About The Foundation
The Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation was created in 1999 as a 501 ©(3) public charity by her family and friends to continue her memory by fighting cancer and supporting those that are enduring this terrible disease.
The mission of Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation is to provide assistance for treatment and other support services of cancer patients on the South Shore of Massachusetts who could not otherwise afford it. 100% of our fundraising efforts go directly to supporting these causes.
The Foundation continues to grow. We thank all those that have supported the Foundation. Chrystine would be so happy knowing that the money raised will help those with this terrible disease.
Chrystine (Funder) Sullivan devoted much of her life to her family and bettering the lot of others. She was active in numerous charitable endeavors on both formal and informal levels. Chrystine worked diligently as a volunteer to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill children and their families – one child at a time, one family at a time. Through her early leadership, the South Shore Chapter of the Children’s Happiness Foundation raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars, to grant a magical “wish” to each patient, a wish that would mean hope and respite from the insidious stress of their disease.
In 1994, at the age of 48, Chrystine was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer and was given one year to live. She did not accept that prognosis. With her husband, Bob, five children, young grandson and other family and friends supporting her efforts, she fought her cancer and its pain with every medical treatment available. With her strong will to live she won her battle for five more cherished years before it claimed her in August 1999.
During the many hospital-based treatments, Chrystine and Bob became aware that significant numbers of patients sharing the same waiting rooms were not getting the most advanced treatments available to arrest or even cure their cancers, simply because they could not afford them. Chrystine believed that all people deserved the same world-class treatment as her and those close to her share her dream for a cure. When she lost her battle to cancer, her friends and family immediately took action to continue her fight. They began building an endowment so that they could support those that live with and fight cancer.
Board of Directors
Bobby Sullivan President
Tara Jeppe Treasurer
Erin Sullivan Secretary