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For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: For Pete's Sake enables cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable and lasting respite experiences.

Results: Over 9,000 individuals have been served by FPS. A full patient demographic matrix can be found at www.takeabreakfromcancer.org

Target demographics: adult cancer patients, their caregivers and their children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 438 people

Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland

Programs: a travel respite and staycation respite program, along with emotional support for families facing cancer.

Community Stories

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

In April of 2019 I was diagnosed with cancer.This was not possible - then reality became extremely serious. We plowed thru this as a family- armoring up for what was to come…Needless to say it propelled us into the trenches. With my oncologist nomination - we were on our way to a vacation in the Poconos during covid. We were greeted by a group of people with open arms who assisted us in settling in. This was the first opportunity I had as a cancer patient to forget about my normal world at home of treatments, illness, bills, appointments and work. At first for me, with much trepidation of being social or involved I stayed in. My parents got involved and soon coaxed me out of the world of isolation I had become very used to.To date this as one of the most amazing experiences I have had. To give yourself permission to become a kid again; the sense of freedom, laughter and connecting with people who were truly genuine. It was all about US, The patients and their families. FPS , allowed us to have as much involvement or as little involvement as we ( the patient) required. Yet they openly took the families under their wings, Encouraging and allowing them to embrace fun activities, wholesome rides , Outdoor activities , campfires, laughter, advice, someone to be a sounding board for them, a shoulder to cry on and THE same ESCAPE AND FREEDOM from the world of illness, sadness and sickness that had become their normal. For Pete’s Sake truly changed me as a person, making me realize that asking for help and excepting help was not a terrible thing. This is the one of the most fabulous nonprofits I’ve ever encountered. I am now in a position to support this group and have become lifelong friends with some of the volunteers I have met there! For Pete ‘s Sake and the Woodloch resort have an extraordinary spark In making our world a better place! Cheryl Cummings

Client Served

Rating: 5

FPS Respite at Woodloch was such a blessing. The only way to describe the experience, the For Pete’s Sake staff & Volunteers, & Woodloch Resort is to ask you to recall the warmest hug you’ve ever received. This was such beautiful setting to relax & restore but it was the people who unexpectedly gave me so much strength to continue on my cancer journey. I gained so much more from this experience then I anticipated. For Pete’s Sake must continue this mission, it’s a need I didn’t know I had. The rest I didn’t know I needed and the fellowship I didn’t expect.

1 Susan H.18

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed in June 2021 with stage 4 ovarian cancer and shock doesn’t begin to cover the vast amount of emotions you go through. I had major surgery, was left with an ostomy bag, endured sepsis, a long stay in the hospital and 6 months of chemo. My husband and I were so Grateful when we were nominated for FPS- We felt so blessed and excited for the opportunity to getaway. To shar this time with my caregiver-my husband. Who has been a rock of support and love this entire struggle. The kindness of FPS, all their staff and my oncology team. All who made this trip possible. Thank you seems so small in comparison to all the generosity. Memories are blessings, especially if they are beautiful memories of comfort and happiness. This respite for me has given me time with my husband, away from my cancer worries, away from work and away from stress. All of this preciouses time is valuable to me. Thank you FSP. We also became a memory maker. Sincerely, Susan and John Saurman

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the first phone call, I felt like family. Everyone at FPS is compassionate, driven, friendly, and are motivated to make a positive difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer. As a patient myself, I found the entire process to be smooth and better than expected. Everything was handled, the hardest part was trying to figure out what activities to do during the respite stay! Speaking of which - the respite was great. We made friends with other patients and even the staff at the resort. I highly recommend getting connected with PFS as they have a wonderful mission and truly make an impact on people's lives.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Breast cancer on 12/28/20. I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction on 2/13/21, 8 rounds of chemo from 3/19-6/25/21, a second reconstructive surgery on 8/5/21, and 5 1/2 weeks of radiation from 9/20-10/27/21. Because of our large medical deductible, we had tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills to cover, so a family vacation of any kind wasn't possible at all. My radiation oncologist asked I had heard of FPS, and I hadn't, so she told me all about their mission and what they do. She nominated my family to receive a respite trip to Woodloch Resort through FPS, and we went in the end of January 2022. This was by far the greatest thing that happened to my family during my cancer treatment. It gave us a time to just relax and be together, without having to worry about the next appointment, infusion, scan, or surgery. We were able to re-connect and strengthen our relationships and we just had the best time! FPS gave my family what I could not, which was a chance to decompress after a year-long cancer journey. The entire family goes through the cancer journey, not just the patient, and being able to watch my kids play and laugh like kids should, made my whole body smile. The staff at FPS are just incredible: caring, compassionate, loving, and generous. They truly understand the support that cancer patients need, and offer follow up support once patients return from respite. We've been to a pancake breakfast for families who have traveled, which gave us an opportunity to reconnect with some of the families that traveled at the same time. My whole family has truly been blessed by FPS!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete's Sake is a wonderful charity! My fiance and I recently received a respite trip. This trip was above and beyond anything we could have imagined! It brought us even closer together, gave us a chance to make new friends and make memories for our lifetimes! The resort was beautiful and everyone was so helpful and polite. We will never forget our trip or the wonderful people we met! Thank you do much for everything you do!

2 Gaye I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always been scared of the word "Cancer". But in 2018 I heard the most dreaded word. Felt like my world is ending. But God helped me go through all the cancer treatments during the pandemic that makes it a little more challenging. I believe that God send people as his representative here on earth and one of which is FPS. They are not just nonprofit organization they are FAMILY. They send us to Woodloch and I have felt so connected again with my loved ones. Connecting with the people I love and the people that is going through same thing that I went through really helps. Our purpose is to support one another and that is what FPS does. Thank you FPS Family.
Abby DeGuzman

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete’s Sake gave us memories we can never replace by sending us on a respite when my daughter was 15 months old in 2014. My husband had terminal cancer and died at the end of 2016. One of my favorite pictures of my husband snd my daughter was taken in our respite.
When my husband died, I was reeling, but FPS was there. Through them, I was able to help develop a social group for widows and widowers which saved me from feelings of loneliness. I made wonderful connections and friends. I even met the man I know intend to marry, as I approach the five year anniversary of my husband’s death.
FPS doesn’t just send people on respites. They provide love, care and support and they helped me pull out of my grief and get my life back.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and I were diagnosed with cancer 4 days apart. We started chemo on the same day. My husband had to drop me off at one building and bring our daughter to another. There were lots of tears and ultimately more laughter. FPS stepped up at the perfect time. We received the most needed break from cancer. We were able to meet other families facing similar challenges. Thank you for giving us the strength to get us to the light at the end of the tunnel.

2 Kimberly S.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

FPS helped me and my family to smile and laugh at a time when we really needed to forget about my cancer journey they were so supportive and caring and have become our family i can never thank them enough for all that they have done for my family and i ❤️

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete sake came into my life when i needed them the most i had just lost my mother to cancer two weeks before i got diagnosed with cancer ,they stood by me and my family through my journey of the loss of my mother to my own journey with cancer ,they helped me and my family with so much and there support was so awesome,i can never thank them enough for all that they have done and especially with the trip to Disney they send us on ,we will always cherish those memories thank you ❤️ The strunk family

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

During my several year battle with cancer I found out that I was nominated for a trip with For Pete's Sake. Since my mother was my main support and caretaker, I knew she needed the trip as much as I did. We just needed to be able to leave cancer behind for a little while.
For Pete's Sake provided a vacation for us to a beautiful resort in New York state. They took care of everything. There were several families from FPS on the trip and it was such a relief to be around others who understood.
My mom and I had such a wonderful time and created great memories. It gave both of us the respite we needed.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough nice things about For Pete's Sake and what they do for families whose loved one is fighting cancer. My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer and our world was turned upside down. I heard about FPS and applied for a respite trip. The people who work for this non-profit are angels and such a pleasure to work with. Our family was blessed with a first class trip to Disney, receiving the VIP treatment all along the way. It provided us time as a family to just forget about the cancer and enjoy one another's company. Luckily my husband is a survivor and we are able to look back on this amazing experience with joy and love. Thank you so much For Pete's Sake for everything you do for all of the deserving families. I hope you always continue the mission of giving people a break from cancer.

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with For Pete's Sake was a blessing from the very beginning. From our first conversation with staff, to being awarded the trip of a lifetime with our two children, to afterwards staff checking in on us to see how my husband was doing. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization and how they are changing lives daily. Our daily lives were so consumed with my husband's cancer, and all of the anxiety of the unknowns about our future as a family. To have this respite vacation to forget about it all and spend quality time laughing and loving our trip together was truly amazing.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

After going through a rough year of breast cancer treatment, chemo, radiation and endless appointments, it had all had taken a toll on my family and I. For Pete's Sake provided us with a week long respite to a destination that I would not have been able to provide for my children and I. We were provided for with the utmost thoughtfulness and support. Most of all, we were given a week to just be family and not think about the stresses of cancer. I will be forever grateful for For Pete's Sake.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were blessed to receive a respite trip from FPS this past spring and we didn't realize until then just how much we needed it. All our energy what's going into worrying about cancer treatments and the future. But being away with the FPS family and spending time with other patients going through similar situations was very good for us. We don't usually like to join group activities, but we really enjoyed everything they had lined up for us to do so we went to everything they scheduled. I'm so thankful we had the opportunity.

3 Monica Angstadt

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I had the incredible opportunity to visit Woodloch this past Sept for a respite. We all feel very lucky and fortunate to have been able to get away and spend quality time as a family. We all experienced new activities and made the most incredible memories that will last a lifetime. My children actually put their electronics away which made my mama heart so happy!! We love looking back at all the pics that were taken that week and reliving such an amazing experience. Plus, I was able to connect with the women that were there with us. We all keep in touch and check in on each other frequently which I think is so important. I will forever be grateful to the amazing donors who were a part of making this happen!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

After finally getting through cancer, my social worker nominated me for a respite vacation, to take a break from cancer. Learning about For Pete Sakes, then getting to experience what this group puts together for families affected by cancer is heartwarming and brings such a positive twist on unlucky situations!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I think about For Pete’s Sake I think about so many things…the people I met also coming for respite, Marci, Mariann. It was such a wonderful week to mentally and physically rest from doctors appointments, treatment, responsibilities. I was diagnosed with stage 3 Triple Negative breast cancer in June 2020. I was told on the mammogram screening everything looked fine and normal. I wasn’t so sure., and then it hit, all the tests and biopsies. I was in a mental spin and I couldn’t stop it. I then started chemo in July 2020 through November 2020, then three surgeries and then six weeks of radiation in April 2021. It was during a radiation appointment that I was told about For Pete’s Sake. I couldn’t believe it. I wanted the mental and physical rest so much. I’m so thankful to those who have made it possible for me and my mom to have a week at Woodloch. To spend that week in a relaxed environment at the lake has given me a renewed strength. I can’t imagine a better place to go, Woodloch was the best. Thank you so much to For Pete’s Sake. Leslie

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer and had part of my colon surgically removed. Presently, the colon cancer has metastasized to my liver. Over the years the physical and emotional stress has had a tremendous impact on me and my husband‘s life. I was so overwhelmed that I was not living my life, I was just existing, consumed by cancer. Then, along came For Pete Sake‘s Cancer Respite Foundation. They sent us to an all inclusive respite at Woodloch, in the Poconos. There, we experienced, welcoming hospitality, great food, amazing views of the lake and lots of fun and excitement. FPS has been a God’s sent blessing for us. Marci set out to fulfill Pete’s dream and by doing so, she has sincerely given me and so many others, an experience of a lifetime, full of cherished memories, relaxation, rejuvenation, and new friends, who shared their journeys as well. In addition to it all, FPS sent us to see the Philadelphia Flyers game, with seats in Captain Claude Giroux’s personal box/suite and a free parking pass. FPS respite is a gift that keeps giving, with all kinds of events lined up to bring us all together again, like one big happy family. FPS respite has given me tranquility. I now have the peace of mind to move forward on my journey, with a whole new perspective, living my life. I will always hold dear to my heart, this generous, God-given gift from, For Pete’s Sake Respite. The attached picture shows me standing on top of a rock at Woodloch, feeling like I was standing on top of the world. We thank you, Marci and FPS respite for giving us an amazing opportunity to, “TAKE A BREAK FROM CANCER” and for “WRAPPING US UP IN LOVE”
I thank you for helping me to recognize it is love, not cancer that defines me.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family had an amazing time. I have a 4 and 3 year old and I can't tell you how much they loved it. There was so much for them to do and watching the excitement in their eyes made this whole experience worthwhile. We loved spending quality time together, especially every morning and night during mealtime. It was also nice to get to know the other people that were there with no pressure to do so. it was all natural and easy. Marcy is absolutely amazing and so are her parents. Mariann was my sponsor and I suddenly feel like they are family. I will continue to support this foundation so another family can enjoy a wonderful week away like we did. What a great organization.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

First off I’d like to think for pete sake and the Woodloch resort for an amazing long weekend. The staff could not be any friendlier, and the opportunities of things to do are endless. The food was very good and the rooms were very nice , But my only regret is that I wish I was more physically able to do the things that were allotted to us. That is by no means anything negative towards the resort or the organization, just me in my recovery from all my chemo and radiation treatments that I’ve had in the last year. Again I would recommend This organization in this resort to anybody that would need it, I highly recommend it. Thank you, thank you and thank you again. May you all have a blessed day!!!

2 Mandy Bocci P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly don't know where to start. My husband was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and not given much hope. We've never heard of FPS but our Dr and a friend had and recommended us for their program. Knowing what we were facing with treatments, upcoming surgery etc - they offered us an amazing opportunity to enjoy time together, to make crazy memories and spend quality time together as a family. Our trip to Florida started with tickets to Disney (my daughter was all about Elsa), Front of the line access to Universal Studios (Transformers and Superheros for the boy) and SeaWorld . .... Rich was still pretty healthy at this point - it gave him the boost he needed to fight for almost 2 more years and it gave me and the kids beautiful memories and photos to look back on now that he's gone. Not only did FPS do all that, but we had luncheons and met other people fighting similar battles, got to celebrate small victories with them. After he passed they continue to comfort me and connect me with people who I can relate to. They offer a connection to a life not everyone can understand. I appreciate them more than I can ever say and will forever be grateful.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about FPS shortly after my husband was diagnosed with Dtage 4 Pancreatic Cancer and they sent us on a wild memory making adventure with our kids to Florida, Disney, sea world and universal. At the time we had no idea what this Cancer would do to us, as a couple and as a family. But it can't take away everything we had in that week.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June of 2019. While receiving treatment our social worker asked our permission to submit our names to a respite foundation she felt we would be a good fit for. A month or so later my wife received a call from For Pete's Sake. She completed a phone interview and a couple of weeks later we were informed that they were going to send us on respite. All of us: me, my wife, our 9 year old daughter, and our 6 year old son. Needless to say, we were floored and cried right there in the kitchen. Little did we know For Pete's Sake was just getting started. They were sending us to Florida and they sent us some preliminary information. We were going to be booked at a cabin in an RV park. This was perfect! Our family camps a lot and we felt this was a very customized fit. It had a pool, mini golf, a basketball court. We would have a great time, and it was in Kissimmee. So we started thinking maybe we would be able to take the kids to Disney for a day. Boy were we mistaken! The RV park was just where we were staying. Our trip was to include a day at a Disneypark of our choice, 2 days at Universal, and a day at Sea World! It still makes me smile and cry a little when I think about it now. They really took care of everything (convenient flight, special travel bags filled with goodies customized for us and the kids, rental car w/EZ Pass, per diem, and special fast pass for Universal) so that we could truly relax, enjoy each other's company, and truly "Take a Break from Cancer." The people at the foundation are kind, compassionate, and thorough. We will spend the rest of our lives trying to pay this forward. We are forever grateful!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I simply cannot say enough good things about For Pete's Sake. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in March 2015. Then after going through all the treatments for my breast cancer, not even a year after, in August 2016 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. My oncologist nominated me for a trip with For Pete's Sake.
For Pete's Sake sent me and my husband on a week's vacation to Davenport, FL. We were able to relax and leave cancer behind. We were able to relax in the pool at the house and by exploring the Florida Theme Parks. It was fabulous not having to worry about cancer or treatments or doctors for an entire week and to just be able to focus on the two of us. We were both smiling the entire time, and we got to experience things for the first time such as Harry Potter World and Sea World. Being a huge Disney fan, I really thought the first time I would cry was when I would see Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom. But it wasn't until after my first full day of Magic Kingdom, which was also my first full day of this trip, when we were watching the fireworks which is set to the music "Wishes" that I started to cry like a baby. "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. anything your heart desires will come to you." This reminded us that dreams really do come true.
This trip really has changed my life in ways that words cannot fully describe. My husband and I continue to talk about this trip three years later and I know the memories we made on this trip will last a lifetime.
What this organization does for families like mine, is beyond amazing. And we are both so grateful to this organization for all that they do. Thank you so much, For Pete's Sake, we will be forever grateful, and words truly cannot describe how thankful we are.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Petes Sake is an absolutely amazing nonprofit. I was diagnosed with Advanced stages of Metastatic melanoma and was nominated by my Oncologist at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

When I received the phone call from For Petes Sake about our nomination and the amazing offer of a trip away I cried. Our family had been turned upside down and so scared of what might happen to me the Mom and Wife and honestly the glue that holds us all together. We all were thrilled.

To be given the opportunity to get away from it all and just be together and make memories was amazing. We traveled to Orlando and stayed in a beautiful home, visited the theme parks and swam in the pool. No one can ever take that away from our family. So many memories without the cancer diagnosis in our thoughts 24/7

For Petes Sake took care of everything for our family. We are truly blessed to have a part of For Petes Sake and all they do. Thank you Marci

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete's Sake is an awesome charity! My radiologist nominated my family for a vacation respite! My husband and I went to WoodLoch Resort in the Poconos. After doing nothing but healing from surgery for the past year, it was very nice to get away and relax. I forgot I had cancer for a while. It was nice to be there with others who understand what I am going through. For Pete's Sake had all of their ducks in a row.

1 Colleen T.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation is incredible. From the very beginning, they were compassionate, caring, and professional. They took care of literally everything. We wanted for nothing, and never worried about a thing. The respite my family enjoyed was a God send. After several years of cancer treatments, I have often felt isolated, exhausted, and stressed. This trip brought my family together again. We laughed, talked, spent time together. It was amazing. We all feel blessed for having the time together with no worries whatsoever. I can't say enough about For Pete's Sake. It was a miracle when I needed it the most.

1 Charles L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a oral and throat cancer survivor. Peet's sake was able to give us a wonderful experience. We were able to reflect and be grateful for all that we have went through and how far God has brought us. Everyone from Woodloch and Peet's Sake was Awesome!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed in July 2019 with a GBM. Due to our circumstances my family and I moved three times to three different states to get answers and find the right team.
It has been a hard year to say the least. FPS was kind enough to donate a respite vacation to us and we went to Woodloch Pines in PA’s Poconos. It’s an all inclusive resort with so much to do and be involved in.
My 11 year old son was welcomed by other FPS families and had a blast doing activities with them. We also did a lot as a family and it took the stress off of our everyday life.
Thank you, FPS, for making our week wonderful in every way. Your staff is knowledgeable and super friendly.

1 Dawn Michelle Douglass M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a recent breast cancer survivor. I still have a 30 percent chance of reoccurrence. For Pete’s sake allowed me to vacation with my best friend and daughter. My daughter, Grace, is a child of a nasty divorce. This was the most time she and I had been together in ten years. This experience gave all of us great memories and we all will remember this for the rest of our lives. Thank you For Pete’s Sake!!!

1 Martin Colleen R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marty was 1st diagnosed with brain cancer May 2015 2 weeks after his 31st birthday. After 2 surgeries that left him with aphasia, cognitive defects, and right sided paralysis, 33 proton therapy treatments, and several rounds of chemotherapy, we thought we had beaten the cancer and adjusted to our new “normalcy”. On September 6, 2019 unfortunately we heard the news that the cancer has returned! Marty is currently on chemotherapy and will need another surgery that not only can make him more disabled but he may not experience another family vacation due to not only the financial hardship but the disabilities he will encounter preventing him from traveling. Thanks to For Pete’s Sake our family was able to enjoy our first and only family vacation to Davenport, Fl where we were able to spend amazing family time together and just live in the moment! We, no longer, live day by day we live second by second and do our best to just put aside the cancer diagnosis and be grateful for each other and life in general. Life is too short so best advice for all families and patients that struggle with a cancer diagnosis is to just live in the moment, enjoy life, forget about the negativity and enjoy every moment!!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My diagnosis with ovarian cancer at 37 shook our lives. We banded together and did what needed to be done, trying to keep everything as normal for our children as we could. After surgery, months of chemo treatments, and many doctor visits we were given a ¨break from cancer¨ through For Peté´s Sake. When I received the call from Carol, we really thought it was too good to be true. Every time I spoke with her about our trip I waited for the ¨but there is a catch¨ to happen- it never did. For Pete´s Sake gave us a gift that was beyond anything we could have imagined. It allowed us to realize that our new normal was very tiring and we had not relaxed without the thought of cancer looming over us in quite some time. For a week in February, our family was blessed with a trip to Florida where we did nothing but laugh, love, and enjoy our time together. Every detail was planned and every financial need was taken care of so we could simply relax. This organization truly cares about people. Thank you.

2 Tara Goldsworthy R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10 years ago my husband was diagnosed with CLL. Our daughters were 6 months and 2 1/2 years old at the time. We were told this was a very treatable cancer and our family was so hopeful. He tried 3 different cocktails of chemo and was allergic each time. 5 years went by and my husband's health was deteriorating and he was not able to work, and no new chemo treatments for CLL. Our family was hoping for the best but preparing for what might be. In October 2019, he began a new regimen of chemo. He is 4 months into a year long treatment, he is tolerating the chemo, no allergic reactions. In addition to his CLL, he has skin cancer that also weakens his body. Our family is very positive and we have a HUGE network of friends, family and faith, that lift us up. Our FPS Cancer Respite trip gave our family the time away we needed to realize how blessed we are. That although cancer is part of our lives, it does not have to consume our lives. We had time to laugh, play and just be a family and Forget about Cancer. This trip was a blessing and the support from FPS has been amazing. We arrived home last week and our lives went back to our busy schedule but we will never forget this once in a lifetime trip.
Thank you - The Rittler Family Glenside, PA

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

With gratitude, my husband, two sons, and I would like to tell others about For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS). I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer about a year ago. Cancer abruptly let us know it was here with clots throughout my body, resulting in strokes, a heart attack, and a pulmonary embolism. After a couple of risky surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay, I was treated with chemotherapy for four months. I had an additional surgery to prevent a recurrence. As things improved physically, getting back to the routines of our lives were difficult for us emotionally, psychologically, and socially. The trauma of the past year had caught up with us and it was hard to move through that fear. Then, our medical team, led by my social worker, let For Pete's Sake know about our story through a nomination. Looking forward and enjoying a trip as a family helped us cope. For Pete's Sake staff, so genuinely full of kindness, planned a trip for us to Cancun, Mexico. Through a connection with Apple Leisure, FPS sent us to an all-inclusive resort called Now Emerald for six days. We did not have to worry about the financial strain or planning this trip. Carol from FPS helped us with the details! It was truly a gift of time, healing, and the beginning of JOY in the aftermath of cancer. We could begin to put the pieces back together. This experience allowed laughter and love to be present and worry and sadness to take a break. It was great to see our kids being kids! Time together in this beautiful place reminded us deeply of who we are as a family. That is something we can have well-beyond the trip - knowing that joy is not as far away as cancer makes it seem. It is right here with us when we pause and pay attention. Upon our return, Alisa (Family Engagement Officer) and the For Pete's Sake team have embraced us as a part of their family. We look forward to participating with the organization through the events they offer to their travelers and any way that we can join them in the future to help others who need a break from cancer.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Provided a much-needed respite for myself and my family that allowed us to take a break from my cancer and reconnect with each other.
At a time when fear and uncertainty were a daily occurrence, For Pete’s Sake gave us the priceless gift of family time free of doctors, appointments and worry. We will be forever grateful!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great Organization that helps families going through Cancer to enjoy reconnecting . The staff at F.P.S are so nice and really do alot to help cancer patients. I can't thank them enough.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with FPS for several years. FPS has so many noteworthy and beneficial functions. I enjoy my work with FPS and feel good from the help I provide!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my husband had cancer and his social worker told us about For Pete's Sake, I thought it was such a fantastic idea - to get away and "take a break" from the illness. Unfortunately, we didn't make it on a respite trip, but since then I have volunteered with them, and the enthusiasm, commitment, support, and straight up love within the organization is amazing. Such a great group!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2016, For Pete's Sake Caner Respite Foundation sent my wife and I on a trip to Davenport, Florida. I had only just recently finished my 8th round of chemo and it was so nice to just spend time with my wife and enjoy a vacation. They provided us with a house to stay in and tickets to Disney, Universal, and Sea World. It was the best vacation we'd ever had in a time we could really use a break. They are a wonderful organization that has helped thousands of other families just like us.

2 Rory McAneney Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization! My husband has stage IV cancer. We have 3 small children. They sent our family to an amazing all inclusive resort in the Poconos. It was great to see huge smiles on the entire family’s faces and meet other families going through the same thing. I can’t even express just how grateful we are to this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with cancer in mid 2018. After 12 weeks of treatment, 28 treatments, and more doctors appointments than I can remember, all I wanted to do was sleep.

For Pete's Sake sent my family and I to Florida on a respite. After a week in Florida, we felt like a family again. The work they do is amazing. I cannot thank them enough.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

In July, we enjoyed a true respite from my husband’s cancer treatments and doctor’s appointments. We were blessed with a trip to Florida during which we spent a week laughing, playing and smiling together. From the care package to all of the details planned and organized to a keepsake memory book, the For Pete’s Sake staff thought of everything and they were amazing. This is such an incredible organization and I hope other families get to be the recipients of such an amazing opportunity as the For Pete’s Sake were our angels during a really trying time for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with brain stem cancer on Mother’s Day 2018. I reached out to For Pete Sake and they have been nothing short of Amazing to me and my family! They sent us to Florida for one week as well as a Phillies game. We will forever be greatful for the wonderful memories we made and time spent together. Thank you For Pete Sake.

3 Paige Follis M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a four year battle with recurring cancer, For Pete's Sake was there right when we needed to be lifted up. They heard our story, brought us into the fold, and sent us on the most amazing journey with 10 families who were all in need of the break that this respite trip provides. Not only were we well cared for, rejuvenated, and loved, we met a whole new crew of lifelong friends. Now we all fight and heal from cancer together and couldn't be more blessed. Thank you, FPS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Learning about For Pete's Sake from a dear friend was truly life changing. Our little family had already struggled through two years of tragedy and loss when I received my first cancer diagnosis. Following that, life continued to hand us more than our share of major life traumas, and then I was diagnosed with cancer again, exactly two years to the date of my first diagnosis. To say that we were downtrodden and heartbroken would be an understatement. Just as I was losing my job, we learned that For Pete's Sake had chosen us to receive a respite trip. Not only did the trip give us something to hang on to, the FPS team checked in with us, insured we had all we needed every step of the way, and shipped this great box of gifts and supplies just before we departed. We were fortunate enough to be part of a group trip to Maine, and we have been changed for good. And FPS has stayed with us still. I cannot say enough about this wonderful organization, its leadership, and its team. What a blessing to cancer families!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Compassionate staff , that truly made a difference in our lives. My husband and I are so grateful for our cancer respite vacation that definitely gave us memories of a lifetime!

2 Jamaris M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete’s Sake is an amazing nonprofit who aims to serve the young adult cancer community. The respite that cancer patients and their caregivers receive are life changing!!

3 Michele B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

FPS is a wonderful foundation, my husband has stage 4 prostate cancer, underwent Chemotherapy and has had a break, and One great break, FPS sent our family to Disney world...What a great week we had. If not for FPS that would never have happened. Everyone with FPS is a blessing! What a great foundation!!! ❤ With Great appreciation and Love FPS will be our Forever Family!

3 Be EL E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was blessed to have the opportunity to receive a respite vacation from For Pete’s Sake in Nov. 2018. It was nearly 6 mos into my husbands diagnosis and couldn’t have come a t a better time. My entire family was effected deeply by the news and days after.... The process of the application, completing paperwork and them working with our hospital and support staff was seamless. The communication was effortless and ongoing. I love that they still do checkups on the family to see how we are. Although proximity of awardees was a criteria, they were very understanding as to why we hadn’t been able to attend events after as my husband was in ongoing treatments re-diagnosed shortly after. We could not have been more blessed and grateful for the Opportunity. Thank you For Pete’s Sake!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since 2015 cancer has taken so much from my family. All we knew was drs scans and treatment. After loosing my father and best friend in august of 2017 I was on the edge of being broken, then in may of 2018 hearing the words you have cancer finished the job. Our family has been fighting for so long against this beast and were beyond exhausted physically and emotionally. It was at this moment we were nominated to go on a respite that honestly gave us all the much need break from cancer that we were all praying for and didn't know we needed. It made us all realise that although cancer is alot of our lives right now it's not our whole lives and I and my family cannot thank For Pete's Sake enough for giving us the hope and support we all desperately needed in a time where we thought there was none left. The For Peres Sake organization is not just an organization it is now an honor to call each and everyone our new loving, supportive, and caring FAMILY!!!!

2 Krista S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete's Sake is a wonderful group of people who provide a respite to adult cancer patients and their caregivers, moral support for the families dealing with this illness.

2 Noel F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is AMAZING. They go above and beyond to help others when they are at their lowest. They have a unique way to help the entire families get a well deserved break form Cancer and create much needed and life long cherished memories. They can't save everyone from getting diagnosed, but they do everything they can to help families get a "break" from Cancer. I was lucky enough to be awarded one of their family trips and have become an annual pledge member ever since. Even 15 years out they are still doing things to help my family and engage members to help and uplift each other as well.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Small Cell Cervical Cancer at the age of 29. At the time I had a 4 month old. Not only was treatment rough, so was the effects from the treatments.
For Pete's Sake took us in their arms and sent out little family of 3 to Maine for a wonderful vacation we so dearly needed.
They have kept in touch and continue to care for those they have helped!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting a break from cancer is one of the best gifts ever! When you and your family are going through a cancer diagnosis; treatments, doctor appointments, scans, procedures all take a toll on the patient as well as the family mentally, physically and financially. For Pete’s Sake offers a respite to all of that and I am so grateful for them.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being told you have cancer will flip your world upside down. Everything changes. There is a new normal that involves Dr visits, tests, bloodwork. With treatments that can make you so sick and drain your energy. It can put such a strain on your family.

For Pete's Sake gave my family the opportunity to go on respite and spend time as a family and focus on us and not my "illness". It was such a healing time for us. We didn't have to worry about anything. They took care of everything. When your respite is over the For Pete's Sake staff continues to follow you and check in on you and your family. I am honored and grateful to be part of this amazing organization.

2 Silvia M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete's sake sent my family to Maine to stay at Camp Wavus after my breast cancer diagnosis. As you can imagine, life during cancer treatment is difficult. Being able to go on this vacation let my family final relax for a little while. We met other families that were going through the same thing and it was good to be able to spend time with people who can relate to what your going through. I am thankful for organizations like For Pete's sake. It brought a little bit of happiness to my family that had been stripped away by my cancer diagnosis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer in June 2018. Since then life has been anything but easy. In May of 2019 we were nominated for a respite. In about a months time we were having the time of our life on a once in a lifetime trip! Working with FPS was super easy. The transportation, accommodations, and planned activities were perfectly executed! We never know what tomorrow brings but we can forever relive those memories and good times. FPS has tons of events and continual support. We are in the trenches again battling this horrible disease but can’t wait to be more active with this amazing organization!

2 Frank T.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife has stage 4 Colonrectal cancer and in October 2018 we were lucky enough to be picked to go on a vacation with FPS. From the time they reached out to us to every step of the way till even till this day there staff has been awesome to work with. They have touched my heart that I give back to them. The Tobin's

2 Stef G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This amazing non-profit sent me and my husband on a vacation to sunny Florida in January. We got to escape the polar vortex in northeastern Pennsylvania and also got to escape the reality of his fight with stage IV colon cancer. We could never thank them enough for their generosity.

2 Kara Corrigan R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation was a life changer for my family. My family received a respite vacation to Florida in 2018. We are forever grateful. It was amazing and we reconnected as a family and made so many memories that will last a lifetime. FPS continues to support my family and many other families with various of activities through the year. This is an amazing organization that all should support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In November of 2010 at the age of 27 I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. I couldn’t understand why this is was happening to me. What had I done to possibly deserve this at such a young age? My first thought was my god I have to chemo. I’m going to lose my hair; I’m going to lose weight and stop looking like me. During the time of my diagnosis my mother was diagnosed with skin cancer and my grandfather (may he rest in peace) had a very rare form of penile cancer. So, you can imagine it was a lot to deal with.
My mom beat her cancer and my grandfather unfortunately passed on in 2011. But here it was now I’m still battling this disease and I don’t know what to do. I was in a very dark place. At first, I was in denial I refused to believe I was sick. I had stopped going to my oncologist. I refused to take the medication. I felt like life was over, to be told that you cannot have children because if you did there would be risk to the baby. To be told that you can no longer work because you’re going to be nauseous and vomiting and tired. Me a woman that has worked since 13 years of age. I had to say to myself you know what Alexis this is another challenge that god has put before you. You can get through this thru faith and support from friends and family. But I hadnt told my friends or a majority of my family probably until year three. By that time I was on my second chemo drug. I had decided it was time to let everyone know. I didnt get the reaction I expected. It was alot of "you dont look sick" , "what did you do to get it", "maybe if you try this it will go away" and etc etc. So i crawled back into my shell and left everyone out.
Fast forward it's 2019 and five medications later. During those past five years I was hospitalized more than I care to count. I practically live at the treatment center because i have to go back every month for blood work. My biggest support system thru this all has been my sister and my mom. if it wasnt for them keeping me grounded to be honet I dont think I would be here... I had explained my (very long) story to my social worker at my treatment center. And she gave me information about For Petes Sake. I have to say I was more than excited to have the possible chance to get away from it all! I needed the opportunity to clear my head and get back to me and For Petes Sake gave my mom and I the opportunity to do that. We went to Baltimore's inner harbour for four days and it truly changed my whole outlook on life. We visited the local musuems and restaurants, we visited the lighthouses and learned so much about Baltimores early history. I got to reconnect with my mom and explore our relationship on how my being sick has impacted her and how will we move forward upon our return.
For Petes Sake help me so much and I truly appreciate everything they have done for me. They helped me realize that even though I have cancer I need to take time for myself, take time to see new things and most importantly take time to help others. God Bless the staff for their hard work and dedication. And a very big THANK YOU to Pete he's truly an inspiration!!!
Sincerly,
Alexis Dubose

2 lilkozy1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was an email I sent in regards to FPS and what they've done for myself and my family. It's the only way I can express how I felt immediately after our experience.

Hey Alisa & FPS family,
I want to thank you for getting in touch with us. I can't begin to tell you how much my family and I are so completely grateful for everything you and FPS family has done for us. Carol along with everyone else that greeted us when we arrived had open arms and hearts. I've never had such a hard time leaving so many people behind that was a part of all of this. My family is my life and what you gave them was something I will never forget, I know this will stay with them for a lifetime. I'm not sure what I can do to ever repay you for what was given to us. Most of all the friendships and individual thoughtfulness to talk to each one of us, to be with us, to laugh with us, to give us strength again through human contact, caring, and so much support. I'd like to help in some way to make a difference. There was a few small gifts given, the bracelets with a card attached touched me. A perfect stranger took the time to make this special gift for all of us. I've always told my kids, I'd rather have a card made by them than a card with someone else's words. Along with the bag full of gifts given, I just want to thank you, and everyone from FPS! Marcie started something that feels like a gift from God! I thank you, my family thanks you! What ever I can help with please let me know. Carol and her family will always be in my heart. Today I woke up at home, I closed my eyes and hoped just for a second that I was back in Maine with everyone who made my life change in a matter of a few days. With every part of my heart and soul.... Thank you!

Sincerely, Christina Kozik and family ❤️

1 Jill M.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2017, at the age of 27, I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometrial cancer. Our world was upside down, our hopes of having a family were gone and my husband became a young caretaker. My oncologist nominated us for a respite after a tough surgery and 8 weeks of radiation. For Pete’s Sake gave us a break, when I didn’t even think it was possible to smile. For the first time in 6 months, we were able to focus on us, reconnect and forget about all the stress waiting home. This organization made everything so stress free. We enjoyed an amazing 7 day stay in FL & had my dream visit to Disney. Even after the trip, we continued to get special care packages, calls, emails and a community of “travelers” to share this special journey with. I am very thankful for this organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete’s Sake was a light in a very dark time for my family. In December of 2018, they sent my family on a much needed “break from cancer” respite to Orlando. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime. Pete’s vision and the fabulous employees, volunteers and donors will hold a special place in my heart forever. I’ve gained another family with For Pete’s Sake!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in October of 2017. It turned my wife and I's world upside down. After all of the surgeries and chemo treatments we were wiped out. For Pete's Sake gave us that break from reality that we needed. We just returned from their house in Davenport, FL on 2/5/19. We feel rejuvenated and refreshed. Thank you so much For Pete's Sake for everything you've done for us. It ment the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first found out about for Pete's sake, i was what felt like rock bottom . I had just completed extensive cancer treatment and a bone marrow transplant. Most of my year was spent in the hospital. I was in the worst physical shape of my life and very depressed. When I began to recover and was allowed to travel, I was fortunate enough to be nominated for a Pete's sake respite. Upon my initial travel date, I became ill and had to cancel. They were very understanding of my situation and were able to reschedule for me. The property was at the tides inn, of Irvington Virginia. Pete's sake provided transportation, and a stipend check for expenses. It was a nice break from the hellish year I've endured. Pete's sake is a wonderful organization, the equivalence of make a wish, for adults. Their staff, volunteers, and donors are true heros.