Tutu Project’s Pilot Program Helps Breast Cancer Patients Directly With Daily Expenses

Tutu Project’s Pilot Program Helps Breast Cancer Patients Directly With Daily Expenses
The Tutu Project has awarded its first direct grants to patients and families battling breast cancer, as part of a new pilot program to help patients with their daily expenses. Previously, the Tutu Project, a nonprofit that raises funds for breast cancer patients, had only offered grants through its charitable partners. The new $1,000 grants support patients’ non-medical expenses such as mortgage and car payments, utility bills, and transportation to and from treatments. “When we first founded the Tutu Project, my wife Linda and I wanted to help those affected by breast cancer with the everyday things that can become unaffordable or unmanageable, from paying monthly bills to keeping the house clean,” Tutu Project co-founder Bob Carey, said in a press release. The Tutu Project is funded by individuals and corporations, including top supporter Jet Linx. In the last five years, the Omaha, Nebraska-based private jet company has raised more than $180,000 for Dare2Tutu, a fundraising campaign that uses the project’s signature pink tutu to encourage breast cancer patients. After his wife was diagnosed with the disease in 2003, Carey began photographing himself in public, wearing only a pink tutu, to brighten her mood. His playful, supportive gesture went viral, leading to the Tutu Project’s creation. “It is incredibly rewarding to know that our partnership with the Tutu Project truly helps the women, men and families struggling with the financial burdens caused by breast ca
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