About Our Organization

cameron gardnerIn 1991, our family lost a ten year old boy named Cameron to cancer. He loved playing outside, watching wrestling, and practicing wrestling moves on his cousins. And he also had a brain tumor. Usually this type of cancer takes your life within a year, but Cameron fought for two years before he chose peace and said goodbye to our family.

Cameron’s Crusaders began as a team for the annual The One Mission Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer event, where we shaved our heads every year and donated several thousands of dollars to this foundation through fundraising.

You may not have known Cameron, but surely you know a ten year old.

And surely you know someone whose child has suffered from an illness like cancer.

Our mission is to support families in our community who are struggling with a child with cancer or other illness, so they don’t also need to struggle financially.

Families have always been faced with medical expenses for their children, whether it be a long term illness or an accident has happened. Payment for medication, procedures and necessary equipment is not always 100% covered by insurance companies. As families try to cope with short-term or even years of out-of-pocket medical expenses and everyday living costs, they often reach critical breaking points. Not only do they risk losing their homes, stability, and hope, but also their ability to ensure their loved ones receive the vital care they need to survive. Cameron’s Crusaders  are here to help children and their families during difficult times by providing funds and or assistance to help with their needs that are not covered by insurance and would otherwise be a burden for the families.

Cameron’s Crusaders hosts multiple fundraising events throughout the year in order to continuously have on hand items such as gas cards, gift cards to local grocery stores, eateries or hospital cafes. We also make payments to vendors, ie: parking, utility, mortgage, insurance, overnight lodging, and auto repair.

Special event fundraisers are also hosted for the purchase of special equipment needed by specific patients. All proceeds from “special events” are used toward payment of the needed equipment.

Should there be excess funds, those go back to the fund that supports families who need support in the form of:

  • gas cards and ‘other’ transportation expenses to include but not limited to auto insurance payments, repair costs
  • grocery store certificates
  • overnight lodging payment
  • mortgage payment/homeowner insurance
  • water bill payment
  • electric bill payment
  • special equipment needs
  • medication payment (after insurance limits are met)

If you have questions about our organization or would like to participate, please contact us. We’d love for you to donate, participate in one of our upcoming events, or volunteer. 
 

What % of Donations Go to Recipients?

Currently 100% of donations (beyond any expenses incurred to throw fundraising events) go directly to those we are trying to help. It’s a labor of love at this time.

Am I Eligible for Support?

In order for you to qualify for financial assistance through Cameron’s Crusaders:

  • The patient must be on active treatment or within one year of treatment in order for the family to qualify
  • In each case, a child or young adult must be impacted in a significant way. The majority of our funds are used to support families with a child (aged 21 or younger) with assistance with their medical needs.
  • The patient or family must be represented by a social worker or resource manager who can serve as a liaison with Cameron’s Crusaders and verify the patient’s or family’s financial needs and the patient’s medical information
  • The patient or family, through the social worker or resource manager, must demonstrate hardship related to the financial impact of their loved one’s medical needs.
  • Eligible expenses are considered to be necessity items, including mortgage or rent, utilities, auto-related expenses (eg, repairs, loans, and insurance payments), child care, treatment-related travel, hospital parking, prescription medications, other ancillary uncovered medical costs, etc.

If this applies to you, please apply for assistance.

Do You Accept Business Sponsors?

We welcome business sponsors! We’ll even shout you out across social media and list you as a sponsor. We’re actively recruiting volunteers to assist at our events, physical donations for raffles, and monetary donations. If you’re a venue willing to host an event, we’d love to chat!

Can I Auto-Donate Every Month?

Absolutely! On our donation page, you can choose a one-time donation or a recurring monthly/yearly donation. We appreciate your support!

How Can I Help?

We’re actively recruiting volunteers to assist at our events, physical donations for raffles, and monetary donations. If you’re a venue willing to host an event, we’d love to chat!

Our Founders

Meet Kevin and Dolores St. Jean, our founders. They’re the dynamic duo who have put in thousands of hours to get us on our way to non-profit status, secure donations, and launch fundraisers that will help children and their families in our community.

Cameron’s Crusaders began as a team for the annual The One Mission Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer event, where Kevin led a team that shaved their heads every year and secured donations for several thousands of dollars to the foundation through fundraising each year.

Together, Kevin and Dolores have launched Cameron’s Crusaders to put their fundraising efforts back into their own community in New England.

Board of Directors

  • Kevin St. Jean – President
  • Dolores St. Jean – Co-Founder
  • Edward Ouellette – Vice President
  • Susan Blessington – Secretary
  • Wanda Ouellette – Treasurer
  • Lloyd LeBlanc