(Excerpt from Part 3 of a 3-part series written by Debbie Basora and published in the Mesquite Local News 12/30/09, 01/07/10 & 01/14/10)
...I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society (MCHS) and to Yoli Bell and her staff. They have provided much-needed information, loving support, and most important at times, tremendous financial support. I was referred to the MCHS organization through Deb Christiansen at Intermountain Health Care...
...Just because you are not insured, have limited financial resources and are mired in other issues, there is hope...
...I was in the MCHS office...getting a reimbursement check for some medical bills they were kind enough to help me cover, when a woman came to tell them that they had raised an impressive amount of money to be donated to the organization. More angels in our community; more lives to be impacted in a positive way. I am one of many in our community who fight this battle...
At the beginning of 2014 my husband, Joe, was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer, which was, thankfully, contained to the throat area. Joe had to start treatment immediately, and of course, the treatment was in St. George, at the Southwest IHC/Huntsman Cancer Center. We didn't have the resources to travel back and forth everyday, and we were waiting to hear about Medicaid coverage for the prescriptions Joe needed. We had no idea where to turn, and we needed help fast!
One day, my sister-in-law heard about the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society at, of all places, a local cigarette store! We called and made an appointment with the MCHS to see what help was available. After completing an application, and being approved for services, they helped us with fuel reimbursement for trips to St. George, as well as partial payment for prescription costs.
I am happy to say that Joe made it through chemotherapy, and we are hoping for the best at his next PET scan. Based on the kindness, sensitivity and compassion of the MCHS, we feel compelled to let others know what a great organization the MCHS is...a Godsend! We couldn't have done it without them.
I am writing to express my sincere thanks for the Mesquite Cancer Help Society's (MCHS) understanding, compassion and support, bother emotionally and financially, during my time of greatest need. Without you, I am not sure what I would have done.
When I was at my lowest level, the staff was so professional, kind and caring that it gave me hope. When I was confused and had doubts, the cancer center was patient and took time to hel0p me understand what needed to be done.
I was always thoroughly impressed by the staff of the cancer center and always looked forward to visiting with you. Any questions I had were calmly and delicately answered.
It is with the utmost gratitude and gratefulness that I say thank you for what you have done for m e. I will never forget you.
Hi, I am a breast cancer survivor! I was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 13, 2011, and I was uninsured. My husband and I started liquidating as many assets as we could in order to pay for my treatment. Then, I turned to my computer in search of any type of financial assistance which may be available for the uninsured. Like many of you, we had made donations to the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, so I turned to them first. This is when I found out that while these organizations are on the front line for funding research to find a cure for all types of cancer, they do not offer financial assistance to individuals diagnosed with cancer. Further research of other organizations left me with the same answer: there was no financial assistance available for someone in my situation.
I had heard of the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society (MCHS) and played Bunko with their office manager. I wasn't sure exactly what services MCHS offered, but I knew I needed to find out, and find out quickly. I called and made an appointment to meet with Lorraine, the office manager, on September 19th, the day before my lumpectomy was scheduled.
Walking through the office door felt as close to being hugged as one could get without the physical contact. Lorraine outlined the educational and financial services provided by the MCHS, had me fill out a simple application, explained the criteria for financial assistance and most of all, assured me I would not be alone in this fight for my life.
Once my application was approved, I was given a fuel voucher form to have signed every time I made a trip to St. George for treatment. The MCHS was going to reimburse me $10 for each round trip. This may not sound like a lot, but believe me when I tell you that when you are making 5 trips a week for 7 weeks of radiation, this reimbursement makes a real difference on your budget.
It is now 2014, I am cancer-free, and I am now the office manager of the MCHS. Our goal is still to make every person who walks through our door feel like they are being hugged the moment they step inside, and most of all, to assure them they are not alone in this fight for their life. You see, we all know first-hand how important maintaining these feelings are: each of us have either had cancer or been the care-giver of a cancer patient.
In closing, I also know first-hand how much even a small amount can make a BIG difference to someone faced with the soaring costs of cancer treatment, insured or not. I encourage each of you reading this story, and others, to donate to this wonderfully unique Society. You truly can make a difference in the MCHS's fight against the devastating impact cancer has on your neighbors. Thank you!
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