Greek Children’s Fund
Established in 1983 by Stanley Matthews, a Greek-American businessman, the Greek Children’s Fund (GCF) provides financial assistance toward the daily, non-medical needs of Greek, Cypriot and Greek-American children and their families. A non-profit, philanthropic organization, the GCF assists an average of 500 pediatric and adult cancer patients a year.
The GCF is affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. Over 25 members strive to brighten the lives of children with cancer and their families. The majority of these families come from Greece and Cyprus seeking treatment for life-threatening illnesses.
“Hope for Life,” the GCF’s Young Adult Division, was created in 1998. College and graduate students volunteer to provide emotional and financial assistance to pediatric patients being treated at MSKCC and Cohen Children’s Medical Center. This division functions separately from the GCF, but builds awareness about GCF among young adults in the Greek-American community.