Ferry boat with lights reflecting in calm water
Mission: Assistance with Transportation Costs for Women with Cancer.
Serving Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap & Mason Counties
Do you or someone you know need help?
We understand how difficult of a time this is and we try to make it as simple as possible.
We work with you and your Social Worker (or Patient Navigator and/or Physician) to receive assistance.
Where to have treatment is determined by the type/stage of cancer and what treatment is needed.
Transportation costs are not usually covered by insurance.
The average trip from Kingston to Seattle is about $100.
Since its' inception in 2003, the Kathleen Sutton Fund has helped over 900
women and has distributed over a half a MILLION dollars!!!
By supporting the Kathleen Sutton Fund, you are helping the lives of the people closest to you…..
YOUR Community, YOUR Friends, YOUR Family.
Cancer awareness shoot
“I am deeply grateful for KSF's assistance, and for the kindness of my KSF contact during my many
trips from Port Townsend to Sequim. KSF has been a practical inspiration with a human face". ~ Merillea
Cancer awareness shoot
“Going to Seattle every day for treatments is time consuming and expensive. I couldn’t have done it without the help of the Kathleen Sutton Fund. They are wonderful...and a lifesaver!”
~ Nellie

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Kathleen Sutton FUND


What We Do

KSF provides transportation assistance for women with cancer living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap & Mason counties.  Women are referred to KSF by their healthcare provider (Social Worker, Patient Navigator, RN/MD). The Kathleen Sutton Fund covers ferry fees, mileage, parking, tolls, and any other transit expense for patient and companion. Typically health insurance does not assist with, or pay for any travel expenses related to cancer treatments.

The Kathleen Sutton Fund began in 2003 as a small local grassroots organization by providing assistance with transportation costs for women with breast cancer and living in North Kitsap County. Due to the tremendous  support of the community, grants and the annual live/silent auction fundraiser, the Kathleen Sutton Fund has expanded it’s services to women with any type of cancer and living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties! Since its’ inception, KSF has helped over 900 women and has distributed over a half a MILLION dollars!

The Kathleen Sutton Fund receives referrals for assistance from oncology social workers and patient navigators from medical centers such as: Olympic Medical Cancer Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Hospital, Salish Cancer Center, Kitsap Cancer Center,  Jefferson Cancer Center, Virginia Mason, and others throughout the Puget Sound region.

Kathleen's Story

Kathleen Sutton was a remarkable woman in many ways. While she lived in Shine on the Olympic Peninsula, she worked in Kingston as a well-respected businesswoman. She served as president of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, organized the annual 4th of July parade, and was a tireless volunteer. Kathleen founded the community’s “Team Flo” for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure. From 1998 until 2004 Kathleen Sutton underwent treatment for breast cancer in Seattle. A network of friends cherished their time with her as they drove her to many of her appointments. As they went back and forth from Kathleen’s home in Shine, they realized the enormous financial outlay for travel associated with cancer care. These expenses were not covered by her insurance and significantly added to the overall cost of treatment. Upon her death, as a tribute to Kathleen, a fund was established in her memory to assist other women with transportation costs. “A dream can make a big difference in many women’s life.” In May of 2003, Kathleen and I were on the ferry coming back from her weekly chemotherapy. We were talking about our upcoming fundraising for a national cancer organization. We had just bought ferry passes and they were expensive. I suggested to Kathleen that we should help other women in North Kitsap going for treatment for breast cancer to pay for the ferry cost. Kathleen didn’t buy the idea. However, late that evening Kathleen called me after wakening up from a bad dream about not having enough money to go for treatment and said: “Go for it!” 

– Vivi-Ann Parnell, Founder, Past President and Board Member

How to help


We have all been touched by cancer.  The emotional and  life changing financial challenges that come along with the diagnosis are immeasurable.

Our major funding comes from our annual auction and grants, but your help is needed too. Your donation helps relieve the financial burdens facing these women and their families.

Click here to donate or, if you prefer to donate by check, please mail your donation to:

Kathleen Sutton Fund
PO Box 727
Kingston, WA 98346

Become a Sponsor

Showcase your support to the community by becoming an Auction Sponsor. With the support of sponsors, we are able to cover the costs of the auction event, allowing KSF to give 100% of the money raised directly to the women we help.

Contact us at Sponsor@kathleensutton.org  to learn about becoming an Auction Sponsor.


The Kathleen Sutton Fund  is based on volunteers so 100% of the money raised goes directly to the women in need. Help is needed not only during the auction, but throughout the year.

Contact us at Volunteer@kathleensutton.org