To All of Our Supporters,

Listed below is an update on some families we have been helping since our last report.

Max was nearing his third birthday when the Foundation was contacted for assistance from his social worker.  The little boy is being treated for LCH, a rare condition that requires chemotherapy and other treatments.  While Max remains generally playful and well during his treatment, his father has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition that requires treatment, also.  Mom has had to care for Max, his six-year-old sister and dad while he receives treatment and is unable to work.  The Foundation has assisted the family with multiple mortgage payments to help the family through this difficult time.

As is often the case, eight-year-old Brooke needed treatment for her brain tumor at several hospitals over an extended period of time.  Mom was eligible for FMLA from her job, but dad was not, causing a financial hardship for the family of five.   During this extended period of treatment, the Foundation covered the family’s mortgage payments.  We’re happy to report that the last communication with Brooke’s parents indicated she is doing well! 

A majority of the bills we pay are for rent or mortgages or other household expenses, but occasionally we get a new and unique request, and we try to meet the challenges the social workers present to us.  Four-year-old Tobi underwent intensive surgery and an extended period of treatment for Wilm’s Tumor.  Tobi and his older brother are cared for by a single mom who worked at home but had to cut her hours by half to care for the two boys.  Mom also doesn’t own a car so getting Tobi to treatments became a real issue for her.  The social worker tried to obtain medical transportation for the family as often as possible but was often unable to do so.  To assist the family during this difficult period, the Foundation helped with rent and secured Uber gift certificates to use for transportation to treatments, when necessary.

Three-year-old Adiel was admitted to the hospital with the suspicion of a brain tumor which was confirmed when the surgery to remove the tumor had been completed.  The growth of the tumor had caused difficulties with the little boy’s sight and mobility and activities of daily living, causing the need for extensive rehabilitation services. While Adiel’s parents both managed to hold onto their jobs during the beginning stages of treatment and rehab for their son, they were both facing lost wages the possibility of loss of jobs.  While the parents looked for long term financial solutions for their family of five, the Foundation assisted them with multiple months of mortgage assistance.

It looks like 2023 is shaping up to be another busy year for the Jeff Musser Foundation.  As of the writing of this update, we’re already assisting thirty-three families, a larger number than we’ve seen in the past from January through March.  Some of the families are new referrals and others are from last year or previous years.  With your continued generosity, we’ll be able to keep up with the increase in referrals for families in need.  We thank you for your continued support!

Most sincerely,    

The Board and Volunteers of the Jeff Musser Foundation