Sails Up 4 Cancer’s Spinnaker Fund has been specifically tailored to individuals and families who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the loss of income due to their struggles with cancer. Sails Up realizes that the last thing a cancer patient needs is additional stress as a result of this predicament. There are not many places to turn for assistance and Sails Up, with assistance from sponsors, donors and grants, is proud to help fill this void.
In 2017, Sails Up was able to provide much-needed financial assistance to 48 families with grants ranging from $500 - $2000. As of October 2018, Su4C has helped 44 families and are well on the way to exceeding the 2017 disbursements.
Bob Davis, founder and CEO of SU4C, is a two-time cancer survivor, and can empathize with the struggles associated with cancer and the terrible stress associated with loss of income. Close your eyes, if you will, and imagine the fear of being diagnosed with cancer - how - or if you will survive, and who will provide for your family. And each and every night, as you place your head on the pillow, the horror of the treatments and the potential outcome numbs every cell in your body. Now, imagine you can’t pay for your medicine, or your mortgage, rent, transportation, utilities, and food. Yes, food. Some Spinnaker Fund requests are from patients who have problems putting food on their table or in their pantry. In addition to the struggle of the cancer diagnosis, now patients are thrown into financial pain and in addition to their disease.
Now, if you will, open your eyes and imagine receiving a check from Sails Up 4 Cancer. Not a check large enough to cure your cancer or pay off your mortgage or satisfy all your bills. But maybe just enough to alleviate some financial stress - maybe just enough to know there is an organization that identifies with your issues and is here to help. Some people feel forgotten, helpless and lose all hope. Sails Up 4 Cancer is here and cares deeply. The evidence of this is in the testimonials and thank you letters we receive from the patients. They are grateful, emotional, and surprised that when all hope seems lost, a small, grass-roots organization is here to help.