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Causes: Cancer, Family Services, Health, Human Services

Mission: Alleviating the burdens of cancer by providing a light of hope to families through emotional and financial support.

Target demographics: Anyone currently enduring cancer treatments and struggling financially in the Delaware Valley area (including South Jersey and North Delaware)

Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties); Delaware (New Castle county); New Jersey (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem county

Programs: Adopt-A-Great Family, Light of Hope Family Grant

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am actually a referral source to this great organization, & they have helped a number of my patients! They have gone above and beyond to try to help patients with cancer, and truly seem to understand the financial hardship the disease places on patients and their families. Because I was unable to get their assistance quick enough for one of my patients, they even helped with his funeral bill when he passed away before getting help with other bills. I think they really try to help the whole person in a caring & compassionate way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have referred several patients to this group for support, and they make personal contact with the patient to determine how best they can assist. On more than one occasion, they have gone above and beyond to assist my patients. One time they negotiated free tuition for a patient's child, then helped her with other bills. Another time, after helping a patient with some household bills upon which she had fallen behind, they coordinated with another charity to provide a car for my patient! Her car had broken down, and she was having a tough time getting to treatment and other places, and this gave her the ability to carry on, and boosted her spirits as well! I am so grateful to have an organization like Great Guys around for my patients!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Great Guys Group is phenomenal. They really care about their clients and they go above and beyond to try to help each of one of them. I just wish more people heard about us and we will get there. We touch so many people and it's so nice to help someone in need. Every donation helps and so many families are being affected with some very hard times with this horrible disease of cancer. I can't think of a group that is more devoted to helping these families survive the financial hardship that comes with this disease. My family went through two versions of cancer when I was younger and I only wish I knew about a group like this - just to even pay the parking at CHOP back in 1978. I'll never forget trying to find quarters in our sofas to make sure we could pay for the parking so we could see my sister. Great job Great Guys!! Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Great Guys Group is a wonderful organization. I know too many families that are going through difficult times when it relates to cancer. Most of the insurance programs do not sufficiently pay what is needed and The Great Guys Group has been a wonderful angel to those families in a time of need. I love being a volunteer. When I was younger, my sister had cancer and our insurance only paid 80% - so I truly understand how invaluable a group like this would have been for my family. So I try to tell as many people as I can about their services and how they can help - and they constantly outdo themselves every year!

JuJu B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Great Guys Group is a bonafide group of great individuals who do the most amazing and kindest acts for those whose lives are impacted by cancer. On the most challenging day this week, which was even more challenging because of the emotional tidal wave I experienced due to the death of one of my breast friends the week prior, I came home to the most amazing transformation of my front lawn. Just 3 days before my mastectomy two months ago, my previously well-manicured lawn was completed decimated and had a backhoe resting in it which was used to repair a broken water service line. The expensive repair bill was almost $7,000 and sadly did not cover the cost of re-landscaping the lawn. So, I had a war-torn lawn, a war torn wallet and a war torn body, all at the same time.

Great Guys to the rescue! They may have been out of funding, but they were not out of people who care. A professional landscaper came out and gave me hope because the landscaper made it better than it ever was.... all I have to do is water it and watch it grow. (Incidentally, I put a single solar light in the center of my lawn to remember my breast friend who passed away from breast cancer last week.)I don’t know how or where the Great Guys Group finds its great gals and guys who volunteer to do these wonderful acts of kindness, but I can’t wait to become a great gal so that I can do some amazing things for someone else through the Great Guys Group. Hey, maybe THAT’s how they do it? They help someone who comes back to them when they are in better health and that person helps someone else! They may certainly count on me. I was overjoyed and overwhelmed and I am all in! THANKS GREAT GUYS GROUP. I’ll see you soon.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Great Guys Group is a group of genuinely Great Guys (and gals). I can't say enough good and wonderful things about this organization. They were there for me at a time when no one else was and I was trying to believe I could find a hero. Every day I thank God for these wonderful people and I would do whatever I can to help them in their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to witness & participate in a few local Great Guys events. Even with such limited exposure, I have found the positive spirits and authentic caring of the group to be blatantly obvious. The GGG spirit is infectious; it’s no wonder they’re growing a such a rapid pace.

This organization is dedicated to bettering the lives of those around them. I’ve seen them do so using creative and innovative fundraising techniques such as beach parties, sports outings, dinners and more. With such a genuine group of workers committed to their cause, GGG continued growth is inevitable. Given the legacy of their past, I look forward to seeing the big things that GGG will deliver in years to come.

GGG comes highly recommended.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of attending my first Great Guys event a few months ago, and was instantly impressed and inspired by the passion and dedication displayed by the members and volunteers of this organization. An organization like the Great Guys Group is a perfect example of how a small group of people can make a huge difference in the lives of others through hard work and a genuine sense of caring for others. I look forward to being a part of more Great Guys events in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Great Guys Group for a little over a year and have watched a small nonprofit grow more than i could ever imagine. Very few people think about bills or personal finances when thinking of the hardships of those affected by cancer. But GGG takes something so simple and turns it into hope and strength by just keeping these families afloat in regards to the last things they're able to worry about, like phone bills, water bills, simple maintenance issues, etc. As the daughter of a cancer survivor, I saw the distress and struggles cancer can bring to the individual, their family and friends. Having your personal finances as an additional stress is a hardship that shouldn't be affecting these patients. GGG is doing an amazing job and bringing hope back to those who have lost it! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Great Guys helped my friend Kim and her family when they needed it the most. Kim's family was stuggling financially due to her illness. She had Breast Cancer. I honestly don't know what they would have done without the help from the Great Guys. Since then I have volunteered for a few of their events to "give back" and to help them raise money for other families in need. The Great guys organization comes highly recommended. They are truly a "Great" non profit organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great guys helped my family.They paid a months worth of bills,when my wife was getting ready to lose her battle with breast cancer.They helped us make it through the worst time of our lives! The story just starts there.Great guys has become family to us. they have helped us put our lives back together. we have become involved in all there fundraisers.They all know my children by name. They have helped two family's I nominated. I just want to let everyone know how they helped my family be GREAT AGAIN!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great Guys embodies the truest and most genuine sense of concern for people in the local community that are struggling with the financial challenges resulting from a family member with cancer. Great Guys as an organization turns concern for another into actions to really help! Results count! Making things happen by raising money to help those in need acts on the most positive human concerns we have as individuals and as a nation. I am proud to be a part of this group.

Lindsay N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Great Guys Group about a year ago and I have even had the opportunity to volunteer at a few events. Great Guys Group (GGG) is an amazing organization unlike any other. Great Guys Group is a passionate and sensitive organization that helps people and families who deal with every day struggles because of cancer, most are things we forget about, like the mortgage, the electricity, the heat etc. Great Guys Group has helped so many people and families and I have had the amazing opportunity to meet and talk to some of the people whose lives have been changed and made easier thanks to GGG. A few months ago GGG celebrated their 10 year anniversary and I was so happy to volunteer at their annual dinner party. I was able to help behind the scenes but also meet some of the amazing Great Guys families. It is nothing short of amazing to meet patients and cry with them and hear stories that you can only imagine, but through GGG you can also cry happy tears with the patients and their families when you can see the relief and the happiness in their faces thanks to GGG. I am more than confident that GGG will continue to reach out and help millions of patients and families and I will continue to donate and volunteer with this amazing organization.

Amanda K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Guys Group is a wonderful organization! They are so dedicated to helping families deal with cancer. I volunteered at their Great Guys Dinner a few months ago and seeing all the sponsors and families come together was something really great. I admire them for all the work that they do and all the hard work they put forth to help families in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about the Great Guys Group through my 2 GREAT friends Amy Forkin and Lauren Rubenstein, they are both my roommates and both work together in the GGG office. they have so much dedication to this organization and it's amazing to see how many families they are able to help. I volunteered for the GGG many times and I've always had a blast. I enjoy supporting an organization that gives back so much to families having trouble paying bills, it takes such a great weight off their shoulders when they are already dealing with a life threatening illness. To see how much joy GGG brings to families in need makes me want to be apart of it even more. The Great Guys Group is an amazing organization and deserves all the funding they can get.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working with the folks at The Great Guys Group. They are so easy to work with and so responsive to our patient's needs. They provide critical financial support to those living with cancer. Thank you for all that you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This organization has been very responsive to the several requests that I have made on behalf of my patients and their families. The representatives are professional and have made it extremely pleasant and to reach out and ask for assistance even when none might have been readily available. It is a breath of fresh air when another colleague is willing to look outside of the box to consider ways of assisting others in need. This is rare but Amy Forkin has done this. And I thank her and Great Guys for allowing AND ENCOURAGING this kind of creative and reasonable thinking and action-taking. Thank you and Keep up the good work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization provides the organizational structure to harness the power of our human deisre to aid those in need. It is a shining example of what is best in all of us.... May you be blessed by the hearts you touch and comfort you share..,

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The past year has been a horrific experience... two close friends with children stricken with cancer... one age 2, the other age 5. As much as I wanted to help my friends, I knew of NOTHING I could do for these people that would impact their situations until I spoke to the GREAT GUYS. Great Guys help alleviate the pressures of things I never would have thought about... paying monthly bills, taking care of things around the home while the families tend to their most urgent issue... in these cases, their children's health. Thank you GREAT GUYS for helping my friends!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm not the 'direct' recipient of your help, but your organization came to the aid of my neighbor at my request. I was searching for ANY way to help a family friend that had received a cancer diagnosis. I spoke to Paul Isenberg and he simply said, "nominate them on our website". I didn't know any of my neighbor's financial constraints, but Great Guys started making phone calls to see where they could help. Not long after, that neighbor told me that Great Guys came at just the right time. I LOVE what you do and pray for your continued success in doing it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Great Guys Group has been one of the main organizations I refer to when my patients need help. Their staff is friendly, helpful and efficient. They are able to help our patients without implying many of the restrictions that keep many people from getting the help they need. Many organizations provide assistance to only those who are destitute and have no resources at all. Most of our needy patients are not in that situation- most people have homes, cars, jobs and are just needing a little help to get by during a life-changing cancer experience. This is a great organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Great Guys has been very responsive to cancer patients here at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia, PA. The financial support that they provide for patients is so important to the well being of our patients and helps make their lives less stressful while going thru cancer treatment. I think the Great Guys are excellent! In this day, when most non-profits have reduced what they can give to patients, the Great Guys Fund is going strong!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I mentored a group of new PR professionals in creating a PR plan for GGG. The intensive research the team conducted to create the plan revealed a dynamic and purposeful group dedicated to helping patients and their families by providing monetary assistance during treatment. Paul Isenberg is a dynamic leader with a compassionate and caring team that truly do this for the love.