Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund

In partnership with the Gruner Family, the Benedictine Health Foundation established the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund in 2004 to aid in the treatment, care, and support of cancer patients in need.


To qualify for assistance the following criteria applies:

  • Patients must be in current treatment for a cancer diagnosis and have an annual household income of less than $55,000 for family or $35,000 for single.
  • Residents of Ulster County (regardless of the medical facility where they currently receive treatment), and also residents of neighboring Mid-Hudson Valley Counties (receiving treatment within Ulster County) are eligible to apply.

Once qualified, gift cards to Hannaford Supermarkets to purchase nutritious food and/or fuel cards to Stewart’s Shops to help cover the cost of transportation to treatment are provided. $500 per calendar year is available to each patient.

Please contact Bernadette Rexford at the Benedictine Health Foundation at (845) 481-1303 to receive an application or download the application here:

Download the Application

When a patient’s health insurance does not cover a required cancer treatment product, the Oncology Support Program at HealthAlliance may be able to provide for prosthesis, lymph edema sleeves, wigs, turbans, surgical bras, or compression stockings. Please contact them at (845) 339-2071.

Bike for Cancer Care, held each September in Ulster County, is the main fund raising event to support the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund. The event features a 12-, 25- and 50-mile ride for cyclists of all skill levels, a 5K Walk/Run throughout historic uptown Kingston, and a Kids Fun Run inside Dietz Stadium. A great day for the entire family!

Visit to Register, Volunteer or Donate.

“The Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund helps many of my patients make it through the first two years of cancer treatment.  Because of time lost from work and high out of pocket expenses for health care, patients need financial support during treatment.  Without this fund, our patients might not go through with radiation and other treatments that allow them to live healthy cancer free lives!”
-Dr. Zoe Weinstein

Supporting the Benedictine Spirit of Compassionate Care