Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Fertility Preservation Project
When children fight cancer, survival today is what matters most. Still, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can profoundly affect their reproductive systems. The kids being treat might not be thinking about family planning yet, but at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, they want to prepare them for the future. Fertility preservation involves the removal and storage of biomaterials for future use. Making these services available for patients and their families supports the Hospital’s philosophy of caring for the whole child. It’s one more way to deliver hope and healing that lasts a lifetime. Many families already struggling to manage the cost of cancer treatments can’t afford these services. Supporting his program aims to ensure finances never impede a cancer survivor’s chances to embrace the joy of parenthood.
Ceres Community Project
Ceres Community Project is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates health for people, communities, and the planet through love, healing food, and empowering the next generation. Ceres delivers organic, medically tailored meals to community members with serious illness, teaches teens to grow, cook, and eat healthy food, provides nutrition education, and supports policy changes needed to address the root cause of illness and create innovative solutions. Since inception, Ceres’ youth and adult volunteers have assisted in growing 34,000+ pounds of organic produce and prepared over 736,800 organic meals provided free or at low cost to 4,100 families experiencing a health crisis. Today, Ceres operates three commercial kitchen sites in San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, as well as two organic production gardens in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. We deliver meals directly to our clients’ doorsteps throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties.
The glassybaby white light fund grant will support the core youth and healing meals programs including these overarching goals to:
Provide organic whole food meals to low-income people with serious illness along with nutrition education and the caring support of the community to improve health outcomes, reduce health care costs and improve long-term eating habits.
Empower a generation of healthy, engaged leaders by giving youth opportunities to develop leadership and skills they need to be successful in life and work, and by fostering a deep understanding the impact their choices make on the health of people and planet.
Food for Life
The glassybaby White Light Fund has proudly partnered with Food For Life since 2016. This program provides nutritional support for people in treatment at UCSF’s Ida Friend Infusion Center, Breast Care Center and Mission Bay Infusion Center.
The founder, Stephanie Stavrianoudakis, was a nurse in the infusion center before she began her own journey with cancer. As a nurse and patient, Stephanie recognized the importance of food in the healing process and noticed the need for healthy snacks and nutrition information for patients and their families during treatment. With Stephanie’s commitment and drive, Food for Life was born. It now provides a nutrient dense snack menu for patients and families in the infusion centers in addition to supplying educational materials and cookbooks for support in healing and healthy food choices.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
The glassybaby White Light Fund is pleased to support MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The grant, awarded in the summer of 2019, will go toward their Patient Assistance Fund, described below.
Administered by MD Anderson’s Social Work department, patient assistance funds help qualified, financially challenged patients, and parents of pediatric patients, pay for nonmedical expenses associated with cancer care.
Expenses, such as transportation and lodging, can rapidly increase, especially for patients who travel long distances. And they can cause financial distress for patients undergoing treatment or follow-up care for extended periods, often weeks at a time.
Patient assistance funds have become a lifeline for many, covering a variety of needs, including airfare or bus fare to and from Houston for out-of-town or out-of-state patients, housing for the patient in Houston, meals while the patient is in Houston, transportation to and from the clinic and doctor appointments for out-of-town patients, parking expenses and occasional expenses related to car repair, rent or utilities.
Northwest Straits Foundation
The Northwest Straits Foundation came to our attention when they were nominated for a glassybaby baby grant, in the spring of 2019. This nomination led to more conversations and an additional grant to support their collaborative efforts in nearshore habitat restoration and derelict gear removal.
As described by the baby grant nominator: The Northwest Straits Foundation works in collaboration with local communities and marine resource committees, fueled by volunteers. They map and remove derelict fish gear that entangles and kills marine mammal, monitor toxins in mussels, which are eaten by people and marine mammals, and restore beaches to provide habitat for salmon which Orca depend upon. Over 870 acres of marine habitat has been restored, 5,800 derelict fishing nets removed to date and 4,701 volunteer hours counted.’