OUR STORY

WHO WE ARE AT
HEALTH FUND FOR CHILDREN
AND WHY WE DO THIS

GENESIS: OUR INSPIRATION

An eight-year-old girl in need

Genesis had a heart defect and was at risk for a stroke without proper cardiac care. The costs to treat exceeded her family’s ability to pay. Once her plight became public, we watched in awe as our community generously raised the money. Genesis’s heart is now mended and she is thriving beautifully.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXPERIENCE FROM INSIDE THE SYSTEM

As physicians, nurses, counselors and parents we have witnessed the need of children firsthand. We are compelled to serve as a resource for families that have children with healthcare needs, whether those are preventative, chronic or emergency. We believe that without health, children cannot fulfill their dreams. Health equity is a persistent need in our community, state and nation. HF4C aims to provide financial assistance to children in need of quality healthcare.

JULIANNA P. RHODES

Co-Founder, Board Member

Julianna graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1993 with a nursing degree (BSN). She furthered her education with a master’s degree in nursing administration from UNC, Chapel Hill in 2009. Health Fund For Children is her second nonprofit adventure: She helped start the Miami Pediatric Fund in Miami, Florida in 2014-2017, helping uninsured or under-insured children receive health care. She has always practiced pediatric nursing in various settings: hospital, ICU, home care, primary care, and school clinic. She is a native of Charleston. Julianna met her husband, John at MUSC while taking care of patients and sharing their desire to help children. 

EMAIL: jprhodes@healthfundforchildren.org

CANDACE BRACE

Co-Founder, Board Member

Candace received a B.A. in Spanish and a M.A. in Counseling. She retired from the Charleston County School District as a Bilingual (Spanish) Family Service Advocate. Candace has three sons and seven grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren have a special medical condition called congenital myasthenia syndrome. She also has children that are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. Her firsthand experience with children from all backgrounds has grown a passion in her for helping children be healthy so that they can fulfill their potential. 

Scarlett Arreola

Board Member

Scarlett joined the Health Fund for Children team to help build a social media presence and spread the word about the positive impact HF4C is making in the lives of children in the community. She moved to South Carolina from Colorado in 2020 with her husband and their two year old daughter; always wanting to live near the coast, 2020 presented the perfect opportunity. She brings years of experience in social media and digital marketing management, plus a robust background in various administrative roles. This, along with her passion to see everyone get a chance at a better, healthier life, made for a great fit with the HF4C team.

In her spare time, Scarlett loves going to the beach with her family, or finding some local adventure or road trip, catching up with friends, and traveling to new places. Her favorite place to visit so far, other than Charleston, is Barcelona.

OUR advisors

JOHN F. RHODES, JR.

MD, Pediatric/Congenital Cardiologist

Dr. John F. Rhodes is a pediatric and adult congenital invasive cardiologist. He received his medical degree from The Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina, completed his residency in pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a fellowship in cardiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He also pursued additional training in pediatric and adult congenital interventional cardiac catheterization at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Rhodes is currently the operations director for the Congenital Heart Center at MUSC in Charleston and works as in intervention specialist for children and adults with congenital heart disease. 

Dr. Rhodes enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife, Julianna Rhodes. He is passionate about helping children and families. 

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