A nonprofit organization in Missouri has developed a support system for breast cancer patients that is sensitive to the fact that battling the cancer is hard enough without worrying about medical bills or insurance coverage.
Gateway to Hope, a group based in St Louis, is offering free and thorough care to breast cancer patients and their families who could otherwise not afford the treatments, KMOV.com reports.
Patients like Carlene Newell, who's received a dozen chemotherapy treatments through the group, are able to undergo treatment, despite the fact that they lack health insurance and cannot pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed for medical care.
The nonprofit uses the services of Missouri Baptist hospital and pro bono work from doctors like reconstructive surgeon David Caplin, who volunteer their time to treat patients.
But aside from medical care, Gateway to Hope gives patients a resource for counseling and friendship, among other services.
"We can help with other things like child care, transportation, food and medicine," said Amber Mabie, a nurse with the group.
She added, "We want to get those concerns away from them so that they can just concentrate on getting well."