What We Do

What We Do

The Kathleen Sutton Fund has a single mission to  assist women who are undergoing treatment for cancer with their travel expenses. Women living in Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson and Mason Counties  are eligible. Women are referred to KSF by their healthcare provider (Social Worker, Patient Navigator,  RN/MD). Health insurance usually does not cover these out-of-pocket expenses. Funds are available for the client and a companion. Allowable costs include:  ferry fees, gasoline, parking, tolls, and any other transit expense.

KSF began in 2003 as a small local grassroots organization serving North Kitsap County and providing transportation assistance to women with breast cancer. Due to the tremendous  support of the community, grants and the annual live and silent auction fundraiser, the Kathleen Sutton Fund was able to open it’s services to women living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties and to not only help women with breast cancer but was able to expand it to include women with any type cancer! Since its’ inception, KSF has helped over 900 women and has distributed over a half a MILLION dollars!

KSF 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, Peninsula Cancer Center, Jefferson Cancer Center, Virginia Mason, and, as of, 2016, Women’s Cancer Care of Seattle. Many of our clients are individuals who have heard about the fund from friends, family and past clients.

Many times, the travel expenses represent daunting, and sometimes life-threatening hurdles during a very difficult time. Typically health insurance does not assist with, or pay any travel expenses for these trips. An average request covers multiple trips to various treatment centers across the Puget Sound that include mileage, parking and ferry fees.

We believe that the Kathleen Sutton Fund is the only charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides this unique and specific assistance to the women of Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties.

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

Kathleen's Story
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Get Support

Your journey to recovery begins with the Kathleen Sutton Fund.  It is our mission to assist women living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties with transportation expenses while undergoing treatment for cancer. Funds are available for ferry, gasoline, parking, tolls, bus, taxi, and other expenses related to transportation . We understand these are stressful times and we are here to help.  please click here to contact us.

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Volunteer

The Kathleen Sutton Fund  is based on volunteers so 100% of the money raised can go directly to the women in need. Volunteering includes everything from stuffing envelopes to grant writing or spending time posting on social media.  Help is  needed throughout the year.