• I have been an Oncology Nurse Navigator at Hackensack Meridian Health - Southern Ocean Medical Center since August 2011. Soon after starting in my role, I had the opportunity of meeting David Caldarella and learning about David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation. In working with his organization, I began to see how his organization was making an impact on people’s lives who were battling cancer through the financial grants and support that his organization provided. In 2013, I experienced that support on a personal level when my father was diagnosed with Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer. My father lived five hours away in Pennsylvania on his dream 11 acre farm with sheep, chickens, ducks, barn cats, as well as the wildlife that adopted him. One morning he was driving to the hospital to have his central line placed for his upcoming chemotherapy but unfortunately he was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a farm tractor and had to be helicoptered to the nearest hospital for emergency surgery. My sister and I drove to Pennsylvania and when we walked into the intensive care unit to see our father intubated and the surgeon telling us the severity of his injuries, we did not know if he would live or die. We wanted to be able to focus on our father but we also realized that the farm and the animals needed to be cared for. The hospital was an hour drive one way. We quickly reviewed my father’s bills and needs for the farm. I reached out to David to see if he had funding to help my father and he did. I sent him some bills which he covered through his Foundation which allowed my sister and I some breathing room to know that we could order feed and hay for the animals to get us started and make sure that there were no other bills at that moment that needed to be paid. That allowed us the time to focus on our dad and his healing without that heavy burden getting in the way of that. After David paid the bills, I whispered in my dad’s ear that David had paid some of his bills and the animals had their feed so he did not have to worry. My father opened his eyes wide and then a tear gently rolled down his face. David’s Dream & Believe provides those financial grants and an additional layer of support that is truly priceless and not only have I had the privilege of witnessing that with my patients but also as a caregiver for my father.

    Elizabeth Martinez
    Elizabeth Martinez
  • It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since my daughter, Molly, was diagnosed with cancer. Molly was diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma when she was 8 years old. During the initial family meeting, Molly’s oncologist told my husband and I that Molly had a very poor prognosis and her chance of survival was less than 10%. We were devastated. I was a pediatric oncology nurse at that time and all I could picture was all the children I had prayed so fervently for a miracle and then watched leave this earth and their parents who loved them so much. I always tried to surrender to God’s will in my life but I remember standing in the shower sobbing because I couldn’t imagine losing our beautiful daughter. I finally said the prayer, 'God, you gave me this beautiful daughter and I am putting her in the palm of your hand. I trust you.' After saying that prayer, a huge wave of peace came over me. Now I am human, and that peace came and went over the next several years as I had to continually put my trust in God again and again. Molly faced many hurdles and obstacles, including 12 surgeries and lifetime side effects from chemotherapy but I am happy to report that Molly is a thriving sophomore in college. One of my answers to prayers was David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation. One thing I did not mention above was that my husband and I have eight children. When Molly was diagnosed at age 8, she had 5 younger siblings, who were ages 6, 5, 3, 22 months and 3 months so needless to say we were busy and overwhelmed. We also depended on both my income and my husband’s income to pay our normal bills. We didn’t have anything to spare and the bills were building. One of my close friends, Meigan Kelly, shared with me that her friend Dave had also been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and that he had been reading about Molly’s journey and it was helping him to persevere since Molly was a child and also had to face so much. She mentioned that Dave was trying to start a foundation and that he wanted our family to be the first family to receive assistance. At that time, Molly was in need of a special therapy that wasn’t covered by insurance and I didn’t know how we were going to manage it. DDBCF was an answer to our prayers. The grant covered the treatment Molly needed and helped us not to have a huge financial burden. I am so grateful to DDBCF for not only helping our family but so many others that have been faced with cancer. No one wants a loved one to face cancer or any illness. It was so hard to watch Molly suffer and go through side effects and pain. Yet through it all, I felt that God was constantly surrounding Molly and our family with loving and generous people. Dave was one of those miraculous people that God sent to us and we will never forget his love and help for our family.

    Ann Zahner
    Ann Zahner
  • I was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer with a softball sized tumor to my liver.  I am currently in therapeutic treatment at our local cancer clinic.  David and his wonderful foundation has helped my family and I with much needed financial support during this time of need.  It was and is an answer to prayer!  God bless David and his foundation.

    Karlan Zarley
    Karlan Zarley
  • Wow, I was most delighted to receive your wonderful gift! Life has been very difficult for me as a stage IV cancer patient, now in a clinical trial. The removal of my cancerous parts & the spreading to my lungs have left me hurting physically, emotionally and financially. Your gift is as if from Heaven. It will help to lessen some of the burden I feel each & every day which plays a great role in my emotional well-being. I have mentioned to my oncologist & nurses on many occasions that the financial pain seems to be even greater than the pain caused by my cancer. What you have done for me is more than you will ever know! May you always be rewarded for your kindness. You and those you touch are in my prayers. Stay well & keep up the great work! Wishing you the best of health (please God). Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  • Dear Mr. David, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for my hospital bill payment and sending a grant. Please know how much you've helped me and how appreciative I am of your kindness. Words cannot express how I feel. Kind regards, Dipti

  • My family and I want to thank you so very much for the funds to help pay some of our monthly bills. I was diagnosed in September 2014 with Stage 4 breast cancer. Our journey has been very difficult at times, but knowing there are generous and caring foundations such as David’s Dream and Believe encourages us to carry on and continue this battle.  I know my condition is not contagious, but apparently, the community around us have a different perspective.  Nobody understands that each day is a struggle but it would be so encouraging if others could show their support through a simple text or email. Since my diagnosis, I have been doing well on Tamoxifen and have recently been prescribed another medication as there is belief that it may not be effective any longer.  I hope and pray this is not the case and this new medication will slow the disease progression.  I do believe each day that we will win this battle.  It may take longer to win but in the end I will beat this disease. I would be happy to lend my support to the Foundation in any way possible.   It is through your support and David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation that restores my faith in others and that there are still people in this world willing to help others.   I will continue to keep in touch and provide updates. You may use my full name because I am not shameful for my condition.  I will continue to DREAM and BELIEVE in my DREAM every day. Again, we sincerely thank you and your Foundation for all your caring and support.  Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we will continue to pray for you and all the services you provide to families in need. Sincerely, Steve Hubbard

    Steve Hubbard
    Steve Hubbard
  • David your help has lifted a great burden off of my shoulders during a very trying time. The last meeting with the Staff, I was informed as of right now there is no cure for my Cancer.  I was offered a Clinical Trial which I took. This is not a cure but will possibly give me more time. Time is what I need now as new medicines are coming in everyday. One may come up that fits my Cancer. Until then I will just keep using this medicine which seems to be working. This infusion drug un-mask's Cancer so that your body can see it as a threat and then your immune system attacks it. It could possibly cure me but it is a long shot. But if it attacks it and slows it down a cure may come up. Thanks to your organization I have been able to concentrate all my efforts fighting and not worrying about becoming homeless. Your kindness has done more for me than you will ever know.

  • My Son Brima was admitted to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia oncology inpatient unit on March 15, 2016 for the diagnosis and immediate treatment of Stage IV Wilms Tumor in his right kidney; which spread to his lungs and bones in his back.
    As a result; Brima's Oncologists developed a very grueling Medical Treatment Plan including but not limited to: Chemotherapy, Surgery and Radiation. The treatment was done both in- Inpatient and Outpatient. Coupled with the sudden lifestyle changes, complex feelings and emotional battle; my Husband and I were immediately faced with increased economic burden and financial difficulties.
    Thank you to David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation who came to our assistance and paid our Mortgage and PSE&G Bill. I have attached two of my Son’s pictures to this message including a family photo taken at CHOP's Christmas Party. Thank you so much Mr. David Caldarella and supporters of David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.
    Kamara Family
  • To DDBCF, It's hard to put into words the generosity and thoughtfulness of this incredible organization. I reached out to DDBCF and they responded by sending me a check to go towards groceries. I cried when I received that check but at the same time it gave me strength and hope to keep fighting for myself and others who are going through the toughest time of their life. I want to thank everyone for all their valuable time and tremendous effort and hope that I will be able to meet and greet everyone that made this happen. When I do get, better and get on my feet financially I will not forget this great organization and hope someday I can do my share and help other people as well. In the meantime, if I can help in anyway please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you so much, Albert

  • "I'm embarrassed to send you this card as late as it is. I've been having a problem with depression and pain. I should add in guilt. If anyone knew that I was depressed they would judge me because I should be grateful to be alive. I am grateful. I would never want to leave my family with the pain of my loss, or rather the pain of their loss. I have or had breast cancer. I don't even feel comfortable saying either. Do I still have it or don't I? I don't feel comfortable saying I'm a survivor; am I now or not? I don't like the term "Journey", a journey to me is something you choose. I know some would argue that you choose to fight cancer and thus the journey. Cancer is not something you choose to have so I'm not choosing to have a journey. I've never been angry about having cancer, just in disbelief. All of a sudden in the middle of something I'd think I have cancer and still be in disbelief. I've never thought Why Me? Why not Me? Here I am complaining and you not only had stage IV cancer but you turned the experience into something positive to help others. Well I'm so happy you survived and hung in there and did what you needed to do. Thank you for helping me and everyone else who's struggling. "

  • “Thank you so very much for your help to pay the hospital bill for my scans, and your understanding about the mental, emotional  and physical issues a person is dealing with, and then having the financial burdens on top of it, lessons the burden that much more. I literally ran out of all the financial resources I had by June. We are holding on, which I am thankful for from family and your organization. I was so stunned when you called  to say the bill would be paid. Having this bill paid, cutting what I owe in outstanding medical bills literally in half,  and not having to deal with a collection agency harassing me was such a godsend. I am so thankful and appreciative for your support and hopefully I will be able to pay it forward to someone, somehow, somewhere,  in the future, as you have done for me. Speaking with you also gave me a boost of hope that the “tomorrows”  may not be a bleak as they sometimes can feel and there are good people, such as you, and the organization you represent in this world.”  My Warmest Regards, Nancy

  • My email "thank you" just did not seem to convey how grateful I am for helping my family. The patient was so excited about your call that she contacted me right away. I wanted to let you know along with your Foundation what a blessing you are to not only our families but all the families you assist. Thank you again and keep up the great work!

    Darlene Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania/LSW
  • Hello davids dream My name is Marisa and at 34 years old Last year in late June 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had learned of your program while going through treatment at a later time. I had applied to see if I was eligible for help and I never heard back. But today months later I actually got a lovely letter and a check towards one of my medical bills. I was so pleasantly surprised and so grateful thankful that your organization could help me out. Every little counts. Im still fighting the good fight. I recieve infusions once every three weeks. And will be getting my reconstructive surgery soon. Thanks again for assisting me in my time of need. Cancer sucks but it's the generosity and support from others that reminds me to beat this disease and keep on going.

  • So nice speaking to you today! Thank you for everything, especially the words of encouragement! Your cause is a noble one and I can't wait to donate toward it once I'm healthy and working again!

  • Thank you so much for all of the amazing work you and your organization are doing, on behalf of Cancer patients in our community ! As a hospital social worker, at CentraState Medical Center, I am desperately in need of help for my patients, as most reveal they are more worried about their finances, than their cancer ! From the bottom of my heart, Thank you for all the great work you are doing !

    Deb Turi-Smith CentraState Medical Center/Family Support Social Worker Cancer Services
  • My husband and I are writing to say thank you for your kindness and your generous financial assistance since my husband’s devastating diagnosis of prostate cancer. As you know, cancer is a very expensive disease, both financially and spiritually. This month, we needed help defraying the cost of my husband’s prescriptions; something he absolutely cannot be without. We are very grateful that you were here in our time of need.

    Layard and Tammy Arzberger
  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me and my family. Your help came at just the right moment. God used David's Dream & Believe Foundation to answer our prayers. It is difficult dealing with cancer so when the bills pile up and fall behind, it becomes overwhelming. Words are not enough to say thank you for your support. May God bless you and the Board of Directors as you continue to provide help for so many in need.

  • We want to thank you for your very generous gifts for our family. You have no idea how God has used you to bless us and help meet our financial needs! No doubt he is using you and your nonprofit organization to touch and bless so many others dealing with cancer. Your life is a testimony of courage, strength, perseverance and selflessness. May God continue to strengthen you and keep you in good health. You are an inspiration! With grateful hearts, the Kaiser Family

    Kaiser Family
  • Thank you so much for helping me during this difficult time. I was so overwhelmed with 2 cancers and open heart surgery. The bills just flooded in. You're kindness really touched me and inspired me to help others when I finish the process. God Bless you and your Foundation!

  • I want to thank you so much for your generous financial assistance. It has been a very difficult year for us. We will never forget you and your Foundation.

    Jensen Family
  • Your organization has meant the world to me. You have always been here for support, when I have been worried, and to make arrangements for me when I was so overwhelmed I just couldn’t. I don’t know what I would do without you. You have become my friend!

  • Your generous donation has relived a bit of the pressure on me both with the cancer and the bills from this terrible “Sandy” nightmare.

  • Thank you so much for your generosity to two people your organization was able to help. Your gifts will make a huge difference in supporting them during their treatment. They are very appreciative for the help! Thanks again!!

  • Just want to say how lucky my family feels to be one of the grateful receipents of your hard work. You have made a huge difference in the lives of so many people going through a very difficult time. Take Care!

  • David, you are such an inspiration. You’ve helped me through a lot without even realizing. I’m forever grateful.

  • I wish I could express how very much your very generous gift means to me. It is more than just paying some of the bills. It bring a message of hope with it and the knowledge that there are very caring people, who are walking with me in this battle. Thank you so much and God Bless You.

  • It’s hard to express how blessed we felt when we received your letter and financial help. My husband has been battling cancer for many years. We thank you so much for this wonderful work you and your foundation are doing to alleviate some financial pressures for those like us. Praying you will stay healthy and this work will continue.

  • Just a note to say how thankful my husband and I are for your very generous financial assistance. I was very glad to share happy tears with you. Keep smiling!

  • I still can’t believe you sent me financial assistance. I’ve never gotten any thing like that from anyone since I was re-diagnosed 5 years ago. All we’ve been doing is pay, pay, pay. And especially with the flooded house and no insurance and NO FEMA help! You truly made my husband and I very happy and restored my faith a bit. Thank you very much for your kindness. I wish you continued good health so you might continue to do all your good deeds.

  • Thank you for your gift. It was a blessing and well needed and trust me it will go to a well worth cause. God bless you and your foundation.

  • Thank you so much for the generous donations to our family in helping with our fight against cancer. To have you reach out and help means so much to us. Thanks again.

  • I can’t “Thank You” enough for your grant assistance. I have my surgery and chemo taken care of thanks to you. God Bless and I won’t forget ya!

  • Thank you so very much for your generous contribution towards our travel expenses going back and forth to our doctor appointments. It meant so much to me. I’m truly touched and grateful for your kindness, it means more than words can say.

  • I received your letter and grant assistance. I cannot describe how much I truly appreciate the support. When I was diagnosed with cancer in late spring I cannot imagine how many times I have felt like giving up but with people like you showing support in all different ways truly help me to go on. I, myself am deaf and receiving support from the community can be difficult due to a communication barrier. But I can really say that a part of the community has been really supportive in so many ways and you are one of them!

  • I just want to thank you for your support this year. What you are doing is so amazing and it meant so much to our family during our very difficult times this year!


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