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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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't even know where to start. What New Day Foundation has done for our family could never be fully explained. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer our heads were spinning! We were so overwhelmed with the diagnosis itself, but also the stress of "every day life" was overwhelming. New Day swooped down like angels from the sky and wrapped their wings around our family. There are just no words to describe the help that they gave our family. They took such burden off of our shoulders by paying our house payment for several months along with several other bills and also sent gift cards to help with groceries and to help buy school clothes for my daughter.Thank you New Day!

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.

nancybenedettini

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.

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

January 2018
Dear Sponsors of New Day for Families,
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude for this wonderful organization. I am a social worker in a radiation center, and I work daily with families who are facing cancer. Unfortunately, many of my conversations with patients are not focused on their cancer; instead, we discuss how they are going to make it financially. Fighting cancer is exhausting physically and emotionally for these patients and their families—dealing with a loss of income and enormous medical bills is incredibly stressful. I have even seen families choose to forego treatment, due to being unable to pay for the treatment. This is where New Day for Families has been able to make a difference! Several of my patients have been helped with their mortgage payments, vehicle insurance and with groceries and household necessities, as a result of receiving help from New Day. Receiving financial help has allowed these patients and their families to focus on fighting the cancer, instead of worrying about their bills. Thank you for supporting this organization. In supporting New Day, you are helping families in Michigan focus on what is more important than finances—physical health and quality time together.
With Gratitude,

Kristie Dilaura, LMSW
Social worker in Holland, MI

Jillene Fenn C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year, I lost my husband and my daughter her father to stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme, Brain Cancer. During his courageous battle with the disease The New Day Foundation For Families provided us with numerous resources. I was a stay at home mom and he could no longer work. After selling our home the foundation provided us with rent, money for gas to get to and from doctors appointments and groceries. The gifts bestowed upon us helped us endure an uncertain financial time and let us concentrate on what mattered most,...him. The generosity of the donors and the foundation helped make an unbearable time a little more bearable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Amber I was diagnosed with stage 3 IDC breast cancer is May 2017. After multiple surgery’s, and chemotherpy me and my husband started to fall a bit behind on our bills. He had to take so much time off work to help with our daughter since I was a stay at home mom and didn’t have any other options. We where given a Application for The New Day Foundation and we are so great full for all the help they gave us over the past 3 months. Because of them we where able to catch up on almost all of our bills. And we where able to give our kids a wonderful Christmas. We will be forever grateful for them and all their help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Mercedes Kruizenga and I want to share some of my story to the New Day Foundation. I have stage 4 breast cancer which has metastasized to my liver and lungs. It has been a long journey, and I keep praying to God for faith in my physical and emotional healing.

I have had a lot of help from my family and friends. I have also had help from New Day Foundation. I thank God for the help you have given me. I couldn't be more grateful. For three months they helped pay for my groceries. They also helped me with my house payment for three months as well.

I had to quit my job since my cancer has gotten worse. I am very weak and I don't do much. Just try to get by day to day. My husband works a lot to keep up with the bills. So, what New Day Foundation did means so much to me.

I can't express my gratitude enough. Thank you and God Bless you all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were only married for thirteen months when he was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of prostate cancer, already considered a Stage 4 due to metastases. With treatment, he quickly developed severe side effects that made him unable to continue working. New Day Foundation has been a life saver helping our family with some living expenses and also with expenses for some of our children's extracurricular activities, which was above and beyond as it has help us to maintain a more normal life for our kids. We hope to someday be able to give back to New Day so that other families like ours can be helped also.

Rick Makela J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well I really don't even know where to begin I got diagnosed with cancer just after Christmas in 2016. And as of today my cancer is in remission. And just last month Gina from New Day Foundation for families with cancer got a hold of me and asked me if there was anything that their Foundation could do to help like pay rent or any of that and I told them that I really could use a car for me and my family to help get back and forth to doctors appointments for me and work for my wife and kid and at this point I feel like I've been blessed by God having them in my life because they purchased us a newer car and have taken care of the little problems that the car had to make it right for us. I really wish I could do something to help them and I know that as soon as I'm able to get back to work and I get a good check coming in that I'm going to make a donation to their Foundation myself. All I can say is is if you're reading this that these people truly have touched my life and help me and my family out significantly and right now we would be in a world of hurt without the help they've given us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for supporting our family and for such a good cause. Thank you so much and may God Bless You. I already pray every day thanking God that there is someone out there willing to help us.
Mercedes K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for what the New Foundation has done for me! The help I received was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. This has been one of the hardest points in my life, and the New Day Foundation, came in with such ease and promptness to assist.

From the time I heard the words, "You have breast cancer" it has been a complete life altering experience. At each turn, there seemed to be more and more challenges I had to face. The help that was provided to me was so huge, so life changing, and finally in a positive way! My mind is still a bit mushy from chemotherapy and my brother and his girlfriend just moved out of the home without notice. Bills have been confusing as I try and figure out what is what. It has been extremely stressful.

Thank you so much, I have so much gratitude I don't even know how to express it properly! But, I am trying! The New Day Foundation is the most incredible organization. The help I got was far, far above anything I ever imagined, and there was no stress involved.

Sincerely,
Pamela H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although not a direct recipient of the New Day Foundation For Families Charity, I can attest to the value & incredible impact that this foundation has on the people it serves. The love & support that is offered to families battling the disease of cancer as well as the ramifications that manifest as a result, is beyond reproach. The insight & sensitivity with regard to the needs of these families is based on the empathic connection to their feelings & struggles which was the impetus of this remarkable charity taking root. The New Day Foundation For Families goes beyond the immediate medical care of the cancer patient & focuses more on the everyday needs & emotional support of the patient & family. By providing assistance in paying bills, providing transportation when needed & offering relief from the stress & anxiety of mounting debt due to job loss, etc., the patient & their loved ones are better able to focus on treatment, recovery & maintaining, as close as possible, a normal lifestyle. I have personally witnessed the incredible difference that his type of support has made on these families & the impact that it has on overall recovery for the patient & family. I have listened to many family recipients who reflect on the meaningfulness of this foundation's involvement. Their words & feelings express all that The New Day Foundation For Families represents & strives for. There is no better testament to value & significance than that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Foundation, wonderful directors and staff. They make it easy to volunteer

Charlotte45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have not only had the honor of volunteering at many events throughout the year, but witnessing first hand what my mother, Gina, who is the founder of New Day, does for each family. 365 days out of the year she works until each and every family has whatever they need to rest easy about bills, transportation to treatment, even gifts for the children on Christmas.