The Victoria Buffum Endowment Committee at the University of Vermont Cancer Center has awarded the Cancer Patient Support Foundation's (CPSF) Emergency Fund $47,000. This fund provides emergency financial assistance for local cancer patients and their families.
Many of CPSF's patients report that they are more "scared about the money than the cancer." CPSF hopes to minimize that fear by providing financial support to cancer families in crisis. The Emergency Fund provides assistance to families to remove financial barriers to cancer treatment and help them meet their most basic needs. Today the CPSF Emergency Fund supports nearly 650 families each year. Since its inception this fund has awarded more than $2 million to families in Vermont and Northern New York. Cancer patients too often need to make difficult choices between paying for much needed prescriptions, or transportation to treatment instead of meeting their families’ basic needs including food, heat, and childcare. Requests to the Emergency Fund have risen dramatically. In 2016, $190,000 was awarded to 509 patients; last year, $223,000 was awarded to 649 patients.
CPSF would not be able to provide this level of support without our community partners like the Victoria Buffum Endowment. Since 2013 this fund has awarded CPSF’s Emergency Fund more than $150,000 to support local cancer patients and their families receiving treatment at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Buffum lost her battle with cancer in 2002 at the age of 58. According to the UVM Medical Center website, "She wanted to ease the burden of individuals (and their families) trying to understand their illness and move through the challenges of treatment. She funded this endowment through her generous personal philanthropy in support of her goal.” "
The Victoria Buffum Endowment has enabled CPSF to meet the needs of hundreds of local cancer patents.," said Sarah Lemnah, CPSF Executive Director. "Victoria Buffum's legacy lives on in the patients we are able to serve due to her generosity and desire to lessen the burden on individuals and their families."
Click here for more information on CPSF’s Emergency Fund.
Chef Shawn Calley, the Executive Chef of the Burlington Country Club, was awarded the Culinary Cup and the People's Choice Award at the 3rd Annual Culinary Classic to benefit the Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF). Calley is the first chef to win both awards and was the Culinary Cup Champion in 2015. This year he competed against: Chef Christian Kruse, Vergennes Laundry by CJ, Chef Donnell Collins, Leunig's Bistro & Café, Chef Adam Raftery, Waterworks Food + Drink, and Chef David Hoene, Pauline's Café.
For Calley the mission is what is important "I am humbled to be part of an event that makes such a difference to those in need, at a time when they need support the most."
The panel of judges felt Calley deserved to take home the Culinary Cup, as Judge Chef Curtiss Hemm explained, "In the end Chef Calley's use of texture, local ingredients, spices and cooking method all added to our unanimous decision."
Over $95,000 was raised to support cancer patients and their families in Vermont and Northern New York.
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation is pleased to announce a silent auction donation of FOUR house tickets for KinkyBoots on Broadway, which includes an interview with Ron Fierstein, co-producer, and brother of actor Harvey Fierstein who wrote the show. Ticket value is $1000
KinkyBoots has been nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won 6, including Best Musical. The show is described as uplifting, funny, moving, and joyful.
Don't miss this priceless auction item, click here to get your Culinary Classic tickets.
Cancer Patient Support Foundation is proud to announce the following donation from VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations for the 3rd Annual Culinary Classic silent auction on November 11, 2017:
Provence Bike Tour for 1: The Alpilles
Aix-en-Provence • St. Remy-de-Provence • Les Alpilles • Pont du Gard • Avignon
Admire stunning views from the hilltop town of Les Baux of Arles, the Camargue and the Alpilles
Visit scenes that inspired Van Gogh with a local historian
Discover the culinary secrets of a pastry chef in her home
Explore 11th-century Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet
Marvel at the soaring Alpilles as you roll through a pristine countryside
Stroll the ancient Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Visit a château farm for a picnic lunch and a wine tasting
Tour Avignon, the “City of the Popes,” with a local guide
8 nights in 3- and 4-star French hotels; including 1 night each in Paris and Aix-en-Provence
13 meals — 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
All overseas transfers
Free use of custom VBT bicycle and helmet (NEW E-bikes available)
Ride with GPS downloadable route notes
Full can support
Service of two bilingual VBT trip leaders
Daily route directions and maps
Sightseeing and cultural activities
For more information click here.