“When I felt a bump in my breast, I was so nervous. Treatment is so expensive,” Nora, 29, confided. She thought back to last October, when she first noticed the lump in her breast. “I was worried, stressed, thinking about it all the time. Especially since I have an eight-year-old.”
乐动体育官方网站Nora has been a STRIDE patient for two years. Last fall, she made an appointment to see her doctor at STRIDE, and her provider confirmed an abnormality in her breast. But for two months after that visit, Nora delayed care because she couldn’t afford the follow-up tests.
乐动体育官方网站During that time, STRIDE received more than $8,000 in donations on STRIDE had set out to use those funds for preventative cancer screenings. Once the funds were available, Nelly Handy, a Cancer Screening and Prevention Patient Navigator, called Nora right away.
乐动体育官方网站“It is possible for you to get the tests, free of charge, because of donors who want to help people,” Nelly remembered saying to Nora on the phone.
Nora couldn’t believe it! How could this be? Nelly described that through the generous donations, the community health center was able to create a special fund to pay for cancer testing so that patients didn’t have to worry about the cost of diagnosis.
乐动体育官方网站“When Nelly told me there was help, I decided to do it right away,” said Nora.
乐动体育官方网站STRIDE covered the cost of the ultrasound, mammogram and biopsy through the Colorado Gives Day fund. The best part was that Nora turned out to be cancer-free!
乐动体育官方网站“I felt like everything was possible for me again,” she shared. “It is scary to hear the word ‘cancer’, but since the gift, I got to find out early if this was going to be good or bad. I have to admit that I feel fortunate that I received a call from Nelly.”
But it wasn’t just Nora who was able to get her mammogram costs covered. More than 40 STRIDE patients were also able to use the donations from Colorado Gives Day to cover medical costs throughout 2019.
“I’m very thankful that Nora is here. There are more and more women in their early 20s finding abnormalities in their breasts. Diagnosing these will remain a challenge without the funding,” Nelly shared.
“A lot of people just stop going to the doctor because it is too expensive. But I am so glad there are people helping, doing this stuff,” added Nora. “This changed me – freed me.”