Community Need

 There are over 200,000 people in Colorado fighting cancer with an estimated 21,543 newly diagnosed in 2010  The Raymond Wentz Foundation (RWF) exists to help cancer patients, adults and the families of pediatric patients, in active treatment who are struggling to meet their most basic daily needs – housing, utilities, food. RWF is the only organization in Colorado that gives unrestricted grants to needy cancer patients.

In 2011, the Federal Poverty level for a family of four was approximately $22,350. During the current economic situation, the number of families at or below poverty level has risen. Social Workers and Patient Navigators throughout the state see this first hand when dealing with people facing cancer and the number of applications they make to the Raymond Wentz Foundation has steadily grown.

While 80% of children diagnosed with cancer survive, 60 -80 % of families go bankrupt.

The RWF helps 40 -50 families per month with grants of $500 – $1,000. As of 12/31/2011, RWF has helped 2,494 patients with $1,363,000 in emergency financial assistance in 51 counties in Colorado.

2 Responses to “Community Need”

  1. Christy Williams June 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM #

    I was raised in Colorado Springs, and have been diagnosed with Cancer, where do I apply for Emergency Assistance with you. We are in dire need of help and lost as to what to do.

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