Caring Hearts Fund Aids Cancer Patients in Henry County

Posted on February 21, 2013

 

A cancer diagnosis takes a tremendous emotional toll on both the patient and his or her family, and it can be financially devastating, as well.

Henry County Medical Center in Paris sought to lessen this burden by establishing The Caring Hearts Fund in November 2010. Caring Hearts provides financial assistance for medical bills, prescriptions, nutritional supplements, insurance, co-pays and deductibles, and transportation assistance to those who have a need and are receiving care at the Cancer Care Center of Henry County or Henry County Medical Center’s (HCMC) outpatient chemotherapy program. Cancer survivors and caregivers also are given access to a monthly support group where they can find strength and encouragement from those in similar situations.

Upon seeing a documented need by the Cancer Care Center for patients to receive care with less barriers, The Caring Hearts Fund was established as a separate fund under the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization with a mission of healing. It is the fundraising arm for Henry County Medical Center and operates to ensure patients have the best possible success with their treatment. Patients can be from Henry, Weakley, Stewart, Carroll or Benton counties and must submit paperwork to apply for the program.

Since its inception, over 130 patients have been helped through The Caring Hearts Fund, with $21,000 of assistance provided. The program also helps provide a “survivor’s dinner” during the holidays for the survivor and a family member. Over 250 survivors and their guests attended this event in 2011.

“With the Caring Hearts Fund, I have received funds for the gas in getting back and forth to my daily treatments,” said patient Mildred Gallimore of McKenzie. “When you are not feeling well, they always seem to make you feel better with their love and kindness.”

Caring Hearts holds several fundraising activities for the organization throughout the year, including Turkey Bowling, Chairs That Care, and the Steak and Chicken Sandwich fundraiser. Individuals and groups also host their own fundraisers, and memorial donations and grants help raise money for the program.

For more information on The Caring Hearts Fund, contact Tory Daughrity at Henry County Medical Center, 731-644-8266, tdaughrity@hcmc-tn.org.