My name is Sharon Ruffin and I have been a part of the Hawthorne Cancer Foundation since I attended my first support group in December 2015. It was at that time that my breast cancer returned and I had to repeat my chemotherapy treatments. When I was first diagnosed in 2003, my children were home and my husband was alive. This time my children were grown with families of their own and my husband of 31 years had died. I felt alone and needed to talk with others who were going through what I was going through.
I found my fellow group members, and Robin Yoder, director of the group, understanding and patient. But this time I also had the additional problem of being a one-income household. With not being able to work because of my treatments, my savings quickly disappeared. Although my children helped as much as they could, they had their own families to support. The bills kept piling up and the letters from creditors started coming in. Robin gave me the name of some resources that I looked into. But in the end, it was the Hawthorne Cancer Foundation that really helped. Thanks to its program that helps those in dire need, I was nominated to receive financial help. Much to my surprise, I was given a check that has allowed me to pay my long overdue bills as well as purchase a modest car for transportation since I had none.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will be forever grateful to the Hawthorne Cancer Foundation and Robin and its breast cancer support group.