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Angels of Hope - A Family Cancer Foundation

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Causes: Cancer

Mission: Assisting families with children, throughout the state of Michigan, as they face the many challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis. These families not only face the devastation of cancer - they face potential financial ruin as this diagnosis increases their likelihood of bankruptcy by 2.5 times. Founded in 2004, the all-volunteer foundation has created several programs to help alleviate the financial burden and the emotional strain that these families experience. The programs are completely funded by donations. With approximately 98% of donations and proceeds from annual events (Night of Hope & AOH Golf Outing) directly supporting families, Angels of Hope ensures 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

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

1 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.

1 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!

1 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!

1 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

1 Chantell D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of Hope is just AWESOME SAUCE!!!! STEVE YORK IS A REALLY GREAT GUY! THANKS FOR HELPING MY SON AND I!! GAVE ME A PIECE OF MIND AND I LOVE Y'ALL FOR WHAT YOU ALL DO!!! THE DAVIS FAMILY