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Samaritan Hospital Foundation awarded grant to support fight against breast cancer

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Hospital foundation receives grant to assist breast cancer patients and survivors

Susan G. Komen ® Oregon & SW Washington has awarded the Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation a $5,000 Community Grant to assist breast cancer patients and survivors in the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) service area.

Funds can be used for basic household expenses, such as utilities, rent and groceries, or for needed medical supplies. To qualify, recipients must either live in the SPCH service area, including coastal communities from Yachats through the middle of Lincoln Beach as well as Toledo, Siletz and Eddyville, or be a patient at SPCH. In addition, the recipient’s household income cannot exceed 250-percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For example, for a family of two, the maximum household income is $41,150. “This award can help minimize socioeconomic distress that comes from the inability to make basic household payments or purchase needed medical supplies,” said Ursula Marinelli, PCHD Foundation executive director. “The goal is to help remove economic barriers so that people with breast cancer will continue receiving their treatment and, in the case of survivors, their ongoing monitoring appointments.”

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The mission of Susan G. Komen ® Oregon & SW Washington is to “save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.” This program helps them achieve this mission.

For more information about how to access these funds, contact Tanis Hernandez, SPCH oncology social worker, at 541-574-4678, or BJ Wood, SPCH patient financial advocate, at 541-574-4991.

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