Guam – The University of Guam and the Guam Cancer Trust Fund Council (GCTF) have awarded a $150,000 grant to The Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation, a local nonprofit organization providing assistance to cancer patients in our local community. The grant, to be used for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013, will go towards the administering of financial assistance, therapy services and support activities for local cancer patients.
President of the Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation, Marie Calvo Monge, expresses the Foundation’s immense gratitude to the University of Guam for awarding the grant and supporting the Foundation’s mission saying, “As a local non-profit foundation relying solely on the generosity of the community to help those battling this devastating disease, this show of support from UOG and GCTF speak volumes about the warm and giving spirit of our island.”
Founded in 2004 by the family members of the late Edward M. Calvo following his battle with liver cancer, the Foundation has provided over $1,000,000 in financial assistance to those battling cancer on Guam since its inception. The Foundation’s motto “Guam is Good!” borrows from the last words of Edward M. Calvo and is a testament and symbol of the strength and spirit of our community, even in the face of adversity.
The Guam Cancer Trust Fund, established by Public Law 30-80, comes from a redirection of 15% of all tobacco sales taxes generated within the Territory to fund under the purview of the University of Guam. As a grant recipient, The Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation will use these funds to directly provide support services for Guam cancer patients.
For more information about the Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation, please visit www.guamisgood.org, visit the foundation’s Facebook page or call Natalie Calvo at 472-6852.