BENEFITING: WOMENS BREAST CANCER RESOURCE CENTER
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2015
Michelle’s Place is a local resource center for women and their families dealing with breast cancer. Michelle’s Place was created as a dying wish of Michelle Watson. Michelle was a 26 year old victim of breast cancer. As a Temecula resident, Michelle was frustrated with the lack of resources available to her while facing the challenges of cancer treatment. She wanted a place to go where she would find comfort, resources, and information. Michelle’s Place is currently the only Breast Cancer Resource Center in the Southern Riverside County area. Since 2001, we have provided over 82,000 free resources to women and their families dealing with breast cancer. Today we see an average of 70 new clients and provide over 700 free support services per month. The need for support both financially and emotionally is growing each year. Michelle's Place aims to fill that need for every client and family that comes through our doors. The financial costs associated with breast cancer treatment can be a strain on families, even with health insurance. Medical costs in the U.S. associated with breast cancer reached $16.5 billion last year and costs only continue to rise. Researchers believe breast cancer expenses could reach up to $26 billion by 2020. New breast cancer treatments can cost thousands of dollars a year, and important follow-up care continues long after treatment- sometimes for the remainder of a patient’s life in metastatic cases. While new technologies are being introduced as resources, they also bring in an added financial burden. The financial toll on an individual may leave many breast cancer patients looking for help. Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcies in the U.S., and unfortunately many cancer patients put off getting tested or treatment because of the cost. One study estimated that breast cancer patients pay averages over $700 a month in out-of-pocket medical expenses and few know where to find financial assistance. Michelle’s Place established the Pink Ribbon Assistance program to provide financial support and resources to women going through breast cancer treatment. Michelle’s Place realizes that fighting breast cancer is difficult enough without the additional concerns of how you will get to your next medical appointment, put food on the table, or pay bills. All gifts received on #GivingTuesday will benefit the Pink Ribbon Assistance program which will allow Michelle's Place to continue to provide financial assistance and free support services to women with breast cancer.