To be considered for a Respite Vacation, a patient must have a physician diagnosis of cancer and be between the ages of 24-55. Due to our funding structure, preference is given to patients who reside in PA, NJ, NY, DE or MD but patients from outside areas will be considered. Please view our additional guidelines on the righthand side of this page.

These initial guidelines allow our small non-profit to help the most people in the most efficient way possible. If you do not fit our criteria, we invite you to visit cancercare.org and learn about additional resources in your community.

For Pete’s Sake works individually with each Patient and his or her caregiver to plan unique Respite Vacations. All candidates must be nominated by a health care professional who is a member of the patient’s oncology team and new nominators must go through an inservice. We also subscribe to a full list of clinical assessment factors that are used by clinicians in recognizing which patients are most likely to benefit from the respite experience.

Clinical Assessment Factors PDF

Inquire about our program

Are you or someone you know interested in our program? Only Oncology Team members are permitted to make a nomination to our program, and new nominators must undergo a brief in-service to learn about our mission and guidelines. Please contact us using the appropriate form below and we’ll contact you within 72 business hours.

In order to ensure an efficient process, please review some of our guidelines to ensure eligibility for our respite program. We are a small nonprofit and are trying our best to help as many people as possible while maintaining the integrity of our mission.

  • Patient must be between 24-55 years of age with a physician diagnosis of cancer.
  • Patient must be in active treatment within the last 6 months (chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery).
  • Patient has not traveled on a self-funded vacation or a vacation through another nonprofit organization or individual since diagnosis or recurrence.
  • Patient must be able to travel within 120 days of nomination and the destination must be mutually agreed upon depending on availability of respite locations.
  • Preference is given to patients residing in PA, NJ, DE, NY and MD but patients outside of this area will be considered.

Patient? Oncology Professional?

Are you a friend or family member of a cancer patient? Contact us and we’ll explain how our program works. Or simply give our website information to the oncology professional involved in the patient’s treatment and have them complete the form above.


Get Involved with FPS

Can’t give a financial contribution? There are many great ways to help people take a break from cancer. FPS hosts several major events throughout the year, and also many community organized events. We are always looking for hosts, sponsors, donors and volunteers.
Learn How

Are you an adult cancer patient? Our mission is to provide adult cancer patients, their caregivers and their children with a break from cancer at one of our respite locations. Respite locations are decided based on availability and we cannot promise a specific respite location when you inquire.

Are you a healthcare professional? If you are a first time nominator, you must schedule a brief phone in-service to educate yourself with our mission and guidelines. If you are a repeat nominator, please feel free to submit your nomination via the forms you have on file.