Cancer Funds available, not being fully used

    The staff at Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH) wants to assist patients dealing with cancer, as well as encouraging preventative measures for possible diagnosis for cancer, said Deb Hrcka, assistant executive director of the Hospital Foundation.
    “Early detection is key to better management of the disease,” she said.
    There is a cancer fund  program available at CCCH that was started in 2009.
    “Currently, there have been about 100 people who have taken advantage of this program,” said Hrcka. “But there is a substantial amount of funds available that are not being used.”
    This cancer fund is supported mainly by the Cancer Walk Fund, she said.
    But the Imperial FFA annual Pink-Out game and the Wauneta/Palisade FFA are also  contributors to the fund.
    “In addition, we receive donations and memorials that help bolster the amount available,” she added.
    Any Chase County resident or CCCH cancer patient can apply for funds from this program, said Hrcka.
    The purpose of this fund is to help defray costs associated with cancer treatment such as travel expenses (gas, food, hotel, airfare, taxi, etc.) for physican-ordered tests not performed at CCCH.
    “The fund is also available to provide financial assistance toward preventative care in connection with cancer diagnosis like mammograms or blood work, which includes  patients in remission,” Hrcka continued.
    Funds can be used for those who can’t afford a cancer test or in addition to costs for patients who have insurance.

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