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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mikel W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Dog foundation is an amazing foundation. My family has been traveling to Sloan-kettering for 5 years now. Once My son was off treatment we stopped getting help from all foundations but Red dog for traveling. Financially it has been a strain on us but we have no other choice but to get our son to his Dr. Parking in NYC is crazy. you can't ever find a parking spot on the street. You are forced to park in the garages. It cost so much to park your vehicle there. Parking is our biggest expense. The red dog foundation has helped us financially so much.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Red Dog Fund is an amazing non profit organization. They bring people together to raise money for a great cause. They took a tragic event and turned it into an amazing celebration of a loved ones memory and are helping alot of people in need in the process. I have attended every event since the organization has been created and every one of them was a hit. The amount of dedication from the Califano family is heartwarming and really gives people a sense of the passion they have to keep this organization alive. I look forward to many years of fun filled events with the Red Dog Fund.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Red Dog Fund is an amazing organization that has turned a tragedy into something positive. I have enjoyed all of the events that I have attended and I always look forward to going to the next one! The Red Dog Fund is an inspiration and it brings hope to families in need. 

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a fabulous night for a wonderful cause. Food, wine and company was amazing. Loved every minute of it, we are so looking forward to the next gala. Great night, great food amazing friends. Congratulations to all!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For those who know someone who has cancer or who has died of cancer, it is a long and strenuous struggle. It is difficult for the cancer patient and it is also dificult for their families and close friends. There are doctor visits, clinic visits, lab tests, radiation treatment fees, drug costs, and surgery fees just to name a few. This organization, Red Dog Foundation, is in honor of Ralphie. His family were aware of the expenses that they would incur, but one expense definitely stood out: hospital parking fees. Who knew that this fee could add up to over hundreds of dollars? The Red Dog understands that their friends, families and supporters could afford at least a dollar, and yet that dollar would make such a dramatic impact. It is organizations like the Red Dog that will impact us for years to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Mary B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Toni M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 :-)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.