All of the funds raised from the Bottino Mud Run stays local and benefits area cancer patients. Here’s a story from a patient named Joann who benefited from the money raised and Abigale, a Social Worker who worked with Joann. Here is Joann’s story below:
To Whom It May Concern:
I want to thank Abigale and the Bill Botino campaign, Thanks to their funding I was able to pay rent another month on time. I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer January 23rd 2014 and I have not worked in 2 years. I went from paying bills on time to having my income affected. I am working towards getting back on track while taking care of my health to be here for my 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Joann first came to us in February of 2014. She was a single mom who was living with her 9 year old son. At the time, she was unemployed and had been looking for a job for over a year with no success. Her only income was the child support payments she was receiving from her son’s father. She was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. She was distraught emotionally and was devastated financially. When we offered to assist her with her rent after she was a patient with us for only a short time, she was overcome with gratitude. We assisted her again the following year and again this year. Joann had always been a hard worker. At one point, she had her own business, owned 2 cars and was able to provide for her son. When she was diagnosed with incurable cancer, she thought her life would be over. She feared for the well-being of her son, but we were able to support her, both emotionally and financially.
Abigale Hassel Bio and Pt Asst Fund Info
Oncology Social Worker, Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C joined the Kennedy Cancer Center family in 2010. Abigale is a native of South Jersey and returned to the area after working as an oncology social worker in out-patient cancer services at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. Abigale is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, Camden and an MSW from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is an oncology certified social worker and a member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Oncology Social Work. She also serves on the Cancer Committee here at Kennedy. It is Abigale’s mission to remove the obstacles that inhibit a patient from getting needed treatment.
As part of the effort to remove obstacles to treatment, the Kennedy Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance Fund was started back in December of 2013. The financial impact of a cancer diagnosis can be quite devastating. We believe that it is our responsibility to treat the whole patient, which includes their emotional needs. Patients do not need the added stress of worrying about their finances during their treatment, so we use the patient assistance fund to alleviate that burden, even if just a little. To date, we have assisted 61 patients with their non-medical financial needs, which include, but are not limited to, utility bills, rent, mortgage, transportation and other daily household expenses. Our funding comes from community donations, various fund raising activities, such as our annual Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration and 5K, and we are a beneficiary of the Bill Botino’s Shoprite Mud Run each year.