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.
A recent story on 60 Minutes profiled a novel treatment for glioblastoma using an attenuated polio virus. The program highlighted two patients treated on the clinical trial who achieved seemingly spectacular outcomes. These patients were more than three years out from when their tumors grew back. Is this the holy grail for curing glioblastoma? Should we be sending all of our patients for the poliovirus trial at Duke?
The Michael Matters Foundation partnered with NorthShore University HealthSystems in 2014 to create a grant to provide 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 group’s dedication to compassionate care for patients and their families inspires others around the world and is something I can personally admire.
I just wanted to thank you again for your generous check of $1500 last year that helped pay for a stair climber. It was a tremendous help financially for us. Thank you for being so involved and helping other brain tumor patients. You are truly making a difference in people’s lives! God bless you!
Michael Matters is truly an amazing organization run by wonderful people. There doesn’t appear to be many groups like yours out there who focus their energy and resources on those important secondary expenses that so greatly maintain or improve one’s quality of life.
Your New Year, Same Wish event is the one fundraiser I really look forward to attending each year. Great job… a top notch event!
The job of cancer is to negotiate your life expectancy and your wallet. The Michael Matters Foundation gave me a grant and helped me kick cancers butt!