It’s estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and getting a mammogram is the first step in diagnosing and treating the disease. The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is offering their CUPS fund to help assist women who don’t have the financial means themselves to get their exam.
Raedena Ryan, the Executive Director of the TMH Foundation says this fund got started when a group of area women banded together to help a friend of theirs, and decided to take their help one step further.
Sammie Smith is the Patient Accounts Supervisor at the hospital, and is the person patients need to talk to to inquire about the CUPS fund. Smith says the fund originally started to help people without insurance, but has expanded to help the under-insured as well.
Ryan says in 2016 the CUPS fund provided over $4,500 in financial assistance to women so they could receive a mammogram.