**To Date the National Nonprofit has Donated over $1 Million to Support Cancer Patients**
Press Release – Los Angeles, CA – Rhonda’s Kiss (RhondasKiss.org) is a national non-profit created to help cancer patients in need by donating to the non-medical expenses associated with cancer. The organization is passionate about giving patients and their families a fighting chance to recover. Through fundraising and annual events, the organization has worked to help raise awareness and funding towards cancer programs that are led by forward-thinking doctors at hospitals that support the charity’s overall mission.
In 2013 Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and passed just a couple of months later. Following her passing, husband Marc Stefanski and his four children wasted little time in their mission to help others and founded “Rhonda’s Kiss.” The family-organized charity continues to celebrate Rhonda’s memory through lifesaving work and giving back to local communities in need. To date the organization, now spearheaded by her son Kyle Stefanski as the Executive Director, has donated over $1 million to support cancer patients.
Rhonda’s Kiss aims to assist in the whole care of a cancer patient, working to ease the insurmountable costs associated with a cancer diagnosis. The organization uses a three-pronged approach, focusing on outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). In addition, Rhonda’s Kiss assists with non-medical needs with items such as covering the cost of rent and utilities, wigs, oncology massage, nutrition, exercise, parking and other transportation costs related to treatment, as well as unexpected costs involved in the holistic care of each patient.
Commenting on the organization’s work, Kyle Stefanski, Rhonda’s son and CEO of Rhonda’s Kiss said, “At Rhonda’s Kiss my father, brothers and sisters and I, along with our board and partners are reminded every day that people struggling with cancer need support to maintain their dignity and fight. We are blessed to have the assistance of our national partners and supporters to continue to build a legacy of helping others fight this terrible disease through the memory of my mother.”
Principal fundraising for Rhonda’s Kiss takes place through national events and local fundraising. In addition to support by the Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation, Rhonda’s Kiss is well-known for its annual celebrity fundraising events and concerts. Funds raised are distributed to local hospitals where money is raised. Past fundraisers and charitable concerts have taken place in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Palm Beach with celebrity supporters in attendance including Johnny Depp, Drea de Mateo (“The Sopranos”), Bill Burr, Mike Young, Michael Devin (Whitesnake), Sam Trammell (“True Blood) and performances by The Hellcat Saints, Juliette Lewis, Weezer, Kesha, Jane’s Addiction, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Chester Bennington (Lincoln Park), Billy Idol, Kool and the Gang and more.
To donate to Rhonda’s Kiss directly go to: www.rhondaskiss.org.
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