Dec 09, 2016

CORE Chronicles – Wonder Woman Charlotte


fighting disability, disease or disaster every day with love, laughter and the support of their family and friends.

In fact, since 2004, CORE has helped almost 200 superkids and their families, as they go through a life-altering circumstance or condition! In mid-2016, Charlotte Schryver joined the CORE family as our newest little Wonder Woman! Charlotte (age 4) lives in Massachusetts with her mom, Wendy, and dad, Michael. Charlotte was born with a rare birth defect called Esophageal Atresia with Tracheoesophageal Fistula, which means that her esophagus ended in a blind pouch at the top and the lower portion grew into her trachea, causing both her esophagus and trachea to not form correctly. This strong girl has been under anesthesia for over 20 surgeries and procedures, and is navigating a variety of other medical conditions as well. Her large group of doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital includes gastroenterologists, pulmonary and ear-nose-throat doctors, as well as nutrition specialists. In March 2016, Charlotte had a major surgery, and it has been a battle to get her health back to her normal. She also moved into her first home with her parents, who are busy making sure the house is safe for Charlotte’s various medical needs, especially her pulmonary complexities!

Despite her significant health issues, Charlotte is a wonderfully happy little girl! She loves dancing, music, swimming and art, and loves making people smile and meeting new friends. One of her newest friends is Chairman of the Board Joe Smith, who spent time with the family at their new home. We are so happy to have the Schryvers as part of the CORE family!

CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) is a nonprofit organization that provides support to the children of food and beverage employees navigating life-altering circumstances or conditions. Since 2004, CORE has raised over $2 million and provided support to over 100 families across the industry and the country! With families supported in 27 states, CORE grants up to $10,000 per family to help food and beverage employees navigate a medical diagnosis or death of a parent, spouse or child, loss of housing due to fire or natural disaster, or other unexpected situation. By helping these families cover expenses for childcare, hospital bills, rent and utilities, groceries and clothing, and much more, CORE fulfills our vision to bring support, joy and a sense of caring to food and beverage families during times of extreme emotional and financial strain.

Do you know a family who could qualify for CORE support? Are you interested in becoming a COREporate sponsor or individual donor, or would like to learn more about CORE? Visit our website at or contact Executive Director Lauren LaViola at or 404-655-4690.