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An Important Update From For Pete’s Sake

These past three months have been tumultuous on all levels.  At For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, we’ve had no choice but to quickly adapt to this storm with two major challenges:  financial support and mission delivery. Click here to learn how FPS is navigating these challenges.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  We continue to closely monitor the current environment and work with those families that were scheduled for a Travel Respite experience prior to our program suspension. We learned this week our travel partner, Woodloch Resorts, will be re-opening its doors and thus, we will be sending many of our families to this destination in June 2020. We are thankful and relieved that we can provide a safe, memorable respite for these families at Woodloch.

Further, we have pivoted our program to provide at-home respite experiences for advanced stage cancer patients who will not have an opportunity to travel.  Aside from working with those families in our program who are too ill to travel, we are actively piloting our Staycation Respite Program with nominators from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple Health and MD Anderson Cooper as a direct entry point into our program. We will open nominations following the successful pilot and assurance that related outcomes are attained. We invite you to read about this program’s impact here.

If you are looking to support FPS, join one of our virtual events below, or simply just make a contribution to our Staycation Respite Program or Travel Respite Program.

We are grateful too for the support of so many of you who responded to our call to help young families in the cancer crisis.  We were able to meet the $40,000 match from Blue Bell Private Wealth Management and two anonymous donors. The confidence I have in you, our community members, remains unwavering. I know that together we can continue to provide life-changing respite experiences to the underserved adult cancer patient population.

Please know too we are only a phone call away.  Our office is staffed remotely daily and we encourage you to reach out if you need assistance by calling (267) 708-0510.  If you need to speak with me directly, call my cell at (215) 416-7489.  Thank you for your continued trust, support, advocacy and prayers.

Marci Schankweiler, CEO/Founder

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