In addition to the previous review on how The Ellie Fund impacts families, I wanted to add a few words about the charity's "back of the house" heart. The Ellie Fund and its dedicated staff are not only excellent charitable partners, but are hyperaware of how each penny could best be used making a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families. They are kind, caring and crazy smart administrators and marketers. By raising awareness about supporting families surviving breast cancer through creative high-end fundraising events, they have also heightened the profile of those who choose this cause over many others, and this specific charity as their primary nonprofit for giving in a philanthropic marketplace with many choices. I've never in my 20-year career seen such profound loyalty and love for and within an organization - whether they are "taking care" of event volunteers or making every sponsor, donor and partner feel like they are part of the family. This is a nonprofit organization that loves its staff, volunteers and supporters as well as it cares for the women who are in crisis and need support.
My daughter, Tara Griffith, was struck with Breast Cancer in April 2010. I was living in North Carolina at the time (I have subsequently moved back to the Boston area) and the long distance service that I could provide was minimal at best. Tara told me how the Ellie Fund contacted her directly and offered their services of help to her. It was beyond anything I had ever seen before in a non-profit. The fact that the Ellie Fund is providing much needed care to cancer patients on such a generous level caused an interest in me. I have been thru Taras treatments when I was able and saw how hard it can be to manage cancer and life. The balancing act required to sustain a sense of normality is beyond what could be understood outside this cancer arena. I was moved when I saw how the Ellie Fund, and its fund-raisers, sacrificially devoted themselves to be not only a help...but a true Blessing. It is an organization that doesn't just issue a balance sheet at the end of the year; but, an organization that has faces....faces of people actually served. Worthy Worthy Worthy cause to commit to and support. Thank You all.
I've just started attending and supporting these events and find the volunteers extremely dedicated.
They have a great record of providing support to those women who have this terrible disease.
In fact, a friend of mine was just diagosed with breast cancer and I referred the Ellie Fund to her. Within minutes her email was answered by Gail Fine and now she's in the process of submitting her application for transportation services.
All I can say is "Keep up the Good Work" Ladies- for you are doing a tremendous job of supporting your sisters!