The “Beyond The Rainbow Charitable Foundation” was organized in 1996. It came into being because of one person, Diane D’Apolito-May. In 1994 Diane was a happy, 35-year-old mother of four sons, including her one-month-old baby. Her life and the life of her family were suddenly and catastrophically altered in November when Diane suffered a central brain stem stroke. The stroke left her physically incapable of speech or movement but left her mental faculties completely intact.
Diane fought many battles in the months following, including learning how to breathe without a ventilator and communicating through a series of eye blinks. In her battle to regain her physical capabilities, Diane came in contact with many other families similarly affected by a catastrophic illness. It was at this point in her recovery that Diane decided to turn the fundraising efforts being made on her behalf into a foundation to help many others.“Beyond the Rainbow Foundation” started at a grass roots level and is attempting to expand at this point.
The Board of Directors and the officers are dedicated to helping this young organization grow so as to provide financial assistance to families affected by catastrophic illness or injury. While there are many foundations dedicated to long-term research and medical assistance, there are far fewer dedicated to the emotional and financial support a family may need in everyday life.