Agnes K Mackey Memorial Fund
The Board of Directors of CURE established the Agnes K. Mackey Memorial Fund in 1986, in memory of Agnes. K. Mackey. Mrs. Mackey was a strong supporter of CURE who had a wonderful gift for making people feel special. The fund was developed to provide families with financial assistance. A child’s cancer diagnosis can create a financial burden for a family. Often parents have to take a leave of absence from work without pay at a time when they are overwhelmed with enormous expenses.
The Agnes K. Mackey Fund is available to families being served by CURE and who are treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital who demonstrate a need. Grants are submitted by the social worker at the hospital and approved as soon as possible, without the wait or red tape associated with other assistance programs. In the past, grants have been awarded to help with requests for such expenses as utility bills, groceries, co-pays for medication and funeral costs. This fund also allows CURE to distribute parking vouchers for the Strong Memorial Hospital Garage to every patient in both inpatient and outpatient areas of the Hematology/Oncology Department. Meal vouchers are also distributed to parents who have a child staying in the inpatient area of the hospital. It is CURE’s mission to make sure the parent(s) is/are taken care of to the best of our ability so they can care for their child.
Since it was established, the Agnes K. Mackey Memorial Fund has distributed over $500,000 to families in need of financial aid. Please contact your social worker about requesting a grant from the Agnes K. Mackey Memorial Fund.
The Angel Fund was established by past Board Chair, Marc Johnson, and serves as emergency assistance funding for families who are currently undergoing treatment or find themselves in need shortly after. A cancer or chronic blood disorder diagnosis can be devastating (both financially and emotionally) and CURE does what we can to alleviate these burdens.
Upon the referral of the social worker in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department at Golisano Children’s Hospital, CURE offers a $500 grant to each family who loses a child to cancer or chronic blood disorder. We at CURE understand that families may financially struggle to pay for after life services and we want to ensure we do what we can to help these families.