Travel Respite Program

Sadness to Joy. Depression to Hope.
Isolation to Inclusion. Loneliness to Community.

For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS) enables cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable and lasting respite experiences.  With the Travel Respite Program, we provide adult cancer patients, their caregivers and their children with an opportunity to spend transformational time together in an environment away from their home.

Our Travelers take a break from what life with cancer has become with doctor visits, surgery, tests and treatment. Through a unique gift of time together, they create priceless magical, memorable moments, experience immeasurable joy amidst devastating crisis, confront cancer hardships together and find emotional healing, hope and happiness during an uncertain and tumultuous time.

In the Travel Respite Program, our program coordinators work closely with each family to ensure it has a meaningful experience. Thus, some families participate in community respites whereas others travel individually, some travel close to home and some prefer to be further and all experiences have varying degrees of activity and adventure.  Regardless of the destination, the experience will be tailored to the family’s unique, pressing needs as identified by the nominating health professional.

After the travel respite experience, FPS offers continued ancillary support during their cancer journey. Read more about these services on our “Support Beyond the Respite” page.  Together, we help families recognize it is love, not cancer that defines them.

Therapeutic Benefits of Respite

Cancer touches every aspect of a family’s life.  Thus, the benefits of respite span across all platforms related to emotional, psycho-social, physical, spiritual and financial health.  Our graph below captures the essence of all these benefits, and as FPS covers all respite travel costs, no family has the financial burden to shoulder for the experience.  To learn more about our outcomes, visit our Impact page on our website.


What a Travel Respite Includes:

  • Up to one week accommodations for the patient and primary caregiver, and for children of the patient, when applicable. FPS covers most expenses related to the respite, including all transportation costs. We work with each family to ensure that travel timing is feasible based upon treatment schedules and destination availability. Please note, as of October 2020, if you are preparing to travel on respite you must have a Read ID or Passport if you are flying to your destination.
  • Take a Break Bag, containing a generous cash stipend for the week, toiletries, writing journals, materials to encourage family communication and inspirational books to help make the respite meaningful emotionally and spiritually.
  • A special Take a Break Bag for young children traveling on the trip, including snacks, games, encouraging notes from other children and activities and materials to promote communication about a parent’s illness.
  • A photo keepsake that captures the memories of time together.
  • Continued emotional support from FPS staff and volunteers, and referrals to other non-profit resources as needed. View Our Support Beyond the Respite page to learn more.

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We partner with hospital and cancer center based oncology professionals to receive nominations of eligible patients that meet our guidelines.

A patient must have a physician diagnosis of cancer, be between the ages of 24-55, and be nominated by a health care professional who is a member of the patient’s oncology team. The vast majority of our patients are under financial duress and experiencing emotional and spiritual poverty. Thus, nominators consider clearly outlined clinical assessment factors to help determine if a patient is likely to benefit from the respite experience. Any new nominator to our program is required to schedule an inservice during which our nomination and selection process is clearly explained.

We provide our service to patients who reside in PA, NJ, NY, DE or MD. If you live outside of these states, please email us so we can share other resources with you.

Collaboratively, we work together as a team to plan the most unique respite experience which will result in improved mental health for the family unit. If you do not fit our criteria, we invite you to visit and learn about additional resources in your community.


For Pete’s Sake owns two respite homes in Davenport, Florida. Johnny’s House, our second respite home, was lovingly donated by Patti and John Murabito in memory of their son, Johnny.

We also receive donated trips from resorts and private home donors in the Poconos, Florida, the Caribbean, the Jersey Shore, Maine, the Hamptons, the Carolinas and Virgina. You can view some of our Travel Partners here.

We believe there are many amazing places to take a break from cancer, and we offer options to the nominated patients based on mutual availability. Destinations are decided after patients are nominated, and are not guaranteed during the nomination process.