About the Fund
Jim Bashaw was a beloved teacher, guidance counselor and longtime girls’ basketball coach at BFA St. Albans. His death in August of 2000 from brain cancer affected not only his family and friends, but the entire community. In honor of Jim’s memory, a fund was established to provide financial assistance to residents of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties who are experiencing catastrophic illness from cancer or other causes. Jim was diagnosed with brain cancer in February of 2000. He valiantly fought his illness until his death on August 16, 2000. In 2000, the Maple Festival Sap Run, Relay, & Walk was dedicated to help raise funds to support Jim’s efforts to fight his illness. Jim’s family and organizers of the event were amazed by the outpouring of support shown by the more than 700 walkers and runners who participated, and the countless others who sponsored runners and walkers, or donated their time to organize the event. Over time, the Run for Jim has spun off to its own event, held at Collins Perley each May, and now includes a run, a walk, and special races for kids.
How the Fund Helps
Families often do not realize all of the costs that are encountered when a family member is ill. The fund can help provide financial assistance for items such as:
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Private care/respite care
- Nutritional support
Applying for Funds
If you have been diagnosed with cancer or another catastrophic illness that will cause a financial burden on your family, and are a resident of either Franklin or Grand Isle Counties, you may be eligible to receive funds from the Jim Bashaw Cancer and Catastrophic Illness Fund. A member of the NMC Care Management team will work with you to explore all possibilities for funding to support you during your illness. Sources of funding may include insurance benefits and entitlement programs, as well as the Jim Bashaw Fund. Contact the Care Management Department by calling 524-8479. If you would like to apply for Jim Bashaw Funds online, click here to fill out the electronic form. If you would like to use a paper application form, click here to download and print the PDF form.
Growing the Fund
There are three main annual fundraisers for the Jim Bashaw Fund: The Run for Jim in May, a Bowl-a-thon in March and a Powderpuff football game in October. In addition to the funds raised through these two events, other funds are raised through:
- Charitable gifts given in lieu of flowers in memory of a loved one who may have benefited from the fund; and
- Designated charitable gifts to the fund through the Northwestern Medical Center.