From staff reports
STATE COLLEGE – Eligible patients living in Mifflin and Juniata counties who are undergoing cancer treatment may receive financial assistance from the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund.
Since 2006, the Bob Perks Fund has provided financial support to cancer patients living in Blair, Central, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties and recently added Mifflin and Juniata to its service area. BPF helps those who are facing serious financial problems because their battle with cancer has caused their income to decrease or their expenses to increase.
BPF helps cancer patients with day-to-day non-medical expenses such as rent, utilities, groceries, gasoline, etc. By providing this financial support, BPF aims to reduce cancer patients’ worries about unpaid bills and help them focus their energy on their health and recovery.
Through a partnership with the Geisinger Foundation, the Bob Perks Fund will receive $ 50,000 over the next two years to ensure the smooth start of its extensive services in Mifflin and Juniata counties. In addition, the fund’s board of directors has committed the available resources to support the start-up of this program.
Over the past several months, the Bob Perks Fund has worked with the leadership of Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, Geisinger Cancer Institute, Kish Bank, United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, and Juniata River Valley Chamber, each of among themselves affirming the needs of local cancer patients and offering their support.
To seek help, patients with cancer in treatment may ask a member of their treatment team to refer them to the fund. This collaborative application process involves the cancer patient and the case manager, specialist nurse or clinical supervisor. Cancer patients confirm that their need for assistance is directly linked to their cancer diagnosis. The treatment team member confirms the cancer diagnosis and submits currently owed bills up to $ 750 to the Bob Perks Fund.
The Bob Perks Fund was established in 2006 in memory of State College native Bob Perks who died at the age of 42 after a long battle with melanoma. Bob was a founding member of Coaches vs. Cancer of Penn State, and to fulfill its commitment to those fighting cancer, Bob’s wife, Doreen, and her family, friends and colleagues have established the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Since 2006, the Bob Perks Fund has raised and distributed $ 2 million to pay essential bills for cancer patients living in the areas it serves.
For more information on requesting assistance, email [email protected] or call (814) 231-2692. For general information about the fund, visit www.bobperksfund.org or contact Executive Director Norma Keller at [email protected] or (814) 327-9247.