For ten years, the StringsforaCURE® Foundation provided Gift Cards to the breast cancer community and in that time we have shipped over 2,276 gift cards to patients in 45 different states providing $226,875 in financial assistance through that program.
As of mid-February 2020, the StringsforaCURE Foundation has approved 80 Medical Assistance Grants for breast cancer patients in a 60-mile radius of Erie, PA, and has awarded $42,787.30 in financial assistance to help pay for co-pays, pharmacy needs and other medical related bills not covered by health insurance. As of mid-February 2020, the StringsforaCURE Foundation has also approved 40 Living Expense Grants for breast cancer patients in a 60-mile radius of Erie, PA, and has awarded $66,035.40 in financial assistance to help pay for rent, mortgage, and utility bills. Also, as of mid-February 2020, the StringsforaCURE Foundation has approved 27 Heart Strings Grants to breast cancer patients in a 60-mile radius of Erie, PA, and has awarded $25,520.50 to help those patients who were experiencing dire financial difficulties.
We are making changes in 2020 and the StringsforaCURE Foundation’s board of directors decided not to accept any new applications for these grants. However, we will continue to make payments on the grants that have already been committed to assist these patients.
Life is about chapters and we will be entering a new chapter for the StringsforaCURE® Foundation. In August 2020, after we celebrate 10 years of serving the breast cancer community, it is with a heavy heart that our founder Elisa Guida, along with StringsforaCURE board members, Patti Larson, Brenda Berchtold and Donna Rose Sherrange, have made the difficult decision to dissolve our 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We are NOT closing StringsforaCURE due to a lack of funds. This decision was made last year, long before the Covid-19 pandemic.
By the time we dissolve the 501(c)(3), we will have been in existence for 10 years and will have provided over $450,000 to breast cancer patients and their families, through our many financial assistance programs both locally and nationally. This is really a time to celebrate what this small breast cancer charity has accomplished during those 10 years!
We hope that the grants that StringsforaCURE awarded to you or the patients under your care were appreciated and have helped to provide some financial relief to these patients during their breast cancer journey.
You can read our Breast Cancer Tips sheet and Resource Guide to see if there is another breast cancer charity that may be able to help you.
- Breast Cancer Tips – online list of elisa’s personal tips for dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis as well as support programs, books and other resources.
- Resource Guide – online guide listing the support programs available to cancer patients.