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New Day Foundation For Families

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: New Day Foundation for Families is dedicated to helping families overcome the harmful effects of Cancer Related Financial Toxicity (CRFT) by providing financial resources and emotional support for the purpose of improving treatment outcomes for cancer patients and their families. New Day believes no family should ever have to choose between cancer treatment and providing basic necessities for their family. New Day offers financial grants in the form of short-term bill payment services, as well as emotional support programs for families who have children under the age of 18 in the home as they face the burdens that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Results: Over the past decade, New Day has assisted nearly 400 patients and impacted the lives of over 1,400 individuals, including 770 children. Last year alone, New Day provided financial assistance and emotional resources to 148 families in service to 566 individuals. Due to the high cost of cancer, a health crisis can throw a family into bankruptcy or homelessness in just six months. As a result, cancer related financial toxicity (CRFT) is on the rise, linking the negative financial impact of cancer costs to a decline in positive treatment outcomes for the patient. According to recent studies, “cancer patients who go bankrupt are nearly 80 percent more likely to die than patients who don’t, and some cancers had significantly higher mortality rates.” (Journal of Clinical Oncology) Based on a 2017 survey 91.4% reported that New Day was extremely effective in reducing the financial burden caused by cancer treatment and 86% reported that New Day’s programs eased the anxiety caused by these financial burdens. Without assistance from New Day, 77.5% of respondents said it would have been difficult to stay in their home.

Target demographics: Cancer patients and their families (with dependent children 18 and under living in the home)

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 150 families or over 800 parents and children affected by cancer

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: Financial assistance and emotional support

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 weeks after my twin sister passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest. The past year has been very difficult for my family. My husband and I reached out to New Day Foundation for financial assistance as I am the primary breadwinner for our family. Struggling with the grief of loosing my sister and a cancer diagnosis at age 42 has made working full time a challenge. Cheryl was so compassionate when we spoke and presented our case and told our story. Cancer effects each person differently but for each it is a mountain to climb. The financial help that New Day provided came at a time when we most needed it. Ten months of treatment and shortened work hours had taken their toll on our financial situation. New Day provides not only monetary help but HOPE in some of the darkest times. -Christine Forster

Liz Harper R.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I don't remember exactly when I learned about New Day but I do remember the day that God guided me to meet Gina and see how I could be a part of New Day. I have had family members touched by cancer and saw first-hand how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be emotionally and financially. I felt drawn to be a part of the solution to the financial crisis many feel during cancer treatment.

For the last three years I have seen first-hand the amazing work New Day can do. To see the smiles and deep gratitude from a single mom with months to live give her daughter an amazing Christmas, to smile through tears, and to know that you are the hands and feet of Jesus on earth is such a good feeling.

New Day is special; their work is special and so are the people-not just the team that runs New Day but our supporters, volunteers and those we serve. Everyone has a story to tell. So great to have a place to do it! The stories on this page have been uplifting to me on a dreary day.

nancybenedettini

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about New Day Foundation for Families through a friend. I quickly became a donor, then a volunteer, and now I've been blessed to become part of the New Day team. This nonprofit is amazing, always putting families struck by cancer as their number one priority. Financial assistance, emotional support, financial guidance, any or all of these programs are available to Michigan families who have been handed a cancer diagnosis. New Day serves with care and concern during the most difficult time a family could face.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are part of an organization which gives collective donations to local charities and families in extreme need. We learned about New Day Foundation for Families and knew we needed to help them. New Day helps families in their hardest times as they battle with cancer. Through their assistance, the financial burdens can be eased so the family can have some peace to focus on recovery and healing. New Day is a blessing to families facing cancer.

Felix Ruthann C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With my husband being an employee for 6 months due to pancreatic cancer we found New Day Foundation. And while there are many other great charities New Day really came in and saved us. I'm astounded with the amount of help that they were able to provide our family to help with some relief and comfort during this time. It's tiring enough to think about a loved one with cancer but to have to think about how bills are going to get paid is difficult. The entire process was easy and efficient and we always felt cared for.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at age 32, New Day foundation made it possible for my family of 5 to stay in our home and on our own feet. Cheryl was my guardian angel. I cannot say thank you enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We worked with Cheryl from newday. She’s was amazing. Talked to her for about 45 min over the phone and sent in various bills for new day to look at. We were awarded gift cards and having our mortgage paid for in full for 2 months. Cheryl made the process very easy and my family cannot thank her and new day enough.

Nicole Monge C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I applied to New Day Foundation For Families and received some much needed help from them for me and my family. Being diagnosed with breast cancer was the worst news I think I could ever hear. I am a stay at home mom and take care of my 2 year old toddler, and having my energy zapped from treatment, and the financial burdens that came along with cancer, it really brightened some very cloudy days when New Day Foundation was able to help us out.
Cheryl called me personally and listened to my story and everything I have been through so far in this battle. She wanted to be able to present my case to the team to get us some financial help. And I’ve yet to run into another foundation that I have applied to, that goes above and beyond like New Day does. They even sent me a care package in the mail which included learning books for my toddler. I can’t say enough good things about this foundation and the people running it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in May of this year, I was overwhelmed. My wife had lost her job recently and I had been a stay at home dad that took care of our kids. Money was running out and we weren't sure how we would pay our bills. My wife had a stressful time looking for a new job, while trying to visit me in the hospital as much as she could and keep track of all of my medications. New Day helped pay several of our bills, which took a load of stress off of the family, and let us spend more time together without being under constant financial worry. It is nice to know that there is such a great organization such as New Day that came to the rescue exactly when we needed it and so quickly too. My story has not finished. It has just began. There are more chemo treatments to go through yet, but knowing that there are agencies out there willing to help is a great relief to our minds.

Thank you New Day Foundation!

Charles

Client Served

Rating: 5

New Day Foundation has given me and my family a huge boost, both emotionally and financially, during a very difficult chapter in our lives. I was diagnosed in the spring with breast cancer. I'm 34 years old, and my husband and I have two boys. We are fortunate to have great insurance, but I have had to stop working while receiving treatment. Even with paid sick leave through one of my roles, our income has decreased significantly while our bills have continued to come in. New Day stepped in and provided us with generous financial support to ease the burden. We are so thankful for New Day and the wonderful people who work there and support this important nonprofit!

1 Andrew M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I even begin how could I even explain how much this non profit means to me I guess I’ll start off by saying my name is Andrew McNett I was born Jan 5th 1990 at the age of 26 I was told I had stage 4 colon rectal cancer I was told they would do what they could but it was very bad very big and very scary to a young man my age as I’m sure you could imagine I had just had my first child my fiancé and me were talking about our wedding and our first home then I got the horrible news that changed my life forever my health team at henry ford medical immediately started their plan for me I was quickly put into chemo and radiation heavily impacting my body making it impossible to work and the doctors said I couldn’t be in my profession anymore because it could affect my already low immune system I was scared not for the cancer but for my baby girl whom had just entered this world I wanted nothing but to be a good dad and to live to see her grow up none of which would have been possible with out the new day foundation they helped keep my family in our home and made sure the only worries I had to face was raising my baby girl I truthfully believe had it not been for this foundation and the amazing things they did for me and my family not only helping with bills but emotional support I would be dead I’m happy to say now after many surgerys I’m a health happy man with a loving family and beautiful daughter I kicked cancers ass and I owe it to new day I love each and everyone of you who work there I mean that from the bottom of my heart I wish I could do more then just write this stupid review

With love , The McNett’s

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you New Day for Families and their donors for the incredible help since my diagnosis. You have been there for us more than we could have imagined when few other foundations wouldn't even accept our applications. My husband and I are both urban public school teachers and were financially disqualified for most cancer assistance. While we made a "middle- class" living prior to diagnosis, that changed with me on disability. Because of my rare Synovial Sarcoma diagnosis, we also didn't qualify for the many assistance programs geared toward more common cancer types.

Also, because of the rarity of my cancer, we have to travel to MD Anderson in Houston every 2-3 months for treatment with a specialist- which has been an incredible financial burden. With your bill assistance program and referral to a refinancing company, we have been able to keep up on this travel. The picture here is from last week. This is our second daughter graduating from high school a week after we were in Houston for my lung ablation surgery. We are all doing well and looking forward to a relaxing summer.
So appreciative, Amy Topp

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a single mother and sole provider of my two teens, getting a cancer diagnosis was devastating on several levels. While the diagnosis itself is the biggest concern, financial stress is a pretty close second. My whole life seemed to fall apart the year I went through treatment—literally, almost every major appliance and my car all either needed major repair or replacement (and then my basement flooded. Dry basement since 1947!). So not only was my income reduced, but my expenses were suddenly shooting through the roof. I was putting everything on my credit card and fretting about how on earth I’d be able to ever pay it off. What New Day did for me really did help me heal—this cannot be overstated. The burden they took from me gave me room to breathe and focus more on myself. I will never be able to thank them enough or say their name without tears in my eyes. Thank you and God bless you, New Day founders.

Donor

Rating: 5

New Day Foundation for Families is the type of organization that makes it easy to say "yes" - whether it be the giving of time, talent or money. New Day's programs are creative and full of life; its mission is clear and hyper-focused; its ties to the community are evident in everything it does. New Day is a nonprofit to watch and learn from.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Day is nothing but real. Real people identifying real need and selflessly helping!
I encourage any family facing a cancer diagnosis to contact them and anyone looking to help this community, to get involved supporting this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

New Day Foundation is amazing and such a valuable resource for families impacted by cancer. As an oncology social worker, I refer patients from our clinic that are experiencing significant financial distress from the cost of treatment. I recently worked with a young woman with several small children newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband's small business had not done well the previous year, and he had recently started an additional job to attempt to catch up on bills and make ends meet. When my patient was diagnosed with cancer and facing thousands of dollars in bills for her chemotherapy, she came to me in tears wondering how her family would survive this. It is such a relief to be able to refer to New Day to help families like this. They were able to provide assistance with housing and food costs to allow this family to catch up and see much brighter days ahead! New Day goes above and beyond for the families and community they serve!

Donor

Rating: 5

Attended an amazing fundraiser for this organization. Very heartfelt, professionally done and what a great cause all created by a loving, over the top courageous family!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Gina approximately five years ago. She met me at Panera Bread to just talk. She is a friend of my niece and had never met me before. I was dealing with the death of my husband from a form of cancer called Leiomyosarcoma, turns out it was the same cancer her husband passed from. She took time out from her crazy schedule to support me. And I will continue to support her and New Day Foundation. I will never forget her act of kindness that day...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, I'm Margo and I'm very excited to tell everyone how blessed I am to have been put in touch with New Day. The kindness and help they gave us sincerely changed my life and let me explain why. In 2010, I was stopped at a stop sign and severely rear-ended, he hit me so hard, he bounced off and hit me again. This resulted in a broken neck, torn rotator cuff, and deranged knee. The spinal fusion, in 2- 2011 fused 3-7, with cadaver bones, bone matrix putty, 2 plates and 6 screws. I was required to be off work for 5 months and to wait a full year before the shoulder surgery, 4-2012 which resulted in another 8 weeks off work. Then came the knee replacement surgery 2013 and another 12 weeks off work. I own a salon & spa and was required to use savings to keep it going. During the knee recovery, my white blood cell count elevated drastically, after many tests it was determined I had agammaglobulinemia, CLL/SLL stage 4. My ENT removed 7 tumors from my neck. My oncologist immediately started chemo and IVIG infusions. Between my 3rd & 4th chemo treatment, in 2015 they discovered I had claudication in my legs, 90% blockage in my left and 95% in the right. The next week I had an abdominal aortic bypass, put in a coma for 4 days for healing and pain and intensive care for a week, another 5 months off work and a significant loss of clientele. We didn't know we could get help and during one of my IVIG infusions the social worker came to talk and I really broke down because by this time our credit cards were at their max. I knew we would lose everything very soon and we are raising our grandson who would be devasted having to move as we were the only stability in his life. I was ready to stop all treatment because I couldn't live with the burden that my illness was causing my family. New Day acted upon my application so fast and more important, with so much kindness and understanding, that I was truly overwhelmed. I cried so hard during our phone call she had a hard time understanding me, I had to put my husband on the phone. New Day truly saved my life, along with my wonderful doctors and God Himself leading the way. New Day will always have my undying gratitude, respect, love, and support. Thanks, with all my heart, to all the wonderful donors, volunteers and New Day Foundation For Families. I hope you know how special you all are! With Love and Gratitude, Margo Kramar

Heather L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Day is incredibly focused on relieving the financial toxicity of cancer for its' families. Gina and her Team work with a passion and dedication that is not only admirable but also effective in allowing families to focus on getting healthy with less financial pressures. Which has been proven to lead to better outcomes for the patient.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Dirk Hollebeek was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia with the FLT3 mutation--when all the weeks of Christmas break, he thought he was fighting a nasty case of the flu. What followed for Dirk, his wife Stacey and their three children, has been a path into induction chemotherapy, remission, consolidated chemotherapy, conditioning chemotherapy and an allogeneic bone marrow transplant on April 11, 2018. Dirk is currently at home actively participating in his recovery and he and the family are reclaiming their life together.

What New Day has meant for the Hollebeeks has been financial support, on the one hand, in that the organization took away a great deal of worry over paying our mortgage for a few months--not only the monetary amount, but the actual remembering to pay the bill on time! But New Day also gave them a sense of togetherness. In the early days of the diagnosis and learning the details of acute leukemia, FLT3, prognosis, treatments, etc., the details become overwhelming very quickly. The Hollebeeks had never experienced anything like it, and knew few personally who had. Learning of and about New Day, that it was formed by families for families to provide hope, did just that for us. Our experience, while unique to us, was not isolated nor did it need to be isolating. That knowledge shown a light forward at a time of darkness, and for which, we are grateful.

Dirk and Stacey Hollebeek