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
New Day was there for my family while I was fighting breast cancer. I asked for the most basic of help but New Day stepped up and gave us so much more. Without their help I do not know how I would have come out from under the mountain of bills I was unable to pay while I could not work. They even made me the cutest throw blanket that I will always cherish.
My name is Kenyetta and on March 25, 2019, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. My oncologist explained that chemo needed to be started immediately.
Many questions ran across my mind. How could I have cancer? I was only 39yrs old! What about my daughter? She was only seven! I was her primary caregiver. Can I afford the treatments? What about work?
Unfortunately I had to stop working and take a LOA due to the side effects of chemo. This experience has been draining physically, mentally and financially. Who knew nine months later I would still be fighting this horrible disease.
After many sleepless nights were spent worried about how I was going to pay bills and buy groceries, I finally reached out for help. The social worker told me about New Day Foundation and helped me submit an application.
New Day Foundation was going to help with rent and COBRA premium payments. I only had $0.38 in my bank account when Chrissie called to tell me the good news. Because of their generosity, I am now able to focus on my health without worrying about how I’m going to feed my daughter. I hope once this is all over I will be able to assist another patient in a similar way.
God Bless New Day Foundation, Donors, and Volunteers!
I’m Kristina Dalton-Easter, wife, mother of three and grandmother of one. I was diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer in 2013. After treatment, I had been cancer free for six years. Unfortunately, in June of this year, I was again diagnosed with breast cancer. Devastated would be an understatement. Both my parents succumbed to cancer. So a second diagnosis was not something I was prepared to hear. I was very concerned for my 13 year old daughter. She needs her mom and I so want to be there for all her milestones.
The social worker at Beaumont assisted with my application and I was contacted by Cheryl. She had a beautiful spirit. Not only did I receive financial assistance, Cheryl arranged for a plumber to handle two issues we were having. We would not have been able to make it through these last few months without the New Day Foundation for Families.
After one of my treatments, I was having a very hard time due to the side effects. I thought about how I wished I had my security blanket I had as a little girl. My blanket always made me feel better. A few days later, I received something that truly means more than I could ever explain. A box arrived containing a book for my daughter and me. The box also contained a purple (my favorite color) prayer shawl. It was “handmade with love” and I feel the love. There was also a small lavender piece with a note indicating I could carry the smaller piece with me when unable to carry the shawl. I had cut a piece of my blanket to carry with me. I do keep it with me daily for comfort.
Words cannot express my appreciation for the comfort and support I have received from the New Day Foundation. I still have a long way to go; however, I am counting on my faith to get me through this journey.
Thank you so much.
After having been diagnosed and treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in my twenties, I had been in remission almost 21 years to the year when I was diagnosed with icd breast cancer stage 3 triple negative. I have 3 young children ages 4, 5, and 9. New Day head barn instrumental in giving us piece of mind in these very scary times. I can never thank then enough!!!
New Day is a great foundation that helped me with some funds to help get me out of a rut that I and my children were in. I could t thank them enough for lifting a ton of stress off of me during these hard times with dealing with breast cancer. I was diagnosed 14 months ago and ha w went through chemo, radiation, surgery, radiation and chemo again. I am so grateful for organizations like New Day who are there to help us out. Once again I thank them So much for the help and support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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...
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
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.
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
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.
Kristie Dilaura, LMSW
Social worker in Holland, MI
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.