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Making Headway Foundation Inc

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Causes: Brain Disorders Research, Cancer, Cancer Research, Health, Pediatrics Research

Mission: Making Headway Foundation provides care, comfort and a cure for children with brain and spinal cord tumors while funding medical research geared toward better treatments and a cure.”

Results: Care: At the New York University Langone Medical Center we make the hospital stay more comfortable by enhancing the excellent medical care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff. At the Hassenfeld Children's Cancer Center, the day hospital where children come for treatments, Making Headway provides funding for a psychologist, massage and yoga services and nutritional snacks in the playroom. Comfort: Once the hospital stay has ended, and families are left to cope by themselves, trying to return to a more “normal" life, Making Headway continues its high level of support. Our Ongoing Care Program provides a diverse variety of free-of-charge support services, including support groups, individual psychological counseling and educational advocacy. For parents who have lost children, periodic bereavement groups and assistance with funeral expenses are offered. Family Fun Day, a yacht cruise and a New York City show are free of charge to the families. Cure: Making Headway's mission also encompasses the search for better treatments and a cure. We fund basic medical research, a Clinical Trials Manager to oversee all ongoing and new trials, training fellowships and a Biorepository Center that provides brain tumor tissue samples to researchers around the world.

Target demographics: Children with Pediatric Brain or Spinal Cord Tumor

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000+ Children diagnosed with cancer

Geographic areas served: NY, NJ, CT

Programs: Support services for during treatment, ongoing care post treatment and funding for medical research.

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3 justamom17

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Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 7 in 1998. She is now 23 and recently graduated college. I don't know how we would have made this journey without the help and support of the Making Headway Foundation. They give you hope and vision for better days, and when days are bleak they are there to hold your hand and help you bear that weight. They also support research looking to the future for better treatments and cures.

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Catherine Lepone Thank you so much. Your family re-pays us in many ways and we are grateful to have you as part of the Foundation.



Rating: 5

I became affiliated with Making Headway through my dear friend, Holly Kensicki Lind. When she passed away after a long, brave battle with cancer, we approached the foundation in an effort to create an event to honor Holly. Making Headway was not only helpful in coordinating the Day in the Park; they were so grateful and enthusiastic in planning. We spent months working with the foundation on finding exactly the right place and ways to make the day special. When the big day arrived, Making Headyway was there to direct us and the Manley's were there to talk about the foundation and how they use the funds raised. They do such wonderful things for children and families with children suffering with cancer. We also got to speak in honor of our friend Holly and help to keep her bright spirit alive. We wouldn't have been able to pull this amazing day together so beautifully without the assistance of Making Headway. Knowing what great folks they are and how much they are able to help with the money raised, we are so excited to work on our Day in the Park for 2013.

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Catherine Lepone 11/09/2012

Thank you for the beautiful review, Rachel.