Kittie’s Warriors Foundation Grant Program
Each year, the Foundation intends to make financial grants available to cancer patients who are currently undergoing treatment and who demonstrate a financial need. Cancer patients are considered by the Foundation and grants are awarded based their eligibility and need. To be considered for grant, a licensed social worker representing the patient must complete and submit an application which is reviewed in detail by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
GRANT #9 | KATRENA | BREAST CANCER WARRIOR
October 1, 2019 – This grant was not only special due to the fact that it was our ninth grant in just under a year, but we were able to give it on what would have been Kittie’s 69th birthday. As many of you know, KWF exists in the memory of Kittie and the fact that we were able to award a grant on her birthday was very special for all of us.
An application was submitted to KWF back in August for Katrena, a single mother of four children, three of them are triplets who were all diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Katrena was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and has already had surgery. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy with the possibility of more surgeries due to healing complications from her initial one.
Katrena is a school physical therapist, and if what she’s been going through isn’t hard enough, she is now on short term medical leave due to a broken hand that she suffered after she was knocked over in a crowded place. Being a physical therapist, Katrena is not able to perform her normal duties and is off until the beginning of November. Given the circumstances, she is having difficulty keeping up with the daily bills and medical bills for her and her children.
With the help of all of our wonderful donors and sponsors, we were able to lift a small burden from the life of Katrena and her family. Katrena is an amazing inspiration and we wish her and her family all the best now and in the future.
GRANT #8 | TINLEE | ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA WARRIOR
(SPECIAL SPONSORS: PLEASANT TEMPS HEATING & COOLING | DRIP DROP PLUMBING)
August 21, 2019 – With the help of the wonderful employees at Mr. Davids Flooring International, the Kittie’s Warriors Foundation was able to raise funds for a special grant for a three year old girl named Tinlee. In February, Tinlee was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has since had multiple blood transfusions, platelet transfusions and surgeries and is currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy infusions along with taking daily oral chemotherapy medication. Tinlee has responded well to her treatment, but has been unable to be a kid and cannot go out to public places or to school due to her compromised immune system. Tinlee will continue with her treatment until April of 2021.
Tinlee’s family reached out to Kittie’s Warriors because they were looking for assistance in bettering their environment at home since Tinlee will be spending so much time there. Along with a juicer to help with Tinlee’s nutrition, they wanted to purchase and install an air purification system and water purification system, but did not have the funds to do so. Kittie’s Warriors reached out to Matt at Pleasant Temps Heating & Cooling in Yorkville, IL for the air purification system install and Ron and Joe at Drip Drop Plumbing in Addison, IL for the water purification system install. Both of them generously offered their time to install the systems that were purchased for Tinlee’s family, driving outside of their normal service area to help. They were very professional, courteous and took extra care in making sure they kept Tinlee’s environment clean and safe while they performed their installs.
We wish Tinlee and her family all the best now and in the future and we thank each and every one of you for your continued support in our mission to help change tomorrow for these wonderful people that we are able to meet and help.
KWF GRANT RECIPIENT #7 | ANGELA | BREAST CANCER WARRIOR
(SPONSORED BY POLLYANNA BREWING COMPANY)
August 15, 2019 - With the help of our sponsors and donors Kittie's Warriors was able to present a financial grant to Angela S. at the NMH Cancer Center in Warrenville, IL.
Angela was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer in May of 2018, just one week after being laid off from her job.
Since her diagnosis, Angela has gone through surgery, chemo and radiation, leaving her and her family with medical bills they just couldn't seem to catch up on. Kittie's Warriors was happy to be able to help Angela and her family by awarding them with a grant to help alleviate this burden.
We wish Angela and her family all the best now and in the future and we thank each and every one of you for your continued support in our mission to help change tomorrow for these wonderful people that we are able to meet and help.
KWF Grant Recipient #6 | Tracey | invasive squamous cell carcinoma Warrior
(SPONSORED BY pollyanna brewing company)
June 25, 2019 - KWF was able to meet Tracey. Tracey is a husband and father of three who is currently battling Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Ethmoid Sinus and is also the sixth KWF grant recipient.
KWF was honored to be able to assist Tracey and his family by awarding a financial grant to help him with day-to-day bills so he can focus on his family and his treatment. Tracey is unable to work due to his treatment and his wife had to stop working to care for him and their three children.
Tracey and his family are very thankful for the grant that we were able to provide and we thank all of you who have helped us make this grant for Tracey possible.
KWF Grant Recipient #5 | agampreet | breast Cancer Warrior
(SPONSORED BY BOSCH TOOL CORPORATION)
April 23, 2019 - KWF was provided with a unique opportunity when it came to awarding it’s fifth grant. Bosch Tool Corporation graciously sponsored KWF and their mission to award Agampreet with much needed financial assistance.
Agampreet is a single mother of two boys, ages sixteen and eighteen, who has been unable to work due to the side effects of her treatment. Agampreet is leaning on her two sons, her friends and neighbors for support during this difficult time. Her sons have been helping her with the grocery shopping and taking her to her appointments and treatments. Agampreet is a very positive and strong woman and was very thankful for the assistance.
KWF and Bosch were honored to be able to provide Agampreet with a grant to help with her daily expenses. We thank Bosch for supporting our cause and allowing us to present Agampreet with this grant.
KWF Grant Recipient #4 | Heather | Colorectal Cancer Warrior
April 2, 2019 - KWF was able to meet Heather. Heather is a wife, mother, colorectal cancer warrior and the fourth KWF grant recipient.
KWF was honored to be able to assist Heather by awarding a financial grant to help her with day-to-day bills so she can focus on her family and her treatment.
Heather is a very upbeat and positive woman and expressed the desire to help others once she is done with her treatment, wanting to turn a negative situation into something positive.
She is very thankful for the grant that we were able to provide her and we thank all of you for allowing us to present Heather with this grant.
KWF Grant Recipient #3 | Kimberlee | Breast Cancer Warrior
April 1, 2019 - KWF was able to meet Kimberlee, the Foundations third grant recipient. Kimberlee is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer at NMH in Warrenville, IL. Kimberlee’s social worker nominated her for a grant from KWF, knowing she was in need of financial assistance and was a candidate.
KWF was able to provide Kimberlee with a grant to help pay her day-to-day bills so she can focus on her treatment.
We enjoyed meeting Kimberlee and she is very appreciative for the grant that was made possible by our supporters.
KWF Grant RECIPIENT #2 | DAVID | PROSTATE CANCER WARRIOR
March 26, 2019 - KWF was able to meet David. David is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer at NMH in Warrenville, IL. Knowing his need, David’s social worker nominated him for a grant from KWF.
David had a specific request, asking for gas gift cards to help him travel to and from his future appointments and treatments. We were happy to provide this grant to help get him where he needs to be.
We enjoyed talking to David and listening to his story. David is a person who enjoys giving back to others when he is able to do so and is very appreciative for the grant that was made possible by our supporters.
KWF Grant RECIPIENT #1 | ANDREA | BREAST CANCER WARRIOR
November 13, 2018 was a very special day for Kittie’s Warriors. It marked a new milestone as we got to meet Andrea. Andrea is a wife, mother, breast cancer warrior and also the very first KW Program grant recipient.
Cancer is unexpected and brings with it many challenges. Not only physically and emotionally, but also financially. For Andrea, this grant came at the perfect time. Not only did it help with her families day-to-day bills, but she also found out that her car was in need of critical repairs so she could travel to her appointments and treatments.