About the Foundation
Amanda, Steve, John and Stephen Jr. Comunale
In April of 2006, the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation was founded in Akron, Ohio by the Comunale family and friends to honor the memory of Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. who fought a courageous battle against cancer. A year later, his aunt, Amy Comunale Klein was diagnosed with cancer. The Foundation lives in memory of both Amy and Stephen.
Every individual's circumstances differ and so do their needs. Accordingly, our Foundation's Individual Grant Giving Program, which is our largest Foundation program, is designed to react quickly to alleviate these day-to-day financial burdens. By Alleviating such financial burdens, the Foundation's efforts allow families coping with a cancer diagnosis to focus on what is most important - the emotional and physical care of the family member afflicted with cancer. Individuals and families may request support by completing our grant application and sharing their story. The Foundation's Distribution Committee confidentially reviews grant applications twice a week and often responds within 48 hours. All payments are made directly to the vendor/s.
Since 2009, the Foundation has established three more programs, which also benefit individuals and families in the Summit County community who are
battling cancer. These programs consist of a Summer Horse Camp for Kids, Back-to-School with Confidence and our Holiday Meals Program. To learn more about all of our Foundation programs, click here
Our goal is to assist as many individuals and families as possible in a small way. Putting a smile on someone's face, even for just a few minutes, means we have achieved our goal.
In 2010, the Foundation assisted over 200 individuals and families through our grant giving and Foundation programs. We are happy to share that we plan on increasing the number of people helped and the amount of money distributed in 2011.
Amy Comunale Klein with daughters, Julia and Emma