WAYNE, NJ - Behind every person with cancer is a family struggling to get by. The Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation (FCCF), a nonprofit organization in New Jersey that helps provide financial relief to families who have a child with cancer, held their annual Holiday Giving Week from Dec. 10 – 17. So far, over $25,000 has been donated to families in the month of December.
The FCCF Holiday Giving Program is designed to make children’s holidays a little brighter so families can focus on time together without worrying about economic burdens.
Executive Director of the FCCF Andrea Inauen said that doing her job gives her a lot of satisfaction. She is a social worker by trade and worked 10 years in hospitals, which helped give her the background she needs to do her job well.
“Our mission is to help families in need and we would love to have more people become part of this effort,” she said.
The organization, started in 1998 by Greg Porcino, assists families with the purchasing of food, co-pays, car payments, medical bills or other bills they may have. Each year, they help 52 families and donate over $65,000 to them.
“They teach us what it means to face challenges and be resilient,” she said.
The organization finds families through social workers at hospitals or people can fill out an application on their website. Applications are reviewed quickly to determine what to give each family based on their financial need. In addition to the Holiday Giving Week, the organization also holds two golf outings, a gala and a Texas hold ‘em tournament.
Inauen said it’s an extremely gratifying job because she impacts people’s lives in a positive way. Quite often, she is able to meet them at the hospital or at events, which is a wonderful experience, she said.
“The gratitude is overwhelming and it just reinforces what we do and why we do it,” she said.
“We want to be able to spread the word so more families can be helped,” she said. “It’s one of the hardest things to witness and it’s also the most rewarding.”
To donate go to WWW.FCCF.INFO/CONTRIBUTE, call 908-429-2121 during regular business hours or mail a check payable to FCCF, to 1700 Route 23N, Suite 300, Wayne, NJ 07470.