials, but money wasn't in my favor. My license got suspended many years back for some issues that weren't my fault. I set a court date to fight them, but had a sickle cell crisis on the assigned court date. With DC's strict laws, I wasn't able to schedule another date, so my grandmother started a payment plan for me in my name. Before she could complete it she unexpectedly had a brain aneurysm and died a month later. Paying off a huge amount of debt just wasn't in my budget.Thanks to my doctor, former boss and father figure, Sohail Rana for paying off my challenging debt through his Rana Pediatric Fund! I am legal, I have re-passed my learner's and my road test and I finally have my license! (May 2018) Update- I now have a new job and car to match the license (Dec 2018). It feels amazing! I'm beyond thankful and now that I am able, I have made a donation back to the fund myself!
My name is Tiara Hooper. I am a patient of Dr. Rana and I have sickle cell disease, hemoglobin SS. I was very stressed when I didn't have money to pay for my rent (eviction notice), electric and cable bill. I completed an application for the Rana Pediatric Fund and attached a copy of my eviction notice to the application. I received some money toward my eviction. It was greatly appreciated. I was thankful to be able to get help without being judged.
I was able to pay it forward by volunteering at the 2019 International Conference on Stigma. I was happy to volunteer because I didn't have any money to pay back what I was given toward the eviction. I was blessed to be at the conference and happy to help someone else.
Due to my husband's disability and me only being able to find part-time work, we were unable to pay the fees needed for my oldest son to fully participate in his middle school graduation events. I am so thankful the Rana Pediatric Fund was able to assist so he could be a part of everything!
Rana Pediatric Fund
2041 Georgia Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20060