Hearing the words “You have cancer” or “I have cancer” is a life changing moment. In an instant, the world is turned upside down and the fight to overcome begins. Patients and caregivers enter new territory – financially and emotionally – as they navigate difficult decisions, treatments, and procedures. The last thing anyone in this fight wants to worry about, is money.
To help ease the financial burden of cancer patients and their families, several members of the community have established funds with the Marietta Community Foundation as a way to provide hope.
Thanks to a generous donor, the Foundation recently established the Louise Holmes Cancer Fund, which is designated to help cover cancer expenses for low-income residents of Washington County. Funds can be used to cover medical expenses and prescriptions, transportation to and from appointments, or other related expenses that are unable to be met. For those in need, this is an answer to one of many prayers, helping to make ends meet during a stressful and difficult time.
In memory of Felicia Buell and her courageous battle with cancer, the Mid-Ohio Valley Dragon Boat’s Felicia M. Buell Thriver Fund was established to assist men and women (18 years of age or older) who are cancer survivors with jump starting their way to a healthier lifestyle through exercise and energizing activities that will encourage wellness, fitness, and fun. These activities include, but are not limited to: zumba, aqua zumba, toning, swimming, yoga, etc. classes at local gyms and fitness centers, and getting a one hour oncology massage.
If you or someone you know could benefit from one or both of these funds, contact us today to learn more or fill out an application.
Those in need of financial assistance can also reach out to Firefly: A Spark of Hope, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide hope to cancer patients in Wood, Washington, and surrounding counties by easing their financial burden so that they can focus on what really matters – winning their fight against cancer.
BrAva is another Mid-Ohio Valley non-profit organization dedicated to helping local families going through childhood cancer. BrAva began is 2011 and is named after Bridget, a cancer survivor, and Ava, who lost her battle to childhood cancer. Thanks to generous support from the community and through fundraising efforts, BrAva is able to provide assistance to local families.