The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Breast Care Assistance Fund is an emergency fund established for the sole purpose of providing immediate emergency assistance to residents of Delaware undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Residents of Delaware with a demonstrated financial need who are receiving treatment for breast cancer may be eligible to receive funds.
This fund will provide financial assistance for basic living expenses on behalf of breast cancer patients who have lost all or part of their income during active treatment. Basic living expenses considered are household bills such as rent, mortgage, utilities, phone, transportation, groceries, childcare, personal care or needs, respite care prostheses, wigs, lymphedema sleeves, and other expenses not covered by funds from the Cancer Center and other community agencies.
- Applicant must reside in Delaware regardless of where they are receiving treatment.
- Applicant must have a diagnosis of breast cancer and must be in active treatment when funds are requested. Active treatment is defined as the period after a positive diagnosis of breast cancer has been made and during which therapies are being administered, including surgical procedures, chemotherapy, and radiation. Active treatment does not include long-term hormonal therapies. Metastatic breast cancer patients are also included.
- OR, Applicant must be a breast cancer survivor who can show financial need for assistance in paying for subsequent mammogram screenings and/or lymphedema garments and prosthetics.
- A confirmation of diagnosis and treatment must be provided by a member of the applicant’s medical team.
- Payment will be made directly to the service provider or creditors. No funds will be given directly to the patient or the patient’s family.
- Patient must be able to show a reduction or loss of income as a result of the breast cancer diagnosis.
For more information contact Lois Wilkinson at
DBCC’s Breast Care Assistance Fund is supported by Incyte Charitable Giving Foundation, and The Benjamin Potter Charity Trust A fund administered by the CenDel and Delaware Community Foundations. To date the program has supported more than 125 breast cancer survivors with direct financial assistance, totaling almost $200,000 in support.