$100k source pans out well
WHEN breast cancer “thriver” Jenni Eyles received a call from a stranger offering her US$100,000, she wasn’t sure if it was a prank, a con or a competition.
But the source was legitimate — a foundation founded on spaghetti sauce which has given more than US$23 million to Australian charities. The Newman’s Own Foundation created by late actor Paul Newman usually invites applications from charities for grants, but the foundation’s Dimity Pinto said they wanted to try something different for the latest round.
“I’d followed Jenni’s Styling Curvy blog and knew she had experienced cancer and was helping to make a difference, and she was someone honest and authentic,” she said.
Paperwork followed, and Jenni nominated The Hospital Research Foundation as a worthy cause. She knew about their work from her own cancer treatment and nominated their ‘Under Our Roof’ project providing purpose-built accommodation for country cancer patients and their families being treated in the city.
Jenni, 46, of Fulham, under- went a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and this Wednesday marks five years as a self-described “thriver”.
“I found out they had funded the actual chemo chairs I had been sitting in week after week,” Jenni said.
The Hospital Research Foundation chief executive Paul Flynn said part of the grant will be used to cover the costs of transport for patients to and from hospital.
“This grant will also help us provide ongoing maintenance, cleaning and gardening services to ensure these homes remain a place of healing.”
RIGHT INGREDIENTS: Jenni Eyles, breast cancer survivor, has won a US$100,000 grant from the late Paul Newman's charity Newman’s Own Foundation.