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Needy Fund helps newly retired cancer patient with rent

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A 67-year-old man recently retired from the company where he worked for three decades when he found out he had lung cancer.

The news turned his life upside down, and he began chemotherapy as soon as possible.

When he was working, he and his wife were able to handle their bills, but with the couple surviving on one salary since the husband’s retirement, keeping up with their rent proved difficult.

Luckily, because they were long-term tenants, their landlord was understanding.

The couple, however, realized they would need assistance with their rent.

They reached out to the Needy Fund, which stepped in to help with the couple’s rent for one month. This was able to hold them over while the couple waits for the husband’s retirement income to arrive.

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More about the Needy Fund

Many human service agencies offer assistance to those in need, but the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund has been helping with a host of immediate, short-term emergencies such as food, rent, medical costs and other basic expenses since 1936.

No cash is given to Needy Fund recipients. Instead, the agency pays vendors through a voucher program. The case described above was provided by the Needy Fund on condition of anonymity.


Donations, which are tax deductible, may be made at Checks also can be made payable to the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund and mailed to Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, P.O. Box 36, Hyannis, MA 02601.


Those needing assistance may contact the Needy Fund at 508-778-5661 or 800-422-1446.

Questions can be emailed to The Needy Fund is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@NeedyFund).

Total contributions to date;$998,429.17

Malin Family Foundation;$5,000

Faith and Joseph Buscone;$2,000

High hopes to all – thanks;$1,200

Linda Fulton;$1,030

Michael and Lisa Pajolek;$1,030

In memory of Linda Niland and Phil Doorey;$1,030

In memory of Virginia Nazro Parks;$1,030

The Browning family;$1,030

Priscilla Hostetter;$1,000

Joseph and Rosemary Masse;$1,000

David and Julie Doll;$1,000

Bruce and Kathy Everett;$1,000

In memory of Mary and Jack Chisholm;$1,000

In memory of Yvonne;$1,000


John and Diane Brooke;$515

Arthur, Carol, Matt, Taryn, Oscar and Saoirse Surabian;$515

Kathleen and Allen Peckham;$515

Kevin and Mary Jones;$515

The Browns;$515

Janet Charpentier;$500

Robert Wolf;$500

John and Ana Paula Oppenheimer;$500

Alice N. Galick;$500

Dennis and Marisa Devine;$500

In honor of Nancy Sheehan;$500

In memory of Jack Largey;$500

In memory of Raymond P. Lynde and Elsie M. Lynde;$500

In memory of Roland and Lorraine Lepire ;$500

Vic and Mardee Verdina;$500

We remember Hope;$400

In memory of Carol Sawyer, Judy Lovett and Deane Sawyer;$309

The DeBenedictis family;$309

Carl Karlsson;$300



Deb and Tony Costa;$257.50

In honor of Donna Major;$257.50

In memory of Harold and Gloria Hersey;$257.50

In memory of Lester and Ruth Macek;$257.50

Robert and Susanne Conley;$257.50

Scott and Martha;$257.50


Robert and Kathleen Byrne;$250

In memory of Bob and Miriam Trimble;$250

In memory of Suzanne Courcier;$250

Julie and Ben Allen;$250

Phyllis and Lee Hawkins;$250

In lieu of gifts for Peter and Joan;$206

Keelin and Neal Miller in memory of Katherine Connolly;$206

TOD and Andy;$206

Gene and Carlene Brown;$200

Kathleen Kruczek and John C. Smith;$200

Paying it forward … Diane and Lenore;$200

In memory of Gene Gauthier from Maxine and Jim Nikula;$100

John and Janeth Eby;$100


Lewis Bay Chiropractic Center, Inc.;$103

Catherine and Roger Graham;$100

In memory of Nana & Gramps;$100

Remembering Coach Donahue;$51.50

Lisa Killen Goodwin;$100

Mr. and Mrs. William Stewart;$100

In honor of all our puppies at the Rainbow Bridge from P & G Markham;$103

Bettyann and Joe in memory of Barbara, Larry and Jimmy;$50

Roger and Karen Debenham;$103

In memory of Neil Johnson from the King family;$72.10

Douglas and Brenda Robinson;$50

James and Nancy Buckley;$51.50

To help those in need;$25.75

Linda Graffitti;$25.75


Kathleen Chertok ;$100


Clement Zielinski;$50

In loving memory of Margaret E. Peggy Eastman;$150

Candace Van Sciver;$150

In memory of Tom and Connie Pye;$25

Judy Ballantine;$128.75

Erni and Daryl Johnson;$51.50

In memory of Constance Pearl White, d. 07/06/21 from Dick and Pam White;$100

In memory of Paul W. O’Connor;$100

Peter and Susan Silva;$100

George Fernandes;$103

Elaine and Joseph Marone;$100

Richard and Kathryn Monheimer;$103

David and Gini;$154.50

Merry Christmas to Josie Pandofino;$25

Bryan and Doreen Constantino;$50

In memory of Carol Sabdler;$51.50

Kevin and Mary Feloney;$100

In memory of Dot and Winnie;$103

Gary Roberts;$51.50

In memory of Mike Blanco;$25.75

In honor of Robert H. and Zeta A. Girvin;$103

Eleanor Denaro;$25.75

In memory of Bob Dutra;$100

In memory of Charles and France Guillette;$51.50

Linda Cornog;$50



James and Gail Yazejian;$50

In honor of the BIS ladies who lunched: Anne, Annemarie, Maria, Ann, Megan, Susan, Kathleen and Joni;$50

Tina and Bill Prodouz;$103

In honor of Zach and Shelly;$25

In memory of Mike;Jim and Bob;$25

In honor of Nancy C;$100

The Margeson Family;$25.75

In honor of Carol Womer Sim;$154.50

In memory of Marc Tremblay;$50

In honor of Wyatt, Whitney and Teddy;$103

Merry Christmas Suzanne, from Tavia and Liz;$154.50

In memory of Sharon F. Demers;$100

Tom and Alison Christensen;$100

Karen Lilly;$103

Natalie Spence;$100

William and Beth Couet;$51.50

In honor of Mary Allen Watson;$103

Warm Holiday wishes to Dr. Martin and his staff at Davenport Mugar Cancer Center;$51.50

Sparrow Gardens;$103

Monica Prangley;$150

Ann and Carl Melone;$100

Gretchen Knaus;$103

Margaret Stunkel;$50

Starr Indemnity and Liability Company matching a gift from Lincoln Purdy;$109.85

In memory of Michael Shapiro;$100

Dawn and Paul Orvis;$51.50

The Scott family;$103

The Kennedy-Doherty family in memory of Thomas and Regina Kennedy;$100

In honor of Doug’s Gant;$103

Bonnie and Don Nuendel;$101

Jason Potteiger;$25

Jennifer and Evan Perry;$100

Helen G. Linnehan;$25.75

David and Irene Soares;$100

Denny and Pam McCarty;$25.75

Tabitha Ballard;$103

Kevin and Beth Howard;$50

In honor of being the right thing to do;$50

Elizabeth Dawes;$25.75

Amy Sterling-Bratt;$103

Joyce and Julian Jackson;$50

In memory of the greatest parents, Peg and Bill Dooley from John ;$51.50

JoAnn Heiser;$51.50

Proceeds from the 2 club;$100


Edward Looney;$51.50

In memory of my mom, Martha Kolinchik;$103

Robert and Donna Souza;$100

Rene and Irene in memory of Alex and Janet Gribko;$103

A grateful dad in memory of Annie Grace;$50

Bob Dillan loved the Cape and Christmas. Remembering him with love, Joan and Emily;$25.75

In loving memory of my husband Peter H. Cooney from Diane Cooney;$154.50

Brian and Laurie Hamilton;$103

In memory of Ingrid Clouther, Steve’s Schatz;$50


Ted and Barbara Midura;$100

In memory of those loved ones who are no longer with us;$103

In memory of Ed and Corinne Strianese;$100



Joan and Normand Plante;$25

Richard Dealy;$50

Chris Hill;$25

Stephen White;$25.75

In memory of Curtis Archer;$50

In memory of Ebit;$100

The Villone family;$25.75

Elizabeth Schultze and Bo Ericsson;$103

Donna and Glen Raymond in memory of our loved ones;$103

Claudette Moses;$25

Kimball and June Simmons;$100

Susan Coco;$51.50

Ellen Mello;$50

In memory of Frank Carrick from Jeanne;$100

Sue and Dennis Driscoll;$100

Charles and Mary McCarthy in memory of James and Catherine Wyse and Charles and Florence McCarthy;$103

V and V Harding in memory of Vaughn Harding, Sr.;$51.50

Peggy and Buddy Gillis;$103

In memory of Edward Cliggott;$51.50

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Needy Fund helps newly retired cancer patient with rent on Cape Cod