Hope Walk offers aid grants

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express

Hope Walk of Yates County, the local fundraising organization dedicated to helping cancer patients receive treatment, is now offering annual grants for residents of Yates County who are undergoing treatment.

The HWYC Board, Dawn & Marty Shipman, Pat Moravec, and Ron Miller, say that 23 grants have been given out on a case-by-case, trial basis over the past few months, but now with the process worked out, HWYC is prepared to accept applications openly. 

The only requirements for application are proof of residency in Yates County, certificate of diagnosis from whatever cancer center is providing treatment, or a waiver to contact the treating physician.

The HWYC grants of up to $500 annually may be used to defray transportation costs, copays, meals, or any other need of the patient or family. Dawn Shipman, herself a 5-year survivor of breast cancer, knows full well how quickly those costs can add up with multiple treatments per week and the volatile prices of gasoline.

Grant application copies are available at:

• The Living Well, 121 East Elm St., Penn Yan, 

• Karen Hadley at Our Town Rocks, 31 Main St., Dundee,

• The Chronicle-Express, 138 Main St., Penn Yan,

• Through various cancer support groups in Yates County. 

The application will be reviewed and replied to within 60 days, but the expected response time is usually closer to two weeks.

Learn more and download a grant application form at their website, www.hopewalkofyatescounty.org. Visit their Facebook page, and contact them at hopewalkofyatescounty@gmail.com or by calling 607-283-HOPE (4673).

Hope Walk of Yates County stages their flagship fundraiser, the walkathon that gave them their name, every summer, but they are always happy to welcome volunteers and donations year round. The 2018 Hope Walk will be held from noon to midnight Aug. 25 at 467 North Main St., Penn Yan.