PAF and Susan G. Komen Help Katrina Victims
Patient Advocate Foundation, In Partnership with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Offers Financial Relief for Breast Cancer Patients Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a national 501(c)3 patient services organization, will receive funding from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help those individuals who are currently being treated for breast cancer and have evacuated from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.
This grant, in the amount of $100,000, will be used to help patients who have been displaced resume their cancer treatment by providing financial assistance for transportation to and from medical appointments, pharmaceutical therapies or treatments and/or any emergency or temporary housing costs. Through this program, eligible patients can receive up to $1,000 in financial aid. A dedicated accounts management software system, donated by Unicentric, a software development company based in Pittsburgh, will be used to account for the funds allocated to individual patients through this hurricane relief program.
Additionally, PAF will also make available to hurricane patients seeking access to this program the full continuum of its case management services. These services include the mediation on behalf patients to assure access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial security. PAF encourages any eligible patient to apply immediately by calling 1-800-532-5274.
About the Komen Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised $750 million for the fight against breast cancer.
For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.komen.org or call the Foundation’s National Toll Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I’M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273).