Baptist Health Paducah: The Your Fight Cancer Assistance Fund
The Your Fight Fund is a financial assistance program for cancer patients in Paducah, Kentucky. Find out if you qualify for this cancer assistance fund.
Cancer Assistance Fund in Paducah, KY, HealthTalks Transcript
Tonya Rittenberry, Radiation Therapy Supervisor:
The Your Fight Fund is a fund that is available to help cancer patients and only cancer patients who have a need. It was started back in 2012. We decided that we wanted patients to know or anyone in the community who found out about the fund to know that their fight was our fight.
Elevi Balzer, Oncology Social Worker:
There are a few ways we can figure out if a patient does need assistance. We have a distress form that will actually list out different categories and what they may need.
Dotty Harrison, Hickman, Kentucky:
I had to have three aggressive chemo treatments, 35 aggressive radiation treatments, and then three more chemo treatments. I live in Hickman, Kentucky, which to come here is an hour and 15 minutes.
A lot of patients may not think they qualify for assistance. After meeting with them, we can find something to help them, whether it be through the hospital here or another local resource.
Elevi contacted me and she talked to me about getting assistance for gas because I was coming every day, and it doesn’t take long to put miles on your car. It doesn’t take long to use your money that you thought you had a little bit kind of saved. That was a great help. I’m very blessed and very thankful. There’s a lot of us out there who need it.
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