Archive for the ‘How to help’ Category
by Rashida Willard, Provision Project Executive Director
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thank you for a wonderful year! Thanks to our faithful donors, we have been able to help 33% more women than we did in 2015. We are humbled by the outstanding display of kindness you all have shown our organization.
We at Provision Project are in the business of providing hope. For our applicants, the stress of a new diagnosis while having to simultaneously juggle bills can be overwhelming. We want to provide that small bit of hope that, while things may seem bleak, there is light.
We are committed to helping more women fight this breast cancer battle. Our hope is that they continue to find the light in their journeys. Our hope is that you will continue to stand with us and walk beside us this year. Help Provision Project provide financial relief for women going through breast cancer treatment.
Thank you again for being a part of our team this year.
by Jan James, Provision Project Founder
Behold the dandelion.
But maybe something else.
A sign of perseverance.
A sign of strength.
A sign of resilience.
A sign of HOPE.
When you donate to Provision Project, you donate HOPE. And women fighting breast cancer definitely need HOPE.
When you’re battling breast cancer, you have a LOT to worry about. Why are they asking ME to make decisions about treatment …. Aren’t THEY the experts? How will I tolerate my treatment? How will my family respond to me not being 100%? Will my friends stand by me or desert me? How much pain will I be in? How am I going to do everything I normally do AND fight cancer? Who can I ask for help (since I’ve always been so independent)? Will my family think I’m a burden? Am I going to wake up from surgery? Will I still be able to work? If I can’t, will I still have a job when I get back? How will I pay for treatment? Does this mean my daughters will get breast cancer? Will I get to see my children grow up? Am I going to live? Will I leave my children without a parent? Will I leave my parents without a child?
When you donate to Provision Project, you let the woman fighting breast cancer worry a bit less. You’ll help her pay her medical co-pay this month. She’ll have enough gas to get to life-saving treatment. She’ll have food for her kids. Her electricity will stay on! You will give her HOPE that she’ll get through this horrible process. That there is light on the other side. That there are people who care.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is something a woman rarely sees coming. But no one talks about the financial battle that many women face during their treatment. You don’t see it coming, and you can’t plan for it. When there just isn’t enough money for the basics of life, there aren’t many places to go for help. Through your generosity, Provision Project can help bridge that financial gap for the women we serve.
Behold the dandelion.
A sign of HOPE.
“Helping Others, Providing Essentials.” HOPE.
Shanna is a dedicated single mom to two beautiful children, Resean and Reana. Shanna works in a medical office and is proud of being able to have a job that provides for her children as well as helps others.
A few months ago, Shanna got the news that changed her world forever. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was stunned. Shanna said, “I’m normally the one that everyone calls when they need help. This is a very different position to be in, having to ask others for help.”
With a growing mountain of medical bills, Shanna got the notice that her electricity would be turned off the next day. She had fallen behind in her payments, and she didn’t know where to turn.
Thanks to Phoenix area business, Valley Sleep Center, that very day Shanna got some help.
Shanna was at her medical office job when a marketing representative from Valley Sleep Center came to her office and gave her a plastic pink cup that included a flyer about their support of an Arizona-based nonprofit called Provision Project whose mission is to provide financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer.
To Shanna, receiving that flyer was a small miracle! After confirming that Shanna was a qualified candidate, Provision Project paid her past due bill and kept the lights on. To some people, paying a utility bill might be a small thing, but to Shanna and her children, it was a small miracle.
Provision Project was started in 2015 by Mesa resident Jan James who is a breast cancer survivor. Through her involvement in a large breast cancer support group, James realized that many women struggle financially during breast cancer treatment, even if they have insurance. In fact, 62% of the country’s bankruptcies are due to medical issues, and in 75% of those bankruptcies, the families had medical insurance. Provision Project provides financial relief for basic necessities like food, shelter, utilities, transportation and medical payments.
Valley Sleep Center partnered with Provision Project because its president, Lauri Leadley, is a breast cancer survivor herself who went through a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Leadley knows what it’s like to be going through cancer treatment and not being able to work. And when the main bread winner in the family is a single mom, it’s especially difficult.
That’s why on December 12, 2016, Valley Sleep Center donated $7,000 to Provision Project. Leadley says, “We are all in this together!”
“Valley Sleep Center’s generosity to Provision Project and the hard work of their staff will help many women going through breast cancer,” said Jan James, founder of the non-profit organization. “We want those women to focus on fighting the disease, not their creditors. We don’t want them to worry about paying for the basic necessities of life when their paycheck won’t stretch enough …. Provision Project is there to bridge the gap.”
For more information on the work that Valley Sleep Center does, please go to their website at www.valleysleepcenter.com.
Pinktober approaches. The country is about to go nuts for PINK.
Most women with breast cancer still seem to like or love pink. Many think of it as a color of honor. Of courage. Most are grateful for the embracing of pink, especially in October, because it means more women are getting mammograms and doing their self-exams. More women are being diagnosed early, which means lives are being saved.
Some women with breast cancer have fallen out of love with pink. Because it represents The Beast. It’s a constant reminder of the cancer that crept up on them and took over their life.
There seems to be an awareness growing, however, (more…)
WE NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS SERVICE PROJECT!
We’re going into production of Prayer Buddies! If you are interested in helping make these adorable little stuffed animals which will be used to raise money for the Provision Project, just reply to this post. They’re simple to make and will help raise money to provide financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer.
Feel free to SHARE this with sewing groups, crafty friends, church service project groups, Girl Scouts, etc. We would appreciate ALL help on this project! (more…)
by Tania Meek
Today I spent the afternoon with a friend going through breast cancer. She was pouring into others, as she always does . . . shining a light into other people’s dark places.
As we drove back home, I asked a pointed question. What had people (friends, family, and acquaintances) done right or wrong over the last few weeks, as she battled this horrible fight? (more…)
About six weeks ago, I laid down in bed around 1230am. And I couldn’t sleep. First and foremost on my mind was the Provision Project, our new non-profit to help provide financial assistance to women who are in active treatment for breast cancer. (www.provisionproject.org)
As I laid there, I clearly heard something. Over the years, I have come to learn what it was. God’s voice. Two words. “100 Club.” And I instantly knew what God meant. (more…)
by Jan Owen James When someone you love has cancer, you may feel as if you don’t know how to help. The following list was developed by cancer survivors.
Each of us has a primary “love language.” Think about your love language, as well as the love language of your loved one who has cancer, to determine the best thing to do. To discover your love language, observe how you most often express love to others. If you hug everyone you see, your love language may be Physical Touch. Determine what you most often complain about not getting from others. If your spouse goes on a business trip, and you say, “You didn’t bring me anything,” your love language may be Gifts. What do you ask of your loved ones most often? If you crave getting together for lunch or coffee, your love language may be Quality Time. (http://www.5lovelanguages.com/) (more…)