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There are more women with breast cancer in need than Provision Project is able to help. The longer wee’re around, the more applications we receive. Every personal and business donation allows us to help increasing numbers of women.
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools’ sponsorship of October Matching Mondays with donation of $5,000 allowed Provision Project to DOUBLE the funds we have available for women in need. We are so grateful.
Having committed business partners in the communities we serve is a huge blessing to those of us who serve at Provision Project. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools is an amazing, family-focused business that is dedicated to reducing childhood drownings by teaching children to swim through a safe and quality swim program. Their franchises can be found all across North America, Middle East, and Europe, with locations in Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America to come.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the country is turning pink! But EVERY month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Provision Project, where we provide financial relief for women in active treatment for breast cancer. Often that financial help is in the form of utility payments to keep the lights on, rent/mortgage payments to keep a roof over a family’s head, and medical co-pays so the woman can get life-saving treatment in a timely manner.
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools has teamed up with Provision Project, a local Arizona-based non-profit organization to sponsor “Matching Mondays” in October. Every Monday in October, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools will provide a 100% match for all donations to Provision Project up to $1,000. Donors will be glad to know that 93 cents of every dollar donated in 2017 has gone directly to Provision Project applicants.
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools wants to provide a catalytic effect on families in their communities through their support of Provision Project. They know a breast cancer diagnosis can quickly create a financial crisis in a family. Aqua-Tots’ Co-Owner and Founder Ron Sciarro says, “We provide 75,000 swim lessons in our communities every week. The community is taking care of us, and we want to take care of the community.”
Please help Provision Project and DOUBLE your donation by going to www.provisionproject.org on Mondays in October!
ABOUT PROVISION PROJECT
Provision Project wants to help women who face difficult financial decisions as they are actively being treated for breast cancer. We are here to bridge the gap when we can. We are here to give help. We hope you’ll join us. Provision Project is an Arizona-based 503(c)(3) non-profit organization.
ABOUT AQUA-TOTS SWIM SCHOOLS
Since 1991, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools have been committed to the highest quality instruction in the absolute best swim environment. Aqua-Tots is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and their families. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools has multiple locations in the United States and around the world to serve families. Learn more at www.aqua-tots.com.
You’re in Phoenix at the iconic Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. You’re looking out onto the beautiful Adobe course. Wait. WAIT. What is happening? What is THAT in the distance? Are there CARS sitting on the course? LOTS of CARS?
YES! Please save Saturday, September 30, for “Tee Off for Pink,” Provision Project’s golf tournament/fundraiser. This tournament date is the Saturday before the Biltmore will overseed the Adobe Course for winter grass. All 18 tee boxes will be moved in order to make the yardages between 145 and 191 yards, making each hole “hole-in-one possible.” A brand-new car from 18 Valley dealerships will be sitting on each of those tee boxes, allowing players 18 opportunities to shoot a hole-in-one to win a new car!
This unique tournament format is sure to make for a memorable and fun day of golf. We hope to see you there!
by Rashida Willard, Provision Project Executive Director
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thank you for a wonderful year! Thanks to our faithful donors, we have been able to help 33% more women than we did in 2015. We are humbled by the outstanding display of kindness you all have shown our organization.
We at Provision Project are in the business of providing hope. For our applicants, the stress of a new diagnosis while having to simultaneously juggle bills can be overwhelming. We want to provide that small bit of hope that, while things may seem bleak, there is light.
We are committed to helping more women fight this breast cancer battle. Our hope is that they continue to find the light in their journeys. Our hope is that you will continue to stand with us and walk beside us this year. Help Provision Project provide financial relief for women going through breast cancer treatment.
Thank you again for being a part of our team this year.
Word from the Executive Director, Rashida Willard
Merry Christmas to you and yours! ‘Tis the season…
…To reflect… What a year Provision Project has had! We have been busy helping breast cancer patients with their real and urgent financial needs. Some were single mothers just trying to keep the lights on, some were women that had to travel 2-1/2 hours just to get treatment, and others were on the brink of eviction. Provision Project was there.
…To appreciate… Huge thank you to YOU, our donor, supporters and biggest cheerleaders. You made it happen. Matching Mondays, Provide with Five, Giving Tuesdays — YOU answered the call. We would not be able to do what we do without you helping to carry the load. We hope that your support continues for years to come.
…To share… Continue to spread the word about Provision Project and what we are doing for breast cancer patients all over the country. We get so much joy every time we can provide financial relief to women in treatment for breast cancer.
Thank you for an amazing year and we look forward to great things in the future!
Shanna is a dedicated single mom to two beautiful children, Resean and Reana. Shanna works in a medical office and is proud of being able to have a job that provides for her children as well as helps others.
A few months ago, Shanna got the news that changed her world forever. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was stunned. Shanna said, “I’m normally the one that everyone calls when they need help. This is a very different position to be in, having to ask others for help.”
With a growing mountain of medical bills, Shanna got the notice that her electricity would be turned off the next day. She had fallen behind in her payments, and she didn’t know where to turn.
Thanks to Phoenix area business, Valley Sleep Center, that very day Shanna got some help.
Shanna was at her medical office job when a marketing representative from Valley Sleep Center came to her office and gave her a plastic pink cup that included a flyer about their support of an Arizona-based nonprofit called Provision Project whose mission is to provide financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer.
To Shanna, receiving that flyer was a small miracle! After confirming that Shanna was a qualified candidate, Provision Project paid her past due bill and kept the lights on. To some people, paying a utility bill might be a small thing, but to Shanna and her children, it was a small miracle.
Provision Project was started in 2015 by Mesa resident Jan James who is a breast cancer survivor. Through her involvement in a large breast cancer support group, James realized that many women struggle financially during breast cancer treatment, even if they have insurance. In fact, 62% of the country’s bankruptcies are due to medical issues, and in 75% of those bankruptcies, the families had medical insurance. Provision Project provides financial relief for basic necessities like food, shelter, utilities, transportation and medical payments.
Valley Sleep Center partnered with Provision Project because its president, Lauri Leadley, is a breast cancer survivor herself who went through a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Leadley knows what it’s like to be going through cancer treatment and not being able to work. And when the main bread winner in the family is a single mom, it’s especially difficult.
That’s why on December 12, 2016, Valley Sleep Center donated $7,000 to Provision Project. Leadley says, “We are all in this together!”
“Valley Sleep Center’s generosity to Provision Project and the hard work of their staff will help many women going through breast cancer,” said Jan James, founder of the non-profit organization. “We want those women to focus on fighting the disease, not their creditors. We don’t want them to worry about paying for the basic necessities of life when their paycheck won’t stretch enough …. Provision Project is there to bridge the gap.”
For more information on the work that Valley Sleep Center does, please go to their website at www.valleysleepcenter.com.
#GivingUtilities on #GivingTuesday – November 29, 2016
Shanna is a dedicated single mom to two beautiful kids, Resean and Reana. She loves helping people through her job as a healthcare worker. She’s proud of being able to have a job that provides for her children and helps people with their medical needs.
A few months ago, Shanna got the news that changed her world forever. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. At 40 years old and being the head of a single-income household, Shanna moved from helping others to needing help herself. “I’m normally the one that everyone calls when they need help. This is a very different position to be in, having to ask for help,” Shanna said.
With a growing mountain of medical bills, Shanna got the notice that her electricity would be turned off the next day. She had fallen behind in her payments, and she didn’t know where to turn for help.
That very day, a representative from Provision Project’s supporter, Valley Sleep Center, came to her office to deliver a plastic pink cup that included a flyer about Provision Project from VSC’s owner and breast cancer survivor, Lauri Leadley. Just as Shanna was worrying about how to pay her utility bill, a solution appeared! After confirming that Shanna was a qualified candidate, Provision Project paid her past due bill and kept the lights on.
This #GivingTuesday, help women like Shanna keep the lights on for their families through #GivingUtilities. Provision Project pays more utility bills than anything else, averaging $156. Thank you for your help!
More About Shanna’s Family
When Provision Project spoke with Shanna, she was overflowing with praise for children. Her 17-year-old son, Resean, is an avid football player, a good student, and holds down a weekend job. Her 12-year-old daughter, Reana, is a straight-A student who has been a tremendous help since Shanna’s breast cancer diagnosis. Reana begged Shanna to stay overnight with her during her hospital stay, logs the output of Shanna’s drains, and faithfully keeps the ice water pitcher filled. While Reana’s “plans” are to become a lawyer, we wonder if she’s not going to move into the healthcare field.
With no family history of breast cancer, 42-year-old Heather, loving wife, mother of two little girls, Lyvea, 5, and Mylah, 3, and a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines, made a discovery that would change her life and the life of her family.
She had a normal mammogram just four months before the fateful day when she felt a pulling in her arm. While rubbing that area, she felt a marble sized lump in her left breast. “I was thinking, no way it was serious, (more…)
by Jan James, Founder
Provision Project is a different kind of breast cancer non-profit organization. You don’t see much pink on our website. Some. But not much.
And that’s on purpose. Throughout the years, the pink ribbon of breast cancer has become a synonymous symbol of breast cancer. In October, the country turns pink. Commerce turns pink. Even the NFL turns pink.
We’re very grateful that there is so much awareness of breast cancer in the United States, and that awareness has undoubtedly saved thousands of lives because women are reminded to do self-exams and mammograms.
The leadership team at Provision Project has intimate knowledge of breast cancer. All of our board members either have had breast cancer or have had a loved one fight it. Most of us are part of a large online breast cancer support group that I founded in 2012 where we learned firsthand that many of our sisters are fighting another battle on top of breast cancer. It’s a financial battle.
It started innocently enough. One of the gals in our support group asked us to pray for her. She needed to decide whether to pay her co-pay for chemo the next day OR to pay her electric bill, which was overdue and about to be disconnected. Thankfully, some of the women in our group rallied around her and found the funds to make both things happen.
But that wasn’t the only situation we heard about. We painfully learned that women with stage 4 breast cancer never stop treatment … if one treatment stops working, they start a different protocol. How can a family be expected to keep up with the deductibles, co-pays and their regular bills for the rest of their lives? Especially when one of the family’s breadwinners is fighting for her life and either has to cut back on work hours or can’t work?
We all became aware that financial devastation is often a side effect of breast cancer treatment that no one talks about. And that’s not right.
My best friend and co-leader for the breast cancer support group, Renee Miki, quietly started to sell off her possessions so she could send money to women who were suffering financially. No one but her husband, Jacob, and I knew that she was doing it. Renee and I often talked about why there were no non-profits that helped women financially while they were in treatment. Almost all the breast cancer non-profits we knew about were raising money for “the cure.” Or “awareness.”
Renee changed her address to Heaven in November 2014, leaving Jacob and her two young daughters behind. Jacob challenged me to start a non-profit in Renee’s honor, and Provision Project was born in February 2015.
Why call it “Provision Project”? Because we’re providing for the most basic of necessities. That’s it. Every human being deserves to have food, clothing and shelter. But the breast cancer fighter also needs deductible payments, co-pays, prescriptions, gas to get to treatment and other basic needs. Often there just isn’t enough money to make all of those “basics” happen.
Jacob is a graphic designer, and it only seemed right that he would design the logo for Provision Project. We didn’t give him any ideas about what to create, but when he came back to us with the current logo, we knew it was The One.
Why a dandelion? Jacob says, “My idea behind the dandelion is that its head is made up of several seeds that work together for the purpose of multiplying and creating more dandelions. The dandelion seeds sprout new growth and create more dandelions. Our hope is that the seeds that each donation represents will not only be disbursed to give financial relief and hope, but also inspire others to donate and support the cause as well. The more donations we can disburse, the more women we can help.”
We loved Jacob’s idea, and we also loved the idea of having a “not pink on purpose” logo. Our logo is the colors of life. We are helping women live with cancer.
Remember being a child and picking a dandelion that had gone to seed? What would you do? You’d blow it into the wind and make a wish. Provision Project likes to think of those seeds as seeds of hope. The women we serve need hope. They need financial relief. They need to know that someone cares about them and their fight and will help them get through it. They need Provision Project.