In 2011, Send Me On Vacation filed for a 501 (c)(3) status. The charity started sending breast cancer survivors on healing vacations post treatment to ease the after effects of battling breast cancer. Throughout the last 8 years the charity has developed group empowerment & wellness vacations to survivors in the following countries:
SMOV has made it possible for hundreds of survivors to take a break from fighting this terrible disease and find their way back to a life filled with love and joy.
When Cathy Backus from Scottsdale, AZ saw that her best friend Pam Horwitz needed a break from fighting cancer for the second time she crafted a plan to reach out to her contacts in the travel & timeshare industry to donate unused inventory to send survivors on a much needed vacation after battling cancer. Inspired by Pam and backed by her husband and “partner in giving” Gene Backus, Send Me On Vacation was born. Now, 6 years later the charity has caught the attention of some of the largest supporters around the world.
Send Me On Vacation is an all volunteer organization and raises funds for survivors to become thrivers through events. Every event sends local survivors from the state its held in on vacation. This concept allows the charity to support the communities that support their survivors.
SMOV raises money chiefly through event fundraising, including an annual Gala, a High Tea and a fabulous Poker Tournament.
SMOV has coordinated over 400 vacations to date.