Who is CSF
The Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer (“CSF”) is a non-profit with a 501(c)(3) designation.
Our Mission: To financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families and to fund cancer research.
CSF is committed to reducing the burden of cancer for CT cancer patients and their families.
Many cancer patients and families are suddenly confronted with insurmountable bills at a time when focusing on healing is critical to their recovery. CSF is able to quickly and compassionately ease their burden with direct financial assistance. CSF has found that even small gestures of support can be the jumpstart a patient needs to fight back against their illness.
CSF is a unique organization in Connecticut that provides direct financial assistance to Connecticut cancer patients for rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments, medical co-pays, food, medications, fuel and transportation to and from hospital/medical centers. Patients are referred to CSF via a network of oncology social workers at Connecticut hospitals and cancer centers. Applicants are thoroughly screened by healthcare professionals who verify the financial need. Resources are provided with dignity and privacy, helping patients maintain self-respect while lessening the stress that may inhibit their recovery.
Sixty-five percent of personal bankruptcies involve high medical bills. The need continues to grow and the number of families assisted by CSF has increased every year for the past 23 years. Over the past three years CSF has granted over $1.5 million to more than a thousand CT families.
Its New York affiliate raises additional funds to support ongoing cancer research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Founder: John C. Ellis
John Ellis, a catcher for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers founded CSF in 1987. John’s life was significantly touched by cancer; he lost a sister, brother and sister-in-law to cancer, all before the age of 40. John was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease prior to the age of 40. Fortunately John survived and he envisioned a foundation that would financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families with basic needs. John realized the need for assistance with everyday living expenses when you are unable to work and he wanted to fill that void in his home state of Connecticut. With the support of friends and business associates, the Connecticut Sports Foundation was born. Through their leadership and efforts CSF was developed from a dream in 1987 to helping thousands of cancer patients and their families since its inception.
CSF has been operating for 24 years under the guidance of Jane G. Ellis, President & Executive Director. CSF is overseen by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors and a 22 member volunteer Advisory Board.