St. Joseph’s Foundation recently received a grant of $25,000 from the Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to continue support of the Pink Ribbon Cupboard through Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
The Pink Ribbon Cupboard provides emergency financial assistance for people undergoing breast cancer treatment in the hopes of eliminating or reducing some of the stress from financial burdens encountered by families as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis.
Financial assistance is provided for non-medical needs, such as gas vouchers for travel expenses; mortgage/rent payments; groceries; telephone bills; utility bills; etc.
Pink Ribbon Cupboard primarily serves Aitkin, Crow Wing, and Cass counties, but also other counties as funds allow. These counties are characterized by lower than median income levels, high unemployment, and high levels of poverty. A board reviews the requests, as identified by medical personnel, and determines the amount of assistance to be provided to each applicant. This program hopes to make an impact by assisting 50 to 75 women and their families.
The Project Manager for the Pink Ribbon Cupboard is long time breast cancer advocate, Kathy Buxton of East Gull Lake.
“We hope to continue to alleviate some of the stress that families feel when a loved one is going through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Going through breast cancer is difficult enough, and often times the medical costs may be partially covered, however the patient may still have an incredible amount of financial stress due to their inability to work,” Buxton said in a news release.
One hundred percent of the funds from this grant will be given out to recipients – there will be no administrative costs. Anyone may refer women to the Pink Ribbon Cupboard for assistance. It is hoped that the program will be sustained in future years via direct donations from community members.
For more information or to make a donation to the Pink Ribbon Cupboard, please contact Buxton, project manager at 829-8109, or Shelli Urness, foundation director at 829-2861 ext. 7627 or go online to www.essentiahealth.org.