The d’Youville Fund for the Needy, one of the many special purpose funds we can contribute to during the Annual Hearts United Employee Campaign, helped me. I was a full time student, a full time worker here, and the mom of a one year old. I needed to desperately get out of an abusive relationship. Unfortunately, I was not earning a great deal. Like most abused women I was financially stuck. With hesitation, I applied for help. And I was granted money to put a security deposit down on a new apartment for my daughter and I. This is one of the many reasons why I give. I am proud to give.
The Oncology Support Fund and the donations to it from the Annual Employee Hearts United Campaign has been a critical resource for some of our patients with cancer. An example of how important this support is, is the story of one gentleman who became unable to work due to his cancer diagnosis and had no health insurance. He was also challenged at the time with caring for his mother who was also very ill. He required tube feedings, which are very costly without insurance to pay for them. At this juncture he had become unable to eat safely by mouth. We accessed the Oncology Support Fund to purchase him several cases of tube feedings and needed medications to bridge this resource gap until his insurance and disability applications were processed and decided upon. We make every effort to reserve these funds for the neediest of our patients, attempting to fulfill their needs and request via other means, and the Support Fund was the perfect solution for this gentleman to get the nutrition and medication he needed in a very short period of time.
Maura Clark, LCSW
Oncology Social Worker
Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
If you are interested in making a donation or would like more information, please call St. Mary’s Development Office at 207-777-8863 or visit us on the web.