Augusta Health's fund helps cancer patients in and around the Valley

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The Augusta Health Cancer Services Bridge Fund provided help more than 230 times last year, and grants from the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative and Suntrust Foundation will help them help even more people.

Augusta Health said through the fund, they're able to "bridge the gap" for their patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Leigh Anderson, a social worker at Augusta Health's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, said the fund is important for their patients.

"It has literally kept patients from walking away from treatment that was there to help them," Anderson said.

She said said it allows them to cover any expenses that could come up, like medication, port placement, transportation and lodging, among other needs. Anderson said they've even used the fund to help pay rent or mortgages, although that's less common.

"But when it does happen, it's nice to know we have the means to take care our patients in the way they deserve to be taken care of."

Anderson says the fund is also important because not everyone who comes to them has insurance or help from family or other resources, so the fund is needed to help everyone they can.