Ellie Fund News



How boston doctors are working to get breast cancer screening results to women faster

NBC10 news story

COVID-19 disrupted our health care system in many ways, but because of the pandemic, a new program at Massachusetts General Hospital is dedicated to getting more women screened for breast cancer and getting them their test results faster. 

Boston Globe

Hospitals, groups focus on inequities in breast cancer treatment

A Letter to the Editor 

As a Massachusetts breast cancer organization that provides access to support services for patients in treatment, the Ellie Fund noticed a decline in requests for our services. Why, we wondered? In Massachusetts there are nearly 7,000 new diagnoses yearly. Where were the patients?

Newton Tab

Newton resident named in 2021 commonwealth heroine class

Ellie Fund Executive Director honored with esteemed group of women

Rep. Ruth Balser, D-12th Middlesex, recommended Meredith Mendelson, of Newton, to the Commonwealth Heroine Class of 2021.

North Shore Magazine

The Women's fund of essex county offers grants to 37 north shore nonprofits

Ellie Fund included in the 37 Nonprofits

The North Shore nonprofit awards $250,000 to these organizations north of Boston for their programming that assists local women and girls.  

Boston Globe

Supporting Your Loved One Through Cancer Treatment

Cancer experts, survivors, and caregivers share advice.

Meredith L. Mendelson, executive director of the Ellie Fund, a need-blind, Mass.-based organization that provides free services to ease the financial burden on cancer patients and families, notes it can be hard for patients to ask for help, especially as time goes on. Metastatic patients could be living with cancer for the rest of their lives. 

Needham Wicked Local

Needham Resident Hosts Fundraiser for Ellie Fund

Young Needham resident hosts a unique lemonade/mask stand fundraiser to support Ellie Fund.

Bella Salamone, 9, of Needham, recently put a spin on the traditional lemonade stand by selling 50 masks at her stand in support of the Ellie Fund, a Needham-based breast cancer nonprofit

Georgetown Wicked Local

Georgetown Resident Runs Virtual Boston Marathon

Georgetown resident runs the first ever ‘virtual’ Boston Marathon, fundraising for Ellie Fund.

Zigzagging the streets of Georgetown, Tracey Micue was finally able to complete the 2020 Boston Marathon. Micue has been training for the race since the winter of 2020 when she received her charity number from Ellie Fund, a Needham-based breast cancer nonprofit.

Wellesley Wicked Local

Ellie Fund Volunteer Awarded direct federal random act of kindness award

Wellesley Resident honored with local bank’s kindness award for her work with Needham-based breast cancer charity.

Pam Wohl opened her door thinking an Ellie Fund staff member was there to discuss the volunteer logistics of the upcoming meal delivery to breast cancer patients she coordinates for Wellesley Service League members.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh Press Office

$2 million in boston resiliency fund grants to support the most impacted by covid-19

The new round of grants will support food access during the summer months and domestic violence services

July 2, 2020 – Boston, MA – Continuing his commitment to an equitable recovery for City of Boston Residents most impacted by COVID-19, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee today announced the distribution of nearly $1.9 million to 15 organizations.

Boston Business Journal

Small business backer: Ellie fund breast cancer patients were in crisis before covid-19

Ellie Fund is a non-profit organization serving breast cancer patients, both women and men, in every corner of the Commonwealth

June 3, 2020 –Breast cancer is costlier than other cancers. Even for those who are fully insured and employed, the unanticipated costs add up quickly, rendering many unable to afford life’s basic necessities while they undergo treatment.

The MetroWest Daily News

Ashland, natick swim coach anne meisner running in virtual falmouth road race to raise money for breast cancer patients

Over 13 years later, the ashland and Natick High swim coach still has her cancer diagnosis on her mind.

May 25, 2020 — Natick, MA — Anne Mesiner is used to having to adapt on the fly. In January 2007, Meisner was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time she had a 2-year-old son and a 3-week-old baby boy.

WCVB Channel 5

5 for good: brockton mother and daughter deliver free meals to breast cancer patients

Kim Cottingham and Anya Olmstead volunteer for Ellie Fund through pandemic

March 26, 2020 — Brockton, MA — Two years ago, Kim Cottingham was diagnosed with breast cancer. The mother of four is an emergency room nurse. She is married to a paramedic and said she is not used to feeling vulnerable

The Lowell Sun

Ellie fund wins another oscar

 Lights. Camera. Action

 March 16, 2020 — On Feb. 9, the Ellie Fund hosted its 24th annual Red Carpet Gala in celebration of the 92nd annual Academy Awards


Ellie Fund teams up with wcvb newscenter 5 for annual oscar viewing party

February 25, 2019 – Copley Square — More than 300 guests attended the Ellie Fund’s Academy Award viewing party, which was held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The 23rd annual Oscar “red carpet” soiree is hosted co-hosted by local ABC Network Outlet, WCVB NewsCenter 5.

Ellie Fund Press Release

Ellie Fund’s Red Carpet Gala Raises Critical Funds to Support Breast Cancer Patients

The Ellie Fund’s Signature Event Brings In More Than $300,000 To Benefit Their Mission
February 25, 2019 – Boston, MA – While the stars were gathered in Hollywood for the 91st Annual Academy Awards, 300 of Boston’s best donned their black tie finest at the Fairmont Copley Plaza for the Ellie Fund’s 23rd Annual Red Carpet Gala. The event, hosted in partnership with WCVB Channel 5…

Ellie Fund Press Release

ARS Restoration Specialists Wows with Overwhelming Support for Local Organizations

A Generous $325,000 Year-End Donation Propels Ellie Fund Into 2019
December 21, 2018 – Needham, MA – On December 8, 2018, ARS Restoration Specialists (ARS) made an unprecedented donation of $325,000 to the Ellie Fund, a Needham based organization that provides invaluable assistance to women, men and families undergoing breast cancer treatment across Massachusetts…

Ellie Fund Press Release

Ellie Fund Welcomes New Executive Director

Meredith Bryan Joins the Ellie Fund Team
September 4, 2018 – Needham, MA – The Board of Directors of the Ellie Fund is pleased to announce and welcome Meredith Bryan as its new Executive Director. Meredith succeeds the Ellie Fund’s previous Executive Director, Gail Fine, who retired in June after 12 years with the organization…

Ellie Fund Press Release

Ellie Fund Launches Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Program

Local nonprofit organization launches unique program for patients with metastatic breast cancer
July 30, 2018 – Needham, MA – In January, the Ellie Fund launched a new program designed specifically to meet the unique needs of metastatic breast cancer patients. The Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Program (MBC Program) is an adaptation of the Ellie Fund’s existing Healing Together Patient and Family Care Program (Healing Together Program) that provides personalized grants consisting of critical support services for up to 3 months in duration to breast cancer patients living or receiving treatment in Massachusetts…