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Oncology Social Worker, Philana with a patient

Dear Jane Ellis,

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. . . .” William Shakespeare ~ Merchant of Venice

Under your guidance, Bridgeport Hospital patients and families have generously benefited from financial assistance to meet their basic needs during a time when they are battling for life. I get the pleasure of hearing relief in patients and families voices and often seeing pleasure on their faces when learning that a CSF grant will pay their oil bill, keep their lights on, pay their rent and assist with much more. I often wonder if it is the gesture of knowing that people care and recognize their struggles or the actual cash assistance that makes them beam. I imagine it must be a combination. Thank you for keeping their hope alive and mine. I am empowered as a social worker when I have true practical ways to help our cancer survivors and their families.


Philana Solomon, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Social Worker
Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute Bridgeport Hospital


I am writing this letter on behalf of the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer. Over the past several years I have requested support from this organization for the patients I serve here in our small community hospital. 

In southeastern Connecticut I have seen countless patients, who are unemployed, underemployed, have lost a job due to illness, or just cannot make ends meet. These patients are mostly working class individuals for whom there is no other financial assistance available. It is heartbreaking to see these families suffer financially in addition to their physical suffering. 

I have witnessed the relief of stress this organization provides when a patient receives a check. The check is most often in the amount requested by the patient and can be for help with mortgage payments, non-covered medical equipment, utility bills, COBRA payments, etc.

I cannot state strongly enough that this stress relief is critical for the patient's ability to combat their cancer as well as the side effects of the treatment for the cancer. I know of no other organization like this one, which provides such immediate and necessary financial support to cancer patients. 

I hold this organization and its staff in the highest regard and I am grateful for their consistent positive response to my patients' requests.


Elynor Carey, IMFT 
The William W Backus Hospital 


Social Worker Elynor Carey with Mike Francesa


Liv Summer 2015

Hi Jane & Friends:

I am just checking in to see how you all are doing.

We have had a beautiful and amazing summer---thanks to all of you!

So many wonderful memories have been made- wow!!! We are still just bubbling over with gratitude as we are so blessed to have been given this amazing time together! The beach has honestly been our refuge- it has been so healing for us both- simply amazing.

Liv goes in for scans on Thursday- so please say an extra prayer for us! We really appreciate it!

Please let me know how Liv and I can be of service in any way in the coming months in helping you all raise money for other families, etc.

I just wanted to send you an update and some photos-- just to let you know what a BIG difference you made in our lives. Forever grateful to you all... Peace!

Thank you & lots of love,