About Us

Michelle M. Adey, the 6 year old daughter of Michael Adey and Mary Carmel (Adey) Wolf, died in 1982 due to Cystic Fibrosis.  Thanks to the help of friends and family, the Michelle M. Adey Memorial Fund was established in her memory to assist other families whose children face serious illness of any category.

It is the longest running fund of this kind in the area, and operates primarily in the greater Utica-Rome region.  Since its inception, the Michelle M. Adey Memorial Fund has disbursed over $811,887 to more than 300 families whose children suffer from cancer, leukemia, heart disease, cystic fibrosis and various illnesses.  Several accident and burn victims have also been helped.

Our Mission

The mission of the Michelle M. Adey Memorial Fund is to provide financial assistance to families of dependent children who suffer from a serious illness of any kind.  Since our incorporation in 1986, we have given assistance to families totaling $811,887


Although we have assisted many families over the years, there are still several families in need.  If you know of a family in need, please contact us.  Money for the fund is raised in the following ways:


  • Established in 1982 in memory of Michelle M. Adey who died of cystic fibrosis at age 6
  • Registered 501 (c)(3), non profit charitable organization
  • All contributions are tax-deductible
  • Provides financial assistance to families whose children suffer serious illness
  • An efficient charity - 1% administrative (postage and supplies) operating expense
  • The Michelle Fund is run by a local all-volunteer board. Therefore, there are very few administrative costs and virtually every dollar raised goes directly to families
  • Has donated over $811,887 to families in central New York
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