Senator Serino Announces $20K for Local Breast Cancer Programs
New York State Senator Sue Serino announced a $20,000 grant to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, a regional charity which funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.
“After 11 years, Miles of Hope has given away over $1.2 million to programs and outreach and education helping all of our neighbors, family and friends affected by breast cancer. I am especially proud to announce that I was able to secure $20,000 for Miles of Hope for their Medical Gap Care program providing financial assistance to people in treatment for breast cancer in Dutchess and Putnam Counties,” said Serino.
Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, explained the program and its importance to breast cancer patients: “While some individuals diagnosed with cancer have meaningful and adequate health insurance to cover most of the cost of treatment, the uninsured and an increasing number of privately insured individuals face the prospect of crippling out-of-pocket costs. Financial barriers that delay treatment for cancer can mean the difference between life and death.”
“For this reason, the Medical Gap Care Program has been one of our pillar programs since our Foundation’s inception,” she explained. “We work with six social service agencies in eight counties to identify the people who need assistance with their bills during treatment. When someone in treatment for breast cancer needs financial help, Miles of Hope steps in and pays for things like gas, food, utility bills, transportation to and from treatment, medical co-pays and housing.”
“Stress impedes recovery. If we can relieve some of the financial burden on a breast cancer patient, we consider that an essential part of our mission,” Ms. Forood said.