August 27- Sept 5th look for the daisy displayed throughout the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds to be entered to win a year's supply of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Take a selfie of you in front of the daisy and post it on the Cancer Patient Support Foundation's Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #creamcancervt to be entered to win.
Support for rural cancer patients
Each year hundreds of rural Vermont cancer patients struggle with the cost of transportation to access life-saving treatment. Many Vermonters delay cancer treatment simply due to the inability to pay for the gas to drive back and forth to treatment. NorthCountry Federal Credit Union (NCFCU) has joined with CPSF to address this growing concern.
“A lack of gas money should never stand in the way of someone receiving treatment for cancer.” Bob Morgan, CEO of NCFCU, stated that if patients are “relieved of the stress of transportation costs, we hope patients in rural Vermont are more able to focus on other aspects of their lives. We’re proud to partner with the Cancer Patient Support Foundation to eliminate a small but common financial obstacle for hundreds of Vermonters fighting cancer.”
CPSF and NCFCU have created the NorthCountry Federal Credit Union Rural Transportation Fund to support rural Vermont patients access to much needed medical treatment. This fund will remove a huge barrier that many rural patients face.
Golfing4Life brings together golfers, volunteers, and sponsors for an annual tournament benefiting Cancer Patient Support Foundation and their mission to provide families with the resources they need during cancer treatment and recovery.
Golfing4Life 2021 will be held at The Links at Lang Farm on Wednesday, July 21. They are looking for sponsors and players, and would love for you to join them!
To register or with questions, call 802-922-5951 or email VTGolfing4Life@yahoo.com.
Wood Joins CPSF Board of Directors
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) welcomes Kayla Wood to the Board of Directors. Wood is a Senior Accountant at JMM & Associates, which specializes in audits of nonprofit organizations. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently resides in Bolton, Vermont with her husband and cat. They are expecting a new baby boy in September 2021. Wood is part of the dart and horseshoe community and has ranked in the top 3 in all of Vermont for horseshoes.
2020 Annual report
2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but the Cancer Patient Support Foundation is proud to say we were able to support nearly 500 local families. Though we were unable to hold any fundraising events due to COVID-19, with the support of our donors and family foundation we did not have to deny any eligible requests for our Emergency Fund. In addition, we expanded our services to include the Maggie Card. The Maggie Card offers discounts for cancer patients at participating local businesses. Click here to see our 2020 Annual Report.
Ringing of the Bells
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary on April 11th. Area churches will be joining us in our Ringing of the Bells to celebrate local cancer patients and their families. CPSF supports nearly 500 Vermont cancer patients and their families each year. This Vermont based nonprofit helps patients meet their basic needs including food, housing, home heating, childcare, transportation to treatment, prescriptions, and medical costs not covered by insurance. Church bells will ring 5 times (1 for each 100 families CPSF supports annually) at 7pm on April 11 to celebrate the thousands of Vermont cancer patients.
Participating churches include:
St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church of Montpelier
First Congregational Church of Berlin
First Congregational Church of Middlebury
First Congregational Church of Essex Junction
First Congregational Church of Burlington
St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church of Burlington
First Congregational Church of St. Albans
Holy Angel's Roman Catholic Church St. Albans
St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of St. Albans
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) elected a new leadership team for its Board of Directors. Jennifer Sullivan has been elected President, Catherine Suiter has been elected Vice President, Zachary Musgrave has been elected Secretary, and David Bosworth was re-elected as Treasurer.
Jennifer Sullivan graduated from Champlain College and soon after began working at McSoley McCoy & Co. Sullivan enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs or riding her horse. Cancer has affected the lives of many whom she loves, giving her the passion to help those in Vermont face cancer with courage and hope. Sullivan currently serves as Board President and is also part of the Finance Committee.
Catherine Suiter, M.Ed., joined CPSF through her work with the Supportive Services Committee in 2015. For ten years before retiring from UVM Medical Center, she worked with all the hospitals in Vermont to implement the statewide Tobacco Cessation Program. Prior to that she was the Executive Director for a local nonprofit that provided substance abuse prevention programs for teens. When her son, as a young adult, had to negotiate the cancer quagmire for three years, the importance of holistic treatment became clear. Suiter chairs the Supportive Services and Development & Marketing committees
Zachary Musgrave is delighted to join the CPSF Executive Committee as Secretary. In addition to his role as Secretary, Musgrave serves on the Development & Marketing Committee. Outside of CPSF, he is a Financial Planner with Hickok & Boardman Capital Management. Musgrave currently lives in Burlington with his fiancée, Katie, and their dog, Maureen.
David Bosworth was re-elected to his position of Treasurer and has been serving CPSF for five years. He has served on the Executive Committee for the past four years. Bosworth has worked in finance for over twenty years and is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager and Trust Officer with Community Trust. He lives in Weybridge with his wife, son, and daughter.
The board also welcomed several new board members: Shawn Calley, Beth Drown, Jessica Kalb, Mike Kiessling, Erin Knox, Kathryn Lagerstedt, Kaki McGeary, and Kathy Zhou.
CPSF’s Board of Directors consists of 18 committed professionals located throughout the state of Vermont. The board is dedicated to making sure that all Vermont cancer patients can face cancer with dignity, confidence, and serenity.
Shawn Calley is the Executive Chef at Burlington Country Club and was formerly the Chef Owner of the Hearth & Candle. A graduate of Pennsylvania Culinary, he is the winner of numerous competitive culinary titles including CPSF Culinary Classic Cup Champion, Top Chef of the Champlain Valley, and Vermont Chef of the Year. Calley resides in Westford with his wife and son.
Beth Drown is the Nurse Manager for Norris Cotton Cancer Center North. She serves on the CPSF Supportive Services Committee. Drown resides in Kirby with her two sons, a terrier, and six chickens.
Jessica Kalb is a Social Marketing Professional, formerly the Regional Vice President at TLC HomeCare and Nursing. Kalb chairs the CPSF Events Committee. This Kentucky native is now a proud resident of Rutland, where she resides with her husband, daughter, and her two terriers.
Mike Kiessling is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. Kiessling is a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS). He resides in Essex Junction with his wife and son. In addition to serving on the CPSF Finance Committee, he is active with the Boy Scouts of America and Freemasons of Vermont.
Erin Knox is the Director of Sales at Gazebo Senior Living and has been with the company for nine years. She has over thirty years of sales, marketing, and hospitality experience. As a cancer survivor, Knox loves and appreciates what CPSF does for our community. She currently serves on the Essex Westford School Board and is a member of the board for SSTA. She resides in Essex Junction with her husband and son.
Kathryn Lagerstedt is the Senior Vice President of Retail at North Country Federal Credit Union, leading the team operating twelve branches and the call center. Lagerstedt holds a BA in Psychology from Wheaton College. She lives in Berlin, VT with her husband, daughter, and golden retriever.
Kaki McGeary is an active community volunteer who lives in Essex with her family. Her professional experience includes developing and leading strategic grantmaking initiatives for a health foundation and community foundation in Ohio, providing project management for a nonprofit consulting firm, and working for a higher education foundation in Indiana. She recently co-chaired a successful $1 million campaign for a 150-year-old church, and she has many years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in the areas of fundraising, volunteer management, program development, and strategic planning. She is a member of the CPSF Development & Marketing Committee.
Kathy Zhou is an Associate Attorney for Paul Frank + Collins P.C. specializing in the areas of business transactions, commercial finance, and public finance. Zhou obtained her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and is licensed to practice law in both Vermont and Massachusetts. She is the Chair of the CPSF Governance Committee. Zhou resides in South Burlington with her partner and their dog, Bongo.
Culinary for a cause
DINNER FOR 2 AT 2 RESTAURANTS, ONE WEEK ONLY!
Help us support local Cancer patients and our local restaurants in this one of a kind experience!
On November 10th and 12th let local restaurants make you a special meal for dinner. This menu items is only available for this event and you will not want to miss it.
On November 10th enjoy a one of a kind dinner by Chef Shawn Calley from Burlington Country Club. He will be making a roasted duck with pumpkin risotto with a ginger apricot drizzle. It will be ready for you to grab between 4-6 at the Club to bring home for dinner. * Vegetarian available upon request.
On November 12th enjoy a one of a kind dinner prepared by Chef Donnell Collins from Leunigs Bistro. This dinner will also be ready for pick up between 4-6 at Leunigs. *Vegetarian available upon request.
Tickets are $125
Click here for tickets
For more information about Cancer Patient Support Foundation please visit our website at www.cpsfvt.org
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation and the Colon Cancer Coalition are asking you to Get Your Rear in Gear, Virtual Style. On August 9th hundreds of Vermonters will head out to hike, run, bike, row, swim, golf and dozens of other ways to get active and take a stand to support local colon cancer patients and their families.
Click here for your free registration. For 10 years Get Your Rear in Gear has been held in Colchester. This year the event has become virtual but we invite you to use this opportunity to have your team made up of friends and family across the country. Stand in solidarity with our cancer patients and their families and remember those lost. Virtual Blue Mile signs can be purchased in memory of or in tribute to a loved one touched by cancer.
Together Colon Cancer patients and their families will know they are not alone.
Local foundations have stepped up to support cancer patients and their families during this challenging time. As the Cancer Patient Support Foundation had to make the difficult decision to cancel fundraising events including its hugely popular Culinary Classic, local foundations stepped in to make sure that the Emergency Fund which supports nearly 700 local families each year would not be impacted.
The Victoria Buffum Endowment and the Hoehl Family Foundation, both long time supporters of CPSF, offered additional funding to the Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to local cancer patients.This fund helps patients take care of themselves and their families while they are in treatment.
Many families are forced to make decisions between feeding their children or paying for prescriptions; paying the rent or the cost of transportation to the hospital for treatment; or paying the light bill or the costly insurance co-pays. The Cancer Patient Support Foundation is determined that local families do not have to make those choices.
The Hoehl Family Foundation generously provided $35,000 to continue its support of the Emergency Fund.
"The Hoehl Family Foundation is proud to support the Cancer Patient Support Foundation. We truly believe in CPSF's mission and understand the need for their work in supporting patients and their families through an incredibly challenging time. CPSF thoughtfully supports each patient that comes through the door, and we are grateful for the work they do to help so many."
Hoehl Family Foundation Board of Directors
The Victoria Buffum Endowment provided $31,000 in addition to its annual $45,000 in support to ensure that local patients and their families have access to treatment and are able to take care of their families during this challenging time.
"The goal of the Victoria Buffum Endowment at the UVM Medical Center is to ease the burden of the individuals and their families moving through the challenges of treatment and recovery. We know the financial strain can be a large part of the burden, so we deeply value CPSF's dedication to directly helping patients through their Emergency Fund. We are grateful that through our grants to CPSF, we have been able to help hundreds of UVM Medical Center patients over the years."
Marie Wood, M.D., Chair, Buffum Endowment Committee at the UVM Medical Center and
Tom & Melissa Gauntlett, Committee Members & family of founder Victoria Buffum.
The Cancer Patient Support Foundation would not be able to provide the level of support if not for local foundations like the Hoehl Family Foundation and the Victoria Buffum Endowment.