FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – When Katrina Skelton was undergoing cancer treatment, she struggled to gain weight. New Day Foundation for Families helped her pay for something that was not possible before – an annual prescription from Medical Insurance.
“It’s quite expensive and we can’t afford to buy it alone. I now weigh 101 pounds, the first time in four years that I have weighed more than 100 pounds! “says Skelton.” The foundation also took care of our electricity bill.
According to a press release from the Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, New Day Foundation has also paid for Katrina’s gas so she can make the 180-kilometer return trip from Caro to Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute for her chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
This is just one of the patients New Day helps. The foundation provides vital resources and is a safety net for families, so cancer patients can focus on their health rather than their financial worries.
The statewide organization is working with Michigan hospitals and cancer centers, such as the Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, to tailor a financial treatment plan. Studies show that financial hardship for cancer patients has resulted in serious debt, bankruptcy and an interruption of necessary medical treatment.
New Day Foundation for Families is 14 years old and has raised more than $ 5 million to help more than 4,500 families in Michigan. . Services include financial assistance for children and adults undergoing treatment, emotional support – licensed therapists provide complimentary services – Family Care Packs (containing comfort items such as blankets, prayer shawls, diaries and age-appropriate toys) and financial services (new Day can help patients optimize insurance plans and minimize their own medical costs and prescriptions). The organization also has volunteers who can run errands and deliver groceries to patients who cannot shop themselves.
“Families affected by cancer have been hit hard during the pandemic,” said Gina Kell Spehn, co-founder and president of New Day Foundation for Families. “All of us on New Day are talking about the emotional and financial impact of COVID-19 on our community. From loss of income and delayed treatment to food instability and an increased risk of contracting the disease, our families face more obstacles than ever before, ”she says. “We are fortunate to have great hospital partners, such as the Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute and social workers such as Amanda Boes, to connect us with families in need.”
For more information about New Day Foundation for Families, visit the website: foundationforfamilies.org.
For more information about the Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute and its services, visit its website at ghcr.org or call the institute at 810.762.8226.
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