Charles Thide was a hardworking, healthy 53-year-old man until he was stricken with multiple myeloma in December 2003. He put up a brave fight but lost his battle with this form of bone marrow cancer in October 2004.
To honor Thide’s memory and spirit, his coworkers and family created the Charles Thide Foundation in 2005 to assist individuals suffering from multiple myeloma and other forms of cancer, to provide for their families during difficult times, and to support research to find a cure for cancer. The foundation is dedicated to helping families who are experiencing difficult times due to the effects of cancer.
“The loss of my wonderful husband and my children’s father five years ago was completely devastating,” said Diane M. Thide, Budget Systems Administrator at Stony Brook. “I cannot tell you how much the support of others during this difficult time helped us. My children and I have felt blessed that this foundation was started by Charlie’s coworkers so that we can keep his spirit alive by assisting others.”
So far, more than 150 families (a number from Stony Brook University) have received assistance from the foundation. For the first time this year, the foundation is part of the SB Cares/SEFA campaign. If you would like to donate to this important cause, please use code 65-00063 on your 2009 SEFA/United Way form.