Jonathan's Angels

Jonathan's Angels

“I’m a generally happy-go-lucky kind of guy, but the people who helped me at the Foundation are truly Angels.”

Meet Jonathan. Jonathan, 61 years old, is a cancer patient. After dealing with concerning symptoms for some time, Jonathan finally went to see his doctor. He said he already knew what the doctor was going to tell him.

It was cancer. Prostate cancer. Advanced Prostate cancer.

“You see, I’ve seen it happen before,” he said. Jonathan’s father died from the same diagnosis. He remembered watching his father pass several years ago and a tear slipped from his eye as he smiled with the memory.

“I miss that old man every day. But I’m happy I got to be there in the end for him.” Jonathan shared.

Jonathan’s family resides in Washington and Colorado, but he calls Wyoming home. He said how important it was to him to be able to receive treatment locally for his cancer. Jonathan is in treatment at Rocky Mountain Oncology Center (RMOC) in Casper, Wyoming.

“That Dr. Lauro and Dr. Fahed, they really know what they are talking about and they worked hard to beat this cancer. I feel very blessed to have the special chemo and radiation nurses that I did. The staff is pretty amazing at Rocky Mountain Oncology.”

Being sick places a burden on one’s whole life and Jonathan explained how he couldn’t work, did not have benefits and struggled to pay monthly bills. He worked hard his whole life and to suddenly be in need of others was a change for him. He wasn’t sure where to turn, who to ask for help, or if there even was help out there for him as he went through cancer treatment.

Jonathan was connected with Kara, Financial Counselor, and Sam, Patient Navigator, at RMOC. Both Kara and Sam work hard to assist patients with the financial hardships cancer can create for them. They met with Jonathan sometimes daily during treatments and discussed what help was available to him.

As fate would have it, both Kara and Sam are Board members of the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care (WFCC) and they knew the Foundation could help Jonathan. The WFCC’s mission includes “reducing the impact of cancer for Wyoming residents by providing financial assistance.”

“Behind the diagnosis, all of us at the Foundation know there are real people facing real life struggles each and every day,” says Ryea’ O’Neill, Board Secretary. “We pride ourselves on helping Wyoming residents overcome some of those burdens from just needing a hug to assistance with monthly bills. The Foundation and our Angel volunteers are always there to help.”

“That’s exactly what they are, you see. They are Angels,” Jonathan said of Kara and Sam. “Those two ladies helped me so much and helped me keep a different positive mindset about this disease. I have a good mindset, a good outlook now because of the help I received from the Foundation. I just quit worrying about it. It’s one day at a time for me.”

Jonathan compared himself to a gear in the machine called cancer. He said the cancer treatment center, doctors and nurses are another gear. The WFCC is another gear in the machine and they all work together, hoping for positive outcomes.

“All I can hope for these days is that I will have been half the man my dad was in the end. I take it day by day and celebrate all the little things.” Jonathan said smiling as he walked away into the sunlight.

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      Make Sure You Can Connect With Us  ( even with the recent changes to Facebook )  We at the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care feel it is important for you to receive information on the cause, local events, and news updates through our Facebook page. Facebook has changed its algorithm recently and the changes may prevent you from seeing important updates from our us in your feed.   We have a solution!  Facebook makes these types of changes often. Although we’re not sure yet how this will affect your daily Facebook habits, there’s a way to make sure that you continue to see posts from us because they are important to you. Here’s how:     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      ON A MOBILE DEVICE    Log into your Facebook account and click on the three horizontal lines on the top right or bottom right (depending on phone type) of your screen.  This will open a new page with options like “Discover People,” “Events” and “Crisis Response.” Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Help and Settings” and click on “News Feed Preferences.”  This will open a new page with more menu options, including “Prioritize who to see first,” “Unfollow people,” and “Reconnect with people you unfollowed.”  Click “Prioritize who to see first.”  You’ll see a list of Facebook pages and profiles that you already like. Hopefully, your favorite news outlet is in there somewhere.  Scroll through the list and click on pages that publish the news that you want to keep seeing on a regular basis. The pages you choose will get a blue star in the lower right corner of their logo. Our Facebook page is called  Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care .    ON A DESKTOP COMPUTER      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     The steps for choosing what to see first while you’re using a desktop computer are similar.   First, log into your Facebook page and click the down arrow in the upper right corner of your screen. This will reveal a menu with a bunch of good stuff like your profile settings and payment options.  In this menu, click on “News Feed Preferences.”  A box will appear with even more menu items. Click on “Prioritize who to see first.”  Choose the pages you’d like to see first in your News Feed. The pages you choose will get a blue star icon in the upper right corner of their logo. Our Facebook page is called  Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care .    **Stories and videos from the pages you choose will appear first in your News Feed   across all your devices.**    

Make Sure You Can Connect With Us

(even with the recent changes to Facebook)

We at the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care feel it is important for you to receive information on the cause, local events, and news updates through our Facebook page. Facebook has changed its algorithm recently and the changes may prevent you from seeing important updates from our us in your feed.

We have a solution! Facebook makes these types of changes often. Although we’re not sure yet how this will affect your daily Facebook habits, there’s a way to make sure that you continue to see posts from us because they are important to you. Here’s how:

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ON A MOBILE DEVICE

  • Log into your Facebook account and click on the three horizontal lines on the top right or bottom right (depending on phone type) of your screen.
  • This will open a new page with options like “Discover People,” “Events” and “Crisis Response.” Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Help and Settings” and click on “News Feed Preferences.”
  • This will open a new page with more menu options, including “Prioritize who to see first,” “Unfollow people,” and “Reconnect with people you unfollowed.”
  • Click “Prioritize who to see first.”
  • You’ll see a list of Facebook pages and profiles that you already like. Hopefully, your favorite news outlet is in there somewhere.
  • Scroll through the list and click on pages that publish the news that you want to keep seeing on a regular basis. The pages you choose will get a blue star in the lower right corner of their logo. Our Facebook page is called Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care.

ON A DESKTOP COMPUTER

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The steps for choosing what to see first while you’re using a desktop computer are similar.

  • First, log into your Facebook page and click the down arrow in the upper right corner of your screen. This will reveal a menu with a bunch of good stuff like your profile settings and payment options.
  • In this menu, click on “News Feed Preferences.”
  • A box will appear with even more menu items. Click on “Prioritize who to see first.”
  • Choose the pages you’d like to see first in your News Feed. The pages you choose will get a blue star icon in the upper right corner of their logo. Our Facebook page is called Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care.

**Stories and videos from the pages you choose will appear first in your News Feed across all your devices.**

 

8th Annual Ta-Ta Trot Brightens the Day

8th Annual Ta-Ta Trot Brightens the Day

Runners laced up their shoes this past Saturday morning for the annual Ta-Ta Trot in Casper. News 13 spoke with a runner who accomplished his first run in memory of his mother. See the full story here.

 

The Angels Cancer Care Program has moved!

The Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care is proud to announce the Angels Cancer Care Program has joined us in our mission to help cancer patients throughout Wyoming. The Angels offer emotional support, financial assistance, transportation, meals and medication retrieval. The Angels Cancer Care Program educates the community about our program while raising much needed funds to support patients currently undergoing treatment. These funds are used for food and gas vouchers, prosthetics, wigs and more. The Angels Cancer Care Program is comprised of over 30 volunteers who are cancer survivors or volunteers that want to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients as they receive treatment. If you would like to volunteer, please click here.

On average, the Angels assist over 100 patients with direct needs i.e. rent/mortgages, utility payments, travel for treatments, groceries, etc.  The Angels reach an average of 500 additional patients through activities at Rocky Mountain Oncology and Masterson Place; these include dinners, special occasion baskets to lift spirits and deliver Thanksgiving meals to patients and their families. Angel volunteers take patients under their wings through our mentoring program and holding patients hands while they go through treatment.   

We are so excited to have such an amazing program and group of volunteers join us as we continue to grow and help more patients.

WY Women's First Program End

CASPER, WY – January 21, 2016 – The Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care, part of three nonprofits who participated in the WY Women’s First program, would like to announce the program end effective December 31, 2015.

The WY Women’s First program was launched in 2012. One third of Wyoming women never get their mammogram screenings mostly due to long travel distances and cost. The grant funding for the program was made possible through a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and GE.

The Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care will honor any existing vouchers until February 1, 2016. The Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care continues to support cancer patients and their families with non-medical needs. To donate or find out more, visit the website.

A separate program, the Wyoming Breast and Cervical Program, remains an available program for Wyoming residents in need. For more information on the program and to see if you qualify, details are available on their website here.

For questions or concerns regarding the end of the WY Women’s First program, connect with a Susan G Komen Foundation representative at 800-204-1332 or atinfo@komenwyoming.org or call Kara Frizell at Rocky Mountain Oncology at 307-233-4725.