This year’s Annual Friends of Lourdes Fund is entirely dedicated to raising much-needed funds in the fight against cancer. To this end, we are earmarking all money raised through this appeal for the Geller Oncology Fund. This fund was established by one of our former Lourdes Foundation Board members, Dr. Marilyn Geller to provide financial assistance to patients receiving treatment for cancer here at Lourdes Hospital.
The Geller Fund assists countless individuals going through cancer and cancer treatment with the basics of life including help in buying food, attaining transport to and from doctor’s appointments, buying medication and with various bills cancer patients may have.
Your support of The Friends of Lourdes Fund has helped our patients in the following ways:
- An Emergency phone call was received from a Lourdes at Home nurse requesting assistance for a patient that only had one dose of a critical medication left, and the patient did not have the funds to meet the insurance deductible. The patient had been out of work for some time due to recurring health issues. The Foundation was able to assist this patient with a one-time grant by paying his deductible for the medication.
- Lourdes Hospital Foundation was pleased to offer assistance to an Oncology patient receiving medical treatments who could not afford Cobra insurance coverage. A one-time grant contribution to assist with this Cobra coverage not only kept the insurance current but also eased the burden of this patient’s situation and daily living so that the patient could concentrate on healing.
- A local family’s request for assistance was answered when we learned that they were cooking from a stove (which was in the flood) that had only one small burner functioning and they were cooking for a family of five. Not only was this difficult for the family but also a fire hazard knowing the other burners were not working. The family had very limited income due to being out of work. The Foundation provided funding for the family to acquire a new stove.
Please help us to continue our mission of assisting those in need by supporting the Annual Friends of Lourdes Fund.
For information about ways to support the Annual Friends of Lourdes Fund, please contact the Lourdes Foundation Office at 607-798-5684. We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you.