Rallying around their friend
Co-workers at the Kingston Seniors Association describe Nadeen Kane as “one of the hardest-working people here, and it’s always for the seniors.” But now, she is the one who needs help. Nadeen is fighting her fifth battle with cancer. She is currently receiving chemotherapy to fight non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia, and she is on the path toward a bone marrow transplant.
Nadeen’s friends and co-workers are hosting a fundraiser to help with her increasing financial burden. Months of required isolation after her transplant will prevent Nadeen from working and earning an income. Her savings were depleted during her previous bouts with cancer and she does not qualify for long-term disability. Nadeen will have a lot of out of pocket expenses, including medications not covered by her drug plan. At least one such medication will cost her $600 monthly. (Click here to read more about Nadeen.)
In addition to the actual medical care and prescriptions, transplant patients face many other expenses that are generally not covered by insurance. Housing and living expenses after relocating within the required radius of the transplant center can make it difficult for a patient to afford rent or mortgage payments for their primary residence. The costs add up for gas, parking, tolls, and taxi/bus/subway fare in order for family members to visit a patient or for a patient to attend critical follow-up appointments. Childcare while parents are in treatment and a caregiver once a patient has returned home are just two of the many other expenses that often exhaust a patient’s financial resources.