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TeamWalk for CancerCare

TW logoSave-the-date: Sunday, May 18, 2014

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On Sunday, May 19, 2013 Lowell General Hospital held its 14th annual TeamWalk for CancerCare and raised a record-breaking $920,000 to provide services and support for local cancer patients and their families.

TW 2013 #2The Merrimack Valley's largest single-day fundraising event brought more than 5,000 walkers, volunteers, and supporters to the Tsongas Center on a beautiful Sunday morning. Many participants donned t-shirts for loved ones as they walked the 3-mile or 6-mile route through historic downtown Lowell and its river ways.

Since its inception in 2000, TeamWalk has raised more than six million dollars and helped over 18,000 patients.

TW 2013 #1For someone facing a cancer diagnosis, financial worries can bring additional stress during a time when anxiety levels are at their highest. Thankfully for thousands of patients throughout the Merrimack Valley, TeamWalk for CancerCare is there to help.

As TeamWalk for CancerCare entered its fourteenth year, powerful stories continue to surface demonstrating TeamWalk's positive impact on the lives of those fighting cancer. Two recent examples include:

  • A 57-year-old Dracut woman was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Living alone, she had to work one full-time and two part-time jobs just to make ends meet. After her diagnosis, she found it difficult to keep up with her schedule and fell behind with her bills. TeamWalk stepped in and paid for her electric bill to get her caught up.
  • A 58-year-old man from Lowell was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. This single gentleman needed a number of medications as part of his treatment and many were not covered by his insurance plan. TeamWalk provided a $500 gift card to a local pharmacy to help cover the cost of his over-the-counter medications and co-pays.

TeamWalk funds make a difference in the lives of cancer patients by paying for medications, nutritional supplements, wigs and prostheses, support groups, smoking cessation programs for Khmer speaking members of our community, skilled nursing visits, transportation, mini-grants, and supportive services to patients with all types of cancer. Funds raised enable Lowell General Hospital to provide assistance, support, and services to help people feel better, build confidence and instill hope.

TW 2013 #3For further information on TeamWalk assistance please email the Director of Oncology Social Work or call 978-937-6142.

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