|“Just because the band breaks up, doesn’t mean you’re going to stop playing the music!” The guitar string jewelry will continue to “give back” to the cancer community, focusing on breast cancer charities.
From August 2010 to September 2020, the StringsforaCURE Foundation helped over 2,068 breast cancer patients, distributing over $466,314 to these patients through our programs. At the end of September 2020, after celebrating 10 years of serving the breast cancer community, Elisa Guida, along with StringsforaCURE board members, Patti Larson, Brenda Berchtold and Donna Rose Sherrange, started the process to dissolve our 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We did NOT close the StringsforaCURE Foundation due to a lack of funds. We were not a Covid Casualty; this decision was made in 2018, long before the Covid-19 pandemic.
By the time we dissolved the 501(c)(3), we provided close to half a million dollars to breast cancer patients and their families, through our many financial assistance programs both locally and nationally. This was a time to celebrate what this small breast cancer charity accomplished during those 10 years!
We would like to thank everyone who has supported our mission over the years. Without you, we would not have been able to help so many breast cancer patients. Everyone who has been involved with the StringsforaCURE Foundation should be very proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the years. This is a time to celebrate! Like everything in life, we have to do what is best, because it is time to do so.
What very few had known was that our founder, Elisa Guida, a two-time breast cancer survivor, had also been the full-time caregiver of her sweet mom, Mary, for 10 years. While there were no regrets, we are saddened to report that Elisa’s dear mom Mary passed on April 19, 2021, at the age of 97, with Elisa and Ed by her side.
For those wondering what the future holds for the StringsforaCURE® jewelry, Elisa Guida, a jewelry designer for over 45 years, will continue to design one-of-a-kind earrings, necklaces and bracelets from guitar strings donated by famous musicians and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to an existing cancer charity, focusing on breast cancer charities. To date, Elisa made donations to: Breastcancer.org, Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, the Pink Fund, For 3 Sisters, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and Casting for Recovery. Mary’s Place by the Sea is the next cancer charity to receive a portion of the July through December 2022 StringsforaCURE jewelry orders. Thank you for your continued support of the SFAC jewelry.