YARMOUTHPORT – The Cape Cod Foundation recently announced a $50,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery Fund to Cape Cod Healthcare for cancer support services.
The grant was made possible due to an anonymous $1.5 million dollar bequest gift that the Foundation received in 2014. The purpose of the gift was to establish an endowment fund from which grants would be made to cover any costs associated with reconstructive surgery not covered by health insurance for women residing in Barnstable County who have had all or any part of either or both breasts removed due to a cancer diagnosis. The fund can cover costs including, but not limited to deductibles, co-pays and/or all surgical costs not covered by insurance.
“We are honored that we were selected to steward such a meaningful gift and spent a significant amount of time researching potential partners for this grant,” stated Kristin O’Malley, Executive Director of The Cape Cod Foundation. “Cape Cod Healthcare was a natural fit. They already have a similar process in place. Working with the patients, they understand and can identify the need and are able to share information regarding this resource directly with those eligible. We are excited about this partnership.”
“We are very pleased that The Cape Cod Foundation has made it possible for us to offer this financial assistance to our patients,” said Kathryn Dalton, DO, a breast surgeon at Cape Cod Hospital. “After receiving a diagnosis of cancer, one of the top concerns for many women is the cost associated with their care. Out-of-pocket expenses can add up, even with the best insurance coverage, and this fund gives many patients the opportunity to pursue the best cosmetic and health-related results.”
As an endowment fund at The Cape Cod Foundation, the Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery Fund will make annual grant distributions to help meet the needs of local residents now and into the future.
The Cape Cod Foundation is a community foundation whose mission is to build permanent charitable resources for community betterment through informed grantmaking and civic leadership. The Foundation has distributed more than $55 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989. www.capecodfoundation.org