How are TeamWalk Funds Used?
Dying with Dignity
Juan came to the Lowell area from South America when he was in his mid-sixties to live with his sister. Twenty years later,
when he was 85, he became very sick and ended up in the hospital with
metastatic cancer. He had no insurance and no income. He needed
equipment for end of life care – including a hospital bed - so he could die at
home. TeamWalk funds covered the cost of the hospital bed rental.
Making a Difference
Michelle from Lowell had a mastectomy in 2005. Due to an extremely large deductible on her insurance plan she was unable to update her metastatic products for 4 years, which is an extremely long time and an unhealthy practice. The 61 year-old needed a breast prosthetic and mastectomy
bras. TeamWalk funds supplied a year’s worth of supplies.
A Family in the Future
At 24 years old, John was diagnosed with testicular
cancer. He needed chemo which could make him sterile. Since
he was a young, single man with no children, sperm banking was recommended. The initial set-up fees were $1,200. Funds from TeamWalk were used to pay these fees so he would be able to have biological children in the future.
Cancer is a difficult diagnosis for someone to face
and many patients need additional support during treatment. TeamWalk
dollars can make a difference by providing courage and compassion during a most
difficult time in person’s life.
Taking the Heat Off
Roseanne is a 54 year-old woman from Billerica with
no income. She was out of work due to treatment and surgery for
breast cancer. Roseanne was living in a small one room efficiency with no
air conditioning. TeamWalk funds were used to purchase an air conditioner
TeamWalk helps provide services when there is
a gap in insurance or a period of time when a patient will have no income. With
the support of TeamWalk, patients can better cope, families can relax
and hope can blossom.
Lifting Her Up
Mary is a 66 year-old woman who lives with her
husband in a condo in Pepperell. She was diagnosed with brain
cancer and wasn’t able to climb stairs. She was sleeping on the couch
while her husband slept on an air mattress on floor next to her. TeamWalk
funds paid for the installation of a rental stair lift it to help them.
Mary and her husband are paying for the monthly fee.
TeamWalk can assist with grants for home
expenses that will be difficult to cover if you are out of work while being
treated or on a fixed income. It is just one way we can ease the financial
strain so patients can concentrate on getting well.