Programs

Individual Grant Giving Program:

This is a year-round program, which provides day-to-day financial assistance to individuals and families who touch 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 and 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. To learn more or to download an grant application, please click here.
 

Summer Horse Camp:

In partnership with nonprofits Victory Gallop and Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, we provide a summer horse camp 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 2013 summer, we will be partnering with Victory Gallop to host a four day summer horse camp and a one day camp with Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center.
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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. During the 2012, 2013, and 2014 holiday seasons, the Foundation provided 100 complete holiday meals (50 meals at Thanksgiving and 50 meals in December).  We look forward to serving just as many families with this program during the 2015 holiday season.
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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.  The program continued on and in between January 2013 and July 2014, the Foundation has awarded 130 Jane's Sunshine grants.