Who We're Supporting in 2020
Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation was established in 2004, in loving memory of Gloria Gemma, a wife and mother of nine who lost her courageous fight in 2002. This devout woman instilled in her children strong family values and the importance of helping others in need.
What started out as a one-stop shop website full of resources and information, grew into an organization that provides over twenty holistic programs designed to heal mind, body and spirit.
In 2008, the Foundation opened its Resource and Wellness Center, and Gloria’s eldest daughter, Maria Gemma-Corcelli was named the executive director. Through the tireless efforts of Maria and her dedicated staff, the Foundation has developed and implemented numerous free, holistic programs and services for people living with cancer.
Golden Opportunities for Independence
Golden Opportunities for Independence is a non-profit organization that breeds, raises, and trains service dogs that are given to disabled members of the community. Based in Walpole, MA, GOFI was founded in 2014 by Pauline Hoegler and a team of volunteers. Their mission is to empower people with a disability to live a more fulfilling life with the love and assistance of a dog. In addition, GOFI works with surrounding towns to provide Community Resource Dogs that visit schools, nursing homes, disaster areas and several other places to provide therapy and comfort to many people.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of MA
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) was founded in 1982. In FY2019, NAMI Mass impacted 161,459 lives. NAMI Mass offers education, advocacy, and support and improves the quality of life for all those individuals diagnosed with a mental health condition and the families and friends who sustain them. With education programs and support groups, we give hope and help to people with mental illness and their caregivers. We advocate on a local, state, and federal level for legislation that we feel is in the best interest of those who are affected by mental health issues. NAMI Mass works on the community level too through its 17 local chapters throughout the state. We also constantly update our helpline database resources so that we can respond to most questions about mental health in Massachusetts such as housing, employment, treatment, insurance, substance use, and so much more. For COMPASS (our helpline), please call 800.370.9085 or 617.704.6264, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ellie Fund’s mission is to provide essential support services to breast cancer patients to ease the stress of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recovery and healing. A breast cancer diagnosis means physical, emotional and financial stress for the patient and the entire family. For a majority of the women and men served by the Ellie Fund, maintaining a sense of normalcy for themselves and their families is a challenge, particularly when faced with the side effects of treatment and the financial strain associated with cancer.