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About Our Organization

CSF is a non-profit IRS 501(C) (3) corporation chartered by the State of Connecticut whose mission is to financially assist cancer patients and their families and fund cancer research.

CSF has been operating for 30 years under the guidance of Jane G. Ellis, the Executive Director. CSF is overseen by a 15-member, volunteer Board of Directors and a 10-member, volunteer Advisory Board of Directors.

John Ellis, a former catcher for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and Texas Rangers, established CSF in 1987. John’s life was touched by cancer in several ways: He lost a sister, a brother, and a sister-in-law to cancer, all before they reached the age of 40. Then, John himself was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, also prior to the age of 40. Fortunately John survived and CSF was born.

Since its inception, CSF has provided financial assistance to Connecticut families stricken with cancer, for rent, mortgage, utilities, car payments, medical co-pays, food, medications, gasoline and transportation to and from hospital/treatment centers. This financial assistance program is called the CSF Cancer Patient Assistance Program. The majority of Connecticut families requesting assistance are referred to CSF by oncology social workers from Connecticut hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and hospices, where applicants are thoroughly screened for program eligibility by healthcare professionals.

Our goal is to continue assisting as many Connecticut cancer patients as possible, and never have to turn any one away.

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