These organizations have been supported by Knit Michigan for many years. We love the team we have built and appreciate the support they give us of our event. To date, we have raised over $240,000 in support of patient and family cancer programs, all of which has been distributed to these organization (minus event-related expenses). As we transition from an event-based organization, to focusing on the distribution of patient comfort items, the amount of money we raise will be less, but we will continue to share everything we raise beyond our meager expenses with these organizations.
These well-established cancer serving organizations have been chosen to receive the money raised via Knit Michigan activities. Here are a few words about how they put our money to work:
- Beaumont: The Knit Michigan donation provides support to the following Beaumont programs: afghan program supplies that enable comfort blankets to be made for our cancer patients undergoing treatment and to our inpatient hospice, financial support to our Rose Cancer Center patient resource library, and funds to provide assistance to patients in need, medications, medical supplies, prosthetics, etc.
Karmanos: The Karmanos Cancer Institute is a unique, urban-based integrated center of research, patient care and education, dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment and eventual eradication of cancer.The funds raised from Knit Michigan are used for the Jessie Bernard Undercompensated Care fund at Karmanos Cancer Institute. Due to extended illness and inability to work, many cancer patients struggle to meet their day to day basic needs. These funds help to assist patients and their families in meeting financial obligations such as limited, temporary assistance to pay rent/mortgage, utility bills, buy groceries, toiletries, and other concrete daily living needs
- Genesys: Knit Michigan contributions have benefited hundreds of Genesys cancer patients in our community in ways that include: medication assistance, utilities assistance (gas, phone, electric), ramp assistance, room and board at Genesys Hospice Care Center, assistance in making rent or mortgage payments, assistance in paying taxes, funeral expenses, cobra payments, and Lifeline, floor repair and chore providers.
- Gilda’s Club: The money raised at Knit Michigan for Gilda’s Club goes to support our cancer support program. Program services ranges from support groups and educational lectures to workshops like quilting, yoga and guitar club. Our program is free of charge to anyone touched by cancer, so the donations help with supplies, handouts, food/beverages and our clubhouse needs. We have created a welcoming and friendly atmosphere that anyone needing time to relax will feel comfortable spending the day at.
U-M: Proceeds donated by Knit Michigan benefit the Patient and Family Support Services (PFSS) Program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. This remarkable program is home to over 30 different services designed to reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families facing diagnosis, treatment and recovery. From psychological counseling to symptom and pain management to nutritional assistance to art and music therapy, the PFSS Program steps in to provide the support needed to survive – and thrive – throughout the cancer journey. As critical as these services are to patients and families, in most cases they are not covered by insurance. But thanks to the involvement of generous, caring donors, patients and families can benefit from these programs and services at little or no cost to them.