Pink Courage: Komen Ozark Helps Ease the Burden of Medical Bills

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Anisa Palmer now breathes a sigh of relief after receiving a negative breast cancer diagnosis.

“I woke up one morning and had a knot in my breast and i went to the hospital, they gave me antibiotics and sent me home. And then i ended up going back a day later because it had gotten huge, huge,” said Anisa palmer, a beneficiary of Komen Ozark.

Despite the great news of only having a benign cyst, Palmer had an additional  worry — she didn’t have insurance. Her doctor pointed her in the direction of Susan G. Komen Ozark.

“Komen Ozark offers assistance to women without health insurance, that are under-insured or have high deductibles to help them with any breast health concern that they might have,” said Vicki Cowling, Komen Ozark Director Of Mission Services.

The group will pay for diagnostic exams, mammograms, biopsies, and  treatment.    

“That’s the major part. I have no idea what I would have done without the Komen foundation,” said Palmer.

Last year, 31 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed through Komen Ozark funding. That same year, $550,000,  fundraised and donated through various local campaigns, helped women in their fight against breast cancer.

“It’s amazing. We couldn’t do our work without the support of our community,” said Cowling.

Apart from local funding, Susan G. Komen National has a helpline staffed by oncology social workers for women in need to request additional funds from the Komen Treatment Assistance Program.

“Last year, 13 women from Northwest Arkansas called and received services from Susan G. Komen’s Assistance Program and so far 10 women have requested assistance,” said Cowling. 

Palmer is thankful she didn’t hesitate in asking for a helping hand. 

“They will help if you need the help, just contact them,” said Palmer.

If you’re in need of financial assistance for breast cancer diagnosis or treatment, here’s a link to Susan G. Komen Ozark’s resources. 

You can contact the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Helpline at 1877-465-6636 or contact them through email at helpline@komen.org.

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