Ellie Fund Newsletter
Spring 2018
April 12, 2018
Give Hope This Spring
A note from Anne Meisner, Patient Services Manager

The Ellie Fund holds a special place in my heart. At the age of 28, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a 2 ½-year-old and a 3-week-old at the time. Overwhelmed and anxious, I had no idea how I was going to manage all of it. How was I going to go through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and still care for my 2 small children? One of my goals throughout treatment was to try and keep life as normal as possible for my family. Thankfully, I found the Ellie Fund. One phone call and a quick application later, I was given more than just housekeeping, delivered meals and grocery gift cards. I was given hope.

Even though I had a great network of support, including an amazing husband, wonderful friends and loving family, it was hard to keep asking those people for help. The Ellie Fund became that someone I could rely on for the help I needed without having to feel guilty asking for it. They were the friend I never met and the support I so desperately needed during a difficult time.

After all of my treatment was finished, I wanted to find a way to give back to the organization that gave me so much. I started volunteering and later joined the Board of Directors. I now have the best job in the world as the Ellie Fund's Patient Services Manager. Every day, I get to help those women, men and families who find themselves in the same position I was in 11 years ago. Not only do I get to provide essential support services such as nutritional and grocery assistance, transportation assistance, housekeeping, prepared and delivered meals and childcare reimbursement, but I get to give them so much more - hope.

Being a young woman going through breast cancer was hard. Being a young mother going through it was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through in my life. This spring we will have a special Mother's Day fundraiser. I invite you to help us continue to provide support, critical services and hope to the hundreds of patients we assist each year by making a donation in honor of a special mother or woman in your life.

Thank you,

Anne Meisner
Patient Services Manager
Your Impact
We are honored to have distributed 325 critical service grants to breast cancer patients and families in the first quarter of 2018. Take a look at the impact of your support:
"The Ellie Fund is the friend who doesn't ask questions. Who knows exactly what you're going through."
Because of your generosity, we were able to provide invaluable assistance to patients like Anne. Watch the video to see how your commitment to our mission helped this young mother with metastatic breast cancer: 

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

In This Issue
Save the Date!
5 for Ellie Fashion Show
Wednesday, June 6
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Shop to Support
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Ellie Fund Team

Gail Fine
Executive Director

Hillary Harrelson
Director of Development

Anne Meisner
Patient Services Coordinator

Kaitlyn Ferrini
Events & Public Relations Manager

Carole Burpee
Finance & Human Resources Coordinator

Natalie Kfoury
Administrative & Fundraising Assistant

Board of Directors:

Marcia Boyle
Board Chair

Jeff Popkin
Founding Director

Scott Clifford
Vice Chair

Ron Lanoue

Scott Dorsey

Tom Jacob

Laura Proctor

Heather Shanahan

Advisory Board:

Tabitha Adeli
Special Projects

Robin Jones
Communications Consultant

Dr. Elsie Levin
Medical Advisor

Luba Levin
Special Projects

Diane McManama
Volunteer Coordinator

Ben Rawitz
Strategic Partnerships
Team Ellie Runs Boston
In partnership with the  John Hancock Non-Profit Program, the Ellie Fund is honored to participate in this year's Boston Marathon. Join us in cheering for Team Ellie runners   James Bonner and Caitlin King  as they cross the finish line, having raised over $23,000! 

Save the Date: 5 for Ellie

Supporter Spotlight: Devaney Energy
We are deeply honored to have Devaney Energy on Team Ellie! Devaney Energy has been a dedicated supporter of the Ellie Fund since 2013, donating over $31,000. Through their corporate partnership, generous in-kind donations, event sponsorship and more, Devaney's commitment to our mission has greatly benefited Ellie Fund patients and families. 

"Devaney Energy is proud to support local charities, especially the Ellie Fund, in benefiting families in need," said Jessica Devaney.

At 5 for Ellie on June 6, the Ellie Fund will honor James Devaney and Devaney Energy with the 4th Annual Hope Award. " We are thrilled to present James Devaney with this year's Hope Award. It is with their steadfast dedication that we have been able to provide hope to hundreds of breast cancer patients and their families each year," said Executive Director Gail Fine. 
"The Ellie Fund allowed me to continue to do what I needed to do to get into a better place. They helped to minimize the impact of my diagnosis and treatment on my daughter so that she could have as much of a normal life as possible while I was going through everything." 
- Anne, metastatic breast cancer patient and mother

Being a mother is learning about the strengths you didn't know you had. It is living with unconditional love and wanting nothing more than the best for your children and family. 

This Mother's Day, help us continue to make a meaningful impact on local mothers undergoing breast cancer treatment by giving a donation in honor of a mother in your life. With your support, we can provide these special women with critical support services so that they can focus on what matters most: family, recovery and healing.

With each gift, we will send a personalized Mother's Day card to the recipient of your choice.  

Choose Mother's Day under designation
  Join Our Team
The Ellie Fund is looking for talented, collaborative and dedicated individuals to join our team. 

Available Positions:

Do Good With Our Partners

April Soderstrom- Improper Bostonian's Boston's Best Jewelry Designer 2017 is donating 50% of the proceeds of the pink crystal cluster earrings and its  mini version. T hey make the perfect Mother's Day gift!  Click here to buy. 

Eu2Be- Winner of Improper Bostonian's Boston's Best Skin Care 2017, Eu2Be creates products that clean, nourish and protect skin with up to 15 luxurious conditioning oils. The Ellie Set includes the Shower + Soak Soap and Nurture + Nourish Lotion. 10% of every purchase will be donated to the Ellie Fund with code 4ELLIE318. Click here to buy.

Frugal Fannies- Shop Boston and Cape Cod apparel at Frugal Fannies Fashion Warehouse and 20% of the sales will benefit the Ellie Fund.  

Sonsie- Our favorite Newbury Street bistro is donating $1 from each signature Ellie Fund cocktail sold!
The Boathouse BarThe Boathouse Bar in Dracut is hosting their 7th annual fundraiser  on Saturday, April 28 to support Ellie Fund patients hailing from Merrimack Valley communities. 

Champions Fighting Cancer Walk- Join longtime partner  Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation at their  Champions Fighting Cancer Walk  on Sunday, May 6 in Brockton. 

Haymakers for HopeChristian Carballo steps into the ring for the Ellie Fund when Haymakers for Hope returns to the House of Blues on May 17! Christian has already raised nearly $11,000! Buy Tickets & Support Christian
Events Recap

The Ellie Fund's 22nd Annual Red Carpet Gala presented by WCVB Channel 5 was a fabulous success! Held on March 4 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, the evening raised nearly $300,000 to provide critical support services to breast cancer patients across Massachusetts. Presented in memory of Ellie Rose Popkin, we were honored to award Christopher Buchanan of Walmart with the 6th Annual Rose Award.

Guests were treated to an exclusive viewing of the Academy Awards®, delicious bites from gourmet chef stations hosted by BostonChefs.com, premium hosted bars, live music from Rhett Price and Louie Bello and the Northern Lights Band, auctions and deluxe gift bags. 

ARS Casino Night- Our heartfelt thanks to  ARS Restoration Specialists for hosting their  12th Annual Casino Night on Saturday, March 24 to benefit the Ellie Fund and  Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation ! The evening was a fantastic, record-breaking success with over 2,000 attendees!

Girls Night Out at Legacy Place- Thank you to our friends at  Legacy Place for hosting the  4th Annual Girls Night Out on Thursday, March 22. The event raised over $2,000 to support our mission!

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