Tips for Lives Program

By shopping at Ocean Greens, you are helping support your community with our Tips For Lives program. With your help, the funds help qualifying patients and their families with non-medical needs as many families face sickness and hardships at difficult times. Thank you to all of our amazing customers, we have helped support numerous of families since 2014 and continue to thrive to support our community.

We rise by lifting others

Patients come from across the United States and around the world to receive leading edge treatment at Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the Hutch’s treatment arm. In addition to the physical and emotional toll patients endure while battling their illness, they also face daily financial and logistical challenges. The Family Assistance Fund, which is supported entirely by private donations, helps qualifying patients and their families with non-medical expenses. It provides help with everyday items such as grocery money, diapers, child-care costs, bus fares or long-distance phone bills.

This support provides the tools and resources families need to find a measure of comfort and stability while negotiating their cancer treatments.

One such patient, a young husband and father of three children from Eastern Washington, was recently diagnosed with sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissues. SCCA, the only institution in the Northwest with expertise in treating sarcoma patients, offered the treatment he needed. Thanks to private contributions, the Family Assistance Fund provided housing support for the patient and his family during his care. Without this assistance, he may not have been able to receive the treatment that has saved his life.

Meet the champions in our program

Joanna Nichols

Joanna Nichols received $2,000.00. She has been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma on her tongue. On March 3rd, Joanna underwent surgery to remove the tumor and half her tongue. Joanna is a client of Ocean Greens and most importantly she has never smoked, dipped or in any way deliverately harmed her mouth. She in face has a very healthy lifestyle and has also even opened her own massage business in Seattle in 2014. She has had to stop working now due to pain and preparation mentally and physically to continue her journey.

Mieko Rye

We will also be donating to Mieko Rye who is a loving, energetic single mother to Jesse, who is now 7. She recently was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, which has also spread into her lymph nodes. Mieko has started chemo treatment, and while losing her hair and physically deteriorating (eye sight, motor skills) she must work as much as possible in order to pay for food, child care, living expenses and finally medical bills. After the chemo is finished she will undergo a minimum of 3 surgeries to remove the cancer in her breast. Mieko will be receiving $1,500.00.

Erik Ault

Erik has had a physically draining 2015 where he battled cancer. He is thankful for all the support he has received from his friends and family and is happy to announce that he will be heading into 2016 cancer free!

Richard Calicoat

Just 25 days after marrying my best friend and soul mate, I was diagnosed with a rare nasal cancer, which was quickly eating my inner nasal cavity. 39 days after being diagnosed I was having surgery to remove damaged bone and tissue in my nose and cheek area. This surgery took 5 hours. My nose was then replaced with a lubricated gauze and stitches.


On August 4th, 2014 one hour before I was scheduled to have knee replacement surgery, I had a massive heart attack put 4 stent. November 24th, 2014, I had a second heart attack one stent clogged and I fell off the operation table, that still haunts me to this day.

You can help make a difference in someone’s life today

Anything you donate will go towards qualifying patients facing difficult times.

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