Wegmans Supports P.U.N.T. Foundation
Contact: Gwen Mysiak, Executive Director
WEGMANS SUPPORTS P.U.N.T. FOUNDATION’S
“HELPING HANDS” PROGRAM
Making an investment in the P.U.N.T. Foundation’s mission to help local families fighting pediatric cancer, Wegmans has provided $7500 worth of “W-Dollars” to support the organization’s “Helping Hands” program. These resources will be used to obtain grocery cards to be distributed to local families in treatment at both Roswell Park cancer Institute and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
Established in 2004 by former Buffalo Bills Punter Brian Moorman and his wife Amber, the P.U.N.T. Foundation currently runs 6 distinct programs to ease the financial and emotional burdens associated with diagnosis of pediatric cancer for Western New York families. The “Helping Hands” program offers direct financial assistance to help families with necessities. Over the past six months, “Helping Hands” has distributed grants that have helped families pay rent, purchase a furnace, assist with funeral expenses, and other various costs associated with a child’s treatment. Requests are generally submitted to the Foundation by hospital social workers and psychologists.
“These grocery cards provided through the gracious generosity of Wegmans will help reduce the weekly budget strain of putting food on the table for families who are facing adversity that is incomprehensible to most people,” said P.U.N.T. Executive Director Gwen Mysiak. Average out-of-pocket cost for a family (with good health insurance) during first year of a pediatric cancer diagnosis is $20,000. This staggering expense is often coupled with a loss of income as a parent scales back employment to be by their child’s side for treatment.
“Our community is extremely fortunate to have the P.U.N.T Foundation, an organization that brings hope and happiness to so many children and their families,” said Michele Mehaffy, Consumer Affairs Manager for Wegmans Food Markets. “This support of their ‘Helping Hands’ program will alleviate some of the financial burdens families face when a child is diagnosed, and being treated for cancer and allows families to focus on cancer treatment and healing.”
For more information of the programs and mission of the P.U.N.T Foundation, please visit www.brianmoorman.org.