We are dedicated to helping those affected by brain cancer.

The Michael Matters Foundation was founded in honor of a wonderful father, husband and man, Michael P. Schostok, who succumbed to a Glioblastoma Brain Tumor at a young age. 

While Michael was a patient, he and his family recognized the extraordinary amount of financial support a patient’s family could need to simply help manage basic costs as they focused on treatment and care. After Michael's passing, The Michael Matters Foundation was established to help patients and their families in need of financial assistance during their difficult journey with Brain Cancer. 

The Michael Matters Foundation is a public charity with exemption status from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to The Michael Matters Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
 

OUR MISSION

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

Our vision is to become the leading provider of incidental financial support to 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. 
 

THE MICHAEL MATTERS GRANT

Beginning in 2014, The Michael Matters Foundation partnered with NorthShore University HealthSystems to create a grant providing financial assistance to 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.

Fundraisers

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Thank You – 2017 New Year, Same Wish Success!

2107 "New Year, Same Wish" Fundraiser was a huge success! Held at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, NYSW raised more money than ever before. Last year's event included incredible auction items like a trips to Italy, Las Vegas, and The Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, Florida. The night was full of friends, music, food and drink and tons of fun, all in the name of raising money for brain cancer patients in need!

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Libertyville high school - 2016 color run

The 2nd annual Libertyville High School Color Run held on May 7, 2016, hosted by the Libertyville High School student council raised $7,000.00 for The Michael Matters Foundation!!! A special thanks to everyone who participated and supported this fantastic event!

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Ben & Jerry's - free cone day

Our dear friends at Ben & Jerry’s in Glenview hosted their annual “Free Cone Day” charity event to raise money for the Michael Matters Foundation. Now in its 3rd year, the event raised $1,000.00 to support The Michael Matters Foundation patient grant program! A special thanks to the wonderful owners of Ben & Jerry’s at The Glen Town Center, and Allstate Insurance who provided the volunteers for this special day.

Your Support Matters

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.