The Michael Matters Foundation, Inc. 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.

Our Foundation’s mission is to increase public awareness of this disease, and raise funds to provide desperately needed financial assistance to Chicago area individuals and their family members who suffer from the inevitable impacts of brain cancer.

The Michael Matters Grant

You Are Making a Difference

The Michael Matters Foundation partnered with NorthShore University HealthSystems in 2014 to create a grant providing financial assistance to brain cancer patients receiving care at the NorthShore University HealthSystem Kellogg Cancer Center, located at Evanston Hospital.  In 2015, we completed a similar partnership with Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center at Central DuPage Hospital, located in Warrenville, Illinois. 

Both grants are designed to help patients maintain their quality of life during their treatment. To date, more than $100,000.00 has been donated to these Michael Matters Grants, and more than a dozen families have been positively impacted by these funds. Your donations matter and make a difference. Read about how past donations have mattered and impacted families in-need. 

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Our Fundrasiers

Fundraising Success: 2nd Annual Libertyville High School’s Color Run Raises $7,000 for Local Brain Cancer Patients

May 7, 2016
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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!

Fundraising Success: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s in Glenview Raises $1,000 for Illinois Brain Cancer Patients

April 12, 2016
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Our dear friends at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop 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.

Fundraising Success: 2016 New Year Same Wish Event Raises $75,000 for Chicagoland Brain Cancer Patients

February 13, 2016
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The Michael Matters Foundation’s 2016 New Year, Same Wish event was another smashing success! More than 400 supporters gathered together at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire on a cold Friday night in February to raise money for our friends in the brain cancer community, and celebrate the wonderful work being done by the Michael Matters Foundation.

Michael Matters Recent Grant Awards

2016 Brain Tumors Stats

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77,670 Total Expected New Brain Tumor Cases this Year
23,113 Expected New Cases Ages 0 - 19 Brain Tumor Cases This Year

Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting applications. To apply for a grant please download the form and complete it per the provided instructions.

Once completed, send the grant application & requested supportive materials to The Michael Matters Foundation, attention TJ Saye at 22 W. Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60602 or scan and email the grant application and requested supportive materials to tjsaye@MichaelMatters.org.


Download Application Here

Your Support Matters


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.


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What is new in Brain Tumors? November was the annual Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) meeting in San Antonio.  This meeting is a four day meeting that involves educational activities and numerous research presentations.  These presentations cover a wide range of topics from basic science studies (lab work, advances in genetic characterization of tumors), to preclinical studies in mice, to clinical studies in humans. One of the most important presentation at the SNO meeting was a European phase III study in recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) of the combination of bevacizumab (Avastin) with lomustine (CCNU) versus Avastin alone.  A previous phase II study…

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