our impact

A break from cancer can make a difference

We believe that a cancer diagnosis affects the cancer patient, the caregiver and the family members in complex ways. Our hope for each of our travelers is that while on respite, they laugh a little louder, hug a little more and recognize that love defines their life story, not cancer.  Our program is structured to effectuate meaningful change in the family’s emotional, psycho-social, physical and spiritual well-being;  learn more about how our program affects these areas here.

We strive to create a meaningful experience for each traveler and ask our patients and nominators to complete pre and post respite outcome measures. We invite you to view the results below.  We also encourage you to view the outcomes outlined in our strategic plan that are specific to respites with our travel partner, Woodloch Resort.

With the positive results from our evidence-based respite program, FPS aims to change the continuum of care for patients in our demographics as every family can benefit from respite during a cancer journey.


Annual Patient Outcomes

Annual Oncology Team Outcomes

Patient Demographic Matrix

For Pete’s Sake tracks information about all Patients in its Patient Demographic Matrix. This information includes: ethnicity, gender, age category, county, state, cancer type and treatment center. View the Patient Demographic Matrix to see a complete breakdown of our program, the number served and the specifics of each patient.


Our Research Project

FPS has modeled its program with a focus on the overall concept of coping with cancer by the entire family unit, including patient, caregiver and often, young children. Our program advocates for an underserved population – the young family affected by a cancer diagnosis. As part of our continuum of care, we inspire young families to look for and experience everyday moments of respite together. FPS is further developing its evidence based program model with assistance from Dr. Natalie Hamrick and Dr. Ruth McCorkle.

Studying qualitative and quantitative data routinely obtained by FPS staff following a family respite, Dr. Hamrick has identified four common themes associated with a break from cancer:

1) Relationship Quality Among Family Members (includes spouses and children of varying ages)
2) Work and Life Endurance/ Renewed Stamina
3) Patient Treatment Compliance and
4) Joy/Mental Break.

These four themes are being studied in a formal research project with the goal to further support the necessity of a break from cancer and related emotional respite as a family and social support to improve connections not only within the immediate family unit, but with other natural societal connections including those with one’s medical team, work community, neighborhood community and patient community.

The collection of data for the study has ended and was presented by Natalie Hamrick PhD at the APOS 19th Annual conference held March 9-11, 2022. A link to Natalie’s presentation can be found here.


Celebrating 20 Years 

FPS celebrated our 20 year anniversary in 2020 and created this beautiful testimonial video to share the impact our community makes on thousands of families!