The Charlevoix County Community Foundation recently awarded Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital a grant in the amount of $9,500.
This gift, funded by the proceeds of the Charlevoix Mother’s Day Walk.Run.Cure event, will be used for mammography assistance for low-income women and for cancer support services for the hospital’s oncology patients.
The Charlevoix Cancer Patient Needs Fund helps women pay for mammograms who do not have insurance or the ability to pay for these important screenings.
One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life.
When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent; when found in a more advanced stage, the five -year survival rate drops to 23 percent.
In addition, the Charlevoix Cancer Patient Needs Fund provides financial assistance for supportive care for local cancer patients, when other means have been exhausted. Supportive care includes, but is not limited to, such things as transportation, childcare, and utilities during treatment, as well as prosthetics.
This type of assistance has been growing in recent years.
Even though better insurance coverage has funded more preventative screenings, high deductibles for diagnostic tests and subsequent treatment once diagnosed continue to put a strain on individuals and families who are battling cancer.
With assistance from Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Patient Needs Fund, the hospital is able to assist local residents in need with the burdensome costs associated with cancer services.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those we serve in our community” said Chelsea Platte, Executive Director of MHCH Foundation, “as well as for the generous gifts from community groups like the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the dedicated organizers and participants of the Walk.Run.Cure event that help make it possible.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign to raise awareness of this disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer.
However, with the help of early detection and improved treatments, many women are surviving the disease.
For more information on both Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital and Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Foundation, visit munsonhealthcare.org/charlevoixhospital.