Ribbons for a Cure Inc., a local cancer non-profit organization, has announced the launch of its newly established Financial Assistance Program. This program will provide a one-time financial assistance benefit for cancer-related prescription medication, diagnostic testing or CT scans to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. Applications are available beginning July 15.
Ribbons for a Cure Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, was established in April 2017 to provide cancer outreach and support in the community through education and awareness initiatives. However, due to the ever-increasing cost of general cancer care and treatment, especially during these difficult times, the organization established the program to provide financial support to those in need.
“We are pleased to add this important component of cancer support to our organization’s services. We recognize that the financial aspect of cancer treatment is an ongoing and burdensome responsibility that many cancer patients struggle to sustain. Therefore, we have implemented this program to help share the cost of dealing with cancer,” said Petra Victor, president and founder.
The Financial Assistance Program is available to cancer patients and survivors who have resided in the U.S.V.I. permanently for the past five years. The benefits will be awarded based on the availability of funds. Upon approval of the application, beneficiaries may continuously submit receipts within a 12-month period, from the date of approval, for reimbursement of expenses. After the financial award has been exhausted, beneficiaries may apply for additional funding in the next calendar year.
Funding for the Financial Assistance Program was received through the generous support of donors and local Virgin Islands businesses.
Applications are available online at www.ribbonsforacure.net. Submitted applications will be reviewed and processed within two to four weeks. For information, call 514-5214.