Jeff Hartmann, Board of Directors
We seek to save lives and preserve the quality of men’s lives by promoting awareness, encouraging regular doctor checkups, and, in association with our healthcare partners and professionals, providing testing that identifies prostate cancer in its earliest stages. In addition, we will provide physician referrals, educational seminars, written materials, and access to cutting-edge research -all in the service of achieving best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
We encourage all men over 40 to begin a dialogue with their doctors about prostate cancer, especially those men whose family histories and/or race/ethnicity indicate increased risk factors for the disease. Early baseline and follow-up PSA blood tests often lead to both early detection and a greater range of non-invasive treatment options, one of which is simply more frequent blood tests to monitor changes in the cancer.
We envision a world where men recognize the risks of prostate cancer and the immense value of early detection in both extending and saving their lives. Given that there were 28,000 prostate cancer deaths in the US in 2015 (and an estimated 270,000 worldwide), we pledge to commit all of our human and financial resources to increase the number of men who live with the disease rather than die of it.
Jeff Hartmann, Board of Directors, Treasurer
To promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their babies’ first teachers.
Every family — regardless of income and primary language — will understand the critical importance of early childhood literacy and will take an active role in their child’s reading development. All children in Connecticut will have books of their own.
CSF is committed to financially assisting Connecticut cancer patients and their families and funding cancer research.
Many cancer patients and families are suddenly confronted with insurmountable bills at a time when focusing on healing is critical to their recovery. CSF is able to quickly and compassionately ease their burden with direct financial assistance. CSF has found that even small gestures of support can be the jumpstart a patient needs to fight back against their illness.
CSF is a unique organization in Connecticut that provides direct financial assistance to Connecticut cancer patients for rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments, medical co-pays, food, medications, and more. Patients are referred to CSF via a network of oncology social workers at Connecticut hospitals and cancer centers. Applicants are thoroughly screened by healthcare professionals who verify the financial need. Resources are provided with dignity and privacy, helping patients maintain self-respect while lessening the stress that may inhibit their recovery.
For the past 28 years, CSF has quietly granted over $4 million to more than 4,000 Connecticut families dealing with the financial hardship that often comes along with a cancer diagnosis. In addition, the foundation has donated more than $1.7 million to support ongoing cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.