Keep Swimming Foundation Makes a Difference

Wanda Santiago habla de su experiencia con Keep Swimming Foundation. /Foto: Cortesía KSFWanda Santiago habla de su experiencia con Keep Swimming Foundation. /Foto: Cortesía KSF

Hispanic family discovers son has Leukemia and receives financial relief.

By PF Staff

Milwaukee, WI. – After a visit to the doctor, Wanda Santiago discovered her son, Leeroy, was diagnosed with Myeloid Leukemia. Once he was brought in and hospitalized, Wanda found herself having to choose between her son and her job while medical and non-medical related expenses continued to pile. “My son goes first, my children always go first. As a mother, I am a fighter, a warrior. Everything is for them,” commented Wanda in a video posted to YouTube by Keep Swimming Foundation.
A social worker at the hospital introduced Wanda to the Keep Swimming Foundation and explained how the foundation helps families of critically ill patients cover non-medical expenses related to long-term hospitalizations such as parking, bedside means, gasoline and lodging. With the help of her social worker, Wanda reached out to the foundation, shared her situation with her son, Leeroy, and through the help of translators at Keep Swimming Foundation, Wanda and her family were the first non-English speaking family to receive a grant that helped pay off many of their non-medical expenses. “I would always question how I would be able to do it. But good people exist. I am extremely grateful of Keep Swimming Foundation,” commented Wanda.
“Regardless if a family speaks English or Spanish, Keep Swimming Foundation is fully capable and prepared to help these families in need. From the moment they apply online, both English and Spanish speaking families have that opportunity,” says Founder and Board President, Bill Coon. “The Santiago family proved very early on, they were most certainly the reason this foundation was created.”
Keep Swimming Foundation accepts nominations for all English and Spanish-speaking families throughout the year and dispenses funds on a quarterly basis. The nomination process and other information can be found at

About Keep Swimming Foundation
Keep Swimming Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides financial relief to families of critically ill patients who require extended inpatient medical care at an accredited USA hospital.
Life can change in an instant. All too often families find themselves faced with unexpected medical bills after the diagnosis of a life-threatening or life-changing event.
While health insurance provides support for medical costs, families faced with extended inpatient care typically shoulder the burden of the external costs associated with visiting and caring for their loved one. Because of this need, Keep Swimming Foundation was born.