Testimonials from grant recipients:
Thank you and please thank members of the Comunale board for the generous donation to me.  Your assistance with a house payment and utilities has taken a weight off my shoulders.  I also appreciate the delicious "fixings" for Thanksgiving dinner!  Yum!  Thank you again! (December 2018)
We are sending you all truly heartfelt thank yous for helping us during this very difficult and frightening time for us.  We are so deeply grateful for your help.  Wishing you and your families very happy and healthy holidays.  Thank you, thank you, and again thank you! (November 2018)
Thank you for your generosit with helping my family!  In our most darkest moment you shined a light of hope.  Because of your foundation, you help lighten up the financial worry and paid $900 for our rent!!  Because of you we were able to save our house!  We appreciate you more than words could express. (March 2018)
Thank you so much for the gift cards.  They couldn't have came at a beter time.  Thank you for ALL you do, thank you! (December 2017)
Thank you so much for the financial assistance, it came at such a needed time.  We feel quite blessed for your help. (October 2017)
Thank you for your generous assistance of paying our mortgage.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. (September 2017)
I just wanted to take some time out to say thank you so much for the help you provided me and my family, reducing even the smallest stress allows me to focus on the important things such as my recover, words could not express the gratitude we feel, please know it truly means a lot to us. (June 2017)
I can't thank you enough for your generous help during this difficult time.  Every little bit helps and takes some of the stress away.  I just went finished my third chemo treatment and am trying my best to stay strong and positive.  Best wishes in the future and thank you for all you do. (July 2016)  
Words can't express how much your gifts to me have helped.  It's property tax time and the $200 helped me pay them.  Thank you again, it's been a blessing! (June 2016)  
Please convey to any parties concerned my deepest gratitude for the assistance you provided to myself and my granddaughter.  By your generosity this freed up money so I could divert funds to pay house insurance.  (June 2016)  
The gift cards for food and gas is so appreciated.  Your kindness will not be forgotten. (May 2016)  
Thank you so very much for granting me your wonderful gifts.  I was not expecting to receive so much from your Foundation but I am so very grateful for your generosity.  The two months rent will be an enormous help of which I am going to stretch out for several months by still paying a little each month.  And the Giant Eagle card was just what I needed.  Thank you so very much!  (March 2016)  
Thank you for the check for my car payment.  I really appreciate your kindness and support during these difficult times. (February 2016) 
It is more than I can say to express my gratitude for your assistance by paying my current propane (heat) bill.  Your act of kindness has uplifted my spirits and improved my faith and outlook on life. (January 2016) 
Thanks so much for the Acme gift cards and the two holiday meals provided for me.  I appreciate everything you have done.  This is the sixth time I've been going through cancer treatment.  I feel blessed to be here. (December 2016) 
Thank you and your helpers for giving me a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I set a place for your Stephen at my holiday meal.  Had it not been for gifts and your well thought out meal, I would not have had dinner.  I was facing a frozen TV dinner.  My foster sister came to help with the work and enjoy being together.  I felt as though I knew your Stephen through his foundation.  I hope to meet him when I come to the end of my own journey.  Again, thank you.  (November 2015) 
I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for your generosity and caring.  You paid my rent for October and put money on my electric bill, also.  I don't think you have any idea how much that meant to me and my children!  I was able to put money on some other utilities and avoid having them disconnected.  You also reinforced for me the lesson I have tried to teach my children - no matter what else ou do, be kind to others.  Your kindness will NEVER be forgotten!  You were a lifesaver! (October 2015) 
A special thank you from my family.  I can not express how much we appreciate all you have done to help our family.  Life has a crazy way of pitching a curve ball and no one is really ever ready for it.  But then again how can you ever be ready for cancer.  You have helped ease some of our struggle through this trying time.  I wish all of you blessings and send hugs to each and every one of you. (September 2015) 
Thank you so much for all the gift cards and funds you have helped my family with.  I am truly blessed to have an organization that cares so much.(August 2015) 
I can't thank you enough for your help in paying my rent and the gift card.  That is so thoughtful and you have raised up a wonderful foundation - through some sadness and loss I'm sure.  You have helped me twice now - 2012 and 2015 - my 3 year battle with cancer now.  I am constantly involved in hospice who are wonderful.  I was given 6 months to live but I'm relying on my Lord and Savior to make that decision  God has been good to me and so has humanity.  Thank you again and my prayers to you all.  (June 2015) 
On behalf of my husband and myself I want to express our gratitude for the assistance you and the Foundation have provided to help during my treatment and future surgeries.  I am overwhelmed by the financial assistance.  It brought a smile, tears of joy, and a huge loosening of the financial stress we are facing.  Our lives have changed so much.  Thank you for being a part of our journey and please know that you have made a difference!  (May 2015) 
Thank you so much for your generous grant to help me with my living expenses while I'm having cancer treatments.  It was a tremendous help to me and I am very grateful for your kindness and generosity.  (May 2015) 
Words cannot say the thanks and gratitude that we want to express for paying our rent and utilities for the month of March.  The stress that is on us all is very heavy.  A cancer diagnosis, medical bills, and loss of income leaves great uncertainty for many months to follow.  Thank you again for your generosity. (April 2015) 
I'm extremely thankful for the financial assistance needed during this difficult time.  The home mortage is a true benefit to the current issues that are at hand.  The Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation has provided not only financial assistance but strength & courage as I continue to receive my treatments for cancer. (April 2015) 
It is difficult for me to find the words to express the amount of gratitude that I have for your generous gift.  If I had the energy right now I would be jumping up, down and screaming "Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!"  I am so honored to have received such a generous gift from your foundation, please know when I am back on my feet I will donate so that others can receive the special, timely gift that I received! (March 2015) 
Thank you so so much for the Giant Eagle gift card!  That helps me in more ways than you know!  Thank you for always thiking of my family!  (March 2015) 
Once again, your kindness and generosity is so very much appreciated.  Thank you doesn't quite cover how incredibly grateful we are to you and your staff for helping us with our mortgage this past month.  It is very comforting to us to know that we have such an amazing support system around us.  Thank you! (March 2015) 
What a nice surprise to get the Giant Eagle gift card today especially!  I just got home from Family Services and they turned us down for food assistance and medicaid. Your generous gift will cover our food budget this week so thank you again for all you do! (March 2015) 
I want to thank the Comunale Foundation for the financial assistance they provided to me in my journey with colon cancer.  Your help was extremely generous and has helped me and my family during this time. (March 2015)  
I am sincerely grateful for your donation that paid January rent and put food on my table during the most difficult time in my life. (March 2015) 
Just wanted to thank you and the cancer foundation for helping me with my utilities and mortgage.  I appreciate the help you gave me through this dificult time.  I will be forever grateful. (February 2015) 
Thank you for your help with my gas and electric bill.  I am so thankful for your help. (February 2015) 
Thank you and the people you work for.  This is my 9th year fighting cancer and it is so nice that there are people like you wanting to help people like me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. (February 2015)  
Thank you for the Acme and Circle K gift card.  That will be a huge help! (February 2015) 
Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for paying our rent this month.  You have no idea how much this helped!  I was able to catch up on all the other bills because I had the extra money.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I feel like I can breath now and focus on getting my husband better.  Many many blessings to you. (February 2015)  
My rent free month was wonderful, thank you so much.  (February 2015) 
Thank you so much for the generous gas card, grocery card and help with my electric bill.  Your kindness and generosity is inspiring and I will "pay it forward" when I am able.  (January 2015) 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for 2 months rent and utilities paid.  I'm doing chemo now and it is a stuggle but I'm a strong person and will make it through.  Thanks again. (January 2015) 
I just want to say Thank You, I am a patient at the McDowell Center and I received one of your Christmas gifts.  It is such a thoughtful thing to do. (December 2014) 
First I would like to thank you for your help with Thanksgiving dinner.  Everything was so good.  This is such a big help to us.  I can't thank you enough for your help and most of all your concern and compassion for me and my family.  You are all special angels to us.  (December 2014) 
I want to thank the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation for the financial assistance they provided to me in my journey with colon cancer.  Your help was extremely generous generous and has helped me and my family during this difficult time.  Many thanks.  (December 2014) 
What a nice surprise to get the Giant Eagle gift card today!  Your generious gift will cover our food budget this week so thank you again for all you do! (November 2014) 
Just wanted to thank you and the Cancer Foundation for helping me with my utlities and mortgage.  I appreciate the help you gave me through this difficult time.  I will be forever grateful.  (November 2014)
Thank you so much to your organization for always being supportive to AGMC (Akron General Medical Center) cancer patient art therapy program.  With your support we now have two beautiful pieces of art that are permanently displayed in our lobby!  You also have supported two art therapy exhibits!  Your organization is wonderful with how it supports patients and their family!  (September 2014)
I would like to Thank You for helping me with my gas bill and for the Acme gift card.  It really made a difference in my life.  I thank all of you who helped and I thank God for people and places that help others in need.  (September 2014)
Thank you for all your financial help.  I don't know how I would have got through the month without your Foundation helping me and my son.  I did tell you I had a mesectomy & reconstruction. It's been rough but knowing there are Foundations like yours, it has touched my heart to try to help others too. (July 2014)  
I just wanted to say a quick thank you for the bag of goodies that were given to me yesterday at my first chemo treatment at the Cooper Cancer Center.  How very nice. (July 2014) 
In our time of need, you all have responded with help to get us transportation for continuing appointments at parkview center.  We feel truly blessed to have you as part of our team in fighting the cancer she is facing.  God will bless you all with your due rewards in the future I am confident  Please accept our meager words of sincere appreciation and gratitude.  
(July 2014)
Thank you so much for your help.  I realy appreciate the gas cards, but the Five Guys Burgers is over-the-top wonderful.  It makes my trips down something to look forward to!  (July 2014)
I just wanted to personally write a "huge" thank you for your help during our need while we battle this terrible disease.  My husband is recouping from his very extensive surgery, he will continue his fight with chemo treatments after he heals from the surgery.  Thank you so much and God Bless.  (March 2014)   
I can't thank you enough for the assistance you granted me.  It was just the perfect boost to see me through the return to work.  Your Foundation is a blessing of huge proportions.  You assisted with my food and gas needs and utilities and I thank you a trillion times over as I could not of paid them.  God Bless You All for doing what you do.  (February 2014)
Among all the cancer treatments, tests, appointments, etc., your kindness and generosity provided a much needed lift in my life.  Thank you so much. (February 2014)
We want to tell you that we are extremely grateful for the assistance you gave us. (January 2014)
Professional Testimonials
We would like to thank you for all that you have done for our patients and their families on the hemotology and oncology floor at Akron Children's Hospital.  By providing food vouchers, parking passes and coffee card cards, you have supported these families by helping them in the simplest and best way.  We greatly appreciate all that you do.  Oncology Social Work - Akron Children's Hospital - April 2015 
What another great Horse Camp.  We absolutely love working with everyone involved with the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation.  The riders and families that you bring out to the farm are so gracious and appreciative of everything you do for them.  They are so fortunate to have the support of such an amazing organization!  We look forward to next year's camp and all the laughter and smiles that come with it. Victory Gallop, Inc. - August 2014
Numerous patients have received your financial assistance and others have been recipients of the holiday meals.  Children of patients loved the summer horse camp.  The Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation provides hope and friendship to patients who are being challenged by their cancer diagnoses and treatments.  Our community is fortunate to have your foundation as a resource.   Thank you for nourishing the spirit of others. Susan Popovici, LISW-S    Summa Health System
There are many gaps in our cancer care delivery process in this country.  The Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation helps to enrich the lives it touches in so many ways.  Your group enables people to cope with many of the overwhelming needs they face while trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in their daily lives as they battle against their malignancies.   Rarely a day goes by here at the Cooper Cancer Center that I do not hear of a life that has been touched by one of your many programs such as assistance with rent or home mortgage payments.  The holiday meal program enables families to enjoy holiday times with their loved ones.  Thanks again for all you do for the patients we serve. Doug Trochelman, M.D., FACP System Medical Director Summa Cancer Institute
It is a difficult task to write in a short paragraph the impact the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation has had on the patients I work with. In summary, the monies that the Comunale Foundation has provided literally saves these patients from losing their homes, keeps food on their tables, gas in their vehicles, and provides comfort in one of the most difficult times in their lives. Patients have expressed a tremendous amount of appreciation and gratitude that such a foundation exists within our community. Denise Robinson, LISW-S, Resource Counselor, Akron General McDowell Cancer Center
Your Foundation's hands-on approach to providing immediate financial assistance without the hassle of loopholes or mountains of paperwork enables families to focus on healing and spending time together rather than worrying about where their next utility bill payment will come from. Sarah Friebert, M.D., FAAPDirector, Pediatric Palliative Care, Akron Children's Hospital