ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019 Presented by BASED ON FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2018-JUNE 30, 2019 *Some stats are calendar year
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT For almost 18 years, Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN) has been devoted to providing needs-based, non-medical financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Through your generous support, we are able to turn despair into hope by providing a lifeline during a cancer patient's most difficult time. Since 2015, CAN has increased the number of cancer patients by expanding to all of Lee County. Like in the last several years, with your help, in 2019 CAN grew the number of cancer patients and families it serves by 33%.
CAN also reduced the local residency eligibility requirement from 1 year to 6 months. This will result in expanding CANâ€™s coverage and allowing us to help more children and adults battling cancer in our local community. CAN cannot continue in the true spirit of our mission without each and every one of you. Your generous support helps to ensure no one who asks CAN for help is ever turned away. It also allows us to continue to expand to meet the growing needs of the local community. Javier Pacheco, Esq., Board President 2019-2020
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Imagine coming home from a chemotherapy appointment and finding an eviction notice on your door. Imagine recovering from surgery only to find your water has been shut off. Imagine having radiation therapy five times a week leaving you unable to work. Imagine your 4-year old child being diagnosed with cancer and having to leave your job to care for your loved one. One in every three people will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. This means a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or even you, could be affected. Often when faced with this devasting news, we think of the medical priorities that come with this diagnosis. No one thinks about how the bills will get paid while fighting this terrible disease.
This is where Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN) steps in. CAN has been providing nonmedical financial aid, resources and support to local children and adults battling cancer for over 18 years. Over the last five years CAN has expanded to Lee County. Through this effort, CAN is able to support more cancer patients and their families. CAN is proud to be able to serve the local community, especially those who need it most. CAN prides itself in ensuring that we run at or below a 25% operating budget. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year .78 cents of every dollar went to support financial aid, resources and support programs for cancer patients and their families. Every dollar raised here stays here to help local families in Collier and Lee County. We are grateful to those who continue to support our mission financially and through volunteer service. We CAN not do it without all of you. Thank you for another successful year.
Jodi Bisogno, M.Ed., Executive Director
START WHERE YOU ARE. USE WHAT YOU HAVE. DO WHAT YOU Arthur Ashe
FOUNDING MEMBERS Jerry Conti Erikka Thalheimer Liz Sanders Steve Wheeler Kathy Wheeler Richard Franklin Michael Watkins
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Javier Pacheco, Esq. CAN President Attorney and Partner Porter Wright Morris & Arthur
Scott Hanson, CAN Vice President Vice President Karpus Investment Management
Stephanie Swank Owner Global Language Service Inc.
Saman Freedman. D.M.D. Owner Aesthetic Dentistry Bayfront
Erica Vanover CAN Secretary SVP, Commercial Banking Iberia Bank Relationship Manager
Darby Beaverson CAN Treasurer Sr. Accountant & Manager Hill, Barth & King
Priyanka Handa, MD Director of Breast Imaging NCH Physician Group
Neftali Feliciano Financial Advisor TIAA
Ruth D. Orange, Esq. Managing Attorney Law Office of Ruth Damys, P.A.
Kevin Dolan President Dolan Family Enterprises
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Chaundre Cross, M. D., Past President Oncology Physician and Partner 21st Century Oncology
Erikka Thalheimer Founding Board Member Owner Thalheimer's Jewelers
Sean Nolan CPA Rogers Wood Hill Starman & Gustason
Jennifer Nackley, Esq., Past President Attorney, Partner Quarles and Brady LLP
Salvatore Grech Member Realtor Premiere Plus Realty
Paula Malone Ph.D Retired
Michael E. Watkins Founding Board Member Owner, President Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Cynthia Pisani Past Board Treasurer CPA HBK
Jonathan Richards Past Board Treasurer CPA
Gerald J. Conti Founding Board Member Owner Sunbelt USA Inc.
Sharon Norgart School Teacher Temple of Shalom
Elizabeth Sanders Founding Board Member Director of Sales Chartwell Hospitality
Fred Klaucke Founder Lion and the Lamb Foundation
CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES . ALL COLLIER & LEE COUNTY RESIDENTS.
HOW MAKES A DIFFERENCE Program | Service
Financial Aid & Safety Net Services
Non-medical financial support
Cancer Support Groups
English & Spanish
Necessity Support for Cancer Treatment
Local High School Chapters College Scholarships
Food for Life
Cancer Research Based Cooking Classes
Cancer Resource & Referral
National & Local Assistance
Support CAN and our Mission
A Break from Cancer
MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY Food for Life
Cancer Support Group
CAN offers nutrition education and cooking
CAN has support groups in English & Spanish.
classes specifically designed for cancer
They provide individuals an opportunity to
patients and caregivers. Classes are free to
discuss their feelings, fears and frustrations, as
well as their successes.
CANcares Bags Support bags given to children and adults going through treatment free of charge. The bags contain essential items to relieve discomfort during treatment.
Wig Closet CAN believes that women experiencing hair loss because of cancer should have access to a free wig or headdress,
MAKES AN IMPACT
Direct Financial Assistance Cancer Patients & Family What We Pay
July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 Financial Aid Patients
0 Cancer Patients
AGE 40, DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE III BREAST CANCER.
She discovered a painful lump but had no insurance and told herself what she had always heard, “Cancer doesn’t hurt”. Finally, she went to the doctor and learned about her diagnoses. Double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation were just the beginning of her treatment. She later discovered through genetic testing that she would need further surgery and chemotherapy as she was at high risk for ovarian cancer. She was expecting a one-year illness and treatment, but 18 months later she’s still fighting for her life. In addition, she’s a single mother of three and cares for her two young grandchildren. CAN stepped in quickly with assistance; helping to avoid electricity shut off, paying for her vehicle that was on the repossession list, as well as ensuring that her car insurance was current so she wouldn’t lose her license. CAN continues to support her by locating additional resources through different foundations. Also, ensuring her family was sponsored for the Holidays, and inviting them to family fun events like ZooCAN. Annette still struggles; however, she has been able to breathe a little easier knowing she has the support of CAN.
AGE 5, DIAGNOSED WITH MEDULLOBLASTOMA AT THE AGE OF TWO.
Lily is the youngest of six children in her blended family. She enjoys singing and dancing and loves anything Disney or Peppa Pig. She was diagnosed after her daycare called her parents to tell them that Lily had been vomiting. She went home and was fine, then began vomiting off and on again and having balance issues. Mom quickly made an appointment and took Lily to the doctor. The neurologist ordered an MRI and discovered a twocentimeter tumor that had to be removed. Following the surgery, a chemotherapy regimen began. After Chemo was finished, Lilyâ€™s doctor discovered the cancer cells had spread to her spine. Lilly had to complete an additional six weeks of daily radiation. She continues to battle this disease, often finding herself staying overnight at the hospital because her blood cell counts are too low. CAN assisted the family by paying toward their mortgage to ensure they are able to stay in their home. Lily and her family were also able to benefit from CANâ€™s annual Beach Bash at the Naples Beach Club this past summer.
AGE 18, DIAGNOSED WITH B-CELL ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA.
Francisco, “Cisco” for short, is the oldest of five siblings. At the time of his diagnosis he was dual enrolled at Florida Southwestern State College (FSW) and Immokalee High School. Francisco was headed to an appointment when he had a seizure in the car. He was quickly transported to North Collier, then directly to Golisano Children’s Hospital. It was at Golisano that the diagnosis came, Leukemia. Chemotherapy began immediately. While inpatient at Golisano, Francisco and his mom filled out the CAN application at the urging of their social worker. CAN was able to quickly assist, paying for utilities, food and gas cards. Since then, Francisco graduated from High School and is attending Florida Gulf Coast University full time, after receiving the 2019 KidsCAN Scholarship. He is still dealing with his disease but says he is doing “quite great”. He goes biweekly for blood draws, monthly for chemotherapy and every three months for lumbar puncture. His future aspirations are to become a Registered Nurse in the Oncology field. He says he wants to follow in the ‘footsteps of his medical team who work so hard to treat and cure so many patients’. He and his family continue to be a part of CAN by participating in CAN outings, such as the annual Beach Bash and the Holiday party.
2018-2019 REVENUE Individual Donors 20% Grants & Foundations 40%
Fundraising Events 40%
2018-2019 REVENUE ALLOCATION Operating Costs 18%
Programs & Services 78%
Became a United Way Lee County Agency. Expanded Geographic Guidelines from 1- Year Residency to Six Months.
Goals Accomplished In 2018-2019
Record Year with over $82,000.00 dollars raised at YogaCAN. Implemented and Fully Utilize on-line Donor Platform. Became a Cape Coral Community Foundation Grantee First Successful Lee County Fundraising Event Expansion of Services to include twomonth post treatment
CAN Community Grantees • UNITED WAY OF LEE, HENDRY, GLADES & OKEECHOBEE • UNITED WAY OF COLLIER COUNTY
• CAPE CORAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION • FLORIDA BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION • RICHARD M. SCHULZE FAMILY FOUNDATION • THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY
• THE DAVID R. CLARE AND MARGARET C. CLARE FOUNDATION
• PAN-FLORIDA CHALLENGE • TRINITY BY THE COVE • THE MARTIN FOUNDATION • ARTHREX CHARITABLE GIVING
• PELICAN BAY ROTARY
KIDSCAN KidsCAN is CANs junior volunteer program comprised of high school students. Since being founded in 2009, there have been over 400 members. Chapters are located throughout Collier and Lee County Public Schools.
THE PROGRAM FOCUSES ON: COMMUNITY SERVICE
2018-2019 CAN WAS REPRESENTED IN FIVE SCHOOLS. • Barron Collier HS
• Palmetto HS
• Naples HS
• Golden Gate HS
• Gulf Coast HS
KidsCAN SCHOLARSHIPS Each year KidsCAN Scholarships are awarded to local graduating high school seniors who have/had cancer or have/had a parent or sibling with cancer.
2018-2019 Five Scholarships were awarded Totaling $5800.00
Make all The
They are the backbone that helps CAN provide support to the cancer community.
NATIONAL VALUE OF EACH VOLUNTEER HOUR
CAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS
$46,676 DOLLAR VALUE OF VOLUNTEER HOURS
Administrative & Beneficiary Support Specialist
Community Engagement Specialist
Case Manager Bi-lingual Spanish
Case Manager Bi-lingual Creole
Meet the Team
Get in Touch MAILING ADDRESS 3384 Woods Edge Circle Suite 102 Bonita Springs, FL 34134
PHONE NUMBER (239) 643-HOPE (4673)
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