JD Breast Cancer Foundation was named to honor Jacqueline Dobransky, a vibrant young woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and who passed away just one short year later in 1998. During her illness, Jacqueline unsuccessfully sought resources and support that could help her both cope with her illness, and make decisions unique to those in her age group with this disease. In her memory, Jacqueline’s family and friends started the JD Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of providing resources to younger women in Northern Ohio undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
In order to best serve the Northeast Ohio community, the JD Breast Cancer Foundation has adapted over the last 20 years as community needs have changed and other great organizations have thrived. The Foundation currently focuses on providing short-term financial assistance to qualified individuals in Northeast Ohio who are currently in, or have completed active treatment for breast cancer in the past 12 months.
Kathryn Crestani| President
Donna Rypinski | Vice President
Nate Sinn | Vice President
Jim Moley | Treasurer
Sue Stabe | Secretary
Christine Van Ausdale
Debi Matese | Member at Large
Jon Kozesky | Executive Director
How Funds are Granted
Our program was developed to provide individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment with short term emergency financial assistance. These funds are provided to help with necessities such as utilities, groceries, rent or mortgage and are paid directly to the service provider. We are committed to turning around completed applications within approximately 30 days.