Women's Cancer Fund
~~Raising children, holding down a job, or caring for aging parents, can easily consume a woman’s time and energy. When “battle cancer” is added to a woman’s “to do” list, the burden may become overwhelming. Nationally, cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 35-54, and the statistics in Michigan aren't any different.
Battling cancer is challenging even under the best of circumstances, but when paired with financial hardship, healing and recovery can be especially difficult. The Women's Cancer Fund was created in 1997 to help women in northern Michigan who have been diagnosed with cancer. The fund is administered by the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation.
The Women's Cancer Fund provides help that isn't found through traditional financial assistance programs, allowing women to fight their battle with dignity. Every dollar received in the fund is used to provide financial assistance for supportive care when other means have been exhausted. The fund is not intended to pay for specific treatments, but can help cover other expenses, such as prosthetics, mortgage and rent payments, transportation, groceries, child care, and utilities.
“The Women’s Cancer Fund allows patients to have one less worry while undergoing treatment. Even women who have health insurance to cover the cost of treatment may not have the money to pay their routine monthly expenses when they are too ill or tired to work their regular hours,” said Desiree Worthington, president of the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation.
As one recipient stated: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous financial help made available through the Women’s Cancer Fund. I am certain you are aware that when one is fighting cancer, the financial and physical burdens are insurmountable. Please especially thank all the volunteers and organizations that fundraise specifically for your cancer services programs. Your support truly helped me survive . . .”.
The Women’s Cancer Fund requires about $60,000 annually to meet requests for help. The average need is around $600. It is important to note that the number of women needing assistance is growing each year.
How to Get Help
Women diagnosed with cancer may apply for assistance through:
• Munson Medical Center’s Cancer Services
• Biederman Cancer Treatment Center
• Munson Medical Center’s Medical Social Work Department
For more information on the Women’s Cancer Fund, call Munson Cancer Services at
How to Give Help
The Women’s Cancer Fund relies on generous support through community events, private donations, and volunteer fundraising efforts. On-going support is needed to continue to help local women who are battling cancer. For information on events that support the Women’s Cancer Fund, call the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation at (231) 935-6482, or visit munsonhealthcare.org/foundation.