A patient had Stage IV breast cancer and was informed by her doctors that she had about six months to live. She had four adult children and wanted to ensure that her affairs were in order to make everything as simple for them as possible. She was relieved to have assistance from Saint Agatha to secure her will and power of attorney in her final weeks.
Impact Stories Category: General Impact
A terminal patient with complex medical needs was given a compassionate and accepting space to spend her final days in dignity and comfort through a Saint Agatha Foundation grant to Francis House, located in Syracuse, NY.
An individual that was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer received support from Saint Agatha to aﬀord transportation costs to and from her treatment center in Binghamton after undergoing a double mastectomy.
A 44-year-old mother of two received assistance for utility expenses this winter after her husband abandoned her and she was unable to keep up with bills while undergoing treatment.
A 58-year-old patient who would have had to use her retirement account to pay for co-pays and deductibles could keep her savings intact, thanks to support from a Saint Agatha grantee.
A 71-year-old patient with a fixed income did not think she would be able to afford her high co-insurance and pursue her recommended treatment plan. The hospital’s financial counselor discussed their Saint Agatha fund with her and the patient was incredibly relieved. She has started her treatments and is doing exceptionally well.
A breast cancer patient can obtain new lymphedema sleeves every four to five months, an essential part of her treatment that she otherwise would not be able to afford without assistance from her hospital’s Saint Agatha fund.
A patient in her 70s had multiple family members living with her who depended on her income to make ends meet. Upon receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, she decided to forgo treatment due to the cost and strain it would cause her family. After hearing of the assistance available through Saint Agatha, the patient decided to move forward with treatment and “enter the ring” for the battle she otherwise would not have fought.