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We were at Stanford today for Rob’s treatment and I was offered a free 15 minute massage while waiting – courtesy of The Fattal Foundation.

The massage therapist informed me that this is the most rewarding area where she does the massage. She told me a little bit about you and that she would like to personally thank you. I told her I met you and how beyond impress I am with The Fattal Foundation and the support we have received.

Thank you for everything,
Rob & Milette

Dear Denise,

Lyle and I really enjoyed talking with you in the E1 unit at Stanford Medical Center.
It was helpful hearing your inspiring story, that your transplant has worked after 22 years. I talked with our social worker later and learned the your foundation actually made this treatment possible for us. We could not afford to stay at locally, even though we would eventually get reimbursed by Kaiser. The Fattal Foundation allowed Stanford to pay for our housing directly until Kaiser reimburses them. This truly made it happen for us!

Thank you,
Lyle & Christie


My husband has been battling with an aggressive form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma since December. He received his bone marrow transplant at 1p.m. today and just as I was leaving his room I was approached by a nurse and asked if i would like a free chair massage. I looked around in amazement and said me?? She said “”Yes, you”. I have been struggling with chronic back pain for over a year so I gratefully accepted. I asked who i should thank and the therapist pointed out the plaque acknowledging your foundation’s gift. I was instantly inspired and filled with gratitude. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for caring. Your gift has brought comfort and encouragement to a weary heart. I pray that you are well, and that your cup runneth over. Know that because of your gift, I want to give too.

With a grateful heart,


We are so amazed by everything that you have done for us. We are at Stanford right now for the mobilization and just had a massage today. The massage therapist (while getting my free 15 massage courtesy of The Fattal Foundation) informed me that this is the most regarding area where she does the massage. She told me a little bit about you and I told her I met you and how beyond impress I am with your Foundation.


Dear Denise,

I am writing this letter to express my deep gratitude for all that you have done for me. During my toughest time you were there to pay my rent and I do want you to know that I am very thankful. When I did my transplant it was hard and difficult and the hardest part was staying in E1 for a month, and I am feeling better after having the transplant. I am happy that you started the foundation and are helping people. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness,
Stanford Patient


This is a letter of extreme gratitude for helping a BMT patient with housing during his Stanford experience. I am one of his caregivers during his treatment from October to December.

I know that he would like to share his appreciation for the housing help. Since he was transferred to a modest teacher retirement salary during his transplant, he could not afford the fine Oakwood accommodations without your help. The accommodations were perfect in every sense – quiet, clean, comfortable, service staff was very pleasant and kind, the grounds were beautiful and neatly groomed, and all our extra needs were taken care of quickly and with great care.

An armful of gratitude to you and your foundation for supporting patients.
Thank you for your kind and immense generosity,
Care Giver

Dearest Denise,

I am sending you my sincere thoughts about how you give to others, and how you shared your generosity to me and my caregiver to be able to stay at the H.O.M.E. facility in order to be closer to treatment rather than three hours away. I will give to others someday as you have given to me, there is still some hope left for me.
Stanford patient


Dear Denise,

Thank you so much for everything you are doing for our BMT program and for our current patients in need. You are truly unique and my colleagues and I admire you and Robert’s dedication, enthusiasm and success in all your efforts. For me who is no longer active in the care of our patients in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program it is a big reward to see former patients like you doing so well.

I wish you and Robert the very best,
Dr. Karl G. Blume, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Director of Clinical Investigation at Stanford University Medical Center

Hi Denise,

I have had the privilege of using the Fattal Funds for several of my neediest patients. One patient, a woman undergoing an allogeneic transplant, had a very limited support system, and her designated caregiver ended up leaving her shortly after her transplant. By using your funds, I was able to provide regular transportation for her to get to the treatment. I was also able to provide financial assistance to allow her to go grocery shopping, allowing her to get healthy and fresh food. Thankfully, she is now doing well, but I know that without this financial support, it would have been much more difficult. Thanks again for doing what you do – it is so helpful to our patients, and to our program.

Morgan Gross
Social Work Clinician, Stanford Blood & Marrow Transplant Program

Dear Denise,

As you know, BMT patients and their caregivers may face financial challenges, along with the physical and emotional challenges, while undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantations. The Fattal Fund has been a lifeline of support for many patients who were unable to afford the cost of housing near the medical center. The Fund has also helped patients pay for parking while undergoing outpatient treatment at the Stanford Cancer Center, as well as the cost of gasoline for those patients who had trouble affording the drive to and from Stanford. The Fattal Fund has also helped provide Guided Imagery for patients who are inpatient for their transplant care, as well as teas for their families and caregivers. The teas are a welcome respite from the stress that is common for those close to the BMT patients.

The Stanford Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, our patients and their families are all extremely grateful for the assistance that the Fattal Fund has provided.

Gary A. Goldstien
Business Manager, Stanford Blood & Marrow Transplant Program

Dear Mrs. Denise Fattal Cupp and Mr. Robert Cupp,

I am please to thank you for the gift from The Fattal Foundation to the School of Medicine for the work of Drs. Robert Negrin and Karl Blume.

Drs. Negrin and Blume are some of the exceptional physician-scientists who set Stanford apart as a pioneer in human health. They are making important progress in the effort to develop improved therapies for blood and bone marrow recipients. Certainly, the foundation’s ‘A Celebration of Life’ event raises awareness and provides valuable resources for patient services.

John Hennessy, President, Stanford University

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Cupp

Your commitment to the Bone Marrow Transplant Department at Stanford University Medical Center is inspiring. On behalf of the School of Medicine, it is a pleasure to thank you for your continued generosity in support of our patients. We are making great strides in our labs researching the complexities of BM engraftment failure, in particular; exploring cytotoxic cells for immunotherapy, identifying resistant cells, and studying B cell reconstitution after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. We are confident that our research will result in novel therapies in the years to come. This leading edge level of expertise would not be possible without the involvement of friends like you. Your partnership enables us to provide world renowned patient care in all aspects of BMT, from bench to bedside, and we are very grateful.

With my thanks,
Philip A. Pizzo, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine

Dear Mrs. Cupp,

On behalf of the Stanford Medicine, I am very pleased to thank you and the Fattal Foundation for our recent grant to the Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Your ongoing generosity provides vital funding to help our patients and families with financial support at a time when they need it most.

In my new role as Dean of the Medical School, I am encouraged by the commitment of partners like The Fattal Foundation who help Stanford attain the highest level of excellence in medical education, research, and patient care. Part of what makes Stanford Medicine so unique is its extraordinary community of supporters who believe in our shared vision to shape the future of medicine and human health.
I look forward to strengthening our partnership and advancing the remarkable work taking place here at Stanford.

Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine


Dear Denise,

The Lord made you whole to serve Him, and give Him the Glory by aiding others to fight like you did. He will bless and keep you, for He is not finished with you yet in serving the ones he will put in your path. You are an amazing young woman, my precious niece, who was given her health back by a miracle.

I love you,
Aunt Therese

Hi Denise,

John & I want to tell you how much we enjoyed the events over the last 10 years. You & Robert did a wonderful job organizing the events and making us feel so welcome. I think back to some of the things that stand out in my mind and the first thing that comes to mind is the first year you had the huge chocolate fountain. I had never seen one that big. Then there were the delicious hors d’ oeuvres especially the small lamb chops that were so good. The magician was so entertaining! But most of all your kind and gentle spirit came through every year. You radiate love and compassion. God is using you in a might way! We look forward to smaller events here in Modesto.

Our love, John & Mary Jo Sai

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