Cancer Research

The JDJ Charitable Foundation is set up to honor the legacy of Joseph and Donna Marie Blauvelt who both bravely fought cancer. Thus, we are focused on furthering cancer research and have contributed over $500,000 to leading research labs in the Northeast.

Cancer Financial Support

Our Foundation also strives to provide financial assistance to families battling cancer outside of the hospital and aims to lessen the financial burden cancer can bring to a family. Unfortunately, many cancer patients are forced to stop working as well as family members in order to help take care of them.

At this time, we are specifically focused on helping families that have two members fighting some form of cancer. When possible, we reimburse for the following expenses:

  • Medical bills for the uninsured or for procedures that aren’t covered
  • Home care medical equipment and health aides
  • Transportation costs to and from doctor and chemo appointments
  • Gas/ride sharing apps/taxi/parking/car repairs
  • Travel accommodations needed in order to receive treatment
  • Hotel and flight vouchers
  • Stressful bills such as food and living expenses
  • Meals, groceries, rent, gas and utilities
  • Interior living space redesign to make it a more positive and comfortable atmosphere
  • Weekend travel to help patients reset and recover after treatment
  • Sporting events, music concerts, or Broadway shows to help increase spirits and optimism
  • Burial and funeral expenses.

In early 2020, we partnered with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Patient Care Services Department to find our first program recipients. DFCI uses the federal poverty guidelines to determine income eligibility and maintains a crisis fund to help families most in need. We stepped in to offer assistance to 5 families they deemed eligible for support by providing $2,500 to each family in transportation and food reimbursement.

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