Paying it Forward
A Quarterly Newsletter of the Caring Community Foundation
Issue 3 - Volume 1 - February 2016


Welcome! The Caring Community Foundation would like to take the opportunity to share with you some of the new and exciting things we are doing in OUR community and the patients YOUR support impacts. This is our quarterly newsletter capturing the past, present and future of the Caring Community Foundation. Thank you for your continued support as we alleviate financial stress and burdens for cancer patients in need. 

CCF Patients Served
A Look at 2015 

2015 was a great year for CCF! Here is a look at what impact you made in the lives of our patients:




Here are some of the patients YOU have recently provided immediate help: 

  • 58-year old cancer patient with colon cancer. Both the patient and his wife had to stop working when he began treatment. You supported this patient with his monthly mortgage payment. 
     
  • 54-year old patient with breast cancer struggled to pay her utilities after cleaning up her home from a huge mold infestation. You assisted this patient by keeping her lights on and her water running.
     
  • 67-year old male with lung cancer. The patient and his wife have a fixed monthly income of $1500. With treatment and all other bills, they are experiencing significant financial hardship. Your assistance kept them in their home during a difficult time in their lives.
     
  • 46-year old breast cancer patient and her 14 year old daughter were going to be evicted from their home. The patient's husband passed away from cancer last year and she has been unable to work since her surgery. You helped keep them in their home. 
     
  • 71-year-old male with oral cancer is no longer able to work due to his additional radiation treatments. He requested $451 to assist with his utility bills. Your support helped him keep the power on.  
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100% of individual donations directly help patients in need!

Help us reach our goal of supporting one patient a day; 365 patients a year!
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Words from Our Patients

Each month we receive thank you notes from patients supported by CCF. Below are actual words of gratitude expressed by people YOU have helped. 

  • "My husband and I would love to thank you for making it possible for us to stay at Caring House; something we could have never done without your help. Our stay was awesome, we could not have been in a more perfect place for what my husband is going through, Glioblastoma Grade 4. Thank you so much!"
     
  • "When I was receiving chemotherapy for Leukemia at Rex Hospital, your foundation helped me with an insurance bill, and I will never forget your generosity. You are truly meeting the needs of the cancer patients where they need it. As you well know, it is bad enough to be diagnosed with cancer, but to have the added stress of being unable to pay bills makes things even worse. Your financial help alleviated much of my stress, and I have no doubt thereby contributed to my recovery. It has been almost three years since I was diagnosed, and I am living cancer free.
     
  • "I am taking this opportunity to say THANK YOU for your, much appreciated, act of kindness by assisting me with the electric bill I was unable to pay. You don't know how grateful I am! So again, I say THANK YOU!!!"
The Caring Community Foundation respects the privacy of the patients we serve. For this reason, we have listed the individuals who sent the letters above as anonymous. 
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The Caring Community Foundation Board commits to match
$30,000 of online contributions in 2016!


We now offer alternative donation options: donor advised funds, stocks, and trusts.

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Coming Up...
 

Saturday, March 5, 2016 -  UNC Kappa Epsilon 5K benefiting CCF
- UNC Campus at the Old Well - 9:00 a.m. - Register HERE today!

Thursday,  March 17, 2016Cary Senior Center Health Fair - Cary Senior Center Ballroom - 
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Kendra Scott CCF Fundraising Event -
Kendra Scott Southpoint Durham
More information to come...

September 2016 -  15th Annual Pay it Forward Fundraising Event - 15 Year Reunion - 
NOAH's Event Venue in Morrisville, NC 
More information to come...
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Why Volunteer with CCF?


  • "I've had the unfortunate experience of losing too many people in my life to cancer, and seeing first-hand the effects it has on families, especially their day-to-day lives. Watching my cousins grow up without a mom and without a lot of financial support was really hard, and when my mom was diagnosed with cancer and later lost her battle, I realized I needed to do something bigger. 

     
    That's why I volunteer with CCF. I love the support they give the local community through grants for necessities. There are so many emotions, needs, thoughts, issues to deal with when you or a loved one has cancer, and it's great to have an organization that can help out with the daily grind of expenses for things like groceries or rent payments. I think these small kindnesses go a long way and I am so proud to be a part of this organization."
     
    - Beth Peterson, CCF Volunteer

  • "Why do I volunteer? It's pretty simple: volunteering allows me to help other people and helping other people makes me feel good. The better question for me is why volunteer with CCF? Working with CCF, the link between what I can do for the organization and how that translates into tangible help for others is clear and direct. Stated simply, I believe what I do makes a difference in the lives of others (and in my own life!)."
    - Doug Hardy, CCF Volunteer

  • "I have a six year old who I'd like to think has had a pretty comfortable, happy life thus far.  Thankfully she hasn't had anything more than a cold or a stomach ache her whole life, but that doesn't mean there haven't been nights I have peered over her while she is sleeping soundly and my mind races with awful thoughts of how I would cope if she ever became ill with something as life altering as cancer.  The truth is there are thousands of parents right now who ARE enduring that very predicament with their own children.  This life that we live is NOT promised to any of us - our good health that we have today could be snatched away from us tomorrow.  It's only when people join together and help one another in these times of crisis that the altruism in the human spirit is evident....  That's when things become endurable; that's when hope and strength are born.  CCF helps people in REAL ways.  And I have always wanted to have an actual impact in someone's life and help people - CCF allows me to do that.  Even my daughter has come along on the Bed Race and had the opportunity to meet some really incredible people...  Volunteering with CCF has been such a wonderful experience!  I truly look forward to finding more ways to help other people dealing with cancer through CCF!" 
     
    - Narkie Nartey, CCF Volunteer

A few of our CCF volunteers at the annual volunteer appreciation luncheon held on
November 21, 2015 at Mia Francesca's.



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Support YOUR Community TODAY by Volunteering with 
the Caring Community Foundation!

Learn more HERE

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Stay Connected

Interested in sponsoring our next newsletter? 
Contact Hannah Earnhardt, Executive Director at 
hannah@caringcommunityfoundation.org 
for more information.