Family Grant Program

We come in when the "new normal" sets in. The Runway for Recovery Family Grant Program aims to help reduce the financial and logistical burdens of a cancer diagnosis and bolster families with psychological, social, and financial support. Our goal is to provide a continuum of support and help redefine a family's experience with a breast cancer diagnosis or loss. We are committed to being flexible with families in order to address their specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Family Grant Application

Understand the Impact

Learn about how the Family Grant program provides tangible relief and funding to families affected by breast cancer.

We Need Your Help

The Runway community has been fortunate enough to meet over 850 men, women, and children who have been affected by breast cancer. All the funds, over $3.1M since our founding, goes to wrap-around services for families facing the unimaginable during and after a breast cancer diagnosis.

We want nothing more than to continue changing the lives of those affected by this disease in big ways and small. This is where you come in! Any donation truly helps and we are extremely grateful.

You may donate online by clicking the button below or sending a check to:
Runway for Recovery
29 Water Street, Suite 216
Newburyport, MA 01950

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"Before I head to Boston for my annual bone scan, I want to thank you all, again, for the help with my debt and for giving me so much less daily stress. I’ve actually felt like I could look in the mirror again and fix myself up again. You gave me self esteem to tackle each day and an almost light feeling instead of so heavy. I’ll never be able to express my gratitude in words because my heart is jumping thanks to all of you. My angels."

 

Family Grant Recipient

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Ben Wisnewski

Ben is one of our first family grant recipients. Of the many “buckets” of funding that we gave to him and his two small children, the payments to his daughter’s day care and the tutoring for his Kindergartener were the two most important ways we allowed him space to grieve the passing of his wife and off-set his monthly bills.

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Athena

After her mother passed away in March of 2020, Athena was adopted by her grandparents. With this adoption, Athena had to move away from Boston and thus, she lost the ability to attend her school through the Metco program. Further, she fell behind in her studies because of the immense grief she took on that spring. Through our funding, she received daily tutoring to allow her to not only catch-up but excel in her academics. And she now receives tuition payments towards a school that is close by her new home.

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Fiona

While breast cancer primarily impacts women, we know that men can also be diagnosed with male breast cancer. Runway chooses our language intentionally, as we want to fund any family that has a guardian pass away from the disease. And so it was our honor to be able to fund and support Fiona whose father passed away from breast cancer when she was a teenager. In her early 20s, she applied for funding, and we loved funding groceries, car insurance payments, and student loan payments so that this special young woman could start her first job after college with our financial support — most likely in areas of her life that her Dad would have helped to support.

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Natalina

While this mother was focused on her treatment, we wanted to ensure that her three-year-old, Leo, was safe, loved, and cared for. For nine months, we used her funding to cover the cost of a day care, groceries, and gas. For many patients who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, it is nearly impossible to continue to work, and this is where Runway can come in and support them and help cover bills so that they can focus on more important things.

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Erica

This young woman applied for funding for her and her brother. They were living with their grandmother after the passing of their mother, and they recognized the added costs that their grandmother was taking on. Erica wanted to be able to come home from college and see her brother, and so we covered gas cards, groceries, clothing, and extracurricular activities for both kiddos.

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