Providing non-medical, financial assistance to adults undergoing cancer treatment in Florida to allow them to focus on fighting cancer.
A cancer diagnosis can change everything. For some, it may mean the added stress of financial hardship. Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation was created to help patients who need financial assistance while undergoing treatment. The Foundation allows those fighting battling cancer to concentrate on recovery rather than their overdue rent, mortgage, electric, or water bill.
Background and History
The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation (FCSF) was established in January 2011 by a group of FCS physicians who personally seeded the fund with a generous gift of $500,000. These dollars were deposited in a corporate donor-advised fund and administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice, FL. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation, at FCS management request, awarded grants and sponsorships to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations with cancer missions, such as American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, and Naples Community Hospital.
Through a merger with Gulf Coast Oncology (GCO) Group of Pinellas County in 2011, Florida Cancer Specialists inherited a 501(c)(3) Foundation established by that practice in 2009. And in February 2012, all accounts were transferred to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.
Foundation operations were moved from St. Anthony’s clinic office in St. Petersburg, Florida to the FCS corporate headquarters in Fort Myers, Florida in May 2012. And by November 2012, organizational facets of the Foundation were in place with the mission of providing non-medical financial assistance and support to qualified cancer patients in the state of Florida.
July 2014 marked the official re-launch of the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation in Sarasota, Florida. The Volunteer Program was initiated and paid staff and volunteers began working together to provide assistance and support to individuals who have cancer.
The Foundation has grown exponentially since its inception and to date, we have awarded over $2.1 million in grants to cancer patients in need.