Being born and raised in Philadelphia not long after the conclusion of WWII, I thought that by now I had seen everything, and experienced “my share” of challenging life events. Much to surprise in November, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My first thought was that this was a death sentence, but fortunately it was treatable.
After my surgery and at the start of my radiation, I received a notice that my rent was being increased. While I am blessed, at this time, to not have to worry about current medical expenses, my Social Security income is relatively low and fixed. Should I cut out the purchase of healthy foods recommended to me? Should I forget about my plan to study for my GED, which involves taking a taxi or bus to the local library? Not pay off past bills, including non-covered medical bills from the past?
Your Foundation’s generous grant has provided me with much relief, and allowed me to pay off bills, afford my rent increase, focus on my recovery, and follow my dreams!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.