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Join us in a historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the nation’s FIRST CANCER RESPITE CENTER and positively impact families facing cancer.

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Join us in a historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the nation’s FIRST cancer respite center and positively impact families facing cancer.

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Pete’s Story.

Cancer.

When I heard this word with Pete, I didn’t envision a thirteen-month struggle battling this disease and life without him. But this was my reality. And during our journey, we had the unique opportunity to experience a respite from cancer thanks to the generosity of our loving community. Before his death, Pete communicated his vision for a respite center so that other young families could reconnect, rejuvenate and refresh in a safe environment, an environment that allowed for communication, reflection, joy and pain to be shared within a family unit and together with other families in the same journey. For twenty-two years, FPS has impacted over 10,000 people with this gift of respite. Today, we embark on an endeavor that will bring respite to thousands more!

We announce our Respite Transformed Campaign: Pete’s Vision Realized at Woodloch.

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Depicted above is Pete Bossow in July 1999, two months before he died. It was during this time when he outlined his original vision of the respite center; the drawing above was done immediately following his passing.

Our Past: Meet our Founders

RESPITE Transformed

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Our $25 million Respite Transformed Campaign will culminate in the construction of the For Pete’s Sake Respite Center at Woodloch; this center will transform cancer care in the Northeast region and offer transformational respite experiences in the most scalable, sustainable, effective, and efficient way possible.

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Project Vision.

Designed using 18 years of qualitative and quantitative outcome data from thousands of Respite Recipients and with input from oncology professionals, our Program Outcome Measures collected since the start of community respites at Woodloch statistically demonstrate the impact of respite on the patient, caregiver and their loved ones.

Every space lends for transformative experiences that will change the continuum of care for cancer patients.

Focusing on health outcomes for the family unit, the facility includes a dedicated dining room serving 60,000 meals annually, an art room with stress reducing activities, a chapel for quiet meditation, yoga space for the entire family, a swimming pool for water therapy and outside nature trails on its 32 acre campus.

Click the icons on the rendering below to learn more about our Respite Center.

  • Pond & Babbling Brook

    Our families will find this area a place to calm down the body and mind with the sound of a gentle stream flowing down a rocky landscape.


  • Native Butterfly Meadow

    The Native Butterfly Meadow is designed for beautification, habitat creation and to attract pollinators, like the Monarch butterfly. Butterfly Meadows encourages healthy pollination in the area and creates communities within the ecosystem.


  • Rain Garden

    Our rain garden will collect and soak up rainwater runoff from paved areas, roofs and the surrounding landscapes to reduce flooding and create a habitat for butterflies, song birds and other wildlife.

  • Community Courtyard

    This outdoor gathering area will host relaxing activities, al fresco dining and allow our families to gather as a community around the firepits to enjoy calming unity, laughter and of course, smores.


  • Flagpole Plaza

    Our flag raising ceremonies, will not only honor our country and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. It will also display our commitment to honor and support our families through their cancer journey.

  • Nature Trail

    Our trails will be constructed using asphalt pavement to create a continuous, smooth trail that will provide an ease to ambulate around the campus and take in the surrounding beauty of the Pocono Mountains. Our nature trail will also connect with existing hiking trails for those who wish to be immerse in nature and all its beauty.

  • Amphitheater

    This will be one of our most treasured outdoor spaces, built into the beautiful, wooded landscape wrapping our families in the calming beauty of nature. Our amphitheater will be a great place to gather, catch a performance, hold outdoor programming and endless opportunities of entertainment and spiritual connection for our families. Located adjacent to our chapel, providing our families the ability to join sunrise services, meditation, and renewal of vows. Thoughtful planning ensures healing of the mind, body and soul while being fully accessible for all levels of mobility.

  • Cornhole, Shuffleboard & Bocce Area

    This area of the Family Fun Zone provides leisure activities for our families to reconnect and relax.

  • Pavilion in the Family Fun Zone

    This structure will provide full coverage from the sun, allowing our families to enjoy breaks from the various play activities. Additionally, it will provide a gathering space for various therapeutic activities and entertainment.

  • Nature Playground

    Our nature playground is a play environment featuring natural elements that feel integrated with the outdoor landscape. It will enable children to move freely and creatively around the environment allowing them to explore, run, jump, climb and swing.

  • Play Lawn

    Our recreational play lawn will provide endless opportunities to play while inspiring movement. Our families will be able to enjoy the lawn year-round with frisbee, soccer, lawn games, snow stomping footprint tag, snow angels, snowmen and so much more.

  • Labyrinth

    Our labyrinth creates a walking meditation, to quiet the mind, calm anxieties, recover balance in life, enhance creativity and encourage meditation, insight, self-reflection and stress reduction.

  • Wishing Well

    Our families will be able to come together and share encouragement, love, joy, healing and hope for their family members as well as the other families they met on respite.

Impact & Vision

Impact.

Respite Transformed will change the continuum of care. For Pete’s Sake will scale efficiently and effectively, bringing integrative oncology with 20,000 respite nights and 500,000 respite hours to over 4,400 people annually. Here’s how significant this change will be for cancer patients and their loved ones!

Current Future
States served 5 15
Families served weekly 2-4 16
Individuals serviced by respite 764 4,496
Nominating cancer centers 260 411
Post-respite support & outreach 17,778 69,688
Volunteer engagement 770 3,840
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Our Present: Uniting Families Through Community

Respite makes a difference. Our respite data and outcomes have been recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and published in an April 2020 FPS abstract, title Individual and community respite as supportive care for adult cancer patients, their caregivers and their families. FPS has presented twice at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) national conference on the therapeutic impact of respite on patients, caregivers and their families relative to strengthened communication, relationships, resilience, quality of life and coping with cancer.

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Our nominators continually report outcome data to For Pete’s Sake to measure impact. 100% of our nominators report improvement in patients’ and the families’ ability to cope with cancer. Furthermore, oncology professionals themselves report renewed strength and stamina in the clinical setting.

Scalable Respite Model

    • Expands accommodation inventory by 700%
    • Streamlines internal and external operations
    • Provides a drivable location in 15 target states
    • Drives operational efficiencies
    • 38% direct cost reduction: $5,757 to $3,533 per respite
    • 23% indirect cost reduction: $11,865 to $8,407 per family for respite and ongoing ancillary support
    • Return on capital of $20M construction cost of 6.18 years
    • Creates a replicable respite model for the nation

Sustainable Respite Model

  • Leverages hospitality partner Woodloch in collaborative agreement
  • Capitalizes on Woodloch partnership with access to resort amenities
  • Allows for revenue creation when Center not occupied
  • Uses robust Respite Volunteer Program to offset costs with 11,000 hours annually
  • Extends Respite Volunteer Program to oncology professionals to offset career burnout
  • Adds an additional $5 million to FPS endowment

Evidence-Based Therapeutic Outcomes

  • 18 years of data demonstrates respite impact
  • 100% of nominators report improvement with coping by average of 50%
  • Benefits of Community respite recognized by American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in 2020
  • Benefits of Family Respite recognized by American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) in 2010 and 2022
  • Oncology Nominator, Patient, Caregiver and Children Feedback Available Here

Investment.

Invest in the family facing cancer

When you support the Respite Transformed Campaign, you create a circle of love with arms outstretched for families traumatized by cancer. Your generosity seeps deep into the hearts of those in despair and brings hope in this crisis. You change lives, forever.

Pete set out to Change the Continuum of Care for Families Facing Cancer. We will finish his work!

To learn more, contact For Pete’s Sake founder, Marci Schankweiler, at marci@takeabreakfromcancer.org or Campaign Director, Cheryl Pompeo, at cheryl@takeabreakfromcancer.org or call our office at (267) 708-0510.

Check out our investment progress below!

Total Capital Investment Raised: $6.1M out of $20M

Capital 30.5%

Total Endowment Investment Raised: $2.1M out of $5M

Endowment 43%

Total Campaign Investment:

$25M

$20M

Capital for Land & Building

$5M

Addition to Endowment

September 1, 1999

Pete Bossow, Jr. dies of testicular cancer at the young age of 30 and sets in motion FPS Respite.

May 2000

First Fundraising Event, the Fashion Show, organized by Alice Anne Bossow, Pete’s mom.

July 2000

Barbara Petroski has first Respite Experience in Sea Isle City, NJ.

2005

Begins respite outcome data measurements of patients and their families.

2007

Receives Standards of Excellence Accreditation and is 1 of 143 nonprofits nationwide to hold this accreditation.

2008

2000 people served with Respite Experiences.

2010

Presents health outcome data at APOS (American Psychosocial Oncological Society) Conference.

2012

FPS establishes travel partnership with Woodloch Resort

2014

5000 people served with Respite Experiences.

2015

Launches Endowment Campaign

2018

8000 people served with Respite Experiences

2019

Pilots the Community Respite Model with travel partner, Woodloch Resort demonstrating outcomes are stronger for community respite versus individual respite.

2020

Conversations begin on building the nation’s first dedicated Cancer Respite Center.

2020

ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) published out abstract based on our community respite pilot titled: Individual and Community Respite as Supportive Care for Adult Cancer Patients, their Caregivers, and their Families.

2021

Board of Directors unanimously agree to the Cancer Respite Center construction at a cost of $20 million and expand the current endowment by $5M, initiating the Respite Transformed Campaign at $25M.

2022

Engages Kimmel Bogrette, a renowned architectural firm, to partner in this endeavor to build the nation’s first Cancer Respite Center for families.

October 2022

10,000th person served with a Respite Experience

2023

Receives Conditional Use permit from Lackawaxen Township for the Cancer Respite Center and Skanska, a world leading project and construction group, comes on board and donates 300 hours to estimate and design evaluation.

2024

Finalizes land purchase of 32 acres of commercial property that would serve as the future site of this Center.

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Volunteers.

Volunteers are at the Heart of our Campaign

Join our Campaign Committee or one of four subcommittees (Leadership, Prospect, Event and Communication). We also have a Building Committee and Medical Advisory Committee. We are grateful for all our volunteers and their time, talent and treasure dedicated to this project.

YOUR family can be a part of the endeavor with our Respite Volunteer Program! Choose a week and minister to our FPS families through daily activities and assigned responsibilities critical to the center’s operation. Contact Cheryl Pompeo at 724-510-3835  or at cheryl@takeabreakfromcancer.org for information on volunteering on this Campaign and on a respite at Woodloch!

Campaign Committee

Chairwoman
Kate Shields*

Chairman
Tom McGinn

Chair Emeritus
Dale Moss

Founder & CEO
Marcella Schankweiler*

Board Chairman
R. Brad Minor*

Peter** & Shirley Ma
James Greenhalgh & Dana Linn-Greenhalgh
Missy McGinn
Michael and Lisa Minghenelli

Jeffrey Boyle
Craig & Taryn Jones
Skip Patton
Paul & Courtney Ferrero
Colleen** & Michael Koh
Susan Schultz* & Joseph Straton, MD
Charles* & Amy Greenberg

*Member, Board of Directors
**Chair, New York Council
*** Young Friend Board Member

Board of Directors

Vice Chairwoman
Meghan Patton

Secretary
Brian Havrilla

Treasurer
Joseph Manion

Peg Beavers
Amy Beilman
Susan Buehler
Colleen Lange
Christopher Selgrath
Charles Greenberg
Vanessa Mapson
Paul Mullen
Caroline Duffy***
Frank Fanto***

Building Committee

Chairpersons
Christopher Condon
Craig Hamilton
Keith Ledwith

Glen Arthur
Patrick Bello
Anthony Gerardi
Helen Malloy Griffin
Craig Jones
Beth Kuttler
John Murabito
Dave Smith
Mary Beth Stefanowicz
Tricia Tysiak, BSN, OCN

Woodloch Community

Bob Kiesendahl
Dave Smith

Staff

Chief Philanthropy Officer
Cheryl Pompeo

Finance Officer
Danielle Coyne

Program Director
Carol Schwind, RN

Medical Advisory Committee

Et-tsu Chen, MD
University of Pennsylvania Health System

Terri McHugh, DO
Main Line Health

Meg Garrett, BSN, RN, OCN* University of Pennsylvania

Health System
Melissa Kratz, RN, MSN, OCN Lehigh Valley Health Network

Luanne Chynoweth, LCSW

Mary Oleksiak, LCSW

If you would like more information or to discuss a possible naming opportunity, please contact
Cheryl Pompeo, Chief Philanthropy Officer, at cheryl@takeabreakfromcancer.org or call (724) 510-3835. Read more about For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation on its website at www.takeabreakfromcancer.org.