On Monday, September 22, 2014, representatives from Helen’s Angels presented physicians and staff from MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and the Cooper Foundation with a $10,000 check to support the Patient in Need Fund.
Helen’s Angels, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the support of individuals and their families in the Greater Philadelphia area who have been diagnosed with, impacted by or recovering from breast cancer. Helen’s Angels provides support for direct financial assistance, as well as covering the costs of cleaning assistance, wigs, guidance and counseling. Funds are raised through direct donations and sponsorships; and through,the annual “Tinis for Tatas” fundraiser, which took place in September at the American Pub in Philadelphia.
“We are thrilled to present this donation to MD Anderson Cooper, Patient in Need Fund,” says Missy A. Quinn, President of Helen’s Angels. “My mother would be very proud of the work we are doing and the women and families we have been able to help through our partnerships with outstanding organizations such as MD Anderson Cooper.” Helen’s Angels was established in memory of Helen Margaret Henderson, who died in 1985 after a three-year battle with breast cancer when Missy was in her teens.
According to Quinn, “The Patient in Need Fund is perfectly aligned with our mission of support; and nothing makes me happier than to consider our friends at MD Anderson Cooper as one of our Partners in Pink.”
“This generous donation from Helen’s Angels is a gift from heaven,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of the Cooper Foundation. “I am sure Helen is up there smiling at her daughter and is proud of the work she is doing to support patients at MD Anderson Cooper in their battle against breast cancer.”
MD Anderson Cooper’s Patient in Need Fund provides small grants to patients who need financial assistance to cover expenses such as prescriptions, transportation, rent, food and utility bills, as well as other expenses. MD Anderson Cooper staff members identify patients in need and provide allocations from this fund after all other outside resources for support have been exhausted.
“So many of our patients experience financial strain while undergoing cancer treatment,” says Generosa Grana, MD, Director, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. “This generous donation from Helen’s Angels will provide much needed support to our patients so they can focus on recovery.”
Wendy A. Marano