W hen we are diagnosed with cancer, EVERYTHING changes. The majority of us experience sadness, anxiety, anger, or even hopelessness. In addition to worrying about our own mortality, we are overwhelmed by the thought of creating a sense of normalcy for our children, family, friends, and significant others. However, no matter what, time stops for no one, and life goes on during cancer treatment and the healing process. The bills still have to be paid, kids still have to get to school, and choosing a fun, affordable summer camp becomes even more critical.

SisterHermana VolunteersThe SisterHermana Foundation recognizes there is no one size fits all strategy in caring for those in cancer treatment. Cancer is not contagious, but it grips the lives of every person in the household. SisterHermana exists to provide relief. We serve our clients by empowering them to tell us their individual needs. Because we focus on cancer treatment's personal side, these needs include everything from living expenses such as food, gas, and utilities to high school graduation fees, prom essentials, holiday gifts, and minor home repair.

With the assistance of the community and corporate collaborations, as known as ICare 365 Partners, we deliver a system of care specifically tailored to meet their request and reduce emotional and financial stress. The journey on the road to recovery is extensive and expensive. Even with health insurance, most families are not prepared for the out-of-pocket expenses of copayments and prescription costs. Can you imagine the financial burden of cancer on a household whose budget is already at its maximum; or lives at or below the poverty level?

An everyday activity we take for granted is taxing for someone with cancer. Actions as simple as donating a meal to a family gives rest to a mom suffering from side effects of chemotherapy. An oil change can be the difference in a grandfather traveling to treatments. A haircut or fresh ponytails prevents a child from going to school feeling self-conscience about his/her appearance.

By becoming an I Care 365 Partner, your acts of generosity and kindness can play a significant role in reducing financial and emotional stress for someone fighting for their lives.

Program Services include:

Horace N. Glover School Scholarship

The Horace N. Glover School Scholarship covers the cost of mandatory graduation fees and activities for high school seniors with a parent in active cancer treatment. This scholarship includes cap and gown fees, yearbook cost, prom ticket and attire, senior trip, and other associated expenses.

Meals that Heal

Meals that Heal provides customized Thanksgiving baskets to families with an adult in active cancer treatment. Baskets or already prepared meals are delivered by a sponsor, a SisterHermana volunteer on behalf of a sponsor, or Instacart, just in time to enjoy a family holiday meal.

Santa's Helper – Adopt A Family

Removes the burden and expense of Christmas by purchasing gifts from the Wishlist of children ages 0-15, with priority given to those whose parents are in palliative or hospice care.

Generation Healthy

Generation Healthy is a program designed to inspire and empower families through fitness to build self-discipline while developing healthy habits to aid in cancer prevention.

Based on ancient Kung Fu principles, this program offers both patients and their loved ones an avenue of expression. By focusing on self-awareness, body conditioning, and flexibility coordination Generation Healthy instills patience, endurance, and a willingness to learn and achieve into all our members.

This program helps youth overcome challenges at home and in school by teaching them how to channel their emotions toward a positive aim — helping them cope with the experience of having a loved one dealing with cancer while remaining focused and positive while at school. Our Generation Healthy curriculum includes coping techniques to reduce daily stress, workshops with practical lessons for utilizing a balanced diet to decrease the risk of chronic disease, keeping food safe to eat, reading labels, and plant-based education.

Deck the Paws Pet Supply Drive

Pets are family members too. Deck the Paws removes the burden and expense of purchasing pet food, treats, and supplies for our four-legged friends for three months. .