Giving Back Makes Community Stronger

Through membership in The Cares Alliance, the Robert J Fischer Team has partnered with Emerald Lawns (and invite other corporate partners to join) to bless others while creating awareness and a safe opportunity for the community to give back. We want to be a force for good in the world, encouraging our community to seek, recognize, and help those in need.

We are excited to present you with this month’s Community Voting Initiative in support of individuals in need.

The five individuals below are all facing various hardships in their lives. While all are deserving, we need you to vote for the one finalist that you want to receive the largest donation from The Cares Alliance. We’ll be giving away $9,000 divided among the five finalists, with percentages based on their final voting rank. The donation checks will be presented to each in July.

Donations made possible by Members of The Cares Alliance: 


(click + to expand and read about each finalist)

Angela Woods
Angela Woods was diagnosed with Lupus about 5 years ago. Since then, she has racked up tons of medical bills. She is a very hard working lady and only makes $9.23/hr. This barely enough for her to survive, much less pay off all of her medical bills. She has her main full-time job as a property manager for public storage and she also delivers for Instacart when she can as well as giving rides as a Lyft driver. She is doing everything she can to stay above water, but she can only work so many hours and this is taking its toll on her physically. She also helps my father to support me as I continue my education at the University of Texas. I don’t want her to feel obligated to cover any of my expenses anymore since she’s having to take out loans to make it happen. Angela is a wonderful person with a very kind heart and a giving spirit and always does her best to help others. She could probably get social security and disability, but she doesn’t want to give up working completely and rely on the government to take care of her. I am nominating her for a donation so that she doesn’t have to break her back trying to take care of herself and me and all of her bills. I can’t help her financially at this time and wish that I could so badly.
Anthony Morales
 Anthony began experiencing pain in his upper left thigh in late February of this year. His initial trip to the ER ended with a misdiagnosis of a hematoma. After the pain continued and his thigh continued to swell he made two more trips to the ER which finally resulted in a CT scan that revealed a mass in his thigh. He was diagnosed with sarcoma, a relatively rare cancer, on April 16. At the time of his diagnosis he had no insurance. About a month after his diagnosis our parents were able to find health insurance for him.

The doctors also found lesions in his lungs and believe the cancer has spread there. Anthony started his first round of chemo on May 11th and will begin his second round May 31st or June 1st. The plan is to shrink his 22+cm tumor so it can be surgically removed. The chemo should help kill the cancer in his lungs as well.

Anthony has been such a great friend to everyone he knows. He’s been a part of the local Austin music community for years and it’s been amazing to see so many people rally around him during this rough time. It’s going to be a long road, and we know it takes a village, but we are so lucky to have so many people willing to help.

Name Withheld - Mom Fighting Uphill Battle

Hello! I am a single mom to 2 adorable, little boys in foster care for the last year. I have built a close relationship with the boys’ biological parents hoping to help reunify,  mentor, and support this family. The boys were about to be reunited with their biological parents when things took an unexpected turn and now their biological mom is practically homeless, jobless, and car-less. Her world has completely fallen apart – the boys’ dad is currently incarcerated, they were evicted, and she was left with less than $1 in their bank account.

She is motivated and wants to change her life for the better by starting a new life on her own but has a steep uphill battle and no healthy support system. She has limited life experience, job experience, and relationship experience and needs financial help, job help, mentorship, or even just a healthy friend! She comes from generations of brokenness and I am doing my best to help her break this cycle! She desperately needs financial help. She is working some side jobs to make enough money just to feed herself and put gas $ in her car for the NEXT DAY. 

I am working to help her find a healthy, Christian home in which to live. This money would go toward rent, food, and gas money (potentially, a car). And I would like to manage it on her behalf because she has never had any good financial guidance. Please consider helping her out in a big way! I will be sure that the money goes a long way to helping her get on her feet and be successful in the long term! Thank you for listening. 🙂

Mark Rhoades

Mark is a monitor tech on a Critical Care floor at St. David’s Medical Center. He was recently diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. He spent two weeks in the hospital undergoing costly procedures, transfusions and testing. Recently his labs have reviewed that the prostate cancer has become resistant to treatment. His medical team is recommending a promising immunotherapy treatment that is not covered by insurance. Along with this complication, he also has stents that need to be replaced frequently. One of his stents requires a costly machine to remove, which insurance also does not cover. Mark is such a hard working and loving person. He cares for his patients as if they were his own family. He has been in the health care field for over 35 years, dedicating over half of his life to helping others. It would be great to see such a selfless man have some financial stability during this difficult time.

Michael VanCleave

Michael VanCleave is a living miracle. Born with Cerebral Palsy and other physical impairments, he was not supposed to live past the age of 2. He is now 35 years old and brings joy to those around him. He is not able to walk or talk, but he communicates in other ways. His sister, Danyell, is his primary caregiver. Michael came to live with Danyell just over 2 years ago. She is a single mom of 3 Boys. Michael came to her with a lot of needs that were unmet. She has been working on taking care of a laundry list of needs for him…new leg braces, new wheelchair, new glasses, getting set up for various therapies, etc. She is now in the process of getting much needed dental work done and about $10,000 of it is not covered. Danyell has done so much for Michael. She was a teacher’s aide in his high school class, got a bus drivers license so she could drive him to the Special Olympics at that time, goes out of her way to accommodate his interests and make his life as enjoyable as possible. She is his #1 advocate. Any amount towards his dental work would be a huge blessing.


You must provide your name, a valid email address+, select one finalist, and vote only once. Voting will close at midnight on June 30, 2018. 
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Please note that we take your privacy very seriously. No data collected will be shared or sold to any third-parties. Voters agree to be added to our monthly charity newsletter for The Cares Alliance but may unsubscribe at any time. We typically send only one email a month with information regarding open nominations, Cares Stories from past donation recipients, final voting results, or invites to our annual Poker & Purses fundraiser.  We’re always open to ideas for how to make our newsletter even more valuable to The Cares Alliance supporters. Ideas and questions can be sent to Thanks so much for participating in this month’s community vote!

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More About Community Voting Initiatives

The Cares Alliance was founded to bless others while building needs awareness and a safe opportunity for the community to give back as well. We want to be a force for good in the world, serving others and bringing the community together to help those in need. To achieve these goals, we regularly hold Community Voting Initiatives (CVI) during which we solicit nominations and voting participation from the community.

Each CVI is focused on a different vital sector of the community, including:

    • charities, non-profits, churches and mission groups
    • individuals and families in need
    • local schools

How The Cares Alliance Community Voting Initiative (CVI) Works:

  1. A new CVI is announced and nominations are taken from the community through online submission for a 3-week period.
  2. The Cares Alliance Board votes and selects 3 to 5 finalists (dependent on total donation funds available) from community nominations based on need, stories/background, and the community impact per that period’s CVI.
  3. Online voting is open to the community for the entire following month and promoted through social and traditional media channels. Voters must vote only once and for one finalist but are encouraged to rally friends and family for the cause/recipient they wish to receive the largest portion of the donations.
  4. A check presentation ceremony is held a few weeks after voting closes, where each nominee receives a portion of the funds allocated for that period’s CVI (currently $9,000) and based on their final ranking. The first place recipient receives the largest portion and so on…
  5. A new set of nominees is collected for the next announced CVI.