In March 2003, Eileen Johnson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in her brain stem. After almost two years of numerous medications and therapy, she underwent brain surgery in February 2005. While the surgery was succesful in removing sixty percent of the tumor, Eileen was told that in just a few short months she would need to start chemotherapy to treat her cancer.
In May 2006, Eileen began chemotherapy. At this point her insurance had run out, and while she was still covered under her husband's plan, she was expected to pay twenty percent of the cost of her treatment. Eileen and her husband did not know how they were going to pay the bills.
Declared an immediate need recipient, Betterment gave the Johnson family $3,180 to help pay for Eileen's chemotherapy, and ease the financial burden on the family.
In a letter from Eileen to Betterment she states,
"Words cannot express the gratitude my family and I feel for what you have done for us. The Betterment Foundation has allowed us to see some light at the end of a dark tunnel. Again, thank you very much."