This service came unexpectedly during a very difficult time. The amount of travel, especially parking added an expense we hadn’t planned for. Thank you Red Dog, we humbly appreciate your help during our time of need.
Andy age 6
Neuroblastoma Patient at Sloan Kettering
Dear Red Dog Foundation,
Thank you for the financial assistance, for helping my son. We are from Guyana, South America and the financial burden to stay in New York is very high so your help was greatly appreciated. We couldn’t do it without your help. Kevin is doing much better now. Continue the good work. God Bless the Red Dog foundation. ~Annila Metzger
Three weeks before my daughter turned five, she was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma. This form of cancer is almost NEVER found in anyone over the age of five. Without treatment, it is 100% fatal. With treatment, her vision is returning as the tumor shrinks. Traveling across the country has meant choosing treatment over keeping my job. Savings gone, and the initial shock of the diagnosis means that donor funds have largely dried up as well. All help is greatly appreciated as we fight to keep our little girl whole.~Amanda McNabb
Thank you Red dog Foundation for the financial assistance you gave my family. We have four children and staying in New York is very difficult, so your help is indeed very helpful. Thank you once again. God bless the Red Dog Foundation! ~Nargis Nazhmutdinova
The Red Dog Foundation helped us in so many ways.. By helping us with their MORE than Generous monetary assistance, we were able to pay for our stay at the Ronald McDonald House in EXPENSIVE Manhattan. We are truly so blessed that this wonderful foundation was there to help us. We came from Oregon all the way to New York, to try a new “TRIAL” drug to try and help shrink our 9-year-old daughter’s brain tumor. We stayed at the RMDH and we still owed quite a bit when we were ready to leave. The Foundation was there for us. Mike Califano, was immediately in touch with us. The foundation had helped a friend of ours and they recommended the Red Dog foundation to us. They even gave us T-shirts (My daughter loved the dog on the back) and a bracelet, which we will wear proudly. Although it pains us greatly to hear of any child taken too early because of this horrendous disease (CANCER) we are so grateful for the legacy that RALPH CALIFANO JR left behind.
So, to the Califano family we say we are so very sorry for your loss. Thank You for reaching out to our family even though you are grieving for your own family member. You can help the Red Dog Foundation help other families in crisis by donating HERE.
Thank You again from the bottom of our Hearts! God Bless you and your angel in heaven “Ralph JR.”
Monica & Alexa delos Reyes
Going through this very difficult and overwhelming experience with my son it’s hard to get my thoughts together and express to you how truly grateful I am for your help. As a single parent raising my son on my salary alone with no other help I don’t have extra money for the unexpected. My son’s health and to get better is my priority and I will do what I need to do, to get him the best help possible, which includes traveling that is costly. This financial stress has added to everything else I am dealing with do to the fact that I needed to ignore other bills I’m obligated to pay monthly. Thanks to your foundation that has lifted some of the burden off of me, like I said earlier, I can’t express enough how thankful to you I am.
We have been traveling back and forth to New York for over 6 years now with our son to receive cancer treatments. These trips can be extremely stressful, emotional and physical. The financial burden can be immense. It is comforting to know that an organization like the “Red Dog Foundation” is willing to help families out with parking. That is one less burden to worry about!
Edward J. Wittman
Thank you Michael for taking the initiative to develop the Red Dog Fund. We’ve reached our deductible on our insurance months ago and now the most expensive part of Tanner’s care is the hotel/transportation/parking costs. The financial burden of shuttling to and from NYC from Florida is adding up. Thank you for your generosity to help offset these expenses.
Thank you for your generous assistance. We commute several times a week from Westchester to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for our 6 year old’s neuoblastoma treatment. The parking, gas an tolls add up to more than 100 a week. Your foundation helps to ease one of the many burdens we face in battling
The Cohen Family
Dear Red Dog Foundation,
What a blessing you have been!
We travelled from Pittsburgh to New York City for a clinical trial in hopes to help our son, Rex. He was diagnosed with Late Infantile Batten Disease in March of this year. We have tirelessly searched for ways to help him and unfortunately incurred a great deal of travel expenses. When your child is sick, money shouldn’t be an object. We were lucky enough to meet a wonderful family at the Ronald McDonald House who told us about your organization. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get help. You have truly helped to make our holiday a little brighter! We are extremely grateful for your generosity. You have made this difficult time a little bit more bearable.
Autumn, C.J., Mara & Rex Timko
Thank you Red Dog Foundation for your generosity. Our 3 years old daughter was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. I had to leave my job to stay at home to care for her. It has been an extremely emotional and stressful time. Since she cannot take public transportation our parking fees have quickly added up. Thank you for assisting us and taking some of the financial burden off of us.
Our medical journey with Brooke’s battle against stage IV Neuroblastoma cancer has literally led us from one airport parking lot, airplane, toll road, rental car, gas bill, and hotel to another; nothing short of 1,500 miles from home each month. The help Red Dog Foundation has provided to our family gives us full hope that we can sustain the search for a cure for our little girl no matter how far from home we must travel.
With sincere gratitude,
The Hester Family…
and especially Brooke
Our family travels weekly or monthly to New York by vehicle. Thanks to the Red Dog Foundation, we have some relief of all the extra expenses due to the travel. What a blessing to have access to a wonderful organization. Parking our car adds up very quickly in the big city!
Since our daughter Morgan was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, we have been under financial stress as her life saving treatments are out of state. Red Dog Fund has greatly reduced that stress with their support!
Our son, Tommy, is being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He is often very weak and cannot walk long distances. Red Dog Foundation provides us with the opportunity to park as close as possible to the hospital. The parking expenses are inevitable. We are very grateful for the assistance. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
I want to thank the Red Dog Foundation for the big help in parking. I’m the mother of Aaiden Moquete, a baby that was diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency on 7/17/12. The baby was admitted into Memorial Sloan Kettering for a bone marrow transplant. Thank you so much for the help! It’s not easy, especially when a family has more kids to care for.
I want to take this moment and say thank you to the Red Dog Foundation for helping with the funds donated for my son and myself to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC. So much as occurred during the time of your donation. There was a chicken pox scare in the house and we had to abruptly leave. We returned on January 1, 2013. However, I also just returned to work, after being out for one year. I have been caring for my son, Mickey when he underwent a bone marrow transplant in December of 2011. He suffered from Sickle Cell Disease and had over 100 hospitalizations. Mickey was also born prematurely weighing 1lb 12 oz at 25 weeks gestation. Mickey’s bone marrow transplant was a success, however it has been a long and difficult toil. He has had a long battle with graft host disease and spent seven months in the hospital. Being a guest at the Ronald McDonald house has been an awesome experience. Mickey has continued to have treatments to help with the graft disease at NY Presbyterian hospital and due to financial reasons, I had to give up our apartment in the Bronx. I am just happy to be here. I am also pleased to know that an organization such as the Red Dog Foundation exists and helps with assisting families such as us! We truly thank you!
Very Truly Yours,
I first want to start off by saying thank you to the Red Dog Foundation for the generous gift of money I have received. The money was able to help with all of my family’s bills that were due because my mother and brothers had to accompany me in New York for my cancer treatments. You helped my family so much and I can’t say thank you enough. Now I just want to tell you about myself. My name is Luella Gallegos and I am 22 years old. I am from De Pere, Wisconsin and have a great loving family. I have a great mother who works two jobs just to help keep a roof over our heads. I also have three awesome older brothers. However, at the age of 17 I happened to be diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma on April 9, 2008. I literally have been through so many treatments as Neuroblastoma is a very hard cancer to get stable. Though I was able to do the bulk of treatment in my home town, I now have to travel to NY because they are the #1 hospital who studies my type of cancer. Thank you again Red Dog Foundation for being so generous and being able to help families like mine. It is so nice having foundations like you because the cancer world is not cheap and just plain out sucks! Yet it would be nice if there were more foundations as great as yours to help others out as well. Thank you again!
Thank you so much for helping us with parking in the city. It’s so nice to know about organizations like this. With all the costs that we have inherited, every lit bit of assistance helps. Sometimes it’s the small things that make a huge difference.
My husband and I have been bringing our grandson, Liam to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital where he is being treated for neuroblastoma. The parking is so costly in New York City. Both my husband and I are retired and are on a fixed income. We have been assisted by the Red Dog Foundation, Inc. for the financial burden of parking. The Red Dog Foundation has helped us with one less item to worry about in our difficult time. We would like to thank the Red Dog Foundation from the bottom of our hearts.
The Red Dog Foundation are an organization that “thought out of the box” and found a way to alleviate that expense of parking in NYC. The days spent at the hospital are so long and knowing that the Red Dog Foundation will pay for the parking is incredible.
Thank you so much for the support you have provided our family! Our son is in treatment for Neuroblastoma and we are having to travel to NYC for a few weeks at a time. As we live in Indiana, the cost of parking, gas, food, etc. in the city is so high. The Red Dog Foundation alleviates one of our burdens when caring for our son. Thank you!
We would like to express our appreciation for your thoughtfulness and generosity. My 17 year old daughter Michelle has had a long battle with childhood cancer. Our long fight would not be achievable without the help of generous people like you. Thank you!
When our son was first diagnosed with cancer, a million thoughts ran through our head. We quickly realized there was going to be a significant financial burden with managing his treatment. Without hesitation, the Red Dog Foundation stepped up quickly to financially support our constant travel to and from the hospital. It’s been a huge relief to know we have one less financial worry because of the Red Dog Foundation’s generosity.
Our son Christopher was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on his 16th birthday. Christopher was hospitalized for 8 days at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at NYU, Christopher is on his way to recovery. Thanks to the Red Dog Foundation, our parking fee from the hospital’s parking lot, during that week was fully reimbursed making this difficult time a little easier.
Gina and Gene Gemelli
We are very appreciative for the generous contribution of financial assistance that we received from the Califano Family during our hardship. My daughter Casey Bardowell, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 2. She stared treatment at Montefiore hospital in August 2007, and was then transferred to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital for a Bone Marrow Transplant on April 10, 2008. A few days post transplant, Casey developed a side effect called Graft Versus Host Disease. Unfortunately, Casey has had numerous lengthy admissions with the longest being 1 year and 7 months. Presently, she is transferred back and fourth between Children’s Specialized Hospital in NJ for Rehab, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital from since November 20, 2002. Financially, it is very difficult because Children’s Specialized Hospital does not provide food for the parents, plus the transportation from New York to New Jersey along with tolls can add up very quickly.
Thank you Michael Califano for caring and taking the time to help us. May God bless the Califano family.