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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to provide financial assistance to families who are burdened with the staggering cost of brain cancer treatment.

Results: More than $1,000,000 has been distributed on behalf of patients over the past 11 years!

Geographic areas served: All 50 states

Programs: Mission4Maureen provides financial assistance to qualified patients and their families by directly paying household and medical bills submitted. We also have a Christmas in July program where each year we send new donated toys to the pediatric patients helped during the past 12 months.

Community Stories

236 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi,

Mission4Maureen helped me with my medical bills, they were prompt and very accommodative. I will always remember them on my recovery journey from Brain Tumor.

thanks

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is so much good to be said about Mission for Maureen! This foundation paid my rent two months in a row and then some! They have been a real blessing in my life and I am eternally grateful for their financial support and caring.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My father was recently diagnosed with a GBM brain tumor, and it's been hard on my family. Mission4Maureen is a great organization that helped us tremendously during this difficult time. They are very generous and understanding! I am very grateful to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I certainly am grateful for the monetary amount sent to Orlando Health Cancer center recently... I am certain that others who benefited from your generous contribution, are just as grateful as I am. Brain cancer research and current treatments, have continued through your organization and the generosity of those benefactors who help finding a cure for cancer. Thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you so very much Mission4Maureen you have been a true blessing for me and my family . Thanks for paying our bills real fast. Yall are easily a 5 star organization. Highly recommend yall did what yall said you would do and more. May God bless yall always. So veryThankful Steve and Carol Sykes

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mission4Maureen was a great resource for our family after our son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They stepped up and help cover some of our bills that we were unable to pay due to missing work for his treatment. We are grateful for Mission4Maureen and blessed that they helped us in a time where we needed it most.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was a year ago when devastation hit our family. Our only son and the oldest of our three children seemed to be in perfect health and was in college living the good life. He pitched for his college baseball team and worked for the Cleveland Indians . While working the fan fest he was found unresponsive and in a seizure.
He was rushed to Cleveland Clinic ER by emergency squad . They did a MRI which showed a large mass on the left side just behind his ear. The doctors said because of its size it had probably been growing for years and they were almost certain it wasn’t cancerous. Two weeks later an awake craniotomy was performed . The doctors met with us after surgery and explained that it went very well and they were able to get nearly 100 percent of the tumor. Once again because of the tumors appearance they were almost positive it was not cancer but explained it would be sent away for pathology.
Two weeks later the pathology report showed different . It was anaplastic astrocytoma grade 3.
Seven weeks of daily treatment soon began at the Cleveland Clinic . Since we lived nearly 3 hours away we decided we would make the drive everyday. Not even a week had passed and we realized we were going to have to stay in Cleveland the drive was just to much.
It was like our family was split into . My younger sisters were in school so between my dad and grandparents they managed to take care of them while my mom stayed in Cleveland with me. The living expense of one household is enough these days and now my family had our extra lodging and living expenses as well of the many other expenses involved with out of town medical treatment.
We reached out to Mission 4 Maureen to help catch up with utilities . These people are wonderful to say the least. I want to thank Mission 4 Maureen for their generosity and for all the hard work they do to help families in need. I only hope that someday I will be able to give back and help other families the way they have helped mine and so many more. Thanks again you are amazing.
Sincerely
Kaden Wortman and family

Bibiana Escobar A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

will never forget December 16, 2017. On that day, my 41 year old husband was admitted to our local ER after reporting several headaches. There, they did a CT scan and discovered hemorrhage and mild shifting on his brain. They transported him in an ambulance to Swedish Medical Center, where the medical staff confirmed he had a tumor the size of a small plum in his let temporal lobe.
The Neurosurgeon recommended an immediate surgery the next day. I was scared, confused, and after the surgeon explained what could go wrong during surgery, and was terrified.
He went under surgery for 5 hours and came out amazingly good. He was making jokes and demanding drinks! I knew he was back! However, the worse was to come. The surgeon was able to remove 99% of the tumor, it this was malignant tumor. We heard the most horrific words: You have brain cancer. Not only any cancer, but one of the most aggressive types: Glioblastoma stage 4.
Our world was turned upside down; I was devastated, upset, sad, and helpless. Life changes literally in a second, it is true. I was questioning how can this happen to a healthy, active, caring, good person? What have we done to deserve this? We had a very fun, active, and peaceful life, and now is worries and uncertainty.
14 months late, I am happy to report that my husband is doing extremely well. He is tolerating treatment and still enjoying sports and the outdoors.
Thank you Mission4Maureen for your generous donation. Your support has given us some monetary relief.
Thank you from the bottom of my hear for your compassion and all you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mother of 5 working 2 jobs when the worst happened. I had a seizure and was taken to the ER to find out that I had a brain tumor. Part of it was removed and was found to be malignant. The journey started with radiation and then chemo. My family and friends have been so supportive and then I was introduced to Mission4Maureen. This organization decided to help me since I had been out of work for 5 months. I have never met anyone personally only communicating through emails. Yet they were there for me. I hope to get back on my feet and be able to give back to this organization that is so willing to help others just out of the kindness of their hearts. Thank you so much.

Vic C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was on 03/02/2016 I was in class when I got the call my wife had fallen and hit her head. I made her go to the ER as a precaution and that is when a mass was discovered. The 1st neurosurgeon we saw basically told us to go home because she would not survive the biopsy because the mass was in the Pons area of the Brain Stem.
We contacted her oncologist ( wife is a breast cancer survivor ) and he immediately referred her to Duke Med within a few weeks. There we met with several Dr's. They did comprehensive neurology work up to try to determine if it was a tumor or some type of infection because she did not exhibit any major symptoms with a mass that large. It was early April 2016 when we were notified that she would be referred to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center @ Duke. There we met with Dr. Allan Friedman, a Neurosurgeon @ Duke and decided to do the biopsy the next day 04/06/16. Our fears were confirmed the next week , it was cancer Anaplastic Astrocytoma WHO grade 3 in the brain stem. Our next step was to fight . She started Chemo and did 2 rounds with little to no effect. That is when they implemented Avastin into her treatment regimen and we began to see improvement.
Thankfully Mission 4 Maureen was there when we needed it the most. They were able to help us with mortgage assistance and some of our medical cost. It was a huge relief to know that there were people who cared enough to help those who were dealing with such a horrific disease. We are 18 months in and she's fighting everyday to beat this monster. Once again, the words "Thank You " as simple and strong as they are, cannot truly convey our deepest gratitude to Mission 4 Maureen for what they did for us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Was diagnosed this summer with glio brain tumor. Medical bills very expensive even with insurance but Mission4Maureen step up with generous donation. Excellent and Thanks for your help! !!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with a brain tumor last May. Needless to say, it knocked me down with shock and grief. I am a 35 mother of 5 and work as a mental health professional. Treatment has been difficult, physically, mentally and financially. Thanks to Mission4Maureen, I was able to have assistance with my rent and a utility bill. Words cannot express how much stress it took off of me so that I could focus on my recovery. I will never be able to thank them enough for their love, generosity and understanding. Their presence in my life has definitely been the highlight of my journey that I will never forget! ❤️ Chelsea Edwards

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for your help and support with my diagnosis. It is very much appreciate that you help working individuals who have had a medical bills from my time in the hospital. I am thankful for your organization.

Lisa630

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Husband Was Diagnosed with A High Grade of Gliosarcoma A Grade IV Tumor Witch Is Actualy More Aggressive Form Of Glioblastoma Multiforme 12/12/12 He Had Surgery To Remove This and Had Radiation and Chemo For Treatments He Traveled Out Of State for This , September 2015 He Had a Nodgle Develop and Had It Removed and Took Chemo & Radiation Again He Has Been On Chemo for a Full Year Now .. Due To Nathans Condition He Was Never To Return To Work and That Left Myself To Support Our Very Large Family we Have 7 Children all Under The age of 15 yrs I Was Able to Work and Struggle With all of our Daily Bills until July 2016 I Finally Had To Stop Working To Take Total Care Of Nathan as His Condition Has Progressed He Was No longer able To Stay By Him Self or Watch our Children Nathan Did Get His Social Security Started and Medicare but it Still Was Not To Keep all of our Bills Current I was Told About Mission 4 Maureen That Helped Brain Tumor Patiance So Applied For Help Not Knowing We Would Be Approved Quickly They Have Lifted A Big Burden off our Shoulders They Was Able To Pay our Loan Payments on The Van and Got Them Caught up , This is our only Transportaion To Get Nathan To and From all of His Medical Appointments and Taking Care of the Family Needs .. Our Heart is Filled With Great Appreciation for What Mission 4 Maureen Has Been Able to Help Us .. Today I Cried With Joy not Sadness ! Thank You Again from The Bottom Of our Heart We are Able To Keep our Van .

Angela190

Client Served

Rating: 5

God Bless Mission4Maureen!

Scott was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiform Grade IV on November 19, 2014 and has done great up until three weeks ago. Scott had a stroke and now has lost strength on his left side.

I lost my job June 2016 due to the FMLA and they denied my unemployment so things are starting to get really tough for us. I reached out to Mission4Maureen and they helped us out. We are so grateful and will always keep this foundation in our thoughts and prayers.

When we found out that they were going to help us, it brought tears to both of our eyes. We can not express enough on how grateful we are.

Many Thanks!!!!
Scott and Angela Symington

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor on May 13,2016. He has a craniotomy to remove approx. 75% of the tumor. Then he spent 6 weeks doing radiation. We were driving five hours a day to ensure he was receiving the best care possible. This meant during this time he was unable to work. I was unable to work, as we have 3 small children and my husband is unable to drive. He is currently on his 4th round of chemo. We really appreciate the help of Mission4Maureen. They paid our mortgage, so we could focus on receiving treatments needed. We are so grateful. Mission4Maureen is a blessing to our family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

God Bless this Mission and its founders and administration! My husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme in April of 2015. After craniotomy, chemotherapy, radiation and laser ablation surgery for recurring tumors all in 2015, he continues his battle against this horrible cancer with daily maintenance chemo, anti seizure meds, steroids and antibiotics.

Not only has Steve not worked since his diagnosis, he also did not qualify for Social Security Disability because he had not paid in enough in self-employment during the preceding five years prior to his diagnosis.

I had been working full time up until March of 2016, when both hands needed carpal tunnel compression release surgery. At the same time, my chronic neck and back issues worsened significantly. All this to say that by October 2016, I was forced to resign from work to access what little retirement I had saved.

Those funds were quickly exhausted by catching up on past due household and medical bills. Once all of our personal resources were exhausted, I found myself without hope for answers. I reached out to the American Cancer Society, who put me in touch with Mission4Maureen.

They reviewed our situation, verified my husband's diagnosis with very little paperwork and quickly responded with their offer to assist. We have been blessed with the funds they paid directly to our home mortgage lender and utility company. They will also assist with the next brain MRI schedeled later this week, as we are now facing huge medical deductibles ($4800) with the new year. Our medical insurance is costing us $978 through Cobra payments with my former employer.

"Thank you" seems so inadequate a response to them! I shelter my husband completely from the financial burdens we face, so it is especially heartwarming to have the helping hands that Mission4Maureen extended to us!

God Bless you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with a Hemangiopericytoma Stage 2 Brain Tumor in 2015. After undergoing a partial resection and treatment, along with the additional illnesses of my 2 daughters, the medical expenses and insurance was overwhelming. Mission4Maureen helped enormously to relieve some of the stress by kindly and graciously helping with several of the bills. I cannot think of enough good things to say about this organization. They are wonderful!!
May their kindness be returned and passed on.
Dee E.

Diana115

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma December 2016. I'm currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. This organization has given me a generous donation to help pay medical/utility bills. Thank you so much for the donation! May the LORD bless you! Diana Ruiz and family

Megan148

Client Served

Rating: 5

The generosity of the Mission4Maureen foundation means more than words can express. They paid our house payment and gas bill for December after my husband was diagnosed with Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma and unable to work. I was also on a reduced work schedule due to my reaction to his diagnosis. This truly helped with stress reduction and allowsed us to focus on the medical issues. It is programs and people like this that help restore faith in humanity and make people and communities come together in difficult times.