In partnership with Grace Peshkur's family and friends, debra of America created the Smile Fund Program to bring smiles to the faces of people with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

This program grants one "mini-wish" per month to an individual with EB.

This photo is of Grace Peshkur.

“In honor of Grace and her heroism, we have started the Smile Fund. This program will grant 'mini wishes' for those who need some happiness. These heroes deserve smiles with all the pain they must endure each moment of each day. Keep sharing their stories and fighting for a cure. Let's support each other and together we can create smiles.” - Karen Peshkur, Grace’s mom

Grace Peshkur lost her battle with EB in 2009.

Learn more about Grace

How It Works

If you or someone you know has EB, you can submit an application to debra of America following the guidelines below. All applications will be considered by a committee, and one awardee is selected per month.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Nominee has EB
  • Nominee has not received an award through the Smile Fund within the past 5 years
  • Nominee resides in the United States
  • Open to all ages

 

What can I ask for?  

Smiles come in all shapes and sizes, and we encourage you to share what will make you smile the most! Popular wishes include:

  • iPad, laptop, or tablet
  • Video game console
  • Birthday party or graduation party
  • Sports event, theater/musical, concert
  • Shopping spree
  • DVDs, toys, books, games, art supplies

Apply

Click the link below to complete a brief online application form!

Smile Fund applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis. One recipient will be selected per month; your application will be kept open and considered each round until the end of each calendar year.

Apply for the Smile Fund

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