To make a difference in the lives of cancer diagnosed individuals during their journey to recovery; by providing emotional, spiritual and financial support during their storm.
WHY GEST FOUNDATION, INC. WAS CREATED
Founder Michelle Perzan created GEST Foundation, Inc. in honor of her mother Gemma(G), father Elmer and Baba/Grandma Elsie (E) and brother Steven (S) who all died from various kinds of cancer. The “T” in GEST stands for Michelle’s maiden name, Trakalo. Michelle herself is a breast cancer survivor.
After surveying the non-profit organizations currently in existence, Michelle realized that there is a tremendous need for a foundation which can provide emotional, spiritual and financial support to those undergoing treatment for all types of cancer.
Michelle truly understands that it is the months after surgery which are most difficult for those undergoing treatment for cancer. Michelle relied on her faith and her family to give her the strength to fight her own breast cancer diagnosis. Thus, Michelle has been cancer-free for one year. However, Michelle understands that not everyone has the support system she was fortunate to have during her journey. Therefore, Michelle’s vision is to provide a support system for those who do not have one, or who just need a little extra help.
The support provided by GEST Foundation, Inc. will include, but not be limited to, financial support so that patients can focus on healing. GEST Foundation, Inc. will provide grants to deserving individuals so that services such as grocery delivery, transport to and from post-op medical appointments and treatments, house cleaning, and personal caregivers to assist with daily living activities can be provided. By providing this support, Michelle and the GEST Foundation, Inc. Board hope to provide cancer patients and their families relief from dealing with the minor irritations of day to day living.
Our 2nd Annual ROC Walk5K is coming up Saturday February 16th, 2019 at 8am at the beautiful Cane Island! This year we added a competitive 5K to go with our 2K walk, so if you like to run, bring your friends, family, or start a team and let’s raise money for cancer grants!
- Bullrito's -
The owner Wayne Blease set up our first fundraiser by donating a portion of all the food sales for that day!
Agave Rio - It was the Chef and Shelton's birthday and they held a bi
rthday celebration and in lieu of gifts they asked for people to support the GEST Foundation. We also had Melinda with Park Lane Jewelry there and she gave 50% of the sales to the GEST Foundation - what an amazing night!