The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund works to raise awareness of others in our community with cancer.
We look to alleviate the financial worries that come along with this disease for those in the Capital District of New York.
Helping others can only create a Ripple Effect in the community of beautiful things to come.
The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund was founded in 2017 (by Terra Maddalone-Ristau and her parents, Joyce and Hank Maddalone) when funds were donated via GoFundMe for Joyce to assist her with expenses related to her cancer treatment.
This was a difficult thing for Joyce and Hank to accept as they were used to giving and not being on the receiving end.
After much discussion, it was agreed upon that Joyce would utilize some of the funds for her out of pocket expenses and the rest would be donated to others in the community who were facing hardship due to their treatment.
A team of volunteers have given of their time to work on fundraisers in order to assist in helping those with cancer in the Capital District, NY with the out of pocket expenses related to their treatment.
As cancer patients are under stressors that are very difficult for others to imagine, MTCAF strives to make the process as simple as possible.
If a Cancer Patient lives in the Capital District and is in need of assistance for their out of pocket expenses, they simply complete a one page application and submit along with diagnosis from their doctor.
A check will then be written out directly to the patient.
There are no restrictions on how they use the funds as we know (from firsthand experience) as well as it has been shared by some of the recipients, that the needs are many; from co-pays, medications, groceries, transportation to treatment, home care, child care, rent and mortgage payments (the list is endless).
In addition to monetary assistance, MTCAF also sends gift cards to the patients and their families during the holidays to assist in some small way of alleviating more of the anxiety that occurs when looking to have a holiday dinner or gift for their child.
It is so much more than the money; it is about sharing with those in our very own community who need us at such a difficult time in their lives that we are here for them, that they are not alone and that we as a community do care.
As Mother Teresa said, "We cannot all do great things but we can all do small things with great love."
This is the philosophy that Joyce and Hank Maddalone raised their family with; Faith, Family and Community. That we are put in this earth to reach out to others and be a light when there is darkness.
Joyce and Hank lost their battle (Hank to liver cancer in the Spring of 2019 and Joyce in June of 2020 to multiple cancers).
The spirit of giving continues through MTCAF as Terra knew that her parents's wish was for her to carry on the legacy of helping others.
Our amazing team of volunteers are committed to helping others.
There are many ways that you can participate.
There are both short and long term commitments available from administrative to event planning.
Do you have gifts and talents that you would like to share to help others? Think you would be a good fit?
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Your Generous Donation will stay within the Capital District, N.Y. to assist those with cancer and their out of pocket expenses related to their treatment not covered by insurance.
The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund is run by volunteers in the Capital District.
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The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
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