We are proud to carry on Anne’s fighting spirit as we work to raise funds for cancer awareness and education as well as to assist with the quality of life and financial support of those touched by the disease.
By organizing fundraisers like Anne’s Quest 5K Run/Walk and other future events, Anne’s Quest Foundation will be able to make contributions to cancer related organizations to aid in the continuing battle against this dreaded disease. In fact, we have raised over $125,000 in the last nine years and have contributed to the charities such as the American Cancer Society and Main Streets Go Blue as well as the following:
- Jack and Jill Foundation (www.jajf.org) – formed by John and Jill Albert (who lost her life to breast cancer in 2006) to provide memory opportunities for children who have a mom or dad with late stage cancer. The money we have donated on an annual basis helped to fund twenty WOW! Experiences, “giving children who will lose their mom or dad to cancer a timeout to create indispensable memories as a family.” Those WOW! Experiences have ranged from a trip to Walt Disney World to a weekend in New York City.
- Peter’s Health Partners – created in 2011 through the merger of Seton Health, Northeast Health and St. Peter’s Health Care Services, SPHP provides high-quality, compassionate care to thousands of people every day across the greater Capital Region. Anne’s Quest has helped fund Main Streets Go Blue and St. Peter’s Cancer Survivor Day, two of their annual events to raise colon cancer awareness.
- Times Union and Schenectady Gazette Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign for the Capital Region – an annual awareness campaign sponsored and directed by the Foundation, including print and web advertising, through the Times Union and Schenectady Gazette newspaper. The ads are focused in the May (Mother’s Day) and June (Father’s Day) timeframes.
- Camp Kesem (www.campkesem.org) – a college student run summer camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. The one-week sleep away camps are a chance for kids age 6-13 to have a fun-filled week and just be kids. Camp Kesem’s goal is to give campers the most fun week possible, while providing the extra support and attention they need. Camp Kesem also empowers student leaders to change the lives of families coping with cancer. We sponsored three campers and one counselor at the St. Rose College location during the summer of 2009.
- Mommy’s Light (www.mommyslight.org) – Mommy’s Light brings joy and comfort to children and teens by helping them keep alive traditions and simple pleasures they shared with their mothers. Research shows that maternally bereaved children function better if they maintain strong emotional connections to their deceased mothers. Mommy’s Light’s Tradition Fulfillment Services provide a healthy vehicle for children to nurture these vital connections.
- Caryl Faye Foundation (www.carylfaye.org) – a local foundation whose mission is to spread positive energy to those undergoing cancer treatment by encouraging them to never give up , never get down and always keep smiling. Anne’s Quest donated 100 DVDs to be used by patients at cancer treatment facilities to help their minds escape reality for a short while.