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Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

Mission: The mission of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is to provide a variety of specialized services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer.

Target demographics: Families of children under the age of 18 that have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 200 families

Geographic areas served: The State of New Jersey

Programs: We accomplish our mission through: • Professional in-home counseling • Advocacy on behalf of the families • Material support such as food, clothing, toys, household items • Emergency financial relief

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dan D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the summer of 2014, our 8-year old son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was a long, hard journey of 3 and 1/2 years of chemo treatment but thankfully today he is a healthy cancer-free 12 year old boy. ECF was there for us on our journey delivering free groceries monthly, presents to both our boys on holidays, and financial assistance when needed. What really set ECF apart though was the amazing social worker that regularly visited our house to meet with my wife to provide emotional support and guidance. She was simply a godsend and helped us through our most difficult times. We are forever grateful for ECF as their services are exactly what families need to get through the difficulty journey of a child diagnosed with cancer.

Deborah Davidson H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation for over twenty years and have always been deeply impressed with how they go the extra mile to help the families they support. Since 2013, I have been working for them as a Caseworker and have found this opportunity to be very special and meaningful. I have met some exceptional people, both the families I serve as well as Emmanuel Cancer Foundation staff & volunteers, who make my work at this foundation extra meaningful. New Jersey is very luck to have the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation available for families who can use their services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was on June 14, 2016 were I was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 14. Most of my life from 2016 through 2019 I have spent it inside the hospital. On April 11, 2017 our house in North Brunswick was on fire and we were still inside the house so me and my family jumped out from a window on the second floor. My mom was the only one who got hurt bad. She broke her heel of her foot. After all of that we found a new home in South River where the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation has been donating food to our family. Finally, with the help of my team of doctors on September 27, 2019 I was told that I was officially cancer free.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for ECF for 10 years back in the 90s, then remained a volunteer for many years, and am now back working for them since 2017. I LOVE ECF! Everything they do is looked at through the lens of "what is best for the child and the family". We are honored to help NJ families that have a child with cancer, and our small staff, many volunteers and dedicated board members all have the same goal - to make life easier for the families we serve, while they are going through the toughest battle of their lives. Any NJ family that has a child with cancer under age 18 can reach out to us for emotional, material and emergency financial help.

Melanie Wong G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I started volunteering with ECF many years ago, especially during the holiday season. We have seen first hand the smiles on the faces of not only the children, but the entire family. ECF has made a tremendous impact on not only the ones they help, but our family as well.

Ilene L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Case manager/worker. I have been with ECF for 17 years. We have amazing Case worker's who through these years, have helped so many families that have a child, 18 and under (even two children at the same time) who have had the diagnosis of cancer. The families sometimes have even taken on this fight, not only with their child, but many times with a close member of the family, (mom/dad/grandparent) who happened to be also diagnosis-ed with cancer. There are families that find themselves fired from their jobs, because treatment with their child takes so much of their time. We have helped these families with groceries. Many times the families do not have food at home and emergency food is needed. ECF has also helped pay the families major bills to keep them in their homes, from having the lights/phones turned off. However, most of all we are a source of comfort and support to our families by providing in home counseling for all family member's. We know a diagnosis of cancer can upset any home dynamic, in so many ways. ECF is so proud to serve these families and do whatever is necessary, to help the children and their families make their cancer journey just a little easier.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation for over 15 years now, and the things we do for the children and their families are amazing. The Caseworkers go above and beyond and think out of the box, to give these families a sense of calm and comfort. We try and make sure all their needs including, counseling, food, concrete needs etc are taken care of during this terrible road called cancer.

Advisor

Rating: 5

It never seems to amaze me, even after being an employee of Emmanuel Cancer Foundation for over 12 years, how much help and aid we provide to hundreds of children and their families through their ordeal with pediatric cancer. All this aid, both financial, emotional, and material assistance is given free of charge. I am proud to be working with such a great organization as Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF).

Gloria Pocchio
Office Manager

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In our family cultural experience 25 years ago the word “cancer “ was often not part of our vocabulary. It wasn’t until 1995 that we learned quickly and unexpectedly that our aunt Julia had leukemia and she passed away before we can even personally associate with the term “cancer”. Had we as a family been connected with the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (Ecf) a professional caseworker/social worker would had taken the time to explain the diagnosis and would had helped us as a family deal with the emotional roller coaster that occurs when a family is first told that a child has cancer. Ecf does this on a regular and consistent basis by guiding and supportIng the families through the process from diagnosis to the end of life challenges. As a “Spanish” speaking family from a isolated rural community it was very difficult for my grandparents to navigate the complexities of the health care and social services system had Ecf staff been involved my family could had received the most current information available to be able to make good health choices for the care of my aunt. When my aunt passed away, which is a passive way to describe death my grandparents were devastated and there were no services available for them. Had Ecf been involved my family would had received In-home supportive and emotional services that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. Here I am 25 years later and as an older nephew I still reflect on the death of my aunt Julia. My children never got a chance to see her lovely and caring smile. Additionally, as a person who was also had an profound intellectual disability challenges what killed her was “cancer” not the seizures this is how my personal journey started. I am now accepting of the term “cancer” and now have three sisters who are also diagnosed so the reality is that many of the families we served still struggle with the impact of pediatric cancer the difference is that Ecf is here to help. I personally request that we all reflect on this profound 6 letter word and do our part to serve those impacted which is what many nonprofits like Ecf are doing with limited financial resources thank you.

Robert P.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is amazing, my friend and I have only been associated with them a short time. But since we became part of their family they have been amazing. They have been there for anything we need, for things like groceries and other things like that. But even more importantly, when ever you just need someone to talk to, there is always someone there to listen. That's what makes this foundation amazing!!!!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I’m so grateful to be a part of the ECF Team because of our strong dedication to our Kids with Cancer and their Families. These last 37 years have exemplified ECF’s vision of inspiring hope and offering specialized services to families in the State of NJ that have a child with Cancer.

That’s what makes ECF so special even during the current extraordinary challenges that we are all facing because ECF has never stopped thinking of our Pediatric Cancer Children and their families at this time.

Working at ECF for 13 years I continue to be astounded at two things; the incredible strength and resilience of children facing cancer and ECF’s Team wanting to make their lives better. As many families have told us, and continue to tell us, the knowledge that there is someone standing by to support them in this difficult time is a great source of comfort.

Sincerely,
Barbara Kopel
Senior Regional Director
Emmanuel Cancer Foundation


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that goes above and beyond to support their families! They are constantly finding new and innovative ways to help families cope with the day to day challenges of a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hi, My name is Cindy and I work with The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation as a caseworker assisting families in northern NJ- I have been with them since 2018 and they are amazing! Great leadership, great communication, kindness and supportive to all families facing pediatric cancer and overall they are a wonderful team. I am so glad I found them. As a caseworker/team member I am glad to help our families and represent our team.
We are here for you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation has been a helpful resource during this difficult period. Their volunteers are compassionate and are full of resources and ideas to help your family and child.
Thank you for everything!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation has helped my family in ways that I couldn’t even imagine ; from tires for our car so my husband could keep working and providing for our family, to always having our back for food specially in such difficult times with Covid-19 my social worker ? We look at her not like a social worker but like family because she’s always a phone call away Vianna and the foundation have became a huge part of our family. We wanna take the time to say how much we appreciate from the bottom of hearts everything that has been done for our family but mainly for my son King this foundation always lights up my sons life and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. Thank you so much Emmanuel Cancer Foundation you guys are amazing. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for Emmanuel Cancer Foundation for over 10 years. I am very proud to be a part of this amazing foundation. We are able to help our families in so many ways.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Emmanuel Cancer Foundation for over 30 years, in one way or another. I have known the family that started this amazing foundation for many years and they are amazing people. In the most recent years I have joined the Foundation as a Board Member. Everyone affiliated with ECF is full of love, caring, and undeniable generosity. This stems from the children and families that we meet along the way that inspire us to continue to do all that we can to help, in any way possible. I will continue to do all I can to help these amazing families who need it so desperately.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Toni and I am a single disabled mom of three beautiful girls. My daughter Megan was diagnosed at 3 yrs old with an inoperable brain tumor, seizure disorder, and she is legally blind due to nerve damage. I had reached out to The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation for help a number of years ago. From the moment I reached out they have been by my side. They have helped many times With things like rent, utility bills, supplying gas cards and store cards to make my life easier. They never say I’m asking for too much but instead always say they will help if they are able. They throw parties and give us the opportunity to attend events that allow us the ability to STOP thinking about the illness and watch our warriors simply being kids and having fun. A chance to have some normalcy in an otherwise chaotic life full of dr visits, hospital stays and tests. ECF has been like a lifeline for my family. They are amazing loving supportive individuals with a beautiful mission that is dear to my heart. They have supported me and encouraged me during some of the most difficult times of this journey and I am truly thankful for everyone involved.

Tina Grum M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation for 4 years and feel extremely grateful that a friend of mine introduced me to ECF. The work that this foundation does is wonderful! The keystone of our mission is to provide in home counseling to the family unit throughout their journey of a son or daughter bravely battling cancer. Our staff and caseworkers are extremely dedicated, amazing individuals who help our families in countless ways. Through the generosity of our donors, volunteers, and staff, the assistance provided to families is uniquely tailored to their needs. ECF is a great organization that inspires me to help more, care more, and believe more. I am proud to be associated with ECF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Emannuel through chop . My daughter had developed brain cancer which later spread and took her life. Its through Gods mercy ,love and grace that i received help from this organization. Not just financial but counseling as well. I will never be able to repay anyone for the love and kindness we were given. So trust me when I say your donations are appreciated. I love you all for loving us

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to ECF several years ago and have grown to love everything about the organization. Every single person involved with ECF cares about the organization and what we do to help families in need. There are countless hours spent by staff members and volunteers raising money for the families in need. The case workers spend quality time with all the families and assist them with a love. They truly understand the needs of these families and help in any way they can. I am blessed to be a volunteer for this great organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been both contributing and volunteering with this organization for thirty years. The mission is unique...caseworkers see families of children stricken with cancer and offer psychological counsel to the family unit, and suggest as advocates where that family may go for other assistance-financial or medical. Additionally ECF provides food, toys, and other items via food drives and can help with paying some bills.
As a small organization, each volunteer can make a big difference in the lives of these kids and their families. One high school student's fundraising efforts at his school impacted perhaps a dozen families greatly, and those delivering supplies put smiles on the faces of these kids and their families. Whenever I see the courage and positivity of these ECF "kids" at fundraisers I know that we are doing good thing as volunteers, and I know that their positive energy makes me want to strive to be a better person.
Lastly, the paid staff-administrative and MSWs-are ALL in. They too share our volunteers' attitude. This is some organization...Mike Walsh

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is not just a great organization in terms of its mission and how much impact it has on the families it helps, but also an amazing place to work. I have been the Development Director there for more than 3 years. It is family friendly, everyone is incredibly hard working and dedicated and goes above and beyond what they are required to do. Everyone cares so much about the kids and families. No one is there just to do a job--including the staff, caseworkers, volunteers and the board of directors. We are all inspired by the bravery of the kids with cancer, the love of their families, and the generosity of the donors and volunteers who make all that we do possible.