Lynn Lawrence was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. The shocking news was made even more difficult because Lynn didn’t have health insurance. “I’ve been helped all along the way.”
That help came from a partnership between Lee Health and the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Southwest Florida.
“Lee Health collaborates with Susan G. Komen of Southwest Florida to bring funds here to the community to help people who are diagnosed with breast cancer get the care that they need,” said Tammy Zinn, a nurse navigator with Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center.
The relationship gives patients, who qualify, access to the Komen Care grant which financially helps patients who are uninsured or underinsured pay for their breast cancer treatment.
“Our goal is to make sure everyone in the community that needs access to care, breast cancer care, are not falling through the cracks,” said Zinn.
The relationship began in 2002. Since 2011, the Komen Care grant has financially helped 236 Lee Health patients with their breast cancer treatments.
“It’s a real personal matter to us and we really want to help in any way we can. When you see somebody who receives the grant money it’s absolutely fabulous,” said Georgia Hitzke, Executive Director Susan G. Komen.
After finding out she qualified for the grant, Lynn was able to have a mastectomy. “It’s a miracle. When I found out that I was granted the funds I just cried, tears of joy.
Just two months after surgery, Lynn is slowly returning to her normal routine.
“These different breast grants open up doors for these ladies and men that are diagnosed with breast cancer have the treatment they need in a timely manner,” said Zinn.
A combined effort that helps breast cancer patients receive the care and financial help they need during treatment.
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