Partnering with Hospitals to Help Cancer Patients in Need
In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. While Rhonda lost her battle in November 2014, one of the gifts she left for us is Rhonda’s Kiss. Our organization realizes that most cancer patients are not as fortunate as Rhonda to obtain the necessary treatments, see the finest doctors, and be treated in the best facilities.
We also realize that the cost of cancer can be insurmountable. It’s easy to picture the costs of diagnosis, the costs of treatment, and the costs of therapy. However, there is a hidden cost that is equally as important. Rhonda's Kiss is a 501c(3) that cares for patients' non-medical needs. We give grants to partner hospitals to establish patient assistance funds that are focused specifically on cancer patients in need. The patient assistance funds, administered by each hospital, help in covering the costs of rent and utilities, wigs, oncology massage, parking, or other transportation costs, as well as any other unexpected cost involved in the holistic care of the patient. Currently, Rhonda’s Kiss has patient assistance funds at Cleveland Clinic (OH), Cedars-Sinai (CA) and City of Hope (CA).
During the last four years, Rhonda’s Kiss committed nearly $1 million to our partner hospitals around the country. It is through your assistance that we are able to realize our dream to give all cancer patients the access to support that our wife and our mother received during the most difficult time in her life.
We appreciate the love and kindness we have received and with that care, we will continue to help those who need it the most during their cancer journey.
From the bottom of our hearts,
Marc, Kyle, Brad and Kara, Alex, and Melissa Stefanski,
Ashley and Jamie Williams
The family of Rhonda Stefanski