Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund

In partnership with the Gruner Family, the Benedictine Health Foundation established the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund in 2004 to aid in the treatment, care, and support of cancer patients in need.

To qualify for assistance the following criteria applies:

Patients must be in current treatment for a cancer diagnosis and have an annual household income of less than $55,000 for family or $35,000 for single.

Residents of Ulster County (regardless of the medical facility where they currently receive treatment), and also residents of neighboring Mid-Hudson Valley Counties (receiving treatment within Ulster County) are eligible to apply.

Once qualified, gift cards to Hannaford Supermarkets to purchase nutritious food and/or fuel cards to Stewart’s Shops to help cover the cost of transportation to treatment are provided. $500 per calendar year is available to each patient.

Please contact Bernadette Rexford at the Benedictine Health Foundation at (845) 481-1303 to receive an application or download the application here:

Download the Application

Support Local Cancer Patients

Your generous donation means the world to a patient diagnosed with cancer and their family. It allows them to focus on their physical and emotional well-being while receiving arduous treatments.

You help provide patients with a healthy meal. For some recipients, it is the first time they can afford to shop for and select nutritional food they love; an experience many of us take for granted each day.

You help cover the cost of transportation so patients can access cancer treatment; this can be a round trip distance of over 100 miles a day for patients living in rural areas.

Your gift enables patients diagnosed with cancer to focus on their health, getting stronger, and healing.

Your donation stays in our local, Mid-Hudson Valley Community. We thank each and every one of you for allowing us the privilege to help your neighbors, family, and friends through this difficult journey.


“The Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund helps many of my patients make it through the first two years of cancer treatment.  Because of time lost from work and high out of pocket expenses for health care, patients need financial support during treatment.  Without this fund, our patients might not go through with radiation and other treatments that allow them to live healthy cancer free lives!”
-Dr. Zoe Weinstein

A helping hand for cancer patients and their families