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Supportful Partners with Gilda’s Club NYC to Launch Random Acts of Practical Support Initiative
New crowdsupporting platform debuts company initiative to cover transportation costs for cancer patients and their families
Press Release – NEW YORK (May 2019) – Supportful, an online crowdsupporting platform, announced today the launch of its new company initiative, Random Acts of Practical Support (RAPS). For the debut, Supportful is teaming up with Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization founded in 1995 in tribute to Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. The club was founded to help cancer patients, their families and friends build emotional and social support systems as a supplement to medical care. In honor of this, Supportful will provide Uber rides to Gilda’s Club NYC members for the next month, supplying accessible transportation across the five boroughs to those going through cancer treatment.
Supportful aims to turn “How can I help?” from a polite question with a difficult answer, into action. To do so, Supportful offers one central place for all practical needs so that individuals, families and communities know exactly how to request reliable support or help those seeking it. Be it fundraising, volunteering, supply and gift purchasing or group communication, Supportful’s Care Pages allow users to help one another and make the world a more Supportful place.
Building on Supportful’s mission, the new RAPS initiative is designed to surprise total strangers with practical, meaningful support that makes a genuine impact and creates unexpected joy with no strings attached. Those receiving support only need to enter their Uber code when booking a ride and enjoy having one less thing to worry about.
“Losing my own father to cancer in 2016, I know how far practical support like a free ride to the hospital or a babysitter while one is going through cancer treatment can go when dealing with a personal tragedy,” says Nicholas Emerson Mazzone, Founder & CEO of Supportful. “In launching our RAPS initiative we are able to help cancer patients and their families receive realistic and thoughtful support. We are excited to kickstart this initiative with Gilda’s Club, and look forward to continuing to build this project further and provide this support to similar organizations nationwide in the future.”
Using Supportful’s fundraising feature, the official RAPS Care Page raised enough funds to cover the cost of 250 Uber rides for Gilda’s Club Members in New York.
“We are so grateful for the partnership with Supportful,” says Jamie Shapiro, Gilda’s Club Program Coordinator. “We see firsthand the stressors our members experience while going through cancer treatment, and being able to get to appointments for free can help alleviate some of the stress that they experience.”
To donate to the RAPS Support Page or to create a Page for you or someone you know, visit Supportful.com.
Supportful is a free crowdsupporting platform that unites those in need of practical support with those eager to help. The platform consolidates fundraising, volunteering, gifting, meal coordination, and group communication, all in one caring place. The company was created in 2018 by Nicholas Emerson Mazzone, in honor of his father, Gene, who lost his battle with cancer
in 2016. Supportful focuses on providing access to all of the ever-changing, practical needs of people and communities affected by hardship. A Supportful Care Page can help you streamline resources, save time, and stress less—all while enabling your community to provide support in a way that is actually helpful and they feel comfortable with. Whether you’re seeking support for yourself, a loved one or a larger community, Supportful offers an efficient way to inspire and facilitate meaningful, practical action. For more information, visit Supportful.com.
ABOUT GILDA’S CLUB
Gilda’s Club NYC reaches more than 20,000 people annually through direct services at the Clubhouse, offsite hospital partners, and outreach through its website, health fairs, schools, corporate presentations, and inquiry calls. Men, women, teens, and children attend free support groups, educational lectures and healthy lifestyle workshops at the West Village clubhouse, or at select medical centers throughout New York City. Cancer doesn’t just affect the cancer patient. It also impacts the entire family which is why Gilda’s Club provides support to caregivers, family members and friends, and those who have lost someone to cancer, as well as those with a cancer diagnosis. For more information, visit GildasClubNYC.org
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