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Mission4Maureen

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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 $1,275,000 has been distributed on behalf of patients across 49 states over the past 13 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

260 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found out in July 2019 about Jeffreys stage 3 brain cancer since then he has lost his job and health insurance, this has rocked our world. This wonderful organization was able to help us with a request we had to help with our mortgage. This donation that they filled has helped to lighten the load of Jeffreys wife who has been the only income since July and his only care giver.We just recently were able to get our foot in the door at the Va center so lets hope and pray for some treatment and help as Jeffrey served 8 years in the Air force.Thank you Mission 4 Maureen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for the financial assistance durring such a difficult time. I was diagnosed with an oligodendglioma II IDH mutant with 1p and 19q codeletion. On my 30th birthday I was filling out my Last living will and testament and medical wishes. 6 weeks of proton radiation and now looking at 1 year of oral chemo, I'm a quarter of the way there. Stay positive, keep your faith and realize who and what are the most important things in life. Thank you once again @Mission4Maureen for your kindness and understanding. This grant helped pay power, water,gas,telephone bills and so on. I would have been in so much debt trying to stay afloat and would have more than likely sank. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tom L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an individual who has been facing brain cancer since July, 2014. Right before I found out that I had brain cancer, I had planned to go to graduate school and had such a great future ahead of me. Little did I know, my life would change forever after a run on a family vacation. After discovering I had cancer, I went through three brain surgeries, proton therapy, and chemotherapy between July, 2014, and February, 2018, and was left under total and permanent disability. Due to this, I figured there wouldn't be any life after brain cancer. However, as scans have been clear for almost two years now, things are changing for the better. I cannot work, but, with help of this grant from Mission4Maureen, I am able to afford rent for the following month. That might seem small, but that means the world to me and, as I live, it helps me feel like my wife and I will be able to put brain cancer in the past.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful and grateful for your generosity during this very difficult time in our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In March 2019, my husband was diagnosed with a rare brain tumer/cancer called Clival Chordoma.. He is literally one in a million! We were devastated.. He is 31 years old and we have a little 6 year old boy. We live in Utah and the only place that could treat him is MD Anderson cancer center in Houston Texas! Since then he has already gone through 2 brain surgeries and we've had to travel back and forth from Utah to Houston several Times! We've missed substantial amount of work and now have to uproot our family to Texas for two months for his treatment! We are struggling financially to keep our heads above water.. Mission4Maureen helped us pay some of our bills and has helped us so much to relieve some of the stress and worry.. Thank you Mission4Maureen and to everyone who has donated to them! It has helped us so much

Client Served

Rating: 5

They paid a very generous portion of my husbands ongoing treatment. We are so thankful and this helps so much! My husband was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in 2016 and is doing amazing! We are so lucky!

1 Brandi Ellis W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family is so grateful for the help of Mission4Maureen. I applied several weeks ago for the grant and had almost forgotten that we had applied. Just when we needed them most, we were notified that we were a recipient of the grant. My husband has just entered into hospice after learning that his glioblastoma has grown again. Thank you for relieving this financial burden for us.

Lee B Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been through so much on this brain cancer journey often times I felt down and out after having two craniotomies, radiation and chemo therapy I found myself lacking in several areas financially I reached out to Mission for Maureen and they graciously helped me get back on my feet. God bless them!

Linda S.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Linda and my son Joey was diagnosed with an Astro Cytoma Glioma in 2016, he went through 6 weeks of chemo and radiation in early 2017. In May of this year(2019) he had an MRI and another tumor was found, Joey is curently taking chemo and Avastin treatments to treat the new tumor. My Joey is a fighter and a kind hearted, loving person that pays it forward every day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping us in our time of need. Our son was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive brain tumor. Given a month to live and our family was left without answers and help. In a very difficult time unfortunately financial things aren’t first on your mind however still need to get taken care of. You have helped to relieve the burden and allow us the time to focus on our family. We will be forever grateful 💙

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in December 2018. We reached out to Mission4Maureen and they promptly responded with a donation to cover part of her mortgage payment. As a single mother of three and unable to work every little bit helps, Mission4Maureen came through when she needed them in a big way. Thanks so much.

Janet D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and sole provider for our family (including 2 young kids) was diagnosed with DIPG in April 2019 and given just months to live. In early August he entered hospice care. Just a few days later I got an email from Mission4Maureen that we were recipients of a grant and we would be receiving assistance for our bills. What an incredible organization! A huge weight has lifted off my shoulders and I figure how to navigate a world without my husband, a father to my kids, as well as the income he provided us. Thank you for the great work that you do!

Sincerely,
Janet Day

Bryan W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to help such a great charity. Maureen was my cousin and this is an ideal tribute to her life... helping others!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you mission for Maureen for the generous grant to my family. We have been through an exhausting yet stressful year but with your help some stress was relieved. We are so grateful for everything and for everything you do for the cancer community.
God bless and much love!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother was diagnosed with a stage 3 glioblastoma, and she hasn’t worked now for 6 months and had to apply for ssi and as a college student, having to pay for college taking in on my mothers bills, paying rent we were really tight. This foundation gave us hope this month and helped us get through a tough time, I really appreciate the help we received. I will continue to work and be there for my mom as she gets better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life changed drastically when my daughter Natielee Antigua was diagnosed with a Brain tumor after a MRI that was performed on 02-28-2017 which followed with a Biopsy on 03-10-2017 at Nicklaus Children Hospital performed by the neurosurgeon Dr. Toba N. Niazi. Office 305-662-8386 or Fax 305-663-8490. On 03-17-2017 she my daughter Natielee Antigua was diagnosed with a Malignant Neoplasm of the brain stem Stage x G3. (A brain Tumor). I had to inform my job I had to take time to assist at home with the recuperation of her Biopsy and that radiation appointments would follow in June of 2017.
I was laid off on 04-05-2017 because I had to start missing lots of work to take her many doctor’s follow up appointments. I had to start filling for SSI assistance which the Hospital assigned a Case worker and helped me with the whole process. She had 33 radiations on 2017 and many doctor’s appointments and follow ups . I could not meet many financial responsibilities and my dad did help as many Cancer foundations that help new Cancer patients in the beginning. I soon knew I had to find a way to be with her and work. I started working from home as a Logistic Dispatcher but at cases the drivers would not pay or did not need my assistance at all times. It was hard and I understood I needed to find a way to have less financial burden in which case my dad asked us to move in to 14056 SW 272nd Street Homestead, FL 33032. I pay all the Bills in the home but rent is covered. I am trying to be strong and deal with all financial stress as the most important and emotional stress my daughter’s health situation. My life is and never will be the same since 03-10-17.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In Aug of 2008, I was diagnosed with non-operatable Oligodenroglomia, early stage. I have for the past 10 years living life as normal as I can ,with a tumor, working and taking care of my family. In May 2018, My seizures return, even with medication, causing yet another hospital stay. The result were my tumor had another tumor growning into my existing one causing my medicine not to work and paralatization of my right side, Into the surgery center at UAB for new tumor removal, with radiation/chemo treatments to follow..Being the sole provider for my family, STD would not cover all of our expenses. With help from the foundation Mission4Maureen, I have been able to breath a little.Thank you M4M..you have been a great help in my time of need...fast and courteous assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A family member was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in February. We reached out to Mission4Maureen and they promptly responded with a donation to cover the costs of her mortgage. With health insurance not covering most of the care, Mission4Maureen came through when we needed them in a big way. Thanks so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with High Grade Giant Cell glioblastoma multiforme at 6 months pregnant. after an emergency c section, my son spent 2 1/2 months in NICU while I started an unending cycle of treatments. As each treatment failed for myself, my son thrived in NICU (now completely heathly) but I was unable to work as I sought out a successful treatment. 18 months later I'm still searching and the bills are still coming. I could not be more thankful to have found MIssion 4 Maureen, and their assistance. Since March 2017 I've had 2 resections 4 different doctors 4 different treatments (including a trial) while the bills keep coming so does the cancer. MIssion4Maureen has helped relieve some stress in our situation. (5 kids, husband is the only income)Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not be more grateful for the assistance that this organization has provided. The financial assistance has eased some of the medical bills that I had acquired from my surgery back in March of 2018. Completely grateful to their mission of helping individuals like myself along with their families during such a difficult time. Hope that many others can lend a hand to organizations like these. Again, so thankful for the assistance that was provided to me on their behalf. God Bless!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

On behalf of our dear brother and uncle, thank you for your most generous payment of $800 toward Michael's property taxes. This financial assistance has definitely relieved a heavy burden while Michael continues his treatment for glioblastoma. Michael needs a miracle and we are waiting for God to give him one. We deeply appreciate your generosity and will forever remember your kindness.

1 Bobzilla

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit organization for a reason. Mission4Maureen was big help to me, friends, and family. Every little bit counts and this organization was a big contributor to my success. I was diagnosed with two meduloblastoma tumors and after radiation treatment and some chemo therapy, I’m on the road to recovery. I’ve read most of the stories on this site and they were very helpful. I recommend people to read the reviews and to check out the site even if they aren’t having medical issues. Thank you for your contribution.

Michelle K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank you for the grant to help with my lodging. I was diagnosed with a medullablastoma at age of 45. normally found in children but found in one of million adults. brain cancer. treatment recommended away from home. needed to stay in hotel for 30 days. out of pocket of course but the treatment was the best so no choice is there? went for treatment; hoping for the best. thank you again for helping me defer these costs!!!

Mary A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I suffer with depression and my depression less me to the ER on Christmas eve. The doctor there ran an MRI and discovered a brain tumor. The tumor was removed followed by physical therapy and then radiation. My short term disability ran out after 90 days and Mission for Maureen stepped in and helped out with my household Bill's to keep me afloat. I cant thank them enough for being so quick to help out. It took so much stress off of me if only for a little while. Every little bit helps and I will definitely ne paying it forward when I am able.

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! !!!