This week, 3 families are on a break from cancer!

We are grateful for a generous community that helps us give the most precious of gifts – transformative time to families in the midst of cancer crisis.

FPS patients, caregivers and children have their own unique stories as to how cancer has impacted their lives. We invited you to learn more about how a break from cancer changes lives forever.

Our Donors Make A Difference!

554

people traveled with FPS in our most recent fiscal year.

100%

of nominating oncology professionals report improvement in their patient’s outlook on life after an FPS respite vacation!

1,000

people are provided with emotional support and resources annually.

Meet Stephen

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“In the Spring of 2014, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I was devastated – I didn’t know if i would see my son graduated from high school, or if I’d be able to walk my daughter down the aisle. I had surgery in the Fall and didn’t have to undergo chemotherapy. In July 2015, our family moved from Texas to New York City with plans to start a church. As I got used to our new environment, I continued to be monitored – for almost a year, everything was normal. Then I got a phone call from my doctor – I was re-diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy.”

Meet Dana

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“The mission of FPS is amazing because cancer really does take away a huge part of your life. I’ve had a double mastectomy, chemo, radiation and I’ll admit. I am tired, so tired. The cancer journey caused my husband and I to run on empty, and it’s taken away time that should have been spent with my children. I wanted the opportunity to make memories with them – I wanted the opportunity to live life!”

Meet Donna

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“My doctor told me in March of 2015 that I have Stage IV Lung Cancer. I remember when he said he can not cure it but he can treat it. I asked him how long I have to live. He wouldn’t answer. Too many variables. I googled it. 1/2 of the people with this disease die within 10 months and about 1% live 5 years. I was sent to Penn Medicine to participate in a clinical trial. I had my first round of chemo on April 27th, 2015 and I will have chemo every three weeks for the rest of my life. In the first few months I was confused and scared and I thought I was dying. I still am all of those things. It turns out, I probably am going to die from this someday but first I’m going to live with it. But as in all good stories, of course there is a twist.”

Meet Thomas

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“After my leukemia diagnosis, my family and I faced a long and challenging journey. Spending quality time with my family is very important to me – and we did not have that during my treatment. In one year alone, I spent 175 days in the hospital. Due to my compromised immune system, I couldn’t even hug my children or wife, because I was kept in isolation. When I was recovering at home, I was too sick or tired to be involved with family activities or family life. These are not the memories I wanted my children to have of me or our family. Thanks be to God, I got better, and through a nomination from my doctor, we were offered an FPS respite vacation to Camp Wavus in Maine.”

Meet Kilah

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“In 2016 my journey with Breast Cancer begun. As many others I found a lump, had a mammogram, and then a biopsy. Through this process I was told by many that I was too young to have cancer as I was only 30 years old. I Googled my symptoms and felt confident that it just might be a benign growth. Then on my son’s 2nd birthday on April 25th, 2016 I received the news that I had invasive ductal carcinoma a.k.a Breast cancer. After my initial shock I didn’t have time to process or believe it was real before an explosion of terms were thrown at me.”

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