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Angels of Hope - A Family Cancer Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Photography

Mission: Founded in 2004, Angels of Hope is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, providing critical financial assistance to families throughout the state of Michigan as they battle cancer (child or guardian). These families not only face the devastation of cancer - they face potential financial ruin as this diagnosis increases their likelihood of bankruptcy by 2.7 times. In addition to financial assistance, Angels of Hope has programs to help alleviate the emotional strain that these families experience. The financial assistance and the programs are completely funded by donations. Approximately 98% of proceeds from our annual events (Night of Hope & AOH Golf Outing) and donations go directly to the families we support --ensuring every dollar does the most good.

Results: Since 2004, Angels of Hope has provided financial assistance to over 1,000 families across Michigan. In 2016, over $1,000,000 in donations helped 200+ families across the state, but there are many more families in need. Become an Angel. Donate to Angels of Hope, today.

Target demographics: Families battling cancer (child or guardian)

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 200 families with financial assistance (mortgage/rent, utilities, food, clothing, car repair, gently used cars, home repair), photography services and our annual Holiday program.

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: Kids First: Financial grants tailored to the specific needs of each family and paid directly to the creditors, to help alleviate their financial burden. Smiles Program: Event tickets (i.e. Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, Detroit Tigers/Pistons), to help create smiles and make lasting memories. Lasting Memories: Professional photography sessions, to help capture and preserve tender moments. Holiday Program: Gifts for families in need, to help bring joy during the holidays.

Community Stories

144 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sharon Staton M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So grateful to Angels of Hope for helping my nephew " Batman" Danny to beat cancer! They helped my sister with paying her bills while she was caring for her son. Thank you Angels of Hope for all you do for families dealing with cancer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels of Hope is an amazing charity. It offers real life impact with almost no overhead and is run by an impeccable group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my granddaughter, Nicole, was suffering with Leukemia Angels of Hope was there. Her mother had to quit work so only Dad's money wss available. Angels of Hope helped with their mortgage gas and electric. They chose them for Christmas presents, had a party with gifts at one if their houses plus sent gifts "from Santa" home for the next day. They are wonderful, caring, generous people.

2 Andi P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Angels of Hope is a very special organization to my entire family. They go above and beyond to ensure that families are comfortable and can rest easy knowing they have a support system. I also like that they share how the money donated has made a difference. I feel it is important to know how your donations are having the positive impact you want them to and Angels of Hope does an excellent job of communicating that.

2 Ashley B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly such an amazing group of people who really care! I hate that we ever even had to contact someone for help but they were there! So kind, so accommodating, so thoughtful. Such a compassionate organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of families dealing with a cancer diagnosis and everything that comes with it! Unfortunately my little sister passed away but thanks to Angels of Hope the funeral cost was not an additional burden we had to deal with. The appreciation we have for Angels of Hope can't be described in words.

2 BatDan

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angles of Hope helped our family when our 17 year old son was fighting brain cancer. I had to work part time while taking our son back and forth to the hospital. One day while paying bills I noticed our funds were getting low. My girlfriend told me about AOH. I put my pride aside and called them. They did not make us feel bad about our financial situation, they just Helped! They made our mortgage payments and car payments. This helped us on so many levels. They are more then just a Non-Profit, they are my family. Our son is now 21 and has been cancer free for 4 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a 18 year old son that was diagnosed with a Germinoma Brain Tumor in January 2014. At first I thought Harper Hospital and Children's Hospital of Detroit were our Angels, but then a friend of mine told me about Angels of Hope. For many months out of pride we did not reach out to any foundations, but one day I thought why not. Steve has been a huge comfort to my family. My family is so grateful for the generous gift of money Angels of Hope gave us. It has allowed me to take time off work to be with my son and not have to worry about money. When we went to the Tigers game last week, we immediately felt like family. My son can not wait to one day give back to such a wonderful foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of Hope helped my family with funeral expenses when my Sister in Law passed away in 2014 at the age of 29 from cancer. It was such a blessing to my brother as he was left to provide for their two young children solely. Amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this organization since its beginning has been a life changing experience. From working events to the one on one interaction with families we've been fortunate enough to meet during holidays, it's truly special. I can not think of another charity that genuinely gives their all to those they help. There is no request to big or small that they will not give 110% to. They not only remind us how blessed and fortunate we are, but they also remind us that the greatest gift is giving. You make lifelong relationships directly with these families, and no other charity out there does that. They truly are a group of Angel's.

2 Lori L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot begin to express how fortunate we are to have come in contact with Angels of Hope. They have supported us in so many ways and we are forever grateful for their kind hearts. They are generous, humble, and never allow you to feel alone.

1 Brian M. P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Myself and 3 others support Angels of Hope by hosting an annual golf outing for the organization. It’s extremely important to us that not only is this money going to an AMAZING local cause, but that 100% of the proceeds they receive from events like this, go directly to the affected families.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am 34 year old battling breast cancer and have wonder husband and five beautiful kids. Angels of hope help our family out in so many different and we appreciate everything they done for us. I just finish my last chemo treatment February 6,2019 and waiting to get my scans done to further my treatments.

Kathy Hocter G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this organization for two years. This is a 100% volunteer foundation and an amazing group of people. Every person willingly gives their time and energy, because they truly care about the mission - ensuring no family fights cancer alone.

1 Violet G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is truly a group that puts their $ where there mouth is 100 % of the time they say they will help and they do every time without doubt i came to them in 2011 hopeless young and sick they have never left my side yet and never ever do they do not make u feel bad for needing the help they are litterally like family !!!! Because of them i have hope support and iam not fighting alone !!! I was ready to give up then and they gave me enuff hope to make it to today 10 yrs later and we are still fighting the fight they helped in everyway possible forever greatful

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels of Hope has one mission - to ensure no Michigan family fights cancer alone. I could not be more proud to dedicate my time to this 100% volunteer organization, and I can't think of a better place to contribute to financially than to this organization where my full donation goes directly towards the cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm lucky enough to do photography for the angels for a couple of their events each year.
And at each event I'm amazed at the selfless dedication of the board members and the volunteers. The work they do literally changes people's lives for the better. I can think of no better organization to be affiliated with. God bless.

1 Bridget H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing group and all they do...prayers and hugs sent

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am reaching out for help for a sister in Christ name Michelle her daughter Tosha has cancer and is slowly letting go she could use some help with hospice

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity is very caring and prompt with providing financial necessity of people struggling to pay bills while dealing with chronic sickness and diseases

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of hope is one amazing nonprofit agnation my son Damauri Bowens an myself have had an amazing time through out Mauri cancer battle omg angels of hope is doing an wonderful job by keeping smiles on family's an cancer patients lives we our very blessed to have you guys in our life we wanna say thank you so much for everything

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They were a life savor. They helped me save my house and not only that they were also very professional and got the job done quick. Saying thank you is an understatement. I really do appreciate them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of Hope is a wonderful foundation! They helped my family and I to get through my Breast Cancer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In May I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. I felt very helpless on how my family would be able to cover both the medical and household expenses. I unfortunately had to cut back my work hours.

Being that it was early stage I did not qualify for aid in many charities.

I can NOT begin to explain the enormous amount of stress Angels of Hope has taken off of our family with such a generous grant. I felt like I was able to take a deep breath and focus on my health.

Now nearing the end of my treatment, I look forward to helping the foundation in any way possible.

I will be forever so very grateful to you all.

1 BenWeaver

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being on the front lines of this fantastic charity has giving me some real insite on what a 100% volunteer non for profit looks like. I can't be anymore proud to confidently say that I know whiteout a doubt that 98.9% of every dollar raised goes directly to help support our Michigan families that are having their worlds turned upside down by childhood cancer. It is our goal to insure that no one fights this battle alone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi id like to take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Andrea Sjoblom I'm a 35yr old mother of four! I was recently diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer stage two with lymph node involvement in April 4th.I'm not going to lie I was super shocked still am!
I wanted to take a moment and let you know a little bit about me and my family. My husband Joe and I live in Oxford we're raising our four children Jade 13, Paige 12, LaMia 7 and Jaxson 4. I'm super worried about how my children are going to handle all of this. I know for a fact they're all very strong loving children but they have gone through so much in the last two years. In November 2013 my younger sister unexpectedly passed away leaving behind two children at the time the children were one and five. My husband and I have taken them in as our own. We are a very close family so this was difficult not only on my sisters children but on my biological children as well. Since the loss of my sister they've lost two grandmothers. These past two years have been filled with a lot of sadness for my kids. With the recent diagnosis of breast cancer my children have become very concerned with what the future holds. I have assured them that I have great doctors and that the good Lord knows what he's doing! I know that brings them some comfort but with that being said they are children who have been through a lot already in they're short lives. My husband has been working full-time as a high-rise window cleaner for the past 20 years he recently had a job change to something a bit more flexible in hopes that it would help with his back problems. He was supposed to undergo back surgery this summer however with my recent diagnosis he has decided to put that off for now so he can continue to try to support us the best he can. I've been working full-time as a dental assistant until just shortly after my diagnosis when I was fired their reasoning my cancer was going to be a problem for them. As you can imagine that's been quite a pay reduction and a major stressor for my family.
It can be very difficult for me to reach out and ask for help. I'm generally the one offering to help others,however right now I'm just concerned for what the future holds for my children. My husband and I are doing our best to make sure not to many things in their day-to-day change. We're hoping they adjust well to our new normal. Just this past Wednesday September 21 I went in for a double mastectomy. I am now home and have started the next chapter in our crazy life.
I just wanted to say that with out the help of this amazing organization Angels of hope I would not have been able to make a few of my mortgage payments. This organization has helped me and my family in more ways then I can express. We are eternally great full for the help we have received thus far.
Andrea Sjoblom

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm thankful for the angels of hope foundation. They really helped me in my time of need. I was diagnosed with breast cancer Sept 2015. I was in great need of financial assistance and my social worker introduced me to angels of hope. They jumped right in and assisted me. I would recommend anyone to this foundation. They really are there for people in need. I just want to say thank you angels of hope.

3 Diane181

Client Served

Rating: 5

In Nov. 2014 I was in the hospital 6 times in one week. In Jan 2015 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I was lost. I called United Way I have donated to them thru work on my first job in 1981, I called UNICEF I donated to them in 1982 I called churches they said call 211...I called American Cancer Foundation.... NO HELP FROM ANYONE. Then I asked my oncologist how will I survive I need help. He mentioned Angels of Hope. Angels of hope helped my daughter and I keep our home. Throughout the year they had events for cancer patients. We are more than grateful for being able to attend some of them ....this really helped keep our sanity...along with meeting some wonderful people. A day without Cancer. After having a colon resection my stomach remained swollen for a year. I kept going to the doctor....oh it will go down. It never did. As time passed I called numerous doctors to help no one took my insurance so on May 16 2016 I called 911. During that week visit they told me I had Liver cancer. Having this second cancer hit my daughter and I harder than the first I immediately called Angels of Hope. Not only did they only help us the first year but the second year of cancer as well. They...ANGELS OF HOPE have paid our mortgage so we can keep our home, and Paid my dental bill so I could start chemo. As I could not start chemo without the dental work. We are rather grateful and have met some amazing people, friends and mentors thru Angels of Hope Michigan Cancer Foundation. You are our Angels. And we could have not survived without you! We are forever Grateful! Thank you.

2 Christopher74

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Christopher Turner, my wife and 6 children are so grateful to Angels of Hope for their help with a grant to help us get caught up on some bills, I have been unable to work since January of this year , and was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in February. So we really needed the help, and we also have a daughter that is graduating from high school, and financially were not able to contribute all we would like to make her prom special, but Thank God for Angels of Hope's Steve York and his staff for going beyond and helping us to make my daughter's prom special and memorable, for this we're grateful! Thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of hope was such a blessing to my famiy. They have helped us out tremendously. Angels of hope helped to lift the financial burden when we found out one of our 3year old twins, Jordynn had DIPG, an inoperable tumor in the brainstem and pons of the brain. Thanks to angels of hope we are able to spend our time focusing on Jordynn and the best options for her health without the stress and worry of how to pay our bills. They also provided us the opportunity to take our first family photos. We are forever grateful to this amazing organization!
The Nelsons

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Malkia Henry, I am a 37 year old single mother of 3. I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer 11/2015. I've had 2 breast surgeries in Jan.2016. I am currently receiving Chemotherapy treatment and unable to work at this time.

I reached out to Angels of Hope In February 2016 while recovering from surgery. I was awarded the best grant ever. Angeles of Hope blessed my family with 3 months of rent payments and 3 months car payment, a gift card and more........

The biggest burden was lifted, How was I going to maintain my comfortable living arrangements with 3 children and off on a medical leave?

I didn't know such places (foundations) like this exist. It was a for sure relief for my family and I. We are ever so grateful, and words cant explain my gratitude.

There is hope!
Malkia Henry

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I will forever be thankful with this foundation, they helped me when my kids and I needed it the most. My 8 year old son was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma stage 4 on February 2015, our world turned upside down, I'm divorced and I was struggling to pay my bills, they helped me right away and I was able to only focus on my kids and not worry about my bills!
I can't thank them enough! Thank you for everything you do!

2 Michael389

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in March of 2015. Soon after diagnosis, we heard about Angel's of Hope and reached out to them. They were able to help us pay all our big monthly bills for 3+ months (mortgage, car payment, groceries). It came at a time where we needed hope and they provided it! All it takes is a few hours of paperwork to complete the application and they take care of the rest. I'm doing well healing from cancer and believe I can be a radical remission case, and a lot of the hope I have comes from this organization helping us out at a time when we truly needed the help. I am greater than cancer because they are greater than cancer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Angels of Hope Foundation is truly what their name says. They are the embodiment of hope. I was introduced to these Angels in February 2014. I am a single mother battling lupus and chronic kidney disease and my son Jayden was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in August 2013. I lost my vehicle a year before he was diagnosed and was borrowing a family member's. I had to travel to dialysis three days a week for myself and to The Children's Hospital of Michigan for oncology appointments for Jayden. It was overwhelming especially when I was told I had to give my family member's car back. Well The Angels of Hope stepped right in and provided my new transportation. I am so grateful for their generosity in blessing my family with this gift. God bless them!

2 Julie255

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of Hope has been a miracle to me and my family! I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer November 2015. In January of 2015 I had a double mastectomy they removed a 4 cm tumor and 22 lymph nodes removed with start of reconstruction. One lymph node was affected with cancer so now I have to do 4 months of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation. I had 2 surgeries which required me to take almost 3 months off of work and now chemo I can only work very part time. I am a single mother of 4 children and I do cardiac ultrasounds for a living which I am a contract employee so if I do not work I do not get paid!
Angels of Hope have lessened my financial worries by helping me pay my rent and other bills for months..I seriously do not know what I would have done without their help!!! I am forever grateful to this organization and when I am done with my battle I am giving back to this amazing foundation!
Thank you Angels of Hope , Steve York, for everything you are doing!
God bless you!
Julie Kennedy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Angels of hope,
I can't tell you how much you have blessed myself and two children Emily and Evan.
It has been such a struggle since my first diagnosis in 2010 with breast cancer, again in 2012, and back with adventage in 2015. Through several rounds of chemo... Radiation and countless surgeries it has taken a tole on myself and family. It has metastasized to my bones and I am currently in hospice. I am trying to stay positive and pray for a miracle .
I have been so blessed to have been connected with Angels of hope

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of Hope has helped me so much. My daughter Shelby has leukemia and right before she was diagnosed I lost my job. It has been a struggle but the help that Angels of Hope has given me is truly a blessing!! To be able to be with my daughter everyday means everything to me. They will never know how much they have given to me. I will never be able to thank them enough!!! My daughter has a long way to go but she is fighting everyday. I'm so proud of her and because of Angels of Hope she is not fighting alone. They are truly Angels. If you know anyone going through anything like this please let them about Angels of Hope because how you are going to pay your bills is one worry you don't want to think about. All you want to think about is how to help your child that you love so much stay here with you. Like I said Angels of Hope will never know what their help has done for me and my family. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Love, Bridget, Shelby and Shane!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with ALL Lukemia. It has been a hard time for us both emotional and financial. I am a single mom and not able to work right now. Angels Of Hope have helped me out to make life easier. I will never be able to Thank them enough!! Truly a blessing in this tough time! Thanks again