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SAC, Jr. Foundation Programs
Individual Grant Giving Program
This is a year-round program, which provides day-to-day financial assistance to individuals and families who live in and around Summit County, Ohio, and are being treated for cancer. Provided below are the qualifications for this program. Some examples of how we help are: mortgage or rent assistance, transportation or gas costs, daycare costs, utility assistance, food assistance. The list goes on and on...
- Families who have a member receiving active treatment for cancer (active treatment = treatment within the past calendar year).
- The patient must either be a resident of Summit County or receive treatment within Summit County.
- If you or your immediate family member is in need of financial assistance that cannot be covered by insurance or other means of support. Medical bills are not covered by the Foundation grant program however medical equipment that is not covered by insurance can be considered.
- If you can show need of assistance by providing verification and documentation.
Summer Horse Camp:
In partnership with nonprofits Victory Gallop and Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, we provide a summer horse camp experience to children touched by cancer. Riding horses was something near and dear to Stephen's heart so we are pleased to be able to provide this great horse experience to many other children. During the 2016 summer, we will be partnering with Victory Gallop to host a four day summer horse camp for the sixth year in a row. We will also be partnering with the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center to host a one day horse camp for the fourth year in a row. Stephen, Jr. used to run the horse shows at The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. This show series is now dedicated to Stephen, Jr.
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Holiday Meals Program:
Our Holiday Meals Program provides complete holiday meals to local families battling cancer during Thanksgiving and the December holidays. We partner with many local individuals and companies to ensure these families have a tasty holiday meal in the comfort of their own home. During the 2012-2014 holiday seasons, the Foundation provided 100 complete holiday meals each year to local families battling cancer (50 meals at Thanksgiving and 50 meals in December). The Foundation will be repeating this program during the 2017 holiday season!
A special thank you to the following companies for their 2016 holiday meal contribution:
Gardner Pie Company
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Jane's Sunshine Fund:
Jane Comunale was Stephen Jr.'s loving mother; she was a co-founder of the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation; and a Board Member of the Foundation from its inception in 2006. Jane lost her courageous battle with cancer in August of 2011 and is greatly missed. Jane's Sunshine Fund was established in 2012 in memory of Jane Comunale to help put smiles on faces through small grants.
Some examples of how Jane’s Sunshine Funds are used: Assisting with a child’s birthday party; sending flowers; providing dinner; grocery and gas gift cards; personal hygiene items; household necessities; housecleaning; family theater tickets to see a movie; restaurant gift cards; Akron Zoo passes; Cleveland Aquarium tickets.
The Foundation provided 61 grants through Jane's Sunshine Fund during the 2012 calendar year and continues to deliver approximately 100 Sunshine Fund grants each year.