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Area cancer survivors to benefit from $25,000 Raynier Foundation grant


The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia (CSCGP) received a $25,000 grant from the Raynier Foundation.

CSCGP is a 30-year-old organization that helps cancer survivors, their families and friends living in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties.

The $25,000 grant will support CSCGP’s programs, which aid cancer survivors from their facilities in Philadelphia, Warminster, and in area hospitals.

“Support, especially emotional support, is critical for people battling cancer in their daily lives. Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia tries to make these lives a little bit better while they wage this war,” states Michael A. Valucci, a Blue Bell, Pennsylvania resident and the vice president of the foundation’s board of trustees and its secretary.

“Our organization thanks the Raynier Foundation for its support of our efforts and our members. Obtaining foundation grants is extremely competitive and we’re very grateful the foundation appreciates the work we do,” said Kelly Harris, CSCGP CEO. “This grant will enable us to continue serving cancer survivors and those impacted by their condition.”

The foundation was started by James Windener Ray who passed away in 2005. His parents were Joan Widener Ray and James Ray Sr. The Wideners, who made their fortune in the meat and railroad industries, were one of the wealthiest and most well-known families in Philadelphia.

The Raynier Foundation, started in 1994, gives primarily to organizations in the Seattle, Washington, and the Philadelphia areas. From its inception to 2022, the Raynier Foundation has donated $60.2 million.

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia (CSCGP) serves people of all ages, who currently or in the past had any type and stage of cancer, their family members and friends.

The Wellness Community of Philadelphia (in Fairmount Park) opened in 1993, with Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley (in Warminster, Bucks County) opening its doors in 2003. Both were independent nonprofits affiliated with national organizations. Ten years ago, the two merged and officially formed CSCGP in 2014.

Over 13,900 visits where recorded last year both to online and in-person programs.

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