Having Faith

When I started KossFF in 2015, I knew my work would make a difference in the lives of families who were in my situation, battling a family member's cancer diagnosis. I had faith that KossFF could make that difference.  Three years later, after countless hours of hard work, sheer determination and  an unconditional belief that KossFF can make a difference, my faith is intact.  All the work is justified when KossFF receives emails from our grant recipients such as Pam Leonard, who graciously allowed me to share her story:


I wish to thank you again for your financial gift. This has helped me tremendously. I was diagnosed November 24th, 2017 with Ductal Carcinoma Invasive Breast Cancer. I had the lumpectomy on December 26th, 2017. I will begin my chemo treatments on March 1st, for three months, every three weeks, followed by six weeks of radiation. I have three beautiful daughters and three wonderful grandchildren, they are my inspiration and I will fight this disease with all my might. 

Please use my story and/or pictures in any way that you wish. I cannot thank you enough. I hope to volunteer to help on 3/24. I do start chemo this Thursday, but if I am doing ok, I will be there. I also work as a server part time, so I could help with that, cleaning up etc. I also and more than happy to discuss my situation that evening if you wish. 

Thank you again,

Pam Leonard

Our team cannot do our work without the support from the community.  Join us in helping families like Pamela's on Saturday March 24 at The Branch 1501 for Art in the Big Easy as we raise money to provide financial assistance to more families in 2018.  



What You Need to Know When Applying for Assistance

Every day we are receive phone calls from patients or their family members who are looking for the answer to one very important question.  “How do I, or my loved one, start the application process for assistance?” 

Here are the steps:

1.       Download and complete the application

2.       Have your treating Healthcare Professional sign the application

3.       Make copies of the items that are in need of financial assistance and send with completed application.

4.       Mail it to The Koss Family Foundation, P.O. Box 080991, Racine, WI 53408

Since we have become a recognized resource for Wisconsin by The American Cancer Society, we are receiving a higher volume of applications.  This recognition is a huge honor and we are proud of the work we have done to achieve this, but it has created a situation where we are not able to provide assistance for every application we receive.

Our team has the incredibly difficult job of determining which applications receive funding based on the criteria we have set in place.  The applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Please be aware that once you send in an application it could take up to 6 weeks to go through the review process. Every application that has not received funding is then held for 90 days and reviewed for the next two months.

We appreciate your patience with our application process.  We are working hard to increase our revenue so we can provide assistance to more families each year.  The hardest part of our job is not being able to provide funding for every application we receive.  Cancer has touched every one of us at KossFF and we know what a difficult time this is for every individual sending in an application.  For other resources in Wisconsin please refer to The American Cancer Society.

Big Easy Call to Artists

Call to Artists for The Koss Family Foundation, Inc.

Artists come out to support Koss Family Foundation, Inc. Art in the Big Easy Art Show and Silent Auction will be held at the Branch at 1501, 1501 Washington, Racine WI 53403 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. Prior to the event work will be posted on our event and auction website for advanced viewing and bidding.

The Koss Family Foundation is a Racine based nonprofit supporting community members facing a cancer diagnosis. In 2017, through diligent work, they’ve made an impact in the lives of cancer patients and their families throughout Wisconsin providing $11,000 in financial relief toward everyday living expenses. Recently the American Cancer Society recognized the Koss Family Foundation listing it in resources for families battling cancer.

Team Koss lost our own cancer fighter in November. Steve Koss reminded us every day through his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, to pay forward the generosity of those around us. We will not forget his passion and dedication to his fellow cancer patients. We think of him as we enter the new year, our commitment renewed to raise the monies needed to continue our mission.

Help us make a difference! Saturday, March 24th, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. by auctioning your original artwork for a good cause. Here at KossFF we do not want you to give us your hard work but rather to partner with you for a good cause. We have created a couple different ways for you to participate.

There is no fee for submission. Artists over the age of 18 may submit and we have two ways for you to participate.

  • Submit an original piece to be auctioned by silent auction with 25% of profits going to the foundation the other 75% going to the artist.
  • Create a small square up to 12”x12” on a canvas provided by the Koss Family Foundation. Mardi Gras or New Orleans themed pieces are encouraged but not required. These pieces will be part of the silent auction with a low minimum bid of only $25. All profits go to the foundation. Canvasses will be available for pick up at the Racine Business Center Office starting January 16, 2018. RBC Office hours are Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m.–4:00pm.

Deliver Work to the Racine Business Center Office 1405 16th Street, Racine, WI on or before March 9, 2018 during regular business hours. As noted above, we will be posting images of all the artwork on our bidcoz.com auction site, so the sooner we receive it the sooner we will upload it for bidding. (bidcoz.com/kossff/bigeasy)

PLEASE include your name, contact information, artwork dimensions, media, minimum bid and retail value when you drop off your artwork. Artists will be contacted to pick up any artwork that is unsold at the end of the event within two weeks of the event.

Artists are invited to serve as a volunteer at the event by filling out a volunteer application found on www.kossff.org.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.bidcoz.com/kossff/bigeasy.

Contact with questions:

Samira Gdisis
(262) 994-8780

Happy New Year's Eve

We at The Koss Family Foundation would like to thank everyone for supporting us throughout 2017.  This past year we may have lost one of our own, but through his illness we gained partnerships, friendships and support from people we may have never crossed paths with before.  We gained strength from recognizing this. 

This year we achieved many goals.  We became recognized by The American Cancer Society as a resource for cancer patients in WI and have been able to reach clients outside our local area. We had many media outlets share our story to help spread our mission.  Most importantly, it was our first year providing client aide and we are excited to share we were able to provide $11,000 in financial support to our clients in 2017.

As we look toward 2018, we know we have a lot of work to do to continue on this journey, as our services are in great demand. We are working tirelessly to raise the funding and support needed to be able to help more families each year. We are expanding client services to include our first annual Holiday Celebration, so we can share fun times too. We are excited for 2018 and the opportunities and challenges we face.  Your continued support is appreciated.  We invite you to join us at our fundraising events, as a volunteer, or in any way that fits for you. 

Happy New Year from all of us at KossFF!