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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.

Each month, we provide Travel Respite to families at Woodloch Resort. This respites allow families to refresh, reconnect and make lasting memories. We also provide Staycation Respites to those facing advanced stage cancer.

FPS patients, caregivers and children have their own unique stories as to how cancer has impacted their lives. We invite you to learn more about how an FPS Respite changes lives forever.

Patient Stories

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.

Each month, we provide travel respite to families at Woodloch Resort. This respites allow families to refresh, reconnect and make lasting memories. We also provide staycation respites to those facing advanced stage cancer.

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

Help Support FPS Families Experience Travel Respite at Woodloch

Alex 

21 years old, Ewing Sarcoma

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Alex lives his life the best he can in the face of his cancer diagnosis at such a young age. He lost his own father to cancer, making this cancer journey even more challenging.

Alex is determined to graduate college and moved back home upon his diagnosis to begin virtual school. His mom is beside him every step of the way.

Ule

43 years old, colon cancer

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Ule has been in continuous treatment for cancer since 2016 and has undergone multiple rounds of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Throughout his cancer journey, he has remained positive, speaking at cancer support groups and inspiring those newly diagnosed.

Amy

51 years old, pancreatic cancer

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Amy’s oncology team at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Erie, PA shared that her pancreatic cancer diagnosis causes emotional turbulence. An uncertain future has left her feeling overwhelmed and stressed, wanting to make the most of time with her caregiver who has supported her through so many challenging times.

Dawn

53 years old, colon cancer

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With two children to care for, Dawn’s husband has been the backbone through her cancer journey and she believes he, too, deserves the gift of respite.

Being the lead parent for soccer, carpooling, and grocery shopping is one thing, but as the primary caregiver, Dawn’s husband also puts her needs first. Dawn longed to give her family a break and the time to reconnect on respite.

Tehmina

48 years old, ovarian cancer

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Tehmina shared that her FPS Respite is provided something no medical treatment can – a feeling of HOPE! She was excited for her family to meet others in a similar situation and to join the greater FPS community.

Tehmina passed away months after her family’s respite, making this time together all the more meaningful.

Peter

44 years old, colorectal cancer

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Peter has been told that he has two years to live. Diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer when he was only 44 years old, he underwent three months of chemotherapy and 25 treatments of radiation.

Peter married his fiance only 3 months after his treatment started and his biggest worry is the idea of leaving her too early.

Antoinette

54 years old, breast cancer/multiple myeloma

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Antoinette was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021 and underwent one year of treatment. In 2022, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and had to restart chemotherapy. Financial challenges weighed heavily on her mind and gave her little opportunity to focus on herself and give her family any special time together.

After two long years, her treatment team understood the need for respite to improve Antoinette’s family health.

Jacob

38 years old, Stage IIB Lymphoma

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Diagnosed with Stage IIB Lymphoma in June 2022, Jacob remained resilient despite struggling with what his wife and children would have to go through due to his cancer. As an oncology nurse, it gave him a renewed sense of purpose in his profession and a personal connection with his patients.

His oncology team at Helen Graham Cancer Center knew that Jacob was in need of time away, free from the challenges of treatment, to make memories with his family.

Margaret

53 years old, Stage IV Renal Cancer

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For 17 years, Margaret and her husband ran a law office dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth, employing several family members. In December 2022, she was diagnosed with stage four renal cancer, leading her to close the practice and lose her primary income. Despite her challenges, including physical pain and financial strain, Margaret remains grateful, drawing strength from her family, friends, and unwavering faith, hoping for a miracle.

She was looking forward to respite to help give her and her husband a break from the battle with cancer.

Tracy

52 years old, Ovarian Cancer

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Tracy is a single mother of five children; her life took an unexpected turn in February 2023 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. During this challenging journey, her daughter, Ceara, has emerged as a pillar of strength, juggling responsibilities as a daughter and as a caregiver, taking a toll on her emotional well-being. Their lives have been disrupted in profound ways by financial struggles and the demands of treatment.

Tracy’s nominator knew that cancer had tested their family in many ways and they needed time to heal and create happy memories.

Our Donors Make A Difference!

10,000

people served by FPS as of October 2022!

100%

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

22,473

touchpoints are made with our families annually, through social outings, support phone calls, and our newsletters.

Give A Break From Cancer

Every donation helps. Give the gift of a a break from cancer by making a monthly or single donation to our program. Learn more about our donation options and other ways you can help.

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