MINNEAPOLIS, May 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Starting today, May 31, 2013, the Colon Cancer Coalition is accepting applications for caregiver grants through the Tony Snow & Betty Jo Caregiver Network. This branch of the Colon Cancer Coalition is named for former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, his mother Betty Jo Snow, and spearheaded by his sister, Jenny Snow Ashbrook. The mini-grants are targeted to provide financial support to the primary caregivers and family currently caring for, or who have recently lost, someone to colorectal cancer.
The opening of the application period is timed with the 58th birthday celebration for Tony Snow on Saturday, June 1. To celebrate his life and continuing legacy, the Colon Cancer Coalition is paying it forward by helping the families and caregivers like those Tony left behind when he passed away from colon cancer in 2008.
Grants will be given to:
• Provide opportunities to create family memories.
• Help pay for getaway time for the primary caregiver.
• Assist with the expense of counseling for children and families.
• Sponsor children to attend camp and other coping opportunities.
• Help cover unexpected household expenses while a loved one is in treatment.
Applications will be accepted Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 30, 2013; recipients will be notified of their acceptance no later than September 1, 2013. Caregiver aid will be evaluated based on when applications are received, how the funds will be used, purpose of request, and other information provided in the application.
For more information, to apply for a grant, or to make a donation to the Tony Snow & Betty Jo Caregiver Network, please visit GetYourRearInGear.com/Caregivers. The next grant cycle will be announced in the fall of 2013.
About the Colon Cancer Coalition / Get Your Rear in Gear
The Colon Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis. By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer. The organization's signature Get Your Rear in Gear® 5K Run/Walk events are 100% volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United States. Funds raised at Get Your Rear in Gear events are distributed back into local communities for colon cancer education, prevention, and screening. A history of the organization, upcoming events, and a list of programs receiving funding from the Colon Cancer Coalition can be found at GetYourRearinGear.com.
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CONTACT: Erin Peterson, Colon Cancer Coalition 651-247-4023 firstname.lastname@example.orgSource:Colon Cancer Coalition