Each year, nearly 200,000 people in America receive the life-altering diagnosis of breast cancer. In Maryland, more than 4,000 families cope with that reality annually. Founded in 2002, The Red Devils is a 501 (c) (3) organization based in Baltimore whose mission is to fund services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families.
Who Are We and What Do We Do?
Since 2002, The Red Devils has invested nearly $3 million to fund treatment support for more than 5,500 breast cancer families so that loved ones are able to enter or remain in treatment. We have partnerships with 41 hospitals or other facilities throughout Maryland, and five hospitals in Washington, DC. Their medical staff and social workers refer patients to our business partners who provide a variety of treatment support services at no charge to the patients living or being treated in Maryland.
The Red Devils funds support in three program areas that align with the most common barriers to treatment breast cancer patients encounter. Patients and their families can turn to us assist with:
- Taxi voucher
- Gasoline cards
- Bridge tolls
- Metro passes
- Sedan and van service
- Meals and groceries
- House cleaning
- Rent and mortgage
- Childcare and respite care
Medical Services and Treatment-Related Therapies:
- Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
- Medical co-payments and insurance premiums
- Acupuncture and massage therapy
- Medical equipment and prostheses
The Red Devils is a Maryland charitable organization inspired by the courage, grace and humor of two young women, Jessica Cowling and Ginny Schardt, who refused to be defined by their disease.
Jessica died in July 2002 and Ginny in August 2002 at the far too young ages of 31 and 44. Ginny and Jessica were surrounded by families and friends who loved and supported them every step of their journey. Others may not be so fortunate.