Dear Friends and Supporters:
14 years ago a conversation around our family’s kitchen table led us to where we are today. The very table our Mom instilled her three pillars into our lives; faith, family and food. None of us ever imagined this conversation would lead to raising more than $1 million, and more importantly, helping over 1,750 families fighting cancer in our community.
It is quite humbling to look back at all that has been accomplished with the support of our donors and the work of the Benedictine Health Foundation. As we go forward, we hope you are inspired to help us to continue to spread the word about the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund, as there is so much more to be done.
Throughout the year, the Foundation receives testimonials from cancer patients the Fund has helped, and they touch all of us deeply. Each story serves as a reminder of our Mom, and enables us to carry forward her spirit of giving.
The commitment we made 14 years ago, to be a viable financial resource for cancer patients in our community while they undergo treatment, continues with the same resolve today. Because of your support, we are proud to say that every eligible cancer patient that has requested assistance has been provided for in the past 14 years.
We were amazed at the response of the new 5K and Kids Fun Run last year, and were truly honored to remember Carley Elaina Bradley and Lisa Naccarato Schatzel who lost their battle to cancer. The addition of the 5K nearly doubled our event participation, and provided an opportunity to further extend our reach into the community. We hope you will continue to encourage your friends and family to join us, whether they ride, run, walk, or volunteer as the event continues to grow.
This year, the Foundation has implemented a new fundraising platform, DonorCommunity, which will further assist you in raising money for cancer patients in need. The system will allow you to set up a Fundraiser Page to share with your network of contacts and help meet your personal fundraising goal. Online registration is now open! We hope you will sign up today!
2016 was a record breaking year thanks to you and thousands of generous supporters – $162,000 raised! Each year we strive to raise more money to help more cancer patients in our community, and this year is no different. Together, we can meet this challenge and provide greater financial resources to those we help.
On behalf of the Arsenault, DiDonna and Gruner family, and the Benedictine Health Foundation, I extend our gratitude for your amazing support! We look forward to celebrating another successful year on September 17th with our compassionate community of donors and volunteers.
Thank you for ensuring our Mom continues on this journey with us.
Daniel J. Gruner