LESLIE’S WEEK provides vacations for Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer women and their families. Our nonprofit began with a collection of vacation homes in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and has grown to include hotel resorts and vacation homes nationwide. Our goal is to gift a vacation where Stage 4 Breast Cancer women and their families create Memories that Outlast Cancer.
This program began in 2011 in coordination with Leslie’s nurse, Carol, at the Kimmel Cancer Center, who identified one family candidate in 2011 & 2012 for LESLIE’S WEEK. Our outreach extended and now includes nominations on our web site and families who are selected by third party Breast Cancer Centers throughout the country. The DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Cancer Center, the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center Temple University are a few of our nominating partners. The Stage 4 Breast Cancer women and their families are chosen regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, and age.
After each selection is final the necessary arrangements are made in order for our families to be comfortable in their vacation environment. They receive an email called “Leslie’s Essentials”. This gives the location and phone number of the LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center while they are in Tennessee and other local breast centers in our additional vacation communities. It describes the medical records they should bring, the local pharmacy phone number and location, and other pertinent information for their comfort and safety.
Sevier County Tennessee, our first vacation location, is in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It is visited by more than 12 million people a year. It is the most visited and oldest National Park in the land management system. It is where Dolly Parton was born and raised and where her famous Dollywood Theme Park, Splash Country Water Park and DreamMore Resort are located along with Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, which are known for their family values and family entertainment. It is a hub of vacation activity and attracts families from the South, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions.
This is where LESLIE’S WEEK was founded.
Educational Assistance for LESLIE'S WEEK Kids
The specific criteria for our Educational Assistance program is that each child must have participated in our LESLIE’S WEEK program with their Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer mother and family. They must be between the ages of 6 and 12 during their vacation, They become eligible when their Stage 4 mother succumbs to her breast cancer. The Educational Assistance program is available upon graduation from High School and acceptance to a school of higher learning. The amount designated for Educational Assistance to LESLIE'S KIDS is determined on an annual basis and can fluctuate according to the amount of charitable donations received by LESLIE’S WEEK. Educational Assistance is in the name of the child’s mother and delivered directly to the school chosen by the recipient. Each recipient must maintain a minimum B average and be in good standing to renew their educational package. This program is dependent upon donated funds.
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