Just prior to Christmas of 2018, Emily Menges returned home to Long Island to host a youth clinic as a fundraiser to support her family’s I’m Not Done Yet Foundation.
The inaugural Train With A Pro event hosted by the Portland Thorns star and Garden City native on December 22 raised $25,000. All proceeds benefit I’m Not Done Yet, which was founded in memory of Menges’ brother, Bobby, who lost his long batter with cancer in September of 2017.
Just days later, the Menges family hosted a Bobby Menges Memorial Blood Drive. Over the year the blood drives have collected almost 700 pints of blood for the New York Blood Center.
Then, as the year was coming to a close, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) announced that the I’m Not Done Yet Foundation had pledged a five-year, $500,000 research grant to HSS. The funds will be used by the New York City-based medical facility to establish best practices to meet the changing needs of young patients as they become teenagers and young adults in the health care system.
In an interview with SleterFC.com just prior to the Train With A Pro event, Liz Menges — Emily and Bobby’s mother — discussed how Bobby during his cancer treatments recognized a need for doctors to understand the changing psychosocial needs of patients as they matured into young adults.
According to HSS, the grant from the Menges foundation will be used to address the challenges young patients face as they become adolescents and teenagers in the health care system.
“The research initiative, which will include a psychologist, aims to evaluate the changing psychosocial and emotional needs of young patients in the health care setting and determine the best way to meet those needs,” said Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch, chief of HSS’s Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service. “Surveys and questionnaires will be designed for past and current patients and their families. We intend to publish and share our research findings with the broad medical community well beyond orthopedics and HSS.”
In addition to HSS, the foundation has also pledged $225,000 to The Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Winthrop Hospital. The finds will create a coffee-shop-style space for older patients.
An additional $150,000 has also been pledged to the Duke Cancer Center at Duke Univerity. These funds will be used for a program that will help young patients with chronic illness develop independence through programs such as peer-to-peer counseling.