Platinum Memorial Treatment Grants
Robert Tipton Memorial Grant
“Robert had an infectious laugh and a personality that made anyone feel at home. To him no one was a stranger. I will always be a sister who desperately misses her brother, but I am comforted knowing that his memory has the power to heal others and prevent another family from having to endure the pain of loss.”-Mary Tipton
Project HEAL is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Robert Tipton Memorial Scholarship, to honor Robert Tipton’s life by giving someone else, struggling with an eating disorder, a chance to recover and lead a full and happy life. As a result of fraternity bullying, Robert began to suffer from low self-esteem, and felt trapped by the fraternity culture of hazing, similar to the experience of many of those suffering from eating disorders. The scholarship in honor of Robert, has been established by his loving mother, Deborah Dunklin Tipton, and Robert’s dear sister, Mary Elisabeth Tipton. The $30,000 annual scholarship will fund one Robert Tipton Project HEAL scholarship recipient over the next two to three years.
Robert was a junior at High Point University, where he was brutally assaulted and hazed by fellow fraternity members. Shockingly, those fraternity brothers who were present failed to call for necessary medical attention, but instead, left Robert to die. Robert was a wonderfully caring and generous young man, who was always looking to make a difference in his friends’ and family’s lives. Unfortunately, his fraternity brothers took advantage of Robert’s generous and caring nature. This scholarship has been established by Deborah Tipton and Mary Tipton, to celebrate Robert’s life, keeping his memory alive, as they pursue all available legal channels.
Robert’s mother, Deborah Dunklin Tipton, has founded a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to initiate measures to prevent hazing, bullying, and other dangerous assaults on college students, through educational efforts, public speaking, and the establishment of a hot line available to any young person (male or female) in fear of their life, health, or assault by their peers.
Additionally, Deborah Dunklin Tipton donated another $5000 to honor Gabi Holzwarth and Travis Kalanick, for hosting the most successful Project HEAL fundraiser to date, which took place on December 4, 2015 at the Uber headquarters in San Francisco, and raised in excess of $600,000.
Outpatient Treatment Grants
In the last few days of her life, Christine shared that she was afraid she hadn’t done enough. We assured her that her contribution to the eating disorder field was of great significance and would carry on, helping people long after she was gone. Christine passed away from cancer in late March of 2012. In honor of Christine who gave so much to so many, particularly in the field of eating disorders, she would be proud to know that her legacy continues to help others obtain eating disorder treatment through Project HEAL.
Jesse Marzka Memorial Grant
Jesse Marzka was a beautiful, kind, caring, motivated and happy soul. It was just three days after her 25th birthday when she lost her battle with an eating disorder. Jesse had so much to live for. She was recently engaged and planning her wedding. She had completed her degree in motuary science and was following her dream to become a funeral director. Jesse had just relocated from Pennsylvania to North Carolina to help make her big dreams a reality. Despite the wonderful things happening in her life, Jesse quietly struggled with her eating disorder. Before any one had noticed, it was unfortunately too late. She lost her life on August 18th, 2014.
Kathryn Laudadio Memorial Grant
Kathryn Laudadio was born a fashionista. She had a unique and sincere eye for style—particularly for statement-making shoes. Kathryn was able to channel self-confidence through her coveted shoe collection as she fought a long uphill battle against anorexia. In honor of Kathryn’s life and legacy, her family has donated over 100 pairs of Kathryn’s beloved shoes to Project HEAL to create a scholarship for eating disorder treatment in Kathryn’s name.
Kathryn loved life and loved people. She had incredible compassion and empathy for those around her. It broke her heart to see people consumed by the trials of eating disorders that she fought daily. She would want her legacy to include raising awareness about the terrible realities of eating disorders, and raising funds for those who are struggling.
Marie Ashton Young- Erturm Memorial Grant