McKenzie is a young lady in our community with significant medical needs and physical impairments. Her physical therapist and mother requested a grant to purchase medical equipment that would dramatically improve their ability to effectively care for McKenzie’s physical needs at home. A grant of $600 covered most of the cost of this equipment.
Rob is a local man recently diagnosed with stage IV Melanoma. He is a father, husband, working professional, and triathlete. He was nominated by a family member for a $1,000 grant to help offset upcoming expenses of copays, travel, and treatment for his cancer. His family describes him as an accomplished athlete who has used his gifts to help raise funds for local charities over the past many years.
Dawn is a local small business owner who recently and unexpectedly lost her fiance and father of her ten year old child. She was nominated by friends for a grant of $1,000 to address her immediate financial needs while not working following her tragic loss.
Ellen was a wife, mother, nurse, and educator who was killed in a car accident in June of 2017. She is survived by her husband and two young sons. Nominated for a $1,000 grant by a family friend, Ellen’s husband was the recipient of this financial support following his family’s tragic loss.
Kevin recently lost his wife to an extremely rare cancer that was untreatable after her initial diagnosis. He was nominated for a grant of $1,000 by a teacher from the Pittsford middle school where he works as a paraprofessional. Kevin’s wife, Janis, was treated at Strong Hospital, the Jewish Home, and hospice care. She is survived by her husband and two teenage daughters.
Steven was nominated for a $1,000 grant by a family friend to assist with medical expenses related to his dual diagnosis of Diabetes and Multiple Myeloma. Steven is a teacher at Fairport HS and is just finishing his second round of chemotherapy in preparation for a stem cell transplant. The application was approved and the grant was presented to Steven by his nominator and family.
Proceeds from the Iron Angel Foundation participation in Roc the Day were used during the holiday season to provide $50 gift cards to individuals in need in our community. The seven board members each identified a recipient and they included: a young self-employed family whose newborn had several medical issues that required hospital care; a single mother of two; the family of a mother who was gravely injured in a hit and run accident; a grandmother who took in her three granddaughters after they were taken from their mother; a local teacher who is undergoing cancer treatments; a father who recently moved to the area from out of state to take custody of his young children after they were removed from their mother; and Resolve of Rochester, an organization that aims to intervene and prevent domestic violence against women.
Sheila applied for a $1,000 grant to help pay several thousand dollars in medical bills following her diagnosis of breast cancer and related double mastectomy surgery and chemotherapy/radiation. Sheila is a single parent to two teenagers and works three jobs to manage her family’s expenses. She provided copies of medical bills totaling over $3K. Her grant request was approved and Sheila received $1,250 a few days before Thanksgiving.
Lisa was nominated for a grant ot $360 to cover the cost of a TENS unit that provides relief for her symptoms of MS. This device was not covered under her insurance plan. Sheila was nominated by her physician and was approved for the $360.
Pat is a local teacher who was facing emergency open heart surgery shortly after her husband underwent major surgery. Their daughter’s long-standing medical needs required around the clock care, and during Pat and her husband’s recovery they were not earning any income. Pat was nominated by a friend for a $1,000 grant through the foundation to offset the costs of cardiac rehab not covered by her insurance.
Karen moved home to the Rochester area during her husband’s third oversees military deployment in order to be closer to family. Upon unpacking she discovered that all of her family’s holiday decorations were lost in the move. Karen was nominated for a $300 grant to replace her lost treasures, and volunteers showed up to her home while Karen was traveling for work to surprise her and her children with a home ready for the holidays.