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WHAT ABOUT ME FOUNDATION. Founded by Dubuque native, Michael Kopp, the organization was established in 1993 to address the stress coming from a diagnosis of cancer. Three areas of need were identified: information about where to get help; help and support for those without good support systems; financial assistance for rent, food, and utilities for those qualified. (1) The foundation was non-profit and incorporated in Iowa with Kopp as president of director of operations. Office space was donated by his employer, Vitacare.

DUPACO COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION and [KATF-FM]] held a Halloween benefit movie in 1994. The proceeds from the event, $650, were donated to the organization. (2) In July 1995 the Foundation held a basketball camp featuring University of Iowa standout Acie Earl. A raffle to raise funds was also scheduled. (3) He made his fourth consecutive appearance at the camp that benefited the Foundation in 1997. (4)



1. Bergstrom, Kathy. "Cancer Patient Starts What About Me Foundation," Telegraph Herald, June 1, 1993, p. 3A

2. "Tri-State Briefs," Telegraph Herald, November 27, 1994, p 34

3. "Coming Events," Telegraph Herald July 30, 1995, p. 19

4. Piper, Andy. "Earl Aiming to Make Bigger Impact the the Bucks," Telegraph Herald'Italic text, August 2, 1997, p. 8