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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

37 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!

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.

2

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1 Derek17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate to be a part of several events sponsored by The New Day Foundation For Families, and am always amazed by the foundations commitment to helping others. Cancer can rob you of hope and strain you mentally and financially. This nonprofit has the expertise to help you make good decisions and can help alleviate the burdens that come with cancer. One of Gina, and the foundations, greatest strengths is providing hope, through assistance and faith.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Gina for 10 years. She and her Team at New Day are 100% dedicated to helping those in need effected by the toxicity of cancer. The Team at New Day goes to incredible lengths to relieve not only the suffering of the cancer patient but the entire family. Gina is an angel here on earth.

2 Cassandra Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great foundation. My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was 7 years old. I was the oldest of 3 siblings, with my younger brother being only 2 at the time. (Many years ago..) This foundation would have been a great resource at that time. They do wonderful work. I am so glad they exist! SPREAD THE GOOD WORD!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In May of 2016 I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. My treatments were 2 lumpectomys and radiation.

Our blue cross deductible is crazy high. 6000.00 and then we pay a percent up until we hit 10,000.

For several months I was so tired and in the healing process I had to limit my work as a manicurist.

Between Angels of Hope and New Day Foundation... we have been able to pay our medical bills.

I will never be able to express our love and gratitude for the help we have received. With out it I don't know how we ever would have been able to make ends meet.

At such a difficult time ( and I am tearing up as I write this)... it was amazing to have complete strangers reach out to help my family. It gave me the option to take a breath and concentrate on healing.

I am so thankful to say... my treatment was amazing and I am now cancer free.

From the bottom of my heart please know what your help has ment to my family.

love

Wendy Campbell

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed on several occassions the impact that New Day Foundation makes to families. Their Christmas program is absolutely amazing! They truly care about the families they are helping and it shows with all the events that they do. I am proud to help out when I am able to.

1 Martha42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to volunteer for the New Day Foundation, and I cannot express the joy it brings to me and my family to be able to help those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. I know that working with New Day, we are totally focused on helping others. Gina is an amazing inspiration to everyone she works with, and it is so rewarding to be able to contribute my time, money, and other resources to this outstanding organization. Martha

1 Janet156

Donor

Rating: 5

The inspiration and dedication of this incredible nonprofit makes me proud to know and understand the heroic nature of their care and compassion.