Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance

Rating: 4.73 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Cancer

Location: 1161 S. Vivian St. Lakewood CO 80228 USA

Mission: Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance (RMCA), formerly known as Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation, is a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise, manage, and distribute funds to Colorado cancer patients to improve their quality of life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son was diagnosed with MDS in November and then Fanconi in January 2012. We have been unable to get any help. Because my son moved into my home, we have been refused any help except this organization and a small 100 grant from the Lymphoma society. We are very grateful as it pays two months of his health insurance premium allowing me the funds I would have had to use to pay someone else of his "normal" bills. My son has normal bills, co-pays, meds and many other items not covered that I am trying to keep up with. I am self employed and not making enough to do it all.SO A HUGE THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 4 stars  

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, its recurring cancer so am still fighting in 2011. Rocky Mtn Cancer Assistance helped me pay rent for a month at christmas time. I have missed so much work because Im sick after I do chemo. I will be able to pay rent this month with their help. Thank you Rocky Mtn Cancer Assistance.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 4 stars  

When my husband's testicular cancer metastisized to his lungs, he had to be out of work for 3 full months. During that time his short term disability only paid 60% of his normal wages. RMCA stepped in and helped us out with utility bills and car payments. We are so grateful for their assistance! Going through chemo as a family with 2 children under 6 years old was stressful enough, RMCA was such a stress relief to know that at least some things were taken care of and didn't need to be worried over. Thank you!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life during my husband's chemo therapy treatments where he was out of work for 3 months.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

A greater appreciation for organizations like this. People who sacrifice to serve and assist others they don't even know. Their compassion and hard work made a huge impact in our lives. Thank you again!

Rating: 5 stars  

RMCA greatly helped us out financially. Even though we have insurance and my husband was able to continue working through his chemo, the copays from the hospital stay, surger, ct scans, copays for doctor appointments, and small incidentals on chemo day (we live out of town from the cencer center), was taking a severe bite out of our budget. This gift helped more than we can put into words.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our own personal day to day living expenses

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are none.

Rating: 5 stars  

My most sincere thanks to all involved in providing this financial support at this time. Silly me, I thought I'd breeze through a double mastectomy, chemo and reconstruction surgery and be cancer free in no time. Truth is I haven't been well enough to work for four months now, I am forced to close my business and let the bank take the house at summers end. Friends and family have stepped up to do what they can so I greatly appreciate RMC Assistance relieving not only my financial burden this month but the burden my caregivers have been forced to assume. The organization is paying all my utility bills this month and one month ahead to give me some breathing room to get back on my feet. I only hope that I can "pay it forward" as I recover. These tears I'm shedding are relief.

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Stephanie has been a breath of fresh air to talk with. She helped me correct problems with my application, took time to show me how to write this review online and efficiently provided the financial support I so desperately needed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ensure that people at the point of diagnosis were aware of RMC Assistance to offer this support even earlier in the cancer process.

Rating: 5 stars  

The day I got home from surgery (bilateral mastectomy after Sept.2010 diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer) I had a check and a gift card from your organization to help me with rent, utilities and groceries/gas. The weight fell from my shoulders! This help was so gratefully received - I have been off work for a long time, and money is tight. The application process was pretty easy and I got a quick decision.
Thank you, RMCCF, for helping me - not having to worry about finances for a bit gave me time to relax and heal.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not suggest any changes. People were helpful, the process to apply for financial assistance was simple enough, and the evaluation process was reasonably fast. I'm very happy with how it worked.

Rating: 4 stars  

I would like to thank the RMCC Foundation for helping me out financially to pay a few bills that I was behind on. I'm glad you were here for me. So many doctors and doctors' visits with large co-pays and large amount of my testing out of pocket I was struggling to keep up with the bills. The donation I received truly helped me get a few things caught up!!!!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization by being helped out financially.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything. The help they gave was wonderful.

Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer Oct. 22, 2010 struggling with cancer is difficult enough for anyone but I am single with no family just me and my dog. After getting into treatment the side effects kept me from working. RMCCF came to my rescue and paid my rent and utilities when I could not. I just want to thank them and I hope one day I will be able to repay them with a donation of my own to help others that find themselves in my position. Donations to these foundation are so important for all cancer patients. I hope everyone that can will donate to this wonderful cause it really does help, it takes stress away at a time when you really don't need anymore in your life. Thank you RMCCF from the bottom of my heart.
Cindy Hable

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was able to pay my rent and utilities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Campaign for more donations

Rating: 5 stars  

In July 09 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3C. I was 47 years old, exercised 5 hours a week and was in excellent health. This diagnosis was a terrible shock. I had a part time job at the time, and my husband had his own business from home. I was diagnosed on a Friday in the emergency room, and had my first surgery on the following Monday, so could not go back to work at that point. In the next 7 months I had a total of 5 major surgeries. My husband's business wasn't doing very well when I was diagnosed, but continued to go down to nothing, he was an attorney and couldn't afford to advertise. We had just moved into a house we were hoping to buy. The bills were mounting up, even though I had health insurance. When I was in hospital the social worker told me about Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, and my mother who took care of me helped me fill out the forms because I was so ill at the time. When I applied I didn't think they would help me because I was married and so on. I was wrong. They helped me with financial assistance, which helped me pay my house payment, which really helped me emotionally too, like a light at the end of the tunnel of despair. I had chemo for 8 months in between and during surgeries, and my CA125 level which is a way of measuring ovarian cancer went down to a normal level. Then, four months after finishing chemo treatment, we found the cancer had come back. At this point I hadn't been able to start work yet, as I was still recovering from the surgeries. My husband and I weren't able to buy that house after all, and are divorced. I had to start chemo again in November 2010. Once again the bills started getting larger, I hadn't driven my vehicle for a year, and the tags had expired, it would cost me over a hundred extra plus insurance to get it back on the road. Once again I asked the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center for help, and they are such a marvelous organisation that they have come through for me again. They helped me with financial aid, which is such a great help that I can now get my vehicle on the road for my weekly cancer treatments. It is now March 2011 and my CA125 has returned to normal. I cannot thank the people at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers enough for their support during these very trying times. I hope one day to be able to help them in return. I would advise anybody who has cancer and is struggling with finances to get in touch with this wonderful organisation. Knowing that someone who I didn't even know, cared enough to help me like this is a wonderful feeling.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

During 5 cancer surgeries, almost a year spent in hospital, an 8 month cycle of chemotherapy and a 6 month cycle of chemotherapy

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really can't think of any changes I would make

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As a patient navigator of Denver Health Medical Center, my job is to help our patients overcome barriers to care. Many of our patients have serious and/or dire financial circumstances. Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Foundation has helped with financial assistance with most of my patients. Thier financial aide came at a time when these patients were in extreme financil need. It has been a pleasue working with RMCCF these past four years in obtaining financial help for my patients.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

obtaining financial help for my patients. One example involved a patient with advanced breast cancer who wasn't able to continue working and RMCCF helped pay for her medical, dental, cancer and life insurance deductions during her FML for 3 pay periods.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything about this great organization. I personally am proud to contribute to now yearly to their mission.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are flexible and kind.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, respectful and to the point.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide grants to continue patient navigation for patients who are underinsured, uninsured and undocumented who walk into Denver Health with later stage cancers who need help in overcoming so many psychosocial barriers to care.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any area that needs improvement!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising more money to meet the demands.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I appreciate working with Stephanie Shulman who has always responded to my emails, calls and questions/concerns about my applications.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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