Gina Maria Barnes Warriors Foundaiton
Gina Maria Barnes was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, friend and community leader. She was involved in her community inspiring young girls to participate in exercise and fitness. She had competed in field hockey & lacrosse in high school and college and wanted to encourage others to love the sport as much as she did. As an adult she coached various teams and was a referee for both sports. Gina was diagnosed with colon cancer and fought a challenging battle, she had many ups and downs and the community rallied around Gina and her family, creating the Gina’s Warriors group – fight like a Warrior. Among all the tremendous charitable acts the Gina’s Warriors raised a large amount of money that was to go toward Gina’s medical bills and her 3 children’s education. Ultimately, Gina lost her battle in 2013 at age 39. Her husband and children ages 13, 10, and 3 were so moved with the out pouring of love that the community had shown, they decided to give back. With the funds donated to the family they created the Gina Maria Barnes Warriors Foundation.
MISSION STATEMENT: TO KEEP THE MEMORY AND LEGACY OF GINA MARIA BARNES ALIVE THROUGH CHARITABLE GIVING IN THE COMMUNITY
The foundation has created two scholarships in Gina’s name. One scholarship is awarded to a Carroll County high school senior girl’s lacrosse player that will continue to play lacrosse in college and the second one is for a Winters Mill High School – any student at the school who has been affected by cancer- either the student personally or an immediate family member.
The foundation has created a program with Carroll Hospital that each year will provide 2 women in Carroll County pre-screening for cancer. The women need to be out of the “Medical/Insurance” norm for such a screening – under the typical age, identified by their physician as needing the screening because of family history or abnormal examination. Along with this program the foundation also supports the Comfort Fund that provides gift cards, gas cards, groceries etc… to patients undergoing cancer treatment.