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Mission4Maureen
July 30, 2009

Our experience with Mission4Maureen was brief but unbelievably helpful at a very stressful time in our lives. My son, Zachary, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain stem tumor, at age 5. He underwent surgery and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. As you can imagine, just the news alone has been devastating to our family, but we are managing to wade through this process and deal with each step day by day (sometimes minute by minute). Although there is never a “good” time to receive such news, this happened to hit us at a particularly rough time in our financial circumstances. Due to the recession, we experienced a dramatic loss of income. The medical circumstances surrounding childhood cancer are stressful enough, and the financial burdens only exacerbate it. When we received the forms, we weren’t comfortable asking for a specific dollar amount, so we just said that any financial assistance would be greatly appreciated. Just when we thought there was no relief in sight, our prayers were answered faithfully when we received an unbelievable letter from the Mission4Maureen organization announcing that we were to receive an extremely generous cash donation payable on our behalf. Needless to say, we were ecstatic and overwhelmed with the response we received. In the past, we have donated to other organizations that help families in need in similar circumstances, never knowing that we would one day be a recipient of others’ generosity! If others knew that one day it could be “their” family member, perhaps there would be many more programs available…but there is no crystal ball. This is a gift from that comes straight from the heart with LOTS OF HELP from wonderful organizations such as Mission4Maureen that actually don’t just sit back and wait for people to contact them but REACH OUT to the affected families through caring social workers. We would not have known that this organization existed had it not been for the intricate arrangement of many wonderful people. Additionally, we would like to thank those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to contact donor families as well as those who are continually working to generate the funds that make Mission4Maureen and similar programs possible. Without their effort, combined with the generosity of millions of donors, this financial assistance would not be possible. Again, we’re so thankful for organizations such as Mission4Maureen and all of the kind and compassionate individuals, families and businesses that band together to donate time and financial resources to assist families in crisis. Please consider Mission4Maureen in your quest to honor Great Nonprofits! Thank you. P.S. In addition to the wonderful monetary gift, please also remember to PRAY for Zachary’s health - as well as the health of all of the children who suffer from this terrible disease - prayer is a free, yet priceless, gift!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that they found a way to reach out to our family when we didn't even know that Mission4Maureen existed to help families such as ours! WOW!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep on doing what they're doing. Get the word out more through national publicity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they made the ENTIRE process so effortless on our behalf...from filling out the initial request form to sending financial assistance directly on our behalf! One less hassle when we are dealing with soooo many issues. THANKS SO MUCH!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievably wonderful to work with. The kindness and compassion shown to us was simply incredible. We're so very grateful to everyone at Mission4Maureen.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to even more families in similar circumstances around the globe. The greatest gift we can give our children (especially those in crisis) is our time. This financial gift allows us to spend our time with our kids with less worrying about bills.

Ways to make it better...

we knew more about this organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the enormity of helping so many families in need, the task of getting the word out about what they do and who they serve and the quest to do so much for so many donors. Unbelievable! Great JOB!

One thing I'd also say is that...

NO ONE expects to go through this with a child! Everyone thinks that cancer affects adults, but kids get it too. Brain cancer can be especially debilitating as it can affect EVERY bodily function. We need to help these families AND combat this disease!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Donor & Recipient of a VERY GENEROUS cash donation paid on our bahalf to assist us financially during 6-year-old Zachary's chemotherapy treatment.