You can give now to help children like Austin, whose family has directly benefited from the Be The Match Patient Assistance Program. When Austin was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, his mother, Nikki, had to quit her job to care for him. She soon discovered that the bills don’t stop just because your child is sick. Prescription drug copays, the travel costs to and from the transplant center, and the long hospital stays quickly added up to thousands of dollars each month. By the time Austin was finally well enough to go home after his transplant day in May 2014, he had spent more than 500 days in the hospital.
The Camiolo’s Were Inspired to Help
In 1994, John and Caryn Camiolo watched a news story about Baseball Hall of Fame legend Rod Carew; his daughter’s cancer journey and their desperate struggle to find her a matching marrow donor. Parents themselves, the Camiolo’s empathized with Rod’s plea and knew they wanted to get involved.
Soon after, John and Caryn started hosting marrow drives to encourage people to join the registry. “We encountered numerous patient families struggling with transplant-related expenses including travel, housing, deductibles and copayments. These costs were debilitating for many families. We felt called to help.”
They established the John and Caryn Camiolo Patient Assistance Endowment Fund to help ensure that patients experiencing financial strain could afford the marrow transplant and post-transplant care they needed.
“A parent, spouse or child falling seriously ill puts a terrible strain on even the most stable families. It means so much to us to help these families, many of whom travel across the country for even the slimmest chance of receiving help. No family should be distracted by finances when they are focused on getting well,” says John.
For John and Caryn, giving back is a natural next step. “We are happy to contribute to such a worthy cause and we encourage everyone to consider giving what they can.”
Double Your Impact
John and Caryn Camiolo want to help patients like Austin—and mothers like Nikki—pay for some of the uninsured transplant costs. They have given $100,000 for Be The Match to use as a challenge match, and are challenging our supporters to raise an additional $100,000 for Patient Assistance. Your gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, and if it’s received by June 30, will have twice the impact in bringing assistance—and hope—to patients and families.
Please send your gift—of any amount—to Be The Match today and double your impact!