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'Rhonda's Kiss' provides needed funds for patients

The charity provides grants to hospitals to help support patients who are strugging to make ends meet while in treatment

CLEVELAND — Rhonda's Kiss is a charity started by the Stefanski family after wife and mother Rhonda Stefanski died of pancreatic cancer. 

During her battle, Rhonda's husband Marc and son Kyle realized there were so many unexpected costs, along with expensive treatments, so they decided to help others who might be facing a similar situation.

The mission statement of Rhonda's Kiss is “Supporting the Complete Journey." The charity believes in the whole care of a cancer patient by making grants to hospitals to support the non-medical financial needs of individuals who are struggling to make ends meet while in treatment.

Those hospitals then use those funds to cover patient needs such as: 

  • Transportation - With the cost of parking and cabs, Rhonda's Kiss assists patients and their families, to get to where they need to be stress free.
  • Non-medical support - Nutrition, wigs, exercise, and massage therapy are rarely covered by insurance. 
  • Critical living expenses - Helping patients make ends meet by supporting vital needs like shelter and warmth 

So far, Rhonda's Kiss has raised $900,000 and has helped over 200 patients in need. Click here to learn more and to donate to this worthwhile cause. 

Marc and Kyle Stefanski stopped by Thursday's Donovan Live to talk with Betsy Kling about Rhonda's Kiss. Watch the interview in the player above.