Friday, July 25, 2008


About an hour after I posted the latest donation figure a very special, generous donor wrote that he was going to donate another $100 to make it an even $10,000.

When Jon and I started the Fund, our goal was to raise around $2,000. Thank you so much for helping us raise at least five times that amount!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

June Donations and Fund Update

As of last week, the Eve Coleman Memorial Fund has raised $9,900!

I recently spoke to Teresa Pischner, the Breast Care Navigator at Roper St. Francis Cancer Center, who has developed funding criteria to ensure that the Center continues to honor our intent for donations.

"The Eve Coleman Memorial Fund is making it possible for us to help our underfunded breast cancer patients at critical points in their care and we are most grateful for the generosity," says Teresa. She will continue to make sure that the Fund money directly meets the needs of patients and their families.

Teresa gave a few examples of how the money has been spent so far. Please see the entry below, or click here, for those patients' stories.

Jon and I will continue to update the site with donation information and further details on who and how the Fund has helped. We've been very proud to watch the Fund grow as we settle into married life, and will continue to remember my Mom by managing and donating to it for many years to come.

Thank you so much for your support,

Jennifer & Jon

Watermelon Women: Lila and Mary

A married mother of three (her youngest child is a year old), Lila is undergoing a heavy chemotherapy regimen for advanced breast disease. She doesn't have health insurance and couldn't afford the drugs that would ease her discomfort. The Fund allowed the Roper St. Francis Cancer Center to purchase anti-nausea medicine for her.

Mary had breast cancer as a 21-year-old medical student in Charleston. After recovering at home in Kentucky from a double mastectomy, she returned to the Center for breast reconstruction surgery. She and her mother could not afford the hotel stay in between her surgery discharge and follow up visit, so the Center used the Fund to provide three nights' lodging for them at a nearby hotel for a preferred patient rate.

Mary's mother, Gloria, wrote the following note:

"Thank you again for all of the wonderful things you did for my daughter and me. I know that God allowed us to go to Charleston for this surgery for more than one reason. He knew of the wonderful people that would do the work required to give us the comfort we needed during a difficult time. The stay was great at the Marriott. Thanks again for that blessing. It helped more than you will ever know."