VOICES OF COURAGE
Kathleen Sutton FUND
What We Do
KSF provides transportation assistance for women with cancer living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap & Mason counties. Women are referred to KSF by their healthcare provider (Social Worker, Patient Navigator, RN/MD). The Kathleen Sutton Fund covers ferry fees, mileage, parking, tolls, and any other transit expense for patient and companion. Typically health insurance does not assist with, or pay for any travel expenses related to cancer treatments.
The Kathleen Sutton Fund began in 2003 as a small local grassroots organization by providing assistance with transportation costs for women with breast cancer and living in North Kitsap County. Due to the tremendous support of the community, grants and the annual live/silent auction fundraiser, the Kathleen Sutton Fund has expanded it’s services to women with any type of cancer and living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties! Since its’ inception, KSF has helped over 900 women and has distributed over a half a MILLION dollars!
The Kathleen Sutton Fund receives referrals for assistance from oncology social workers and patient navigators from medical centers such as: Olympic Medical Cancer Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Hospital, Salish Cancer Center, Kitsap Cancer Center, Jefferson Cancer Center, Virginia Mason, and others throughout the Puget Sound region.
Kathleen Sutton was a remarkable woman in many ways. While she lived in Shine on the Olympic Peninsula, she worked in Kingston as a well-respected businesswoman. She served as president of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, organized the annual 4th of July parade, and was a tireless volunteer. Kathleen founded the community’s “Team Flo” for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure. From 1998 until 2004 Kathleen Sutton underwent treatment for breast cancer in Seattle. A network of friends cherished their time with her as they drove her to many of her appointments. As they went back and forth from Kathleen’s home in Shine, they realized the enormous financial outlay for travel associated with cancer care. These expenses were not covered by her insurance and significantly added to the overall cost of treatment. Upon her death, as a tribute to Kathleen, a fund was established in her memory to assist other women with transportation costs. “A dream can make a big difference in many women’s life.” In May of 2003, Kathleen and I were on the ferry coming back from her weekly chemotherapy. We were talking about our upcoming fundraising for a national cancer organization. We had just bought ferry passes and they were expensive. I suggested to Kathleen that we should help other women in North Kitsap going for treatment for breast cancer to pay for the ferry cost. Kathleen didn’t buy the idea. However, late that evening Kathleen called me after wakening up from a bad dream about not having enough money to go for treatment and said: “Go for it!”
– Vivi-Ann Parnell, Founder, Past President and Board Member
How to help
We have all been touched by cancer. The emotional and life changing financial challenges that come along with the diagnosis are immeasurable.
Our major funding comes from our annual auction and grants, but your help is needed too. Your donation helps relieve the financial burdens facing these women and their families.
Click here to donate or, if you prefer to donate by check, please mail your donation to:
Kathleen Sutton Fund
PO Box 727
Kingston, WA 98346
Become a Sponsor
Showcase your support to the community by becoming an Auction Sponsor. With the support of sponsors, we are able to cover the costs of the auction event, allowing KSF to give 100% of the money raised directly to the women we help.
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The Kathleen Sutton Fund is based on volunteers so 100% of the money raised goes directly to the women in need. Help is needed not only during the auction, but throughout the year.
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