Since October of 2016, the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk (BBCW) Crisis Fund has been helping women who have been affected by breast cancer. The fund was created to support Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) patients who have short term financial needs such as mortgage and car payments, co-pays and deductibles, medication, rideshare rides and even roof repairs. A portion of the funds raised by BBCW are allocated toward the Crisis Fund to assist LCMH breast cancer patients with emergent financial needs within our community.
“The special thing about the Crisis Fund is that it is personalized to each patient and helps take additional burdens away from women undergoing breast cancer treatment at LCMH,” said Lisa O’Brien, BBCW co-founder. “Many can’t work during treatments and they feel like their whole world is crashing down. There is no application process and patients that need assistance can talk to anyone on the Breast Cancer team at LCMH for support We realize that it is a sensitive subject to discuss, but we want people to know there is help available.”
To date, the BBCW Crisis Fund has helped nearly 30 women and counting. Furthermore, the BBCW has teamed with local businesses who want to help support the Crisis Fund recipients when possible.
Lisa Williams-Dunn, 48, is a recipient of funds from the BBCW Crisis Fund. She was healthy her whole life and had no family history of breast cancer. On October 10, 2016, Williams-Dunn found out she had breast cancer. She eventually was unable to work and when she finally went back to work after treatment, she was laid off. The BBCW Crisis Fund assisted Lisa during this most trying time in her life. With generous community support, Williams-Dunn did not have to worry about gas, food and medical bills while going through this life changing event.
“I’m so thankful for my family and the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Crisis Fund for taking the worry and weight off my shoulders,” said Lisa. “The love and support was amazing to say the least.”
Lisa is grateful to the BBCW Crisis Fund and to her entire care team for not only supporting her during this most trying time, but ultimately for saving her life.
Today Lisa is looking to volunteer with other cancer patients at LCMH and provide them the same support that she received from the hospital and her family. She has joined the Breast Cancer Support Group at LCMH and tells everyone she meets to not neglect your body, it is telling you something.
“I have a different outlook on life,” said Lisa. “I know where I was and where I am now. I’m not just okay, I’m blessed.”
The 19th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018. The walk starts at 8:00 a.m. at Ridge Park located on 96th and Longwood, Chicago, Illinois. Register early to receive a t-shirt with your $30 entry fee. The entry fee for children ages 18 and under is $15. Same-day registration is $10 more for adults and $5 more for children 18 and under. T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for day-of registrants. To register, go to www.BeverlyBreastCancerWalk.org today.