#NBCAM Komen Kansas City Grantee: Cancer Action | Success Stories
By Morgan Cimpl, Community Health Intern
Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City
Cancer action recently had a woman call who had found them on the internet. She has a young teenage daughter in the home. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in early spring, had surgery and is currently on chemotherapy. In the initial assessment with their case manager, they learned that they had been struggling financially to “make ends meet.” She had insurance but with all the added expenses from treatment and reduced work hours she did not have money to pay for her medications and maintain her basic living expenses. Her struggle was not only financial but physical and emotional. Her situation was heart wrenching – “do I pay for my medications or use the money I have to pay our rent and get groceries for me and my daughter.” In desperation she contacted Cancer Action hoping to find assistance in this time of crisis.
Mary was a hard-working single mom of a 13-year-old. At the age of 46, her life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She began a long, difficult time of treatment which included surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. She had insurance at the beginning of her treatment but was unable to work or to keep up with the cost of the premiums during her treatment. She had very little income. Friends and family were helping out to assist with her basic needs. She was overwhelmed with her situation. She had contacted many resources to help out with some of her medical needs but was not able to find assistance. Her most immediate need was getting her medications that she could not afford but desperately needed. The Cancer Action case manager offered immediate relief. They contacted the pharmacy and arranged for her to pick-up her medications. They have continued to offer prescription assistance which was a huge relief to her. It also enabled her to keep her limited resources to meeting other basic needs. Our case managers worked to connect her to other community resources. Her and her family were adopted for Christmas which was a weight lifted off her shoulders. Cancer Action became a source of emotional support for her through this very difficult time. She continues to feel better every day and has been able to return to work.
CANCER ACTION // Breast Cancer Patient Services Program // A grant for $90,023
Cancer Action provides programs and services that address the physical, social, emotional and financial needs of cancer patients and their families. Cancer Action delivers vital services and offers emotional support to women facing the challenge of breast cancer through prescription assistance, transportation to treatment, nutritional supplements, breast prosthesis, lymphedema sleeves, medical equipment and supplies, wigs, case management, education and emotional support from caring professional staff. Find out more about Cancer Action at http://www.canceractionkc.org/