Spring 2019 Newsletter
March 26, 2019
A note from Thanda Fields Brassard,
Ellie Fund Board Member


It is a privilege to serve on the Ellie Fund's Board of Directors and an honor to write this note to all of you who support our mission. I am not just a Board Member, I am also a former patient. I can truly attest to the Ellie Fund's amazing ability to give hope, and not just support, to the patients it serves.

When I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in December of 2014, I was completely shocked. I was 42-years-old and there was no history of breast cancer in my family. I was a single mother of two wonderful young boys (one with special needs) and I worked full time. I did not want to put my life on hold for cancer so the adjustment to feeling very sick all the time and not being able to live my very active life was emotionally taxing as well as physically draining. I continued to work through my treatments, taking time off as needed, but it was very hard on me. I worried constantly about appearing to be "fine" for my boys and about providing them with the support and love they needed now more than ever because I looked and felt so sick. The most difficult part for me was not having the time or energy to make meals for or spend time with my children because when I was home, I was completely exhausted. I needed help and hated to admit that.

The Ellie Fund was introduced to me through a patient navigator, fellow Board Member Laura Proctor. At first, I thought that I should not ask for help because someone else probably needed it more than I did. I was finally convinced to apply and when the first delivered meal arrived magically at my doorstep soon after, I cried. I cried because the Ellie Fund knew I needed help, even if I was stubborn about accepting it. The Ellie Fund knew that one of the biggest concerns of a mother with breast cancer is how she will care for her family. They helped alleviate that concern for me by sending meals and grocery store gift cards allowing others to buy prepared foods and groceries for me. If nothing else, I knew that my kids would be fed healthy meals like the ones I wasn't able to cook for them anymore. This was such a relief.

But, this support is not the most important thing that the Ellie Fund provided. The Ellie Fund gave me hope. Hope that I could get through the horrible experience that is cancer and hope that I would be there again for my children one day - healthier and happier. With every delivered meal I felt supported and loved by strangers helping me get to the finish line. I felt like I was on Heartbreak Hill of the Boston Marathon, and they were passing me Gatorade and cheering "You can do it"! I will always be grateful to the Ellie Fund, and to you, for giving me hope when I needed it most.

Thank you,

Thanda Fields Brassard
Board Member
Your Impact
We are honored to have distributed service grants to 215 breast cancer patients in the first quarter of 2019! Take a look at the impact of your support:
annual"The Ellie Fund allowed me to just focus on feeling well and spending time with my daughter. We didn't have an additional financial burden."
Because of your generosity, we are able to provide invaluable assistance to patients like Alyssa. Watch as Alyssa bravely shares her family's breast cancer journey and the support the Ellie Fund provided during this difficult time:  

A donation today will help ease the burdens of breast cancer treatment for patients like Alyssa and their families.

In This Issue
Learn More
For additional information, visit the Ellie Fund's website!
Save the Date 
5 for Ellie Fashion Show
6:00 PM |June 12, 2019
Fairmont Copley Plaza
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Ellie Fund Team
Meredith Medelson
Executive Director

Hillary Harrelson
Director of Development

Anne Meisner
Patient Services Manager

Kaitlyn Ferrini
Events & Public Relations Manager

Carole Burpee
Finance & Human Resources Manager

Kristen Sajdak
Development & Events Coordinator

Janet Eastwood
Patient & Administrative Coordinator

Board of Directors:
Marcia Boyle
Board Chair

Jeff Popkin
Founding Director

Scott Clifford
Vice Chair

Ron Lanoue

T handa Fields Brassard

Scott Dorsey

Amy Edwards

Gail Fine

Tom Jacob

Laura Proctor

Heather Shanahan

Supporter Spotlight: The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation
We were honored to present the 2019 Ros e Award to the Board of Trustees of The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation at the 23rd Annual Red Carpet Gala on February 24, 2019. This award, presented in honor of Ellie Rose Popkin, recognized Ilene Beal's legacy of generosity and benevolence.

The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation has pledged $375,000 over 3 years as a leading funder of our Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Program.
Gearing Up for the 2019 Boston Marathon
The Ellie Fund is proud to once again be a part of the  John Hancock Non-Profit Program for the 2019 Boston Marathon! The Boston Marathon was the catalyst for the Ellie Fund's fundraising efforts, with co-founders Jeff and Eliot Popkin running in 1989, 1994 and 1996.  Thank you to 2019 Team Ellie Boston Marathon  runners, Taylor McManama and David Sweet!

Save the Date for our 5 for Ellie Spring Fashion Show!
In partnership with WCVB Channel 5, the Ellie Fund is proud to host our 13th annual spring fashion show. This exciting celebration, honoring 2019 Hope Award recipient Gail Fine, will feature premium hosted bars, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, speaking program and exclusive live auction. The evening will  culminate with a fashion show introducing looks curated by  Bloomingdale's modeled by the newswomen of WCVB, Ellie Fund patients and members of the Newton Firefighters Association.
Do Good this Spring

ARS Restoration Specialists/RESCON
13th Annual Casino Night
March 30, 2019

Enjoy a fun-filled evening of casino games, silent and live auctions, raffles, live music and more! Proceeds benefit the Ellie Fund and the Goria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.
Details & Tickets

Boathouse for Breast Cancer
April 27, 2019
Head to The Boathouse Bar in Dracut for their annual Boathouse for Breast Cancer fundraiser to benefit the Ellie Fund! Guests will enjoy delicious food, live music, raffles and more.

Champions Fighting Cancer Walk
May 5, 2019

Join our loyal partners at the Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation and Signature Healthcare for the 20th annual walk to support their efforts in the fight against cancer.
Click here for details & to register

Shop "Fight Like a Girl" Merchandise

Head to Frugal Fannie's to Do Good while you shop their exclusive selection of "Fight Like a Girl" apparel and accessories. 20% of your purchase will benefit the Ellie Fund!
The 23rd Annual Red Carpet Gala was a Fabulous Success!
Hosted in partnership with WCVB Channel 5, our Red Carpet Gala raised more than $300,000 on February 24. Guests were treated to delicious bites from gourmet chef stations hosted by BostonChefs.com, libations from premium hosted bars, exciting live auction with auctioneer Billy Costa of KISS 108 and NESN's Dining Playbook and live music from Rhett Price as well as Almost Owen. The evening concluded with an exclusive telecast of the Academy Awards on WCVB/ABC.

We were honored to present the Board of Trustees of The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation with the 7th Annual Rose Award in honor of Ellie Rose Popkin and in recognition of Ilene's lasting legacy of generosity and benevolence.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Red Carpet Gala and helped to make this event an incredible success!


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