Red Dog Foundation, Inc

Rating: 4.79 stars   29 reviews

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Location: Yonkers NY USA

Mission: The Red Dog Foundation is a recognized 501(c)3 organization that provides financial assistance to parents who have children that suffer from cancer by helping to defray the cost of parking, while visiting their child in a New York City hospital.
Target demographics: Cancer stricken children and their families.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having been in the situation where you are visiting a loved one daily in a NY facility for cancer treatments, I know how important this foundation is. It may not seem like much, but when you visit daily and the parking costs anywhere from $20 - $40 daily, it adds up and fast! When you factor in the expenses already associated with any type of cancer treatment, this is one additional expense that slowly and consistently drains an already depleting budget. Not visiting is NOT an option either. Any financial assistance is welcome when you deal with a cancer patient. Anyone who has "been there" understands this well. What the Red Dog Foundation is doing is worthwhile, appreciated and very much needed!

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If enough donations were secured, it would be nice to see this expanded into different states.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We met the Califano family at the hospital and Ralph and my son started corresponding. Ralph was older and so my son looked up to him. We would always look for Ralph on clinic days. We were so very sad when we heard of his passing. We go to Sloan just once a month now, thank goodness but were there for long hospital stays and several times a week. The costs for all of this kind of medical care is horrendous and you have to remember that often times the parents cannot work. They have a new job. I am a single mom and this is what I did. It is so nice to see this foundation and the love coming from it. We have not made any fundraisers as my son is still recovering but we hope to get to one soon!! Thanks to all those that donate from those of us experiencing this awful disease. God Bless and Ralph keeps smiling down on us all!

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I know the great family the Califano's are. God Bless them all.

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All going well. Foundation is up and running. Good luck!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are in awe of the strength, love, and courage it takes to support a loved one who is sick. It is even more amazing when that same family loses their loved one and decides to help those who are struggling with the very same issues. Visiting a family member should not be a luxury only some people can afford. The Red Dog Foundation is working hard to ensure that visiting a family member at Memorial Sloan Kettering is affordable. The Califano Family has inspired us to believe that you can take tragedy and make something truly remarkable happen. By doing so, they have kept Ralph’s spirit alive forever.

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The Red Dog Foudation has gone to great lengths to jump start their fundraising through various activities. Coming up in the fall The Gala is sure to be fun for the whole family, and a great opportunity to raise funds. Anyone can get involved or make a donation by visiting their website. WWW.REDDOGFUND.ORG

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This foundation is already doing great work, and with every one's support they are sure to do even more. Donate today!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Red Dog Fund is a wonderful organization that truly serves a great purpose. The cost of parking builds up quickly, especially when a family is making daily visits and the patient is a long term stay. With this organization, families will have one less worry and will be able to concentrate more on their child's health.

In the short time that I have known the Califano family through Ralph, I can truly say that they are a wonderful and caring group of people that have experienced these troubles first hand, which makes this organization even more promising. I believe that as time goes on this organization will help tons of families that face this hardship.

Good job guys :-)

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PLEASE DONATE!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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This organization has been created after living the most horrific nightmare for seven years. Our brother, who recently passed away from leukemia at the age of 24 was consistently treated at two different NYC hospitals. My parents, who were valiantly by his bedside, including two long stays of 40 days or more during his bone marrow transplant, had to consistently worry about where to park and how much it would cost. The average lot in NYC would cost about $35 a day, which ultimately cost my parent thousands of dollars over the course of his treatment. While spending time in these hospitals, this was a valid concern for all parents and it became clear that something had to be created to help these families. When my brother passed, we created the Red Dog Foundation! In just four short months, we were able to collect over $14,000 and continue to establish great supporters along the way. Please consider helping us by visiting www.reddogfund.org.

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I've personally experienced the reason why our foundation is greatly needed!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would continue to have more people support our foundation in various ways. Donation of time, or helping to spread our mission is just as important as donating money. More people need to get involved to make this a special foundation.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

so The RED DOG FUND is Amazing not just because my cuz started it but that helps... Also we are helping those who are in need and parking in the city for those who go into the city you know the deal!!! we are helping those who have cancer and those love ones who want to visit!! As we all My lil Cuz Ralph passed away this year and I wish I was there every day by his side!!! we are not rich and didn't have this opportunity to do so because of work and paying for parking, why not help those who are less fortunate and donate a $1 or more and help these children please!!!!

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AMAZING please help out and donate

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I WANT TO MAKE THIS WORLDWIDE AND NEED EVERYONES HELP AND SUPPORT!!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Let me tell you a little about the Red Dog Foundation. The Red Dog Foundation was founded by Michael and Frank Califano, they are my nephews. There brother Ralph passed away from Leukemia at age 24. Michael felt that this disease should not go unnoticed so he wanted to do something in memory of his brother and families who have to deal with the horrific disease. This is a unique fund... it helps families to pay parking fees at NYC hospitals... which can easily add up to $50 a day or more, while you child is at the hospital. All the proceeds will go to various families in need of this and also buying gifts at the holiday seasons for the childred who are strcken with cancer. Let's find a few dollars to help out in this wonderful organzation.

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I am doing everything i can to help this organization, reaching out to people for donations and support.

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I like the organization just the way it is growing slowly, but it will reach it's goal.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Red Dog Foundation is as amazing as the people behind it. The Califano family has taken such a difficult time in their lives and created a wonderful and selfless foundation, in honor of an amazing person.

They have and will continue to have events that cater to all types of interests and have been hugely successful thus far. There is a Facebook page as well as monthly newsletters that keep me informed about the foundation.

I am proud to wear my Red Dog bracelet everyday and to drive around with a Red Dog magnet on my car.

If you are looking for a foundation to donate to then this is the one!

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I have participated in one of the events that was held in June 2011.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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