March 23, 2006

Cancer Fund Continues To Expand Benefits

For the second time in its just over two-year history, the Scotland County Cancer Fund has announced it is increasing benefit payments.

The group, which offers financial aid for local families dealing with the costs of treating a cancer patient, recently completed a successful benefit event that raised enough money to allow the payment hike.

Following the March board meeting, organizers of the cancer fund announced that payments will be increased to $500.

When it started back in the fall of 2004 the Scotland County Cancer Fund was limited to paying $50 in aid. By the spring of 2005, that figure had tripled following the first annual banquet and benefit auction. By the end of the year the payment had risen to $250 and following the hugely successful 2006 banquet, the amount has grown 10 times to $500.

The board members indicated they hoped the financial assets of the group will continue to grow, allowing funding to families stricken by the disease to help offset costs of medical treatment, medicine, travel and other expenses encountered by cancer patients. The funding is meant to help subsidize existing financial resources and help fill the gaps when insurance and other options do not meet all the patientís expenses.

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