More Cancer Funding Assistance

Yesterday when I went to UCSF to see my social worker; Ellen, who is taking her place gave me an application for the Uilani Fund¬†which is limited to breast cancer patients in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Hawaiian residents. It covers up to $500 for alternative medicine for breast cancer patients and they pay your practitioner directly. I’ve decided to give mine to Dr. Michael Broffman at the Pine Street Clinic in San Anselmo, he is helping me with holistic, herbal and nutritional needs during my recovery. Another alternative financial resource that I found but haven’t applied for yet is Sy’s Fund which is for all cancer patients between the ages of 18-39. It’s to assist with funding any integrative treatment that helps a cancer patient recover, I know my insurance doesn’t cover any integrative, so this will be really great assistance for me. I’m assuming they pay the practitioners directly as well.


Financial Aid Resources for Breast Cancer

Today I applied for two different financial aid resources to help pay the bills. I’ve continually been amazed at what’s out there… I get overwhelmed with my treatment and when I get a burst of energy, I regroup on taking care of myself financially and look into what’s out there. It gets tricky because of my age… I’m 39 now as of January, and some funds have age limits.

There is a non-profit called Help Now Fund from The Breast Cancer Charities of America that will pay up to $500 in bills directly to the payee. The dates they accept applications are limited to about two weeks a quarter. I JUST found this one and it is due tomorrow. The application period was May 14-25, 2012. I am not sure when the next one opens up, I just got lucky to find this and went to the Cancer Resource Center at UCSF to see if I could track down a social worker I see periodically to see if she could sign the application. It was great, once I had it signed, I wrote a cover letter on the Resource Center’s computer, and faxed it out immediately. The Center is really helpful in that way. The second fund I applied for is based out of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and it’s called The Pink Fund, which will pay bills for up to three months.

When I first got diagnosed, I was so dazed that I couldn’t remember what my social worker helped me apply for, but when the little pieces of aid started coming in, it was so helpful. I will start to post more about this now that I’m starting to recover from everything. I get my scan at the end of the month, on May 31st… and see my doctor on June 6th to talk to him about the results. If I am clear, I get my port removed this summer. Yay.

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