HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The bill for treatment is very expensive, says 8-year cancer survivor Pamela Sandifer.
Sandifer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, the same time she was dealing with the death of her daughter-in-law. She said the medical bills were just another weight to add onto her plate at the time.
“That’s one of the things you’re very concerned about,” said Sandifer. “I had this little, light, bright mark on my breast, and I thought I bumped myself somewhere.”
Sandifer thanks one Pine Belt organization for lending a helping hand when she needed it most.
“Money has played a big part of my journey that God has provided through the Pink Ribbon Fund,” said Sandifer.
After a successful surgery, Sandifer was hit with expensive medical bills and filled out a Pink Ribbon Fund grant application. Her application was accepted.
The Pink Ribbon Fund helps women and men with financial assistance. More than 800 breast cancer patients across the Pine Belt have been helped through the program.
“The hospital bills are just humongous and outrageously expensive,” said Kaye Ray, administrator of the Pink Ribbon Fund.
Sandifer said she wishes more men and women knew about the program and that people usually don’t believe that someone will freely give them money to help with medical expenses.
In 2018, the committee reviewed more than 200 applications.
Ray said that breast cancer survivors deserve to live worry-free.
“We start out with up to $1,500 in the two-month period,” said Ray.
Sandifer strives to share her story with other survivors and hopes to spread awareness about the Pink Ribbon Fund so others will have a chance to live free of breast cancer.