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Mar

22

The Al Barry Foundation and BarryBasics™ will suspend the manufacturing of apparel this summer and its presence on the web. I sincerely thank all of you who supported our efforts to provide modular apparel (BarryBasics™) to Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Cancer Patients, Hospice Patients and those Patients with mobility challenges. In 2008, we set out to honor one of the last wishes of Al Barry – to do something for Marines and Wounded Warriors. This Spring, we will distribute the limited inventory we have and then the Mission will be accomplished! There are so many individuals and businesses I would like to thank personally and I will do so by letter in the coming weeks. I believe I have reached the “I’m too tired of real work” stage in life. From now on, I just want to focus on family, friends, people in need of a helping hand, and creatures – and in my spare time, play with paints and crafts! Thanks again – I love you all! Liz Taylor-Barry The Al Barry Foundation and BarryBasics™ will suspend its manufacturing of apparel this summer and its presence on the web. I sincerely thank all of you who supported our efforts to provide modular apparel (BarryBasics™) to Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Cancer Patients, Hospice Patients and those Patients with mobility challenges. In 2008, we set out to honor one of the last wishes of Al Barry – to do something for Marines and Wounded Warriors. This Spring, we will distribute the limited inventory we have and then the Mission will be accomplished! There are so many individuals and businesses I would like to thank personally and I will do so by letter in the coming weeks. I believe I have reached the “I’m too tired of real work” stage in life. From now on, I just want to focus on family, friends, people in need of a helping hand, and creatures – and in my spare time, play with paints and crafts! Thanks again – I love you all! Liz Taylor-Barry The Al Barry Foundation and BarryBasics™ will suspend its manufacturing of apparel this summer and its presence on the web. I sincerely thank all of you who supported our efforts to provide modular apparel (BarryBasics™) to Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Cancer Patients, Hospice Patients and those Patients with mobility challenges. In 2008, we set out to honor one of the last wishes of Al Barry – to do something for Marines and Wounded Warriors. This Spring, we will distribute the limited inventory we have and then the Mission will be accomplished! There are so many individuals and businesses I would like to thank personally and I will do so by letter in the coming weeks. I believe I have reached the “I’m too tired of real work” stage in life. From now on, I just want to focus on family, friends, people in need of a helping hand, and creatures – and in my spare time, play with paints and crafts! Thanks again – I love you all! Liz Taylor-Barry

Dec

06

Thank you again for your donations in 2015. Remember that donations are used for the purpose of manufacturing medical apparel for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Cancer Patients and Patients with mobility challenges. Please know that patients always appreciate the comfort and ease in changing clothing that the Foundation's clothing offers.

Dec

06

As soon as inventory is available, gifts will be delivered to Wounded Warriors and Veterans. Current inventory is limited to Large and Extra Large sizes -- which will be delivered to Veterans and Cancer Patients as requests are received this month. We are grateful to all donors who have made these gifts and new production possible.

Aug

31

We will be adding a Nightshirt to our apparel line for women and men.  It will be first tested using high quality fabrics and fasteners.  The design will slip across the body and snap -- a great option to the hospital gown -- and may be worn following surgery and during recovery.  This will be another design Made in America. 

Mar

27

Samples of new designs are in production. Following tests for utility, comfort, and laundry - the new designs will be offered through the Foundation Gift Program.

Jul

01

Last summer, the Foundation provided apparel to the Tanzania Mission 2014 Lutheran Team from Columbia, S.C. They travel to remote areas providing health care services to support local medical services.  We have received word from the Team that their travel is underway. The snap apparel is provided to patients and the no-snap apparel is provided to medical staff in Tanzania.  This is the second time that the Foundation has been able to provide the apparel to the Mission Team.  You can follow their work through the Lutheran Missions. 

Jul

01

Matthew Barry, son of Al Barry, has joined the Foundation Board as Director of Marketing and Outreach. Matthew resides in Columbia, S.C. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. For the past eight years, Matthew has served as Select Coach, S.C. United FC; and during he past four years, he has been Head Coach of Mulitple Select Travel Soccer Teams, as well as Varsity Soccer Coach at A.C. Flora in Columbia, S.C.  Matthew also works at BarNone in Columbia, S.C.   

Jul

01

The Al Barry Foundation is pleased to announce apparel production is underway to restock the Foundation's Gift inventory. The apparel will be manufactured in South Carolina using "made in the USA" fabrics and notions. Please go to the Contact Page on the web site (www.albarryfoundation.org) to let us know of patients who may need the modular apparel during their recovery from injury, surgery or illnesses. The Al Barry Foundation continues to serve Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Cancer Patients, and Patients with severe mobility challenges. Your donations will be used to re-stock inventory.  Donors may designate a named individual, a group of individuals, or a care facility for patient use, to receive gifts.  Please use the web site Donate Page to make a donation through PayPal.  All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. The Al Barry Foundation is a a nonprofit public benefit charitable 501(c)(3) corporation.

Oct

19

As reported on October 14, 2013, by local media outlets, "A fire that caused an estimated $1 million worth of damages at a Northeast Richland shopping center was intentionally set.  The fire started inside a self-storage business, located in the center of the complex, according to the Richland County Fire Marshal's Office.  (jmonk@thestate.com)  The arson case has been turned over to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.  Approximately ten businesses were damaged.  [http://www.thestate.com/2013/10/14/3038191/columbia-blaze-does-1-million.html)

The Foundation has had a climate controlled storage unit at the reported location for several years for the purpose of storing apparel inventory and supplies.  The final assessment of damage has not been determined.   Notification of business operations will be announced as soon as possible. 


 

Sep

16

When the Al Barry Foundation was founded, little did we know that the need for specialy clothing for Wounded Warriors and Veterans would be so helpful to those in recovery -- nor did we anticipate the need to include Cancer Patients, Hospice Patients and Patients with severe mobility challenges.   I need your help with a personal donation and your help seeking donations from corporate giving programs and organizations that may include the Al Barry Foundation on their end of the year list. 

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit operating in the state of South Carolina.  A Letter of Determination is available for record.  Please contact me if you would like to help us this year.  In addition to manufacturing the clothing line, we are in the planning stages of setting up a mini-manufacturing operation so that we will be able to offer personal sizing for patients with mobility issues.  Such an effort will require major support. 

We are gift packages of modular clothing will be depleted this Fall as we prepare for deliveries to Wounded Warriors and to all those patients we are attempting to serve.  We must be successful in fundraising this Fall so that manufacturing orders may be placed.   To donate, please go to our web site - www.albarryfoundation.org - or mail your donation to:  The Al Barry Foundation, PMB 346, 10129 Two Notch Road, Suite 2, Columbia, S.C. 29229-4195.   Please share this news with your friends.  I hope I can count on you!

Liz Taylor-Barry
The Al Barry Foundation

Aug

16

Our web site will be undergoing changes over the next few weeks.  We apologize for the inconvience.  We will be adding a shopping cart to complement the donation selection.   Please contact us if you have a patient who may be comforted with a gift of modular clothing during their recovery.  We will be happy to accommodate your request. 

Mar

04

Gift packages are being prepared for men and women cancer patients.  To add a gift recipient to the list, please go to www.albarryfoundation.org and click on Contact to send an e-mail with the information we need for planning purposes.  Please include your contact information so that we may confirm delivery information.  Gifts that require shipping require 3 to 10 day for delivery.  Please support our efforts by contributing to the Al Barry Foundation.  Due to shipping costs, this gift program will be limited to the month of March 2013.

Nov

29

Five years ago on December 2nd, we lost a great Father, Husband and Friend.  Today, the memory of Al Barry is as great as the life he led.   The creation of the Al Barry Foundation was in response to one of his last wishes -- to help others because so many had helped us during his year long battle with Glioblastoma.  Anyone who knew Al Barry knew of his love of the U.S. Marine Corps and the men and women who wore the Corps' uniform.  The Foundation originally set out to design and manufacture clothing for Wounded Warriors and Veterans - today the Foundation also serves Cancer Patients and Patients with mobility challenges.  By the end of 2012, the Foundation will have given 3,000 pieces of apparel to patients.  To respond to commercial sales requests, the modular medical apparel is available through www.barrybasics.com
There is no end to the grief we expereince when we try to live with the loss of those we dearly love.  Their presence will be forever in our hearts and minds... we will always remember the laughter, the distinct personality, and the love they once gave us.  Al Barry had six terrific daughters, two remarkable sons, grandchildren, a step-son and step-daughter who will forever hold their special memories.  Family and Friends offer their messages at the Foundation web site.    
I thank God each day for the gift of Al Barry in my life... and I pray for the wisdom to be strong and to be able to recognize God's Grace in serving others through the memory of love once shared.  

 

Sep

14

In September, the Foundation delivered 300 pieces of apparel to Wounded Warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.  We are always so impressed with the Wounded Warriors and their families and friends.  It is a privilege to gift the apparel on behalf of the Al Barry Foundation donors.  We thank all donors who made the gifts possible.  Our next visit will be in November of 2012. 

Jun

12

Go to News tab and click on Newsletters to read 50,000 reasons to support Wounded Warriors.

Jun

12

A major donor will make it possible to move forward immediately with production of modular apparel for Wounded Warriors.  The funding will also allow for the research, design and testing of apparel that will be easier for patients who cannot use button or snap fasteners.  After receiving permission from the donor, a story m,ay follow with more details.

May

29

We delivered gifts of modular apparel to our Wounded Warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on May 17, 2012.  My sincere thanks to Diane Chase of McLean, Virginia, and the US Marine Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Walter Reed.  The Wounded Warriors that we visited were gifted two sets of the apparel -- which included modular snap shirts and modular snap boxer shorts or gym shorts.  We will be delivering gifts to the Wounded Warriors we were unable to visit, as well as to provide correct sizes.   Diane Chase will be coordinating with the Warrior Transition Command to determine the needs and sizes of Wounded Warriors during their treatment and rehabilitation.  We also greatly appreciated the time and interests by all services (military personnel assigned to Walter Reed and the Wounded Warrior programs).  We will be coordinating more closely with them for future shipments and gifts. 
When we left the 4th Floor Ward on May 17th, we were so pleased that the young men wanted the shirts and shorts.  In fact, most wanted to wear them immediately.  They were relieved that they could wear a shirt that did not require removing their IVs and monitoring tubes.  Families now take care of their laundry so we no longer have to be concerned about the loss of the modular apparel in the hospital's commerical laundry services. 
I will write about our visit in more detail in our upcoming newsletter.  However, please let me share with you that there are far more young warriors who need our apparel than we realized -- and that we can accommodate.  I will be asking for your support again.  Every time I get discouraged in our atttempts to raise the money that it takes to manufacture the modular apparel -- I simply recall my visits, e-mails or telephone conversations with all those who found some comfort in the apparel.  I will never forget the young faces of the courageous young men that I have visited -- nor will I ever forget the pain in the eyes of the young wives or parents who do all that they can to comfort their loved ones.  They are so young and give no hint that they are giving up.
It would be easy to give up this project and reflect only on my personal loss but I can't.  So I will be in touch to ask for your support again -- to ask that you give whatever you can so that we can manufacture clothing for wounded warriors. 
It will soon be five years since Al Barry and I lost the battle with his brain cancer.  If Al were still here, there is no doubt in my mind that he would be first in line to support what we are trying to do with the Foundation.  Please join us and contact Diane Chase or me through this website if you have questions or suggestions. 
 







Apr

12

Today is the birth date of Al Barry.  He loved birthdays and holidays!  We all followed his tradition of giving at least one serious birthday card and as many funny ones that could be found.  He had the patience to sit on funny, off-the-wall birthday cards for months waiting to present them to friends and family.  Still difficult to accept he is not physically with us.  However, his spirit lives on in the memories we all have.  So - if you are roaming around heavenly places today, Al Barry, we love ya!

Apr

12

The date of the deliveries to our Wounded Warriors receiving care at Bethesda National Hospital has been changed from April to mid-May.  Modular Apparel will be provided to patients in recovery and to patients awaiting treatment and engaged in out-patient treatment.  We will also try to make deliveries to cancer patients at the hospital. 

Mar

22

Gift deliveries will be made in late April to Wounded Warriors and Cancer Patients at Bethesda National Hospital.  The gifts will include boxers, shorts and long pants and shirts with snap fasteners and without snaps.  The apparel will be in wicking fabrics in the colors of gray, blue, olive and black. 

Mar

22

An article was posted by Sgt. Shaft (John Fales) at www.military.com/opinion.  John was Al Barry's friend. 

Feb

23

The first recipient of a gift from the Al Barry Foundation is a brave young man (age 14) courageously fighting brain cancer at the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.  His Mother placed an order for the modular shorts and we sent along a Reversible Modular Shirt as a gift. 

Sep

11

Please read the September newsletter posted under "newsletter."

Sep

11


In 2012, the Al Barry Foundation will expand its reach to military families and the general civilian population by serving patients challenged by cancer and temporary or permanent limited mobility.  The decision is a result of three years of research and learning more about the patients we have served and the challenges they and their caregivers face.
Not only have we responded to Wounded Warriors at Bethesda and Landstuhl medical facilities, we have responded to Veterans across the country who were recovering from broken limbs and surgery as well as those in Hospice care.  Patients who have used the modular medical apparel have included diabetics and patients in nursing homes. 
We will keep you posted on our progress and our efforts to gain financial support for our programs and services. 

Jul

21

Thanks to Ed and Nancy Vetter - almost everyone in their retirement community participated in the "10 for 10" project.  The donations made possible the last shipment of Modular Medical Apparel to our Wounded Warriors at the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany.   

Jul

21


Wounded Warriors receiving medical treatment at the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany received a second shipment of 240 pieces of Modular Medical Apparel in July.  The Marine Patient Affairs Team acknowledged the arrival of the medical apparel and thanked the Foundation. 

May

24

Lance Vetter, new Foundation Board Member, and Liz Taylor-Barry attended an Evening Parade and Reception in the Marine Family Garden on May 20, 2011, in honor of the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Raymond Mabus, Jr.  The Evening Parades at the Marine Barrtacks at 8th & I Streets in Washington, D.C., are held each Friday evenings during the summer months.  The Parades include concerts by the U.S. Marine Band asnd the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps as well as the Silent Drill Platoon Inspection. 

Liz Barry presented General James Amos, the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, with a sample of the new "Marine Green" Modular Medical Apparel.  The new apparel will be shipped first to Wounded Warriors in Landstuhl, Germany.  The second shipment of the new military colors will be delivered to Wounded Warriors at Bethesda National Hospital. 


   

    

Apr

04

Please check out the new web page created expecially for Wounded Warriors and Veterans.  You can post, comment or support Wounded Warriors or Veterans -- or they can post info on their businesses or seek answers to questions they may have... take a look and be in touch.

Click here to see the webpage
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Apr

04

E. Lance Vetter will join the Foundation Board in May, 2011.  To read more, please go to "newsletters" and click on April News.

Apr

04

Join Us!  10 friends donating $100 each to provide gift boxes for 10 Wounded Warriors - or, 10 friends donating $10 each to provide one Wounded Warrior gift bag.  Read more by going to newsletters and click on April News. 

Feb

01

Please go to News and click on "Newsletters" for the February 2011 newsbrief.  

Jan

19

In tribute to Al Barry and the many Marines who have supported the Foundation through their donations, new fabric for the modular medical apparel has been ordered.  Marine "green" and black will be the first fabrics to be used, followed by navy, gray, khaki and white to fill requests by all the services.  Clemson Apparel Research (CAR) will be the primary manufacturer.  The fabrics will be provided by Alamac Fabrics of Lumberton, North Carolina. 

Jan

19

Nine boxes of Modular Medical Apparel has been shipped to the US Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Office in Landstuhl, Germany.  After checking out the apparel, our contact at the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, found the apparel to be "perfect" and "good quality" especially for patients with broken arms and legs.  They ask for at least 100 pieces of apparel but we were able to ship 218 pieces.  We thank all who help make this happen -- including our supporters donors!

Jan

09

The "Chaplains's Closet" at the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany will be receiving a supply of Modular Medical Apparel from the Al Barry Foundation in the coming weeks.  A sample was shipped to the Wounded Warrior BN East unit for approval.  The following response was received by e-mail from the USMC, Landstuhl, Germany:   "The sample break-away shirts, shorts and trousers were perfect for our Wounded Warriors to wear.  We have patients with casts (legs and arms) and your apparel is an ideal item for us to hand out.  We really appreciate and are grateful for all you do for our Wounded Warrios.  Thank you!  Semper Fi..."

Dec

20

 The Commandant of the Marine Corps and Mrs. James Amos invited Liz Barry and guests of the Foundation to a holiday reception honoring “Military Supporters” on December 15th, 2010, at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C.
Diane and Alan Chase (USAF, Ret.) represented the Foundation at the reception.  The Commandant commented that he had seen Wounded Warriors in the modular medical apparel and he was aware that the Foundation has gifted more than 1,400 pieces of the apparel to Wounded Warriors and Veterans.
 
The Commandant of the Marine Corps and Mrs. James Amos invited Liz Barry and guests of the Foundation to a holiday reception honoring “Military Supporters” on December 15th, 2010, at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C.
Diane and Alan Chase (USAF, Ret.) represented the Foundation at the reception.  The Commandant commented that he had seen Wounded Warriors in the modular medical apparel and he was aware that the Foundation has gifted more than 1,400 pieces of the apparel to Wounded Warriors and Veterans.
 

Dec

20

 Liz Barry represented the Al Barry Foundation at Mack’s Marines “Glory to the Corps: Luncheon celebrating the 235th Birthday of the Marine Corps and the 35th anniversary of Mack’s Marines.
 
             On Friday, 5 November 2010, the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. Brigadier General Steven Rudder (Legislative Assistant to the Commandant) and General James Jones , USNC (Ret.),  and formerly National Security Advisor to the President spoke to more than 140 guests on the annual luncheon at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C.
The luncheon started on Capitol Hill with five Marines on November 10, 1975, at the old Club II restaurant to celebrate the Bi-Centennial of the United State Marine Corps.  The charter members were:  Active Duty Lieutenant Colonel Al Barry, Marine Corps U.S. Senate Liaison Officer; Retired Colonel George Dodenhoff (Executive Direction of the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association; Reserve Major Paul Skrabut, Senate Staff; Retired Sergeant Major Cass Cassell, as associate of the Armed Forces Benefit Association and Retired Sergeant Major C.A. (Mack) McKinney, Executive Director, Washington Office, of the Non-Commissioned Officer Association.
In 1976, fifteen Marines attended the 201 Anniversary, including Lt. Col. Buzz Hefti, Marine Liaison to the House of Representatives; Jim Webb, A House Veterans Affairs Committee staffer; Herb Harmon, Jim Fowler and John Fales.  In 1977, nearly 30 joined; and in 1978, the “Gang” moved to the Monocle with Representative Bob Wilson of California. 
By 1980, the Marine Corps League Capital Martine Detachment hosted luncheon under its banner — and gatherings were held in the Rayburn and Cannon House Office Buildings. 
The “Gang” moved to the Naitonal Democratic Club where the first luncheon drew thirty Marines—hence the name—”The Gang of 30.”
In May of 2002, General Jim Jones, the 32nd Commandant, offered the use of the Washington, D.C. Marine Barracks.
The original founding members continued to be active in the Gang until the death of Sgt. Major Mack McKinney and Sgt. Major Cass Cassell in 2006 — and Al Barry in December of 2007.
In 2006, the name was changed to “Mack’s Marines” and the group continues to meet each year to honor the history of the Corps and to recognize members of the Marine Corps Legislative Affairs team on Capitol Hill. 
 

Aug

30

On July 29, 2010, we delivered 240 pieces of Modular Medical Apparel to Bethesda Naval Hospital.  The U.S. Marine Corps Liaison Office helped us with the delivery and introduced us to patients and their families.  The Marines were great as always.   The selection of apparel for “A Barry Bag” included Modular Medical Apparel shirts and pants with plastic snap closures.  A patient could choose Modular Medical Apparel or the interchangeable No-snap apparel.  A special request had been made for regular t-shirts and sleeveless t-shirts and Hemingway Apparel of South Carolina produced these for us at the last minute.   The young men that I met liked the apparel fabric and were happy to get the “break-aways.  ”  In each of the “BarryBags” was a donor card providing the name of the donor who made the gift possible.

Aug

29

Clemson Apparel Research [Clemson University, South Carolina] will manufacture the apparel in the coming months.  Clemson has also provided consulting services, pattern making, prototype/samples and small volume cut and sew manufacturing in the production of Modular Medical Apparel.
 
Clemson Apparel Research is now a premier national resource for high-performance textiles and related materials research and applications. Its fast-turn manufacturing and supply chain optimization solutions are being applied very effectively to industries other than sewn products.  For more information on Clemson Apparel Research, check out their website at www.car.clemson.edu/ 

Aug

27

With the completion of apparel testing and improvements in designs,  Clemson Apparel Research is underway with new samples.  Once the sample product line review has been conducted, the women’s line will go into production. 
The first production will be dedicated to women breast cancer patients & survivors and to women wounded in military service.   We will announce activities on the website as well as on Facebook.  We are very excited with the women’s line – and the women who participated in our tests love the feel and utility of the apparel. 
 
In a recent test market of the women’s modular medical apparel at a local hospital, the nursing attendant said — “we need this for everybody… my hospital definitely needs this instead of hospital gowns.  I could save my back with limited lifting of patients & it avoids discomfort for the breast cancer patient”…                            

Aug

26

When Al and I began his treatments at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2007, we discovered that young children and men over 70 are the most likely patients of Glioblastoma (brain cancer).  The children we saw were an inspiration and made us realize that their lives were before them  -- they were “oh, so brave” as they sat with their crayons and games waiting for their doctor.  It was there and then that we realized that our days had been full, many of our best days were behind us, and we still had so much for which we were thankful.  So – you bet!  Modular Medical Apparel would not be complete without special attention to a line for children.  This line will almost complete Al’s wishes. 
 
The designs are underway and we are hopeful that BarryBasics for Children will be available by the end of the year.