VERMILION, Ohio -- As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, the fight for so many women and men in Northeast Ohio is just beginning.
“This is a battle you want to win," says cancer survivor Marcy Calvert. "This isn’t something you want to have to struggle with."
During her round with an aggressive cancer, Calvert had mounting medical bills. But because she had good insurance, her out-of-pocket expenses were relatively minimal.
“You spend a lot of time at the cancer center. It made me pause and wonder what about those people who don’t have a good job or good insurance. What do they do?”
She and her best friend had a conversation that led to Power4Pink. A non-profit organization that helps breast cancer patients who can’t afford to pay for treatment and other expenses related to the diagnosis.
Patients must meet certain requirements and live in Lorain or Vermilion.
So far, thanks to the help of numerous businesses within Lorain County and volunteers, Power4Pink has helped 130 patients since its inception nine years ago.
“If we can break down every barrier there is to help them get well, that’s what we’re going to do.”
If you’d like to assist with the organization’s mission, click HERE.