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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Health, Health Support, Human Services

Mission: The RESCU Foundation is a non-profit organization established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Faires, historical performances and other artistic events through financial assistance, advocacy, education and preventative programs.

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: Assisted with medical expenses of eligible participants.

assisted with advocating lump sum payments to lower medical expenses of eligible participants.

provided health education programs and services for eligible participants.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Tracy M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a full time participant at renaissance festivals around the country, I am often away from my medical providers. In 2015 I was diagnosed with cancer, and underwent 4 surgeries and additional treatment that year. Some was covered by insurance, but the bulk of the cost, and the additional travel expenses, cost of medication, and additional treatments left me financially paralyzed. RESCU helped defray these costs, and continues to support me in my ongoing treatments. If it weren’t for RESCU, I wouldn’t have been able to make ends meet. Their support enabled me to focus on my healing, by taking some of the financial worry off my mind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I travel with Renaissance Festivals and am often away from my PCP. Over the last several years, there have been a time or two when my BP meds ran out and my PCP wouldn’t refill until I made it back home, which was not going to happen for months! RESCU engages the services of a wonderful NP, and she was able to see me, check my vitals and renew my RX. Going just a few days without my BP medicines could have had disastrous consequences, all because I travel and am self employed. Thank heavens for the help of RESCU Foundation! Thanks Guys!!!

Review from Guidestar

1 gfrench61

Board Member

Rating: 5

RESCU is very much needed in the renaissance community. We need a way to get the right word out there to all. An amazing organization that can help all in the community with the requirements (starting with a participant pass) in their medical needs. Qualifying can mean help financially, advocating or just verbal guidance /support

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1 Geoff M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I travel the United states with Renaissance Fairs and it's hard to find a reliable insurance that provides care out of network when I'm on the road. There is no real plan that can help me. RESCU was there for me when I had a $36k medical emergency and helped teach me to haggle my own medical Bill's and reduce them to $6k and RESCU offered to pay a portion to helped eliminate any crippling debt that could of had. THANK YOU RESCU!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having served on the board for many years, I’ve watched the members of this organization work tirelessly to aid the medically underserved participants of the Renaissance community. Health faires are organized nationwide to bring medical providers to clients, aid panels review aid cases and assist so many in need. The work has been long and challenging, but the reward of knowing a Faire participant can get the help they need is worth every bit of the labor of love that is RESCU Foundation.
-Danielle Dupont

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started working Renaissance festival in the fall of 2004. in May of 2011 I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Through diet and lifestyle change, I have been able to mitigate the symptoms that have plagued me; however, about eight months ago my condition was progressing to the point where I was unable to perform most daily functions. I needed to see a neurologist and receive MRI's to get imaging on how my nervous system was doing.

The staff at the RESCU foundation have been amazingly helpful, cordial, and empathetic, and thanks to them, I am able to continue

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2 Wendi Rauch L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a cast member of the Renaissance Festival in my area for the past four years. This season I had some major medical financial obligations that I could not manage on my own. I contacted Rescu and they couldn't have been more helpful or nicer. The process was easy to apply, and within 2 weeks I had a check that paid for nearly half of my bills. Thank you Rescu!!

Wendi Librach

Review from Guidestar

3 Cathryn L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I performed as a volunteer advocate in coordination with RESCU, helping a member of the community navigate the healthcare process and finding much-needed help. The RESCU team was accessible and came through with quick financial aid when needed. I was gratified, knowing that the organization was there to support the client and my intervention, which certainly would not have been possible without their help!

Review from Guidestar

5 Susan C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the summer of '09 my husband and I were performing in Wisconsin, hundreds of miles from home, when Gregg doubled over with unbearable pains in his abdomen. We were both very healthy, so this was a real scare. We held off as long as we could, but finally, on our doctor's advice, went to the emergency room.

It turned out to be a kidney stone. I stayed engaged and informed with the hospital about what was being done, but even with refusal of redundant tests and treatments, and no follow-up visits, the hospital bill was over five thousand dollars: enough to dissolve our business and take us off the road, if RESCU had not been around. Between negotiation and financial support we were able to continue our performances without missing a single date. We put out our best album that year, and we're still performing today.

Review from Guidestar

3 Jim H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with RESCU almost since its inception. We have held many fund-raising events, including some quite imaginative ones, and one thing that shines through all the events is the community spirit and desire to help.
The community it serves is one that will always find it hard to get insurance, even if many could afford it. The many educational and preventative medicine programs have had a positive effect, and any assistance provided through programs such as this are necessary and very much appreciated.

Review from Guidestar