The mission of Bumblebbee is to inspire hope and faith by providing support to the overall well-being of pediatric cancer families. Established in 2011, the Bumblebee Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 that was founded in memory of Jarren Donatini, who was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) at the age of three.
During his 18 month battle with cancer Jarren touched the lives of many and showed others about the meaning of true love, faith, and courage. His parents immediately knew they were called to start an organization that would offer this same attitude of love and support for all families suffering from pediatric cancer.
A grant from TCRF will support a program central to BumbleBee’s mission: the patient aid program. BumbleBee Foundation’s Patient Aid program is designed to assist pediatric cancer families through direct financial support. Families of a child undergoing cancer treatment may require financial assistance for basic needs such as mortgage or rent, utilities and groceries. Additional assistance may come in the form of sibling care, transportation needs, and medical bill coverage. Even with insurance plans intact, pediatric cancer parents are required to pay more in co-payments, deductibles, and co-insurance. In worst case scenarios, BumbleBee also provide assistance with funeral/memorial costs.