The Angel Foundation's Teen Outreach Program:
In 2001 Margie Sborov founded the Angel Foundation with funds from the doctors in her husband's oncology practice - Minnesota Oncology. Not only did Margie and Mark both work in the field of cancer, but they had also been personally affected by it when their friend died from cancer at a young age.
Margie felt compelled to start a non-profit organization that would meet the non-medical needs for adult cancer patients and their families, such as paying their rent and buying groceries. Since its inception, Angel Foundation has provided millions of dollars in non-medical emergency financial assistance so families struggling with a cancer diagnosis don’t have to face another set of worries.
After the success of Angel Foundation, the organization realized there was also a lack of support for the children of parents with cancer. Often when a parent has cancer, teens may need to accept additional responsibilities for keeping the family moving forward such as cooking, shopping, cleaning, driving younger siblings to extracurricular activities and sometimes even driving the parent to treatment as they often are either too weak or sick to drive themselves. Teens often drop out of their social activities and their peer group due to the added responsibilities increasing their anxiety and sense of isolation. In short, teens become caregivers.
In response to this need for more support, the Teen Outreach Program was created. Teen Outreach provides respite from this stress and a place where teens can interact with their peers who also have a parent with cancer. Teen Outreach focuses on exploring and building individual strength and resilience through a variety of activities including movie nights, rock climbing, bowling or artist led creative activities.
Swing Back At Cancer proudly donates 100% of its profits to the Teen Outreach Program, and have even raised enough money to be the sole contributor of the program. Cole, his family, and other members of the Swing Back At Cancer committee have gotten to see first-hand the impact this donation makes on the program and the teens by participating in recent Teen Outreach events.
Swing back At Cancer is hopeful that the 2017 donations will be the most yet!