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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 vacations.

Results: Over 7,800 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: 554 people

Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania

Programs: We believe travel is transformative, and addresses the emotional and psychosocial impact of cancer on not just the patient, but also the caregiver and the patient’s children. Our program is a complement to traditional cancer treatment, and an FPS respite vacation can play a crucial part in the patient continuum of care. FPS works with oncology professionals at leading cancer centers to create care-free, cost-free respite vacations, providing the gift of time to address the psycho-social, emotional, financial and spiritual trauma that accompanies a cancer diagnosis in an underserved younger population (age 24-55). Patients, caregivers and the patient’s children receive a respite vacation in one of our beautiful accommodations. We schedule all travel and families receive a cash stipend, journals and inspirational materials. After the respite vacation, FPS continues to provide priceless emotional support as we partner with community members and our families to create small “mini breaks” throughout the year.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Five years ago my wife Liz was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 33. At that time, we really didn't know anything about cancer. We knew that as a family we were in for a new journey that we couldn't control and we prayed daily that it would end in healing. Our "normal family" and marriage with four children under seven, quickly changed to "that family" as our battle began. Soon after we started making our trips to HUP oncology, we were introduced to a lady that asked us to get involved with For Pete's Sake. Marcy and the staff at For Pete's Sake have been wonderful to us! The memories that they gave to us will last forever. We were fortunate enough to be sent to Disney as a family before my wife got too ill to travel. For Pete's Sake also had Christmas gifts sponsored and sent us to Phillies games and hersheypark. This organization cares for families. They care that families take time to have fun together and make sure the financial burden of these trips and experiences are taken care of. We never would have been able to go to Disney, and now my children have that special memory of something great they got to do with their mother. Unfortunately, my wife was one that lost her life to cancer after battling three years. Liz received over 40 chemo treatments and multiple surgeries. The battle was exhausting and definitely difficult for my children and I to watch and live daily. Her constant pain and struggle was real. We are beyond grateful for the generosity and kindness For Pete's Sake gave to our family. They chose to impact our lives when they never would of had to. We thank you for the support and the memories. FPS, you are awesome. -The Custer Family, Lancaster, PA

Sweetpea W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Rosene Wenger. My husband Matt was diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia in January 2017. At the time we just had our two boys. He did a week of chemo in the hospital. A friend from our church told us about For Pete's Sake Cancer Resipte and what they had done for his family. Since being apart of For Pete's Sake Family they sent our family to Sea Ise City for our resipte. Right before we went we found out we where pregnant with our 3rd. Since our trip Matt relapse in August and had to go for chemo treatment 1 a week for 4 months. At Christmas we where privilege to be part of there Christmas program. We also have gotten to be apart of some of there one a month outting they do for there familys. For Pete's Sake is the definition of Family they are there for you even if you don't need them. They under stand what we as Cancer family go through because of Marci experience. You are never alone through your journey they will always be your family.


Love You Wenger Family

1 Paige Follis M.

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have colorectal cancer my social worker at virtua hospital in New Jersey told me about organization.She collected my information along with my dr reports.The organization contacted for a phone interview and written interview.I was awarded a trip to Florida for one week all exspences paid.My wife and I and our boys had a fantastic trip.We have told friends family and patients we meet about the organization.We donate to them every chance we get they helped us so much and they help many cancer patients and thier families please give to them or donate time to help them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A VERY NICE doctor once told me tha
t 50% of the population will hear the word cancer once in their lives. He looked at me and said you have heard it three times. That was 8 years ago. SINCE THAT TIME I have heard cancer two more times. Last year I was told that my breast cancer had come back and that it had metasized to other parts of my body. I had a pet scan and I was told that there was also a farely large size tumor on one of my kidneys.

I have had two surgeries - one to repair a broken hip and the other to remove my cancerous kidney. I am surviving and I am thriving.

For Pete's Sake came and helped rescue me and my family. I enjoyed a fabulous Florida vacation courtesy of this wonderful organization. For a week we were just a family on a worry free respite vacation. We got up in the morning and each day was a new adventure. There was laughter and there was love. Thank you to Marci and Company!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Danny Reimer and i was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer. I have done 15 chemo treatments and have now had a colectomy, and liver resection to get this cancer out of my body. During this journey my oncology team nominated me for a vacation with For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Vacations. We were granted a vacation to Florida this November for my wife and I. She is my life, my caretaker and has MS. This has been extremely difficult for her but she is a warrior as well and we have come through this together. We are so grateful for For Pete’s Sake to give us the opportunity to be normal and enjoy life without being in a hospital. The people at For Pete’s Sake have just been wonderful to work with so compassionate and understanding!!! We cannot wait to go on our vacation!! We are so grateful for For Pete’s Sake!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was 1 year ago I found out at 32 that I had triple negative, BRCA1 positive breast cancer and needed to under go a bilateral mastectomy and 8 round of chemo. I was so very thankful for FPS who gifted me and my family a trip to Florida to take a break from cancer- even writing this, I am tearing up. The trip allowed us to reconnect, to hug often, to spend that quality time together that we would not have been able to have without this wonderful organization. From day 1 to present FPS staff is upmost professional, caring and down right awesome! Many times folks who are middle aged are looked past when diagnosed with an illness, having small children, full time jobs, and the most responsibilities that one can have, it is very hard to find that time to be one with yourself and with your family, it is hard to find that time to stare at your loved one and tell them how much you appreciate and love them, to spend that quality time with your children and to see those moments that make you want to cry- in a busy, fast paced world, FPS slows it down and shows you what in life is most important and that is to enjoy it to the fullest. Thank you FPS for allowing me and my family to be a part of your family. This amazing company deserves the upmost recognition for all their hard work and dedication to all of us.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi,
Gary and I attended the Philadelphia Phillies game last Sunday. Although, the Phillies didn’t win, we had a great time. Just another day to relax and enjoy being cancer free, Thank God. And we Thank God “For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation”. They have sent us to Atlantic City, gave us tickets to the Fashion Show and the Phillies Game. They will always have a special place in our heart. Thank you FPS and the Donors for our wonderful family memories. ⚾️

2 Donna Lee B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In March of 2015 my dr. Said I have lung cancer. It's stage IV and there is no cure. That messes your head up. It messes your familie's head's up.
Cancer sucks! Now you have to learn about things you never wanted to learn about and pay bills you hoped you'd never had. Every single thing in your life changes. You spend hours in appointments for drs. labs, scans, chemo and traveling to and fro. You spend money on gas, tolls, parking and food if you can keep it down. At times, You take on a role of trying to protect everyone you love from your fear. It's a lot to take in. And a lot to put out. Your full time job becomes cancer. You spend hours on the phone with insurance companies and hospitals and it can consume you.

The last thing on your mind is vacations.

Like angels from God, For Pete's Sake suddenly appears in your life through a nomination of your care team and things become a little less heavy. They plan a wonderful trip, take care of all of the details and they tell you to take a break from cancer.
Really? Is that even possible? I decided that the least I could do is try.
Guess what? Not only is it possible but I think it is life changing. I went from being super uptight and wondering if any of it was worth it to spending a week with my husband in an all inclusive resort called Dreams, Punta Cana. Thanks to #ForPete'sSake and #Applevacations and #DreamsPuntaCana, we did just as we were told and we took a break from cancer. We swam with sharks and pet stingrays, we did tricks with dolphins and went deep sea fishing. We ate at amazing restaurants and saw great shows. We danced and we laughed.
Never forget to laugh. Life is funny!
We had forgotten how important it is to just live. That week away taught us that I may die from this cancer but first I get to live with it. God had blessed us with 3&1/2 years so far and we plan to live out loud until my last breath.
I can credit For Pete's Sake for reminding us what is really important. Spending time with family and getting out of your own way.
Making these memories will keep me alive forever. It will bring smiles to my husbands face for the rest of his life and it will always make me smile for the rest of mine. For that I sincerely thank everyone at For Pete's Sake.
For Pete's Sake doesn't stop there. They continue to follow your progress and invite you to be a part of the family. They have monthly lunches, and a night out at the phillies game and a day at the beach and they just keep coming up with clever ways to allow us "travelers" to get together. We become support for each other and that is no accident. We all have a lot in common and FPS finds ways to extend their hospitality to all of us who have been effected by this desease.
They arrange and hold many fundraisers through the year to support their mission. Please look for one of their fundraisers and give what you can.

Jeanne B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In August of 2017 I was shocked to learn that my breast cancer was back. I was supposed to be 92% cured. This time my treatment would include chemo, radiation and surgery. And this time it was harder for my husband and our girls. A dear friend from high school told me about For Pete’s Sake. The social worker and my oncologist from my hospital nominated my family and I. We got a call one day in April telling us that we were going to Florida to take a break from cancer. It was an amazing week. We got to be together without worrying about doctors or treatments. We went to the Magic Kingdom, Universal and Sea World. It was an incredible week filled with memories that my family and I cherish.

Liz P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed 8/1/17 with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer, you can imagine how my life changed. Colonoscopies, biopsies,scans, chemotherapy. This was my new normal. Fast forward to this past January when I received one of the best phone calls ever. My team of doctors at Lankenau Hospital nominated me for a respite provided by For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation and I was chosen to travel with my sisters to HAWAII. I was so excited to get away from all things Cancer for a week in paradise with my best friends. It truly was so relaxing to not have to think about my illness while being in paradise on Earth. For Pete’s Sake took care of everything. They have become like a second family to me. I love taking part in their monthly lunches where I get to meet other warriors who are also battling their illness. I absolutely love fundraising for them, as I know every penny counts. As weird as this may sound, I feel that having cancer has given me the opportunity to help others who need it. For Pete’s Sake awakened that in me and for that, I am forever grateful. They are doing wonderful things for people who truly need it.

Pam B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful Nonprofit serving young adult cancer patients and their families. Provides time away to re-connect and create beautiful memories together by taking a break from cancer. Bonds are strengthened, families are reminded love is greater than cancer.

Review from Guidestar

Mandy Bocci P.

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

For Pete's Sake sent my parents on a much needed vacation when my mom was battling cancer. Not only that, but through their outreach, events and connection, they provided our family with much needed support through the difficult journey.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with throat cancer six years ago. For Pete's Sake gave our family a wonderful respite vacation. We didn't know we needed it until we went. They truly make you "take a break from cancer" and reconnect and value your special relationships. The For Pete's Sake staff is top notch and truly cares.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Pete's Sake gave my family the most wonderful gift we could have receive...other than a cure for cancer...they gave us smiles, memories and love during the toughest point in our lives. Our vacation away from cancer allowed us to break the brutal daily routine of drs visits, plain, worry and sadness. We loved and laughed as a family & I treasure every one of those memories and photos. Thank God for FPS and all their amazing volunteers!!!

Pamela88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I saw first-hand how caring the people who work at FPS truly are. They are respectful, compassionate, and kind. They are also organized and careful with the funds they have with no waste of resources. We have now moved from the area but continue to support their work because we believe in what they do and how they do it.

Charlene L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


My sister was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in Oct. 2012, by then, it had already spread into her liver and lungs. Her name was given to For Petes Sake by one of her nurses. Her and her husband were sent on an all expenses paid trip to Florida in March of 2013. She had a wonderful break from cancer! That was when she decided to support FPS by walking in the next event at Citizens Bank Park, unfortunately, she didn't live long enough fulfill her plan. But, her whole family and lots of friends (over 50 people) walked in her honor as Team Georgiann! And we will ve there

Jennifer418

Client Served

Rating: 5

A month shy of his 40th birthday and two months shy of being cancer free for 20 years, my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lung and Throat cancer. We never saw this diagnosis coming! We knew what the diagnosis meant, as we experienced all the elements of having cancer and the devastating effects nearly 20 years earlier; the only difference now is our children and the constant attention they need. Upon diagnosis, our 3 boys were 10, 7, and 4. I knew I was in for a long, stressful ride!

My husband was treated in Philly. This was an added burden on us because we live 2 hours North of the city. He had to drive there every week for doctors appointments and chemo. After 5 months of chemo, he was ready to add radiation. Because this was administered 5 days a week, he had to live in Philly for 3 months. We only saw him on weekends.

It was while waiting one day for Teds treatment to be over that a social worker told me about For Pete's Sake. After 7 months of Ted receiving treatment, being without him, having him almost lose his life due to a serious infection, working full time, taking care of 3 young boys by myself, cleaning the house, shopping for food, making the food, driving back and forth to sports by myself, worrying about paying our bills, Etc, that I welcomed the opportunity of just "get away from it all". No running to Philly to the doctors, no hospitals, no work, no schedules!
I cannot say enough about the opportunity that this organization provided or our family to be together without thinking about cancer for 8 whole days, worry free! They covered everything for us to travel to Disney World after enduring a long, hard year of many disappointments and time away from Ted! We got to be family for the week. Together, happy, re-energized! This organization even continued to help our family through giving at Christmas and sending us to Hershey Park this past summer to be together again as a family!
We LOVE "For Pete's Sake" and we are so blessed to have Marcy and her staff in our lives!

Jacquie7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For Pete's Sake is a one of a kind group. Friendly, out-going, compassionate, and generous are just a few words that come to mind when I think about FPS.

My daughter went to work on Friday and came home feeling ill. She thought she was coming down with a cold. Saturday, she was not feeling well, and Sunday morning her breast was swollen and hot. A trip to the emergency room started the roller coaster of unbelievable events. A surgeon came in to examine her and ordered a mammogram. Within hours, she was scheduled for a biopsy on Monday morning. Monday came and the biopsy revealed that she had Inflammatory Breast Cancer. The journey had begun. Doctor appointment, tests, chemo treatments, surgery, radiation treatments. For over a year and a half, she went from one place to another, all related to the treatment of cancer. She could not work because the doctor did not want her to get sick. An organization called For Pete's Sake contacted my daughter and asked if she wanted to get away. Yes, Yes, was her answer but she could not afford to get away. For Pete's Sake came to the rescue.

A week away from the hassle of dealing with cancer could not have come at a better time. A home (not a house) with all the comforts of her home, airfare, tickets to Disney and Universal, money for food, gas for a car. Traveling care packages for the kids. FPS thought of everything. At last, a time to relax and to make memories for the whole family.

We participate in the FPS walk at Citizen's Park each year. When people asked who we want to make donations FPS is at the top of our list.

Thank you Marci and friends. May your good works continue and may many people be as fortunate as my daughter and her family.