"This is so Wonderful and the Hope Chest for Women is humbled and honored to be the recipient of this generous donation. It will serve many women in financial need as they battle their cancer fight," says Debby Burchfield, Director of Hope Chest for Women.
The event to award this donation is set for Thursday, January 27th at MetroWines starting at 5:30. If you would like to join us in contributing to this most necessary organization, we are collecting checks at the event.
What is Hope Chest for Women?
"The Hope Chest for Women, Inc. was founded in 2003 to help relieve some of the financial burdens created by breast or gynecological cancer treatment costs.
We are a 501(c)(3) that offers financial assistance for both medical and non-medical expenses, along with information on community resources, education on cancer prevention, and emotional support. Most importantly we give hope to women in Western North Carolina living with breast or gynecological cancers.
We support women living in all 22 counties of WNC or women living outside this area if they are receiving treatment within our service area. Our target population is women diagnosed or at risk for breast and gynecologic cancer. Most women living in Appalachia, are under-insured and/or fall into financial hardship due to the cost of cancer treatment. Nearly 1 in 3 cannot work or will lose their jobs due to the side effects caused by treatment.
The Hope Chest for Women offers limited financial assistance to women to assist with:
- Rent & Mortgage Assistance
- Medical Bills & Prescription Co-pays
- Gas & Transportation Assistance
- Utility Bills
- Food & supplements
- Lymphedema garments
- Other unmet needs
Women often struggle to pay these costs as they deal with the loss of income and the increasing burden of medical expenses connected cancer treatment. The Hope Chest for Women was created because we observed women having to choose between receiving treatment and providing for their families."
How Did This Donation Happen?
MetroWines played Fantasy Football for Charity. We had ten teams, each managed by a staff member or one of our long time customers. Team Managers chose, if they won, a local charity as a beneficiary. At the end of the season, it was agreed that the total number of points accumulated by the winner would be matched in dollars 2 for 1 by the owners of MetroWines AND Ken Nelson, one of our customer team managers and President of Blue Delta Energy.