OUR NEW PARTNERSHIP
The Wishing Kids Foundation is proud to announce that we have partnered with The Episcopal Actors' Guild and have donated $10,000 towards helping performers and their families suffering from life-altering illness, terminal or otherwise. Through this partnership we will continue to pay it forward and help ease the inevitable financial hardships accompanied with such struggles. We offer small grants capping at $1000 per grant. Below you will see just how much your donations are making a difference with a detailed summary of how each grant is being used. *In order to protect the anonymity of our honorees, all grant recipients thru EPAG will be listed anonymously.*
August 2018: $750 (1 grant):
Recipient is an opera singer who was given a $750 grant for medical expenses related to her breast cancer treatment.
February 2018: $1916.76 (2 grants):
Recipient is an actress who was given 2 rent grants, totaling $1916.76 while she underwent treatment for colorectal cancer.
July 2017: $1000 (2 grants):
Recipient is a 31 year old actress and writer who was diagnosed as BRCA positive. She has had several family members pass away from breast cancer so she made the decision to undergo a double mastectomy. While she was recovering we helped with $250 towards her health insurance premium and $750 towards rent.
June 2017: $750 (1 grant):
Recipient is a 25 year old musical theatre actress who is the girlfriend of a previous recipient. She became his primary caregiver during his treatment and we were able to support her while she supported him. We helped with $750 in June for rent.
March & June 2017: $750 + $750 (2 grants):
Recipient is a 50 year old actress, singer, and filmmaker undergoing treatment for breast cancer. We helped her with a $750 grant towards rent in March and a $750 grant towards rent in June.
March & April 2017: $750 + $953.34 (2 grants):
Recipient is a 53 year old actress undergoing treatment for endometrial cancer. We helped her with two months of health insurance premiums so she continues to get excellent care.
February & June 2017: $1000 + $1000 (2 grants):
Recipient is a 31 year old actor and stuntman undergoing treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation) for stage 3 rectal cancer. We helped with $1000 towards his surgery bills and $1000 toward his rent in June.
February 2017: $750 (1 grant):
Recipient is a 60 year old actress, dancer, and choreographer who is recovering from breast cancer (double mastectomy, chemo, and radiation). We gifted $750 for medical bills.
January 2017: $693.94 (1 grant):
Recipient is a 60 year old actress that had to undergo several surgeries to remove questionable cells detected during a mammogram. We gifted a grant for $693.94 to pay her outstanding medical bills in full.
December 2016: $750 (1 grant):
Recipient is a 57 year old actor that has become the primary caretaker of his partner who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. We helped with a grant for $750 towards their mortgage.
June 2016: $750 (1 grant):
Recipient is a 40 year old musical theatre actress who is undergoing treatment for colon cancer. We gifted a grant of $750 to help with the out-of-pocket chemotherapy costs, which are estimated to total $5000. We also helped her receive assistance through other charities.
July 2015: $750 (1 grant):
Recipient is a 30 year-old actor and singer who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer (mastectomy and reconstructive surgery). We gifted her a grant of $750 to help pay her mortgage while she is out of work
March 2015: $642.04 (3 grants):
Recipient is a 52 year old film and television actor recently diagnosed with cancer of an unspecified origin. He went through two weeks of radiation and then started chemotherapy. His family is behind on all of their bills. We gifted a grant to pay four utility bills, helping to bring them current: ATT ($125.18), Time Warner Cable ($127.32), Central Hudson G & E ($230.28), and Kimlin Propane ($159.26).
December 2014: $735.68 (2 grants):
Recipient is a 40 year old opera singer whose wife passed away from metastatic breast cancer in July 2014. Since her diagnosis in 2012, she was unable to work and he was very limited because he was caring for their son, now 4 years old. They are still struggling to make ends meet. We granted $104.30 to pay his cell phone bill and $631.38 for a maintenance payment on his apartment.
November 2014: $525 (2 grants):
Recipient is a 36 year old actor and singer whose finances are strained because the mother of his partner’s children is suffering from cancer. The two teenage boys have recently moved in with them. Because they are struggling to put food on the table and pay utilities, we gifted 2 grants to help pay their bills; $225 for Con Edison, and $300 for Sprint.
October 2014: $750 (1 grant):
Recipient is an actress who is suffering from breast and uterine cancer. The uterine cancer is particularly aggressive. She had a lumpectomy and a hysterectomy at the end of the Summer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. This $750 grant has gone towards paying her rent.
OUR FIRST GRANT!
The Wishing Kids Foundation is ecstatic to announce that we have given our very first grant! Thanks to the money that was raised from our inaugural benefit at Birdland, In Full Bloom, & our 'Angel Investor' Elaine Berger, we were able to gift our first $1,000! It feels GREAT and we can't wait to continue to PAY IT FORWARD!
**We have since learned that Peter lost his battle with cancer and is no longer with us. On behalf of The Wishing Kids Foundation we send our love & support to the friends and family of Peter Oaks. May he rest in peace!**
Peter Oakes - Loomis, CA -
In July, Peter Oakes, 51, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, a type of skin cancer than can also affect internal areas of the body. Since then, he has completed two rounds of aggressive chemotherapy and will undergo 10 weeks of radiation. Since completing chemotherapy, Oakes said he is 99 percent symptom-free and he has an 85 percent chance of full recovery. Oakes said he feels good about his future. On Sunday, September 30th a benefit concert was held in Peter's honor and we were able to be there to present him with a $1,000 check to support the cause and continue to raise money to help find a cure! Footage of the event will be up soon. http://theloomisnews.com/detail/219513.html