Judy thought she was suffering from bronchitis, but an x-ray revealed cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy depleted what energy she had. Unable to work, Judy’s stress increased, as she delayed paying bills just to have money for food and gas.

Maureen was only a toddler when she was diagnosed with a massive tumor in her leg. Her father had to give up one job, while her mother cared for the other two children. With reduced income, her parents thought they would be forced to live with relatives during Maureen’s treatments.

Harry and Sara live on a fixed income. Following Harry’s surgery after a cancer diagnosis, they struggled to pay medical bills and still have money for groceries and rent. In addition, winter was coming and their furnace wasn’t working properly.

What do these residents of Mount Washington Valley have in common besides their daily struggle with cancer? They—along with over 350 other cancer patients—have received critical financial support from Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation since the organization’s inception in 1998.

What Does Jen’s Friends Do? Jen’s Friends provides supplemental financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients and their families who are uninsured, underinsured, or financially challenged. This support allows them to focus on battling cancer, without worrying about the indirect financial burdens that often arise.

Currently, more than 70 patients and families are receiving critical Jen’s Friends support, such as:

  • Assistance with mortgage, rent and utility bills
  • Grocery cards with local supermarkets to defray grocery bills
  • Payment for childcare during times of treatment
  • Gas cards for travel expenses to regional cancer centers

Where Does Jen’s Friends Get the Money? The majority of funds necessary to help all these families is generated through two annual fundraising events: the September Climb Against Cancer, a hike up the slopes of Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, New Hampshire, and a June golf tournament, also held in North Conway at the North Conway Country Club.