2016 came in like a storm and the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society “MCHS” is weathering new challenges and continues to support to the many cancer patients who rely on them not simply for guidance and educational direction, but mostly clients who seek their financial support. It is what makes them unique and separates them from other organizations, that might provide minimal financial support, but also require much paperwork to be filled out and response time does not come within 24 hours; They react to our clients immediately. We understand they need help today when their fight for survivorship is the greatest.
“This past year we spent $20,000+ helping cancer patients with their needs,” said Yoli Bell, founder of MCHS. “It may not seem like a lot, but when one looks at the fact that all monies are raised through personal donations, business donations, and events, it becomes apparent that our small community stands with us. Financial backup of any magnitude to MCHS is non-existent from any national cancer organization or any federal or state grants.”
Since its inception 16 years ago, Mesquite Cancer HELP Society has helped hundreds of cancer patients and family members cope and better understand cancer options, cancer concerns and provides support group meetings. When local cancer options reach a level that requires out-of-state medical treatments, MCHS has paid for flights, accommodations, fuel, prescriptions, x-rays and various other tests.
Currently, MCHS has also taken on paying for medical insurance when a cancer patient has reached a level where he/she is not able to work, their insurance expires and COBRA goes into effect. Hospital equipment, counseling, helping organize medical bills, setting up payments, helping fill out forms for Social Security and/or Medicaid are also services provided by Mesquite Cancer HELP Society. Each client has personal individualized needs and each is treated with the greatest respect and empathy they merit.
“No salaries are paid, MCHS is staffed solely by volunteers. All Board of Directors at MCHS are required to be a cancer survivor or have been a cancer caregiver. Please stand with the MCHS by keeping your donations local where you know every dollar counts and is accounted for. Serving the Virgin Valley community with dedication is our promise,” says Deby Burton, the office manager.