The Michael Matters Foundation exists to help families manage incidental costs while they are focused on treatment and care. This support can help with pre-existing needs that the patient or family is suddenly challenged to meet due to their illness, or to help offset many of the numerous costs that may arise (such as parking, travel and meals) that can accompany the patient experience. Our goal is to allow families to better focus on their care by easing their financial pressures. 


Our vision is to become the leading provider of incidental financial support to primary brain cancer patients and families receiving care for this devastating disease. Already underway with several leading health systems, our goal is to grow our support base and expand our support to patients and their families, while collaborating with the medical providers that help provide their care. 


Beginning in 2014, The Michael Matters Foundation partnered with NorthShore University HealthSystems to create a grant providing financial assistance to primary brain cancer patients receiving care in Evanston, IL. In 2015, we created a similar partnership with Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center at Central DuPage Hospital, located in Warrenville, Illinois. In 2016, we added Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital as partners. Most recently in 2017, we added University of Illinois (Chicago) Hospital as our newest partner. 

Our grants are designed to help patients maintain their quality of life during their treatment. To date, more than $200,000.00 has been donated to these Michael Matters Grants, and more than 130 families have been positively impacted by these funds. 

Your donations make a direct and significant impact to patients in need.

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Offering hope to those in need

During Michael’s treatment, he frequently expressed his sadness for those stricken with the same disease, but who were unable to receive certain life-extending medications or even cover important secondary expenses—like transportation to treatment, hotel stays, food and childcare—due to financial restraints caused by their disease. 

Michael passionately believed everyone should be able to maintain a high quality of life throughout the treatment process. We hope to make his wish a reality.