WHY GEST FOUNDATION, INC. WAS CREATED
Founder Michelle Perzan created GEST Foundation, Inc. in honor of her mother Gemma(G), father Elmer and Baba/Grandma Elsie (E) and brother Steven (S) who all died from various kinds of cancer. The “T” in GEST stands for Michelle’s maiden name, Trakalo. Michelle herself is a breast cancer survivor.
After surveying the non-profit organizations currently in existence, Michelle realized that there is a tremendous need for a foundation which can provide emotional, spiritual and financial support to those undergoing treatment for all types of cancer.
Michelle truly understands that it is the months after surgery which are most difficult for those undergoing treatment for cancer. Michelle relied on her faith and her family to give her the strength to fight her own breast cancer diagnosis. Thus, Michelle has been cancer-free for one year. However, Michelle understands that not everyone has the support system she was fortunate to have during her journey. Therefore, Michelle’s vision is to provide a support system for those who do not have one, or who just need a little extra help.
The support provided by GEST Foundation, Inc. will include, but not be limited to, financial support so that patients can focus on healing. GEST Foundation, Inc. will provide grants to deserving individuals so that services such as grocery delivery, transport to and from post-op medical appointments and treatments, house cleaning, and personal caregivers to assist with daily living activities can be provided. By providing this support, Michelle and the GEST Foundation, Inc. Board hope to provide cancer patients and their families relief from dealing with the minor irritations of day to day living.
The funds raised by the GEST Foundation, Inc. will be raised right here in the Katy community, and all proceeds will remain in the community. It is the mission of Michelle and the GEST Foundation, Inc. to help the thousands of people undergoing cancer treatment and their families. Michelle and the GEST Foundation, Inc. Board hope that you will support, both financially and through volunteer opportunities, the mission of the GEST Foundation, Inc.
If you wish to volunteer at the inaugural Katy Universal Cancer Walk in September 2017, please contact by email: Michelle.Perzan@gestfoundation.com. Donations may be made by mailing a check, payable to GEST Foundation, Inc., to 403 W Grand Pkwy S, Ste F, #113, Katy, TX 77494.
If you wish to sponsor a specific expense related and start-up of the GEST Foundation, Inc., please contact us by email: Michelle.Perzan@gestfoundation.com to learn about the sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsors will receive recognition on GEST Foundation, Inc. website for the year in which the donation is made at www.GESTfoundation.org