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Care Partners helps out Range patients

posted Dec 7, 2012, 6:29 AM by Dan Prijatel


EVELETH — National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October also means making people more informed on a local level as well.

Care Partners is one of the main organizations on the Range to do just that. The group received a $75,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen affiliate in Minnesota this year for helping people with breast cancer — women and men — with some financial help while they may be receiving treatment or off from work coping with illness. The Komen organization helps fight breast cancer nationally and statewide.

Since they received the Komen grant in April, they have enrolled 54 women under those funding guidelines.

And, Care Partners just received a big boost from the local Sand Lake Shuffle held in August — $61,000 was raised from donations, the largest single fund-raising amount ever, to be used for people with cancer locally.

“The Sand Lake Shuffle has been a big supporter,” Care Partners Coordinator Tasia Hoag said Friday. “We can’t thank them enough for helping us.”

United Way has been also been supporting the organization for years. They could not have applied for the Susan G. Komen grant without support from their backers, she added.

Income is not a factor in deciding whether a person with cancer should receive financial help.

“If they have cancer and live on the Iron Range, they qualify,” Hoag said.

Cancer treatment ”can be very, very expensive,” she said, and costs in going back and forth, perhaps supporting a family, can all add up.

Care Partners helps with food and some household expenses, but mostly, they direct-pay for gasoline for a vendor for the frequent trips to Duluth and back, and elsewhere, for treatment.

Financial assistance from Care Partners also is immediate, “so they can focus on getting better,” Hoag said.

Applicant are eligible for up to $1,200 during an enrollment year. Once that time ends, the person is a new applicant, and can re-enroll if needed. The first $400 grant will be awarded, and if a person needs additional assistance, they can be eligible for two additional $400 grants, which can be voted on by the Care Partners board within 2 days.

Cancer can strike anyone. One minute a person is doing well, and the next minute, “your whole world is turned upside down,” she said.

For October, “we urge all women to get that mammogram done,” and if something is not right, they should consult their doctor, Hoag explained. “Every month is breast cancer awareness month,” and for other cancers, she added.

For help locally, Hoag can be reached at 404-1411. Information is available online at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website,