Stephanie Jones sits with her children Brentley, 7, Timothy, 5, Pierceston, 12, and Elizabeth, 11, in front of her home on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.(Photo: JOSH MORGAN/Staff)Buy PhotoCONNECT>TWEET>LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE
As a divorced mother of four young children, Stephanie Jones had her hands full, but was working hard and getting by.
Then last October, the 31-year-old Greenville woman was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Unable to work during her grueling treatment and recovery, she struggled to pay the bills.
That’s when she learned about the Cancer Society of Greenville County.
“From the first day, they were amazing,” she told The Greenville News.
“Anything I needed as far as medical supplies, they made sure I had it,” she said. “Immediately, I was put on all these different kinds of medications that cost a lot of money and I don’t have insurance, so they took care of everything.
“They called and asked me if I’m OK. And I can’t be the only one. They do this for so many others,” she added. “I can’t say enough about the way they treated me. It was like I was family instantly.”
For the past 53 years, the Cancer Society has provided hope, support, financial assistance, help with medications, prosthetics, home health equipment, transportation, counseling services, information and more to families affected by cancer.
Last year alone, it provided 25,776 services to more than 4,000 patients and their families struggling with a cancer diagnosis.
Donations from the community make that mission possible, said executive director Lisa Green.
So on April 27, the society will hold The Hope Ball, an elegant black-tie dinner and dance held at the Poinsett Club every two years to raise funds to continue its work.
About 500 people are expected to attend the 18th Hope Ball, whose 2018 goal is to raise at least $600,000. Highlights of the evening include a chef-prepared dinner, music, and entertainment by the Steel Toe Stilettos.>
Lisa Green, executive director of the Cancer Society of Greenville County. (Photo: Provided)
“Our services are completely free of charge to local cancer patients and their families, so the funds raised from the Hope Ball are critical to our mission,” Green said.
“The funds remain in Greenville County," she added, "and specifically help defray the financial burdens and provide the best care possible for families in our community who are fighting cancer.”
Like Jones and her family.
While her sister set up a gofundme pageto help the family get through all the months without an income, things were still hard. The society helped her with a month’s rent and even gave her children gifts at Christmas, she said.
So once she’s healthy again, Jones said she wants to be a volunteer for the group.
“They cared about me every time I went there. They treated me like a person instead of a diagnosis,” she said. “If I can give them just a portion of what they’ve done for me and my kids, I’m there.”
For more information about the cancer society or to donate, go to www.cancersocietygc.org.
Source : https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2018/04/12/young-mom-four-finds-help-cancer-society-after-diagnosis/503677002/