Angel Fund for children with cancer, inc.

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Background

The Angel Fund was formed in 2003 with the desire to assist the families of children from Brown County that have been diagnosed with cancer or bone marrow failure. The Angel Fund service area has expanded to all of Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. The primary goal of the Angel Fund is to connect families to various community and national resources, to offer social support to all families and to provide financial support to qualified families. The Angel Fund was a heartfelt idea from a local childhood cancer specialist whose dream it was to create a new local resource for children and families facing cancer or bone marrow failure in our community. He sees daily the emotional and financial strain that these families face. By creating a fund that can help tackle some of these strains, the families would have less distractions and more energy to focus on their children.

Structure

The Angel Fund board is comprised of local professionals who specialize in various areas of business from our community and parents of children with cancer. Board members are volunteering their time, talents and knowledge to assist children and families coping with a potentially devastating life-changing illness. The board oversees the functions of the Angel Fund. The two primary functions of the Angel Fund are providing resource/social support via the Resource Coordinator and granting of financial support to qualifying families. The Angel Fund board also has access to a Physician Advisory Council. This council, comprised of local physicians from each major local health care system, offers necessary medical direction to the board as needed.

Resource Coordinator

The diagnosis of cancer or bone marrow failure instantly alters life. The challenges can be immense and at times overwhelming. The Angel Fund has created, the Resource Coordinator position, an innovative and unprecedented asset in Brown County. As an experienced and knowledgeable Certified Information and Referral Specialist, the Resource Coordinator can assist all families in locating local, regional and national medical, financial or social resources. Possible resources available include support groups, web sites and funding sources. The Resource Coordinator works with the family and child to assess their unique needs and concerns and then develops a plan to help meet those needs. This expertise is available to all children and their families at no charge, regardless of insurance, provider choice, network affiliation or family income. This service has proved to be invaluable to children and their families.

Board of Directors

Jo Beno
Jenna Clevers
Randy Connour
Cathy Dworak
Dave Haase
Jim Lauer
LeeAnn Wetli
Dr. Jeffry Young

Physician Advisory Board

Comprised of health care providers from the following health organizations:
Aurora Medical Group
BayCare Health Systems, LLC
Bellin Medical Group
Independent Providers
Prevea

Hospitals

Aurora BayCare Medical Center
Bellin Health Hospital Center
St. Mary Hospital Medical Center
St. Vincent Hospital

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