Women's Cancer Fund
Nationally, cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 35-54, and the statistics in northern Michigan aren’t any different. The Women’s Cancer fund was created to help women diagnosed with cancer who are members of the communities served by Munson Medical Center. Every dollar received in the fund is used to provide financial assistance for supportive care when other means have been exhausted. Supportive Care includes, but is not limited to such things as: prosthetics, transportation, childcare, and utilities while women undergo treatment. The Women’s Cancer Fund is not intended to provide funding for treatments. It provides help that isn’t found through traditional financial assistance programs, allowing women to fight their battle with dignity.
The Women’s Cancer Fund is made possible through community support and programming, such as the Traverse City Track Club’s Remembrance Run/Walk, From Women’s Hands Art Show, The North American VASA, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Rumpled-Quilts-Kin Quilt Guild, Kay’s retail, as well as private donations and volunteer funding efforts.
The Women’s Cancer Fund was established in 1997. To date, over 725 women have been assisted with financial support from this fund–the average need being approximately $660. A total of $450,000 has been granted to cover expenses these women have incurred during their battles with cancer. In 2009, 100 women were assisted with grants totaling $46,000. This is a substantial increase over previous years and the needs continue to rise. In just five years (2007-11), through the support of our dedicated sponsor Bill Marsh Auto Group and participants of the Remembrance Run, we donated $125,353 to this fund.
The number of women needing assistance is growing. We need on-going support to sustain our efforts in helping women in our community.