In March, we celebrated having raised and distributed TWO MILLION DOLLARS to 2,000 local cancer patients who were unable to pay for rent, utilities, groceries, gas and more while undergoing treatment.
In spite of the difficult times we all currently face, this is a year of heartwarming milestones for the Bob Perks Fund. In March, we celebrated having raised and distributed TWO MILLION DOLLARS to 2,000 local cancer patients who were unable to pay for rent, utilities, groceries, gas and more while undergoing treatment. Every one of those donated dollars was given to help ensure that our neighbors battling cancer worry less about the burden of unpaid bills and focus their energy on their health and recovery. This simple mission has been at the heart of the Bob Perks Fund’s efforts since our founding in 2006, the year after Bob died at age 42, following his courageous battle with melanoma.
We are also very thankful to celebrate another milestone – having received more than $500,000 from our Strategic Partner, the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs Cancer of Penn State program (CvC). Bob Perks was a founding member of CvC, and, after his passing, the American Cancer Society made a unique commitment to allocate a portion of CvC funds raised to the Bob Perks Fund to support local cancer patients. While CvC is celebrating its 25th year, the Bob Perks Fund celebrates 15 years of outstanding leadership from CvC and their dedicated band of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure success for both the American Cancer Society and the Bob Perks Fund. Annually, up to 25% of the total dollars raised through CvC events is passed on to the Bob Perks Fund by the American Cancer Society.
The Bob Perks Fund is also generously supported by Strategic Partners: Johnson Subaru of DuBois, Mount Nittany Health, Sheetz, Inc., Huntingdon County United Way, UPMC Altoona, and Special Events Partners: America’s Carpet Outlet, BB&T, Joel Confer Toyota/BMW, Jake Corman, First Citizens Bank, Grane Hospice, Kish Bank, McQuaide Blasko, Stocker Chevrolet & Subaru and UPMC Altoona. In addition, the Bob Perks Fund receives donations from local foundations, individuals and families and proceeds from events held in Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon Counties. The generosity of our sponsors and donors made it possible for the Bob Perks Fund to distribute over $236,000 in 2019 to pay bills for the basic necessities of local cancer patients.
Cancer touches everyone’s life in some way. Help a neighbor facing the burden of life-threatening cancer by donating to the Bob Perks Fund at our website, bobperksfund.org, on Facebook, or at P.O. Box 313, State College, PA 16804.