In the past three years, the Foundation has provided financial grants to more than fifty young adult cancer patients. These appreciative young adults battling cancer have been able to continue their treatments because the Foundation has assisted them with transportation costs, housing, food, insurance premiums, dental expenses as well as medications and supplies not covered by insurance.
The Foundation was honored to have a grant recipient share her story at the 2012 Golf Tournament:
“My name is Sydney Scheeler, and I feel blessed to say that the David Andrew “Pooh” Maddan Foundation made such a monumental impact in my life. Upon my diagnosis, I was no longer able to attend school, or work, rendering me incapable of paying my bills, let alone filling my gas tank to get from one appointment to the next. My bills and financial obligations were not put on hold even though I was beginning the crucial fight for my life.
And thankfully for me, just at a point where I was feeling that all hope was caving in, a foundation, The David Andrew “Pooh” Maddan Foundation, recognized my need and offered assistance in my time of desperation. I was touched that people who did not know me or my personal circumstance desired to help me through my trial, simply because of their compassion and ability. In my extreme moment of helplessness, I was able to know that I would be able to buy food, fill my gas tank and pay my bills; giving me one less thing to worry about in my pursuit of becoming healthy. Words aren’t enough to express how grateful I am to this Foundation and its donors who stood beside me and offered their support to me when my life most depended on it.”
The Foundation is excited to hear from former recipient Praveen Reddy that his cancer is in remission, he has returned to work, and in appreciation of our support has made his own donation to DAM-Cancer. Praveen writes,
“I was 26 years old when I was diagnosed with Leukemia. My life took a sudden turn after I got the news from my doctor in 2009. I had to immediately stop working and undergo intensive chemotherapy. My treatment included 3-4 trips a week to the hospital and the side effects resulted in frequent hospitalizations for several weeks. I had to undergo a Bone Marrow Transplant eventually. While I was going through all the physical & emotional toll, I also had to face the financial burden as I did not qualify for the disability or social security benefits.
The Pooh Maddan foundation came forward to help me through my treatment and provided much needed financial support. I heart fully applaud the work that the foundation is doing to help cancer patients. I wish them the very best and hope they will be able to support more patients in future.”
26 year old Chad writes, “…It is a humbling thing to find one’s self unable to not only survive physically at this age, but also to financially incur such tremendous bills just to exist..I as the patient cannot understand the loss you have experienced, but on this side of things, to see such a love that remains for your loved one, is a beautiful experience. I pray that in my life I may impact people as David has and does through his example of strength and courage.”
25 year old Brian writes, “In my battle against cancer I have come up against many obstacles. A lot of the obvious ones were medically related like chemo, radiation, an unrelated bone marrow transplant, medication, and double hip and shoulder replacements. The other obstacles are the ones most people don’t see, such as, everyday bills, buying clothes, food, gas, insurance, having a phone to keep in touch with friends and family, and activities that keep you busy. At the time of my cancer diagnosis, I was an independent and poor college student. In a blink of my eye, my life changed forever. I began the fight for my life in the batter against cancer. I qualify for the bare minimum financial assistance from social security and disability. It is impossible for a person to survive on disability alone. Thanks to the financial help and assistance of the David Andrew “Pooh” Maddan Foundation my financial burdens are less, and my stress level is lower. Knowing that the “Pooh” Foundation is on my side in the battle against cancer is a great feeling. Thank you “Pooh” Maddan Foundation for you continued support and generosity.”
Among the additional expressions of appreciation offered by other Foundation recipients:
• “Dear DAM-Cancer Foundation, I can’t thank you enough for all of the financial help. It’s wonderful to know that there really are angels among us.”
•” I cannot thank you enough for the support you are giving me. I truly appreciate it as well as my family. Your foundation is so special and will have lasting effects on families for a very long time.”
• “I personally can’t thank you enough for your help. It’s people like yourselves who help others in need of a foundation such as this.”