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RAYMOND WENTZ FOUNDATION
April 25, 2011

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3C in July 09. I am now in remission after 2 rounds of chemo and 5 surgeries over the last 2 years. Even though I had health insurance, the bills were unbelievable, and during my treatment I also went through a divorce, my husband had been my only source of income when I was sick. The Raymond Wentz Foundation helped me with financial aid twice, which really was a help, not only with bills, but the fact that someone cared enough to help me was a wonderful feeling in those hard times. The Raymond Wentz Foundation is marvelous, and I would advise anyone who has cancer and is struggling to get in touch with them. I can't thank them enough for what they have done for me.

The Great!

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I received temporary financial support during cancer treatments.

Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance
March 6, 2011

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.

The Great!

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I received temporary financial support during cancer treatments.