What is the Family Assistance Program?
-The Family Assistance Program helps families with medical expenses directly related to treating stage 3 and 4 metastatic melanoma. We can assist with any type of medical bill, including: office copays, annual deductibles, prescription medication, hospital bills, and health care premiums, including COBRA premiums.
Who do we help?
-Anyone who has a diagnosis of late stage metastatic melanoma. We originally hoped to primarily help local families, but as we started to receive requests from families across the country, we knew we couldn’t turn them away.
What do patients need to do in order to receive assistance?
-We try to keep the paperwork minimal, since we believe that patients and their families should focus on treating their cancer instead of worrying about how to pay for the treatment. We simply ask patients to submit a letter from their oncologist documenting their diagnosis, a copy of their driver’s license, and a copy of the bill(s) they would like us to pay. We issue the checks directly to whoever is billing the patient.
How much can we assist with?
The Family Assistance Program began in 2013. We have a limited budget completely based on donations and an annual fundraiser. Our typical grants are $700-$1000, based on available funds.
How many patient have you assisted so far?
In the almost 2 years we’ve been helping, we have helped 14 patients with just over $10,000 in medical bills.
What can be done to help the Family Assistance program?
All of our financial assistance comes directly from donations and an annual fundraiser. Every penny donated goes directly to patients. There is absolutely no overhead, since we all volunteer our time, because we are so passionate about the cause .
Is there anything else the Family Assistance Program does?
We also provide “Smile Bags” to any local melanoma patients. The time of diagnosis, treatment, and hospitalizations is incredibly scary to patients and their families. We deliver Smile Bags that are filled with comfort items….blankets, books, magazines, pens, notebooks, puzzle books, snacks, gum, etc. to make passing the time a little easier. We also try to include gift cards for gas, groceries, Target/Walmart, and/or restaurants, to help the patients a bit.
If you are a patient or family member of a patient in need of financial assistance, please contact Julie McMillen at 314-378 0472.
if you would like to donate to this program, please click here to donate via credit card or simply mail your donation to: Miles Against Melanoma, 15 Kingsmont Court, St. Peters, MO 63376 Amalyn Martin, 636.577.1839.