Dyson Foudation Awards $50,000 Grant to Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund

Dyson Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund

Kingston, N.Y. – Mar. 9, 2012 – The Dyson Foundation recently awarded a grant of $50,000 to the Benedictine Health Foundation for the benefit of the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund at Benedictine Hospital.

Working in partnership with the Gruner Family and the Thomas A. Dee Cancer Center at Benedictine Hospital, the Benedictine Health Foundation established this fund in 2004 to provide for individuals who are facing financial challenges while receiving cancer treatment. The Fund provides assistance for the purchase of products and services not covered by medical insurance, primarily for gift cards to purchase nutritious food and gas cards so that patients may access treatment. Residents of Ulster County (regardless of where they receive treatment) and neighboring Hudson Valley Counties (receiving treatment from a facility within Ulster County) are eligible to apply.

Barbara Klassen, the Executive Director of the Benedictine Health Foundation, said the goal of the Fund is to provide financial assistance to every eligible patient that applies. “We are very fortunate to have the ability to offer this form of financial assistance to patients while in cancer
treatment,” Ms. Klassen said. “Because of the Gruner family’s efforts and the overwhelming generosity of our community, over 890 patients and their families have benefited from this Fund. This generous grant from The Dyson Foundation will help us to continue in our mission.”

The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed grant making foundation established in 1957. The Foundation is led by Robert R. Dyson who has served as the Foundation’s President since 2000. Headquartered in Millbrook, (Dutchess County) N.Y., the Foundation awards grants through a diverse regional funding program in the Dyson family’s home community of the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The Dyson Foundation also makes grants outside the Hudson Valley to pre-selected organizations. The Foundation’s assets presently stand at approximately $240,000,000 and in the year 2011 it awarded
grants in excess of $19,500,000.

For further information on the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund, contact the Oncology Support Program at Benedictine Hospital, (845) 339-2071, or the Benedictine Health Foundation at (845) 334-3017. The Benedictine Health Foundation supports the quality healthcare programs, services, and facilities of Benedictine Hospital, a member of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley.

Kingston “Bike for Cancer Care” Raised Over $100,000
Kingston, N.Y. – Oct. 27, 2011 – Over 400 riders turned out to show their support of the 8th Annual Bike for Cancer Care held on Sunday, September 18, 2011, to benefit the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund. The event was held at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, and featured a Bike Rodeo for children, a family ride throughout historic uptown Kingston, and 25- and 50-mile rides throughout Ulster County. At the end of the day, riders and volunteers celebrated the success of raising just over $100,000 at a finish line BBQ and awards ceremony.

Dan Gruner, the event chair, said his family started the fund to help patients and their families in need. “My family founded the ride in memory of our mom after we lost her to cancer,” Gruner said. “We learned that there are so many people in our community who are fighting cancer alone, or when diagnosed, struggle with financial difficulties. Our mom would have wanted to help these people.”

Working in partnership with the Gruner Family and the Cancer Center at Benedictine Hospital, a member of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, the Benedictine Health Foundation established the fund in 2004 to aid in the treatment, care, and support of cancer patients in financial need. The Fund provides financial assistance to eligible cancer patients who are residents of Ulster County regardless of the facility where they receive
treatment, and for residents of neighboring Hudson Valley Counties who are receiving cancer treatment within Ulster County. Since the Fund was established in 2004, the fund has assisted over 725 patients by providing gift cards to purchase groceries and gas, and cancer treatment products including prostheses, wigs, and nutritional products.

The Gruner Family and the Benedictine Health Foundation would like to extend special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors: River Radiology, Cumulus Media, Murphy Healthcare Corporation, and Hannaford Supermarkets; Gold Sponsors: Affiliated Pathology Services, Anita Williams Peck, Rondout Savings Bank,
Stewart’s Shops, Timely Signs of Kingston, and Ulster Savings Bank; Silver Sponsors: Ozzie and Kathy Beichert, Colonial Roofing & Siding, Gillette Creamery, MVP Healthcare, Ryan and Ryan Insurance Brokers, Inc. & Erie Insurance Group, Rhinebeck Savings Bank, The Valley Group, Elizabeth Tapen, MD, and New York Communications Company, Inc, and Woodcrest Communities.

A helping hand for cancer patients and their families