We were fortunate to have the support from family, friends and the community while Gabriella was fighting DIPG. Having a great support system in the healthcare community is also important and we encourage you to talk to the social worker at the hospital where your child is being treated. They may be able to connect you with foundations or organizations that can also provide grants or assistance to you and your family.
We saw the need for financial assistance as one of the main burdens for our family during the eight months Gabriella was fighting DIPG. For this reason, Gabriella's Smile Foundation was created to provide financial support to families with children fighting pediatric brain cancer and we will be working hard to raise funds with the goal of helping as many families as we can. Parents shouldn't have to worry about bills when they are fighting for their child to survive and beat cancer. We want you to know that we are praying for you but most importantly we want to give you some financial assistance.
Gabriella's Smile Foundation wants to gift your family a $500 grant to help with the financial stress that comes with a DIPG/ Brain Cancer diagnosis. We understand that there are many additional expenses that families incur almost immediately after receiving such devastating diagnosis and we want to help.
You are free to use the money at your discretion for medical expenses, travel expenses, treatments, living expenses, bills, etc..... You can also use it to treat your child to a special day or occasion. Our goal is to bring a SMILE to your family during such difficult circumstances.
Applications may be requested beginning July 1, 2016, for the Fall.