How Friends in Need Began
During 1995 our friend Danny Benson was diagnosed with a rare medical condition known as dystonia, which causes the muscles to involuntarily contract and spasm. In Danny’s case the condition was centralized in his upper body. The diagnosis came almost a year after his symptoms began. Danny was 26 years old and had just received his degree from the University of New Orleans. Danny was unable to work due to his condition and did not have health insurance. The medical bills for specialists and prescribed medications were rapidly depleting his family’s assets.
Danny now resides in the Atlanta, Georgia area with his wife Amberly and their three children.
With the success of the fundraiser for Danny fresh in our minds we decided to form a tax exempt organization whereby friends could assist others financially and otherwise in times of medical crisis. We formed the Friends in Need Foundation, Inc. on July 1997. Our application for tax exempt status was approved by the Internal Revenue Service and we adopted a June 30th fiscal year end.