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Moffat County Cancer Society helps patients cover costs

When Pat Moralez found out she had bone cancer and lymphoma in 1998, the Moffat County Cancer Society was there to help.

By donating money to local residents suffering through cancer, the society aims to help lift the burden of costs not covered by insurance.

“I think we do a lot of good in the community,” Moralez, who is a member of the cancer board, said.



“We have helped quite a few people who have had ongoing battles.”

The board reviews cases and donates $250 to those they assist. Cancer patients may apply for funds as often as they like, and the board gives $150 each subsequent time.



The board gave money to 28 people in 2003, and to 29 so far this year, some of who received funds more than once.

“Cancer is a costly deal,” board Chairwoman Donalene Griffin said.

“I always tell people they can spend it on whatever they want.”

Moralez had her fourth bout of chemotherapy last week.

She understand first hand what cancer patients in the area are going through, and thinks cancer is a significant problem in Moffat County.

“Have (cancer patients) contact one of us, and we would be more than happy to take it to the board and get them funding,” Moralez said.

The cancer board gets donations from individuals and organizations in the area, including the Moffat County United Way.

“It gives us more funds that we can help more people,” Moralez said. “Without United Way, we wouldn’t be able to help near as many people as we do.”

United Way is holding its annual fund-raising campaign. This year’s goal is $320,000, and the campaign runs through Nov. 19.

Tax deductible contributions may be made by calling the agency at 824-6222. The Cancer Society, l725 Exmoor Road, can be reached at 824-8233.

“I think when people have cancer they get scared,” Griffin said. “Even if it’s $150, I hope it helps.”


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