Life was exactly what you would expect the life of a 21 year old rising college senior to be. And then, suddenly, it wasn’t
A hero gets scared but still moves on
Healthy Minds and Healthy Souls
Cancer knocks us down mentally and physically. Our goal is to help ease the mind of cancer survivors and patients in Central New York through tuition scholarships, defraying educational costs and more. We also participate in local programs that support cancer patients such as Beads of Courage.
Part of our job is to let survivors and cancer patients know that they are not alone and WE are there to help.
This allows for a place where they can safely look into their soul to discover their own self-worth.
According to the American Cancer Society, U.S. cancer patients paid nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket costs in 2014. Cancer patients are 2.65 times more likely to declare bankruptcy than other people. Younger people diagnosed with cancer experience higher bankruptcy rates than those 65 years or older who are experiencing cancer.
Source: Health Affairs
According to Forbes.com, more than one-third of cancer patients who carry insurance spend more out-of-pocket for their treatments than they anticipated having to pay. The median monthly out-of-pocket expenditure is $703 even with insurance. That surprising financial burden causes distress that sometimes makes them unwilling to pay for the care that could save their lives.
Cancer is so limited. It cannot cripple love and it cannot kill friendships. It cannot shatter hope. It can only strengthen those things.
I ask you to attack each day like it was your last so when you look back at it later in life you can smile. In fifty years, I will be smiling back on my last game because I played it like my last.
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What do you love to do? Go out and do something you truly love to do. Not tomorrow, not next week, do it TODAY.
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