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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Foundations, Health, Philanthropy

Mission: Team Continuum, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, is dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families minimize the disruptions, hardships and uncertainties of everyday life so that they can focus on crucial medical care. We provide immediate and vital assistance - both practical and personal - every step of the way, such as paying household expenses, offering friendship and moral support, and funding health care facilities to enhance the delivery of care, communications and educational services. Our goal is to maximize and expand our partnerships with endurance sports that mirror the challenges, commitment, hope and strength required to endure living with cancer, as well as the ultimate reward in emerging victorious. Because as a patient, family member, friend, caregiver, or Team Continuum supporter we're all in the race together.

Results: We provide assistance to hundreds of families each year. Since January of this year, we have helped over one hundred applicants by purchasing grocery gift cards, paying utility bills, and making rent and mortgage payments on their behalf.

Target demographics: Cancer patients and their immediate family members.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands people battling cancer within U.S.

Geographic areas served: All 50 states

Programs: Endurance events - in making a connection between two of life's most challenging pursuits, that of battling cancer and running a marathon, team continuum raises awareness of the strength and resilience of cancer patients and the doctors, families, friends and organizations that are vital to the treatment and recovery process.

cancer supportive services at beth israel hospital/ ny - since 2007, team continuum has funded the positions oncology social worker and oncology nutritionist. Since that time several thousands of patients have been helped.

patient and caregiver awareness & support program - team continuum's patient and caregiver awareness & support program is unique in its mission, scope, breadth of outreach. The program provides immediate, vital, non-medical assistance to cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families where the diagnosis results in hardship and uncertainty in their everyday lives. Area of assistance are items that are not covered by any form of insurance such and include but are not limited to: rent, mortgage, and car payments, utility bills, a bed, a birthday party for a child undergoing treatment. The effects of each grant reaches beyond the patients taking into consideration their families. Spouses, parents, grandparents, children, and siblings of cancer patients all experience an immediate alleviation of financial burden due to team continuum's support. The cancer patients and their families that team continuum supports are able to redirect their focus towards the patients' care and maintain economic security until thus able to return to employment.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It was the fall of 2004 that Team Continuum came suddenly into my life. Paul Nicholls, Team Continuum’s Founder and first President was referred to the travel agency I worked for. As many of us within the agency had been deeply affected by cancer, we soon began to work with Paul on fund raisers and joint projects with our industry suppliers, in heartfelt support of Team Continuum. As one who has always believed in the power of grass-roots efforts and is very hands-on, a true gift of Team Continuum is being able to see the results of donations of funds and/or time. Whether it is helping out at a Team Continuum fund raiser and getting to talk to a cancer patient and family or attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new wing of a hospital being dedicated to Team Continuum, this organization’s mission is clear. Team Continuum knows that cancer patients, their families and care givers need assistance here and now and this support is given in very real ways. This can be through many diverse ways - direct financial assistance to a family overwhelmed by medical bills or giving children fighting cancer the fun of an afternoon at a Broadway musical. And, speaking of children, it is so impressive to me that the annual Team Continuum Holiday Toy Drive donates to hospitals throughout New York City. While facilities in Manhattan tend to receive most of the attention at the holidays, Team Continuum ensures that children in outer borough hospitals receive gifts. Despite losing Founder Paul Nicholls to cancer two years ago, the mission, innovation and creativity of Team Continuum moves into the future under the leadership of Michael Retsina and Letty Simon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started raising funds for Team Continuum in 2008. I was introduced to this organization by a father whose son had brain cancer. It was extremely moving to hear him tell how much support; both financial and spiritual; they were given by this charity. Team Continuum works to raise funds for cancer victims and their families. It helps them deal with the every day issues they face; they focus on changing the Cancer into CAN.
My role has been to be an athlete for Team Continuum running marathons and raising money for my miles. The tired feet misery ends at 26.2 miles, but then the joy of helping others takes over and is all empowering. I am proud to run for Team Continuum and to help in this small way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a proud member of Team Continuum's ING New York City Marathon Team for 7 consecutive years. In that time I witnessed a group of individuals that tirelessly and passionately dedicated themselves to the sole goal of bettering the lives of people living with cancer. These guys operate Terminator style, the can not and will not be stopped.
-James Murtha

Donor

Rating: 5

I participate in Team Continuum's triathlon training program to raise funds for those whose lives have been affected by cancer. The team is so passionate about our cause, which I find contagious, and on top of that, it is a fantastic group of people that has quickly made me feel part of a community and a team. I am wildly enjoying my experience!

Pauline G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to meet and chat to Team Continuum's founder Paul Nicholls. Despite his obvious failing health, his drive and enthusiasm for this charity knew no bounds. As a family we ran both the New York and the London marathons for Team Continuum. We all knew we were running for Paul and all he stood for. This kept us going through this comparatively small endurance test, small in comparison to what Paul and thousands of others were coping with. We were lucky - our pain was temporary. The spirit of Paul lives on in TC and I am proud that we gave something back to help others less fortunate than ourselves. One run was particularly special - we knew Team Continuum were supporting the family of a young boy receiving treatment for a brain tumour. Its at times like that you understand the vital a role TC plays in keeping a family together and supporting them through such a life crisis. In this hard world compassion goes a long way. TC represents compassion - a truly humane charity.

Jeremy S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Team Continuum is a compassionate organization founded by a cancer patient. They are dedicated to helping people with cancer, or people affected by cancer in their family, have an improved quality of life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

* I came across this organization accidently for lack of better word while researching marathons i wanted to run. Team Continuum welcomed me as an athlete to join them is raising funds and awareness on the living effects of cancer. \
* I have personally worked with Letty, Joshi, Grant and Coach John with rainsing funds, developing adds, training, ect.... There focus has always been on improving how to improve the lives of cancer patients while at the same time making it fun for us volunteers to join there caause.
* The strenght of this organization is its leadership personnel, passion for excellence and strong beleif that they are making differences in the lives of those that are on the receiving end of this funds purpose.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I ran in the Boston Marathon in 2008, as a member of Team Continuum.
It was my 4th marathon but the first one where I raised money for a cause; and it turned out to be my most memorable race. The opportunity to play a very small role in hopefully helping someone effected by cancer was very gratifying. And, knowing what a great organization that Team Continuum is, added to the experience. They were very supportive through the entire process and as you progressed though it, you felt like you were really part of team. The marathon is typically a very independant activity but having the responsibility to raise money, helped include others, and as a result, you were running for something bigger than yourself. Simply, a great experience.

Desirae C.

Donor

Rating: 4

while supporting my spouse through NYC and Boston marathons, i observed the Team continuum jersey and wanted to know more about a group with an interesting name. in health care, we often use the word continuum to describe flow of patient care. While looking at their website, i was excited about their focus on the little things we tend to forget about while treating patients, or while focusing on a cure. they were focusing on the present moment of people and families living with cancer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In November 2010, I was allowed to join Team Continuum Inc. as an athlete, with the agreement that I would raise at least $2,500 for this charity, so I could obtain an automatic entry into the ING 2011 NYC Marathon.

My immediate family, friends, and neighbors, have all suffered through a cancer diagnosis and I couldn't imagine not being there for them. We were all lucky that we and they had family around them to help get them through this difficult period in their life. Unfortunately, there are people who aren't as lucky as others and need love, support, and attention to fight cancer.

One of the many great things about Team Continuum is the support that they give to cancer patients right now when they need it the most. Research is extremely important as well but for someone who is going through this crisis right here and now, Team Continuum is there to support the cancer patients, their families, caregivers, and the local hospitals.

Throught the efforts and support of Team Continuum, the patient can focus on their ability to fight this cancer and not have to worry about food, transportation, accommodations, communications, mortgages and rent as well as many other things they could be stressed about in addition to their cancer fight.

When I told family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers that I was running the ING 2011 NYC Marathon and raising money for Team Continuum, nobody had heard of them. I explained what Team Continuum was and what services they provided. I've lost count on how many people told me what a great deed they were doing and that they wanted to make a donation on my behalf towards Team Continuum. I have a good feeling that raising $2,500 is not going to be a problem.

There is the added benefit of the training that Team Continuum is going to provide all of its athletes in preparing for this years marathon. Team Continuum has some of the best coaches in the area who are providing expert advice on the do's and dont's of marathon training.

I'm excited about the opportunity Team Continuum has provided me. I look forward to raising money for a great organization that is providing a service to people in need of immediate care. I'm glad to know there is someone out there that cancer patients, their families, and hospitals can turn to and count on.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Team Continuum is an amazing organization that helps cancer patients, and their families living with the disease. I became involved when my husband was diagnosed with cancer, and his Dr. and staff ran the NYC marathon to raise money. The money raised helps patients imainly in the under served communities, that have been afflicted with cancer. Daily life for a cancer patient and family can be very difficult, and Team Continuum can help ease this stress. The board and volunteers are approachable, helpful, caring, motivated, and resourceful.

Jonathan R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission of team Continuum is noble and direct. The impact is both meaningful and immediate. The focus of the organization is to control cost to maximize the benefit amount from each dollar donated to provide the greatest good. Everyone is connected to the cause and sincere in their execution of their goal.

This is the most purely honest not for profit charitable organization I have encountered.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I ran the 2008 NYC marathon with Team Continuum - it was my first marathon ever and the team affair and sacred goal this team is working towards, was the inspiration that kept me going. To think that there are people who devote so much of their time to support quite an invisible side of the cancer world and couple it so nicely and with such great attitude and class with running makes you want to be part of it.

I raised $2,750 , which was my first ever fund raiser experience, I never believed I'd be able to influence so many people to help me, but I did, and in a very bad economic period. Thank you, Team Continuum. Yoav Efron, Summit, NJ

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continually think of the saying: "My blisters, aches and pains will go away after 26.2 miles; the people I run to support aren't as lucky". I have supported Team Continuum the past 3 years and they have supported me with entries and coaching for the New York City Marathon.
The fundraising proceeds for most nonprofits support research to find a cure for a certain disease. What I most like about Team Continuum is the fact that their fundraising proceeds get distributed to where support is needed the most.........to the patients and their families, helping to defray their day to day expenses that get interupted while they focus on beating their own personal fight with cancer. I look forward to my continued partnership with this wonderful charity. MB New Canaan, Ct.

Fran H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Team Continuum has faithfully funded and supported the Narrative Oncology Writing Group at Columbia Presbyterian for the past 4 years. We have been able to reach out tocancer patients, caregivers and the professionals who serve them to come together in a writing group that supports them and allows their voices to be heard.

Bravo TC for this and all the wonderful work that you do. We love you!

Donor

Rating: 5

Being part of team continuum for the ING NYC Marathon was one of the
nicest and most exciting experiences of my life. The Team Continuum people were kind, generous and helpful in every possible way. I could not recommend them more highly. They are true professionals.
They have my respect and thanks.
Sincerely,
James D Levine
201-420-4265
jamesdlevine@aol.com

Dione R.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I first encountered this charity when I was running the 2009 NY Marathon.

I immediately thought it was a wonderful change in helping the patient and their families. We need this organization in our fight with cancer.

Team Continuum's efforts is insuring that the daily financial aspects of a patience battle with cancer are manageable so that the patient can consentrate on the front line fight; beating Cancer.

I believe in it so much that I have asked if I could help bring it to Texas.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had countless interactions with various charities who all do great work, but none more uniqe than Team Continuum. Their philosophy is to assist those diagnosed with cancer with living expenses that medical insurance can't cover, so that you can focus on faith, family and healing. It's a wonderful concept and has been funded by a number of generous donors who believe in what they do and in the people running the organizaion. I have submitted multiple applications to Team Continuum and each time have received a compassionate ear from someone who cares and wants to help, and while they can't help everyone, they do everything they can. Watching someone learn about the financial burden being lifted while they courageously fight their battle with cancer proves everything you need to know about why Team Continuum is so special and making a difference in the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Team Continuum when a close friend's sister was diagnosed with cancer. He donated bone marrow in an attempt to save her life, but in the end she died. He was a marathoner for years, and began dedicating his runs to his sister through Team Continuum. I have financially supported the organization because of him, his sister and the pride I feel in the men and women who give their time trying to make cancer history. I cannot run myself, but I can support those who do. They and the cancer patients are true heroes, and I honor them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Team Continuum does a great job, they make it easy to get started and organized, raise funds and keep track of donations. GR