Making Breast Cancer Treatment Available for All
You can help make breast cancer treatment available to more people by donating the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund. In 2017, the John E. & Aliese Price Foundation made a $100,000 community challenge gift to help establish this Fund. It honors its namesake Sharon MacDonald, who retired as chief administrative officer of the Regional Cancer Center. During her career she was instrumental in bringing state-of-the-art cancer care to Southwest Florida.
Thanks to the Price Foundation and other generous donors, this fund is available to underwrite the cost of chemotherapy, radiation, medication and other services needed to help breast cancer patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
Mary Brown’s Story
Mary Brown found a lump during a self-breast exam that was later diagnosed as breast cancer. She was halfway through her chemotherapy treatment when she received a phone call saying she was eligible for a grant from the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund that would cover the cost of treatment at the Regional Cancer Center.
“It was a great, overwhelming blessing because the bills started coming in. I had radiation for 30 straight days, and they told me not to worry about it, they had my back.”
Now, Mary donates whenever she can, even if it’s just a dollar.
“When you give a donation, you give what you have and what you can. Every donation makes a difference.”
You can help other patients, like Mary, receive the care they deserve by donating to the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund.
Why Give? Dr. Kenneth Walker Shares His Story
“There are many people in our area who cannot afford lifesaving services,” says Dr. Kenneth Walker. “We encourage friends, colleagues and all who have benefited from Lee Health and the Regional Cancer Center to contribute to this fund.”
Dr. Walker is the president and CEO of the John E. & Aliese Price Foundation. He first experienced the lack of cancer services when his late wife was diagnosed with cancer in 1991. Then in 2001, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. And in 2016, his daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer.
To assist with the growing need in Southwest Florida, Kenneth asked the Price Foundation board to create a matching grant of $100,000 to start the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund. He also generously donated 100% of the proceeds from his book “The Healing Power of Hope: A Family Confronts Cancer with God’s Grace.”