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Breast Cancer Assistance Fund Receives Grant From The Incyte Charitable Giving Foundation

Date: August 29, 2017
Contact:

Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
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WILMINGTON, DE (August 29, 2017) – The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc., is pleased to announce the receipt of a $50,000 grant from Incyte Corporation, a Delaware-based biopharmaceutical company. The funds, received from the Incyte Charitable Giving Foundation, will augment the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Financial Assistance Fund to provide emergency financial relief to any breast cancer patient in Delaware who is undergoing medical treatment and can demonstrate financial need.

With increasing healthcare costs and higher deductibles and co-pays, there has been a dramatic increase in need for those who are struggling to pay for medical costs.  Often times patients undergoing breast cancer treatment experience temporary loss of income making it difficult to cover the cost of basic living needs.  With this funding, DBCC will provide resources to ensure patients will be able to focus on their treatment without financial worry.  This fund will help patients with expenses associated with a breast cancer diagnosis that aren’t covered by insurance.  Many survivors who have previously contacted the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition have experienced dire financial struggles on top of their diagnosis including homelessness, lack of transportation, and more. The funds can be used for a wide variety of emergency purposes including healthcare costs (e.g., deductibles/co-pays, medications, treatments, transportation), comfort supplies (e.g., prosthesis, bras, wigs, compression sleeves), basic human needs (e.g., groceries, rent/mortgage) and/or quality of life purchases (e.g., air conditioners, mattresses/ bedding).

In November 2016, the Coalition received a donation from the Potter Charity Trust Grants Fund at the CenDel Foundation, a fund of the Delaware Community Foundation for a similar Financial Assistance Program. Those funds are limited to residents who live in Kent County. Breast Cancer patients living anywhere in Delaware may qualify for the Financial Assistance Program funded by Incyte. Those who wish to apply should contact Lois Wilkinson at 302-672-6435 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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About DBCC:

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs of education, outreach, and support services to promote the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its vision is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.

Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes or those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care.     
DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s advocacy efforts to end breast cancer.  All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at http://www.debreastcancer.org.